For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

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For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#1 Post by cwyap » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:59 pm

Just to let potential climbers know that from now on everyone will have to fork out a lot more compared to what it used to cost in the past.

The company which Sabah Parks outsourced the management of Kinabalu National Park is now refusing to sell accommodation alone to climbers. Either you buy their "packages" or you don't get to climb.

I have been requesting for beds since August 2007 for next year March climb; everytime the reply that came was "Not ready for booking" though the company's website states that booking is open 6 months in advance. As recent as 3rd week of October 2007, that was the reply.

I called its KL sales office yesterday (29 Oct 2007) and was told that all accommodations for March 2008 were sold out. When questioned and subsequently provided with copies of email correspondences that "booking was not open", they changed their tune - "accommodations are still available but you must buy our climbing packages".

Now they want RM1,000+ from each of us (6 pax) if we want to climb on a 4d/3n basis! :fire: If I use my own arrangement, I only fork out RM592. WTF!!

I spoke to their Sabah HQ today and was told that's the standing instruction; from now on potential climbers must buy package deals from this company or they can forget about climbing Mt Kinabalu. This is outright daylight robbery and unethical commercial practice.

Has any of you had this experience lately?
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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#2 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:27 pm

With the resignation of Tan Sri Chong Kah Ket,
Datuk Masidi Manjun took over as Minister.
You can contact the Ministry of Tourism here:
Ministry of Tourism Environmental and Culture
5, 6, 7 Floor, Block A,
Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Telephone Contact:
Tel : 088 253666 Fax: 088 236005
Email Address:
mocet@sabah.gov.my

Director of Sabah Parks
Datuk Lamri Ali
Their website not working at the moment.

Gen Manager of Sabah Tourism Board
Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks
Corporate Address:
51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia.
Postal Address:
Mail Bag 112, 88993 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Contact Numbers:
Tel: +6088-212121 Fax: +6088-212075, 219311, 222666
Email Contact: info@sabahtourism.com

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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#3 Post by bernGPS » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:35 pm

Bart,

You being up there yet?

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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#4 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:38 pm

bernGPS wrote:Bart,

You being up there yet?
I'm a sea man myself. Never feel right so far up.

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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#5 Post by Redstorm » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:41 pm

bartmp8 wrote:
bernGPS wrote:Bart,

You being up there yet?
I'm a sea man myself. Never feel right so far up.
I think Bart is scared of height. :lol:
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#6 Post by cruiser » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:41 pm

Out of curiosity, I'll try calling with my IATA Global Membership (I'm a Travel Agent too btw :mrgreen: ) and see what "preferential Rates" they have for mountain climbing TAs.... :mrgreen:
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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#7 Post by redshadow » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:42 pm

bartmp8 wrote:
bernGPS wrote:Bart,

You being up there yet?
I'm a sea man myself. Never feel right so far up.
Bro you can try to see weather you can do it or not,, if not the climb down,,ro do some repelling :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#8 Post by bernGPS » Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:13 pm

I am hoping to go up at least once.

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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#9 Post by deani77 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:40 pm

Ye la Sifu Bern. Take this chance while you still in Sabah or will regret it later. :mrgreen:

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Re: For Those Intending To Climb Mt Kinabalu From Now On

#10 Post by naim » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:52 pm

cwyap wrote: ...
Has any of you had this experience lately?
Regarding this story I contacted my friend in KK for first-hand account. Here goes ...
...
Eventually, its partly true and partly not. You see, the sutera sanctuary lodges are trying to get more income instead of selling the racked price per bed whereby they only get less than RM100.00, they include the meals packages whereby they also gain profit from their own restaurant at the park. They've seen the other agents selling packages and gaining profit from there but they didnt thus thats where it started. The price of RM1000++ to me are crazy as im sure the agents that sells that high must be using other company's vehicle so thats why its very expensive. Honestly, it is fully booked but we do have on jan & march. I guess its always a priority to 1st come 1st serve.... ;-) Anyway, just contact us in case you have any queries on the mt climb...Just for your info, we're selling at RMxxx.00/pax now...
Btw, Bern (& Bart), better go now while you are able. Don't wanna miss all these: http://pics.smz8.com/main.php?g2_itemId=8966

Right? :mrgreen:

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