Mount Santubong Summit Climb
Rising dramatically above the Santubong Coastline, this iconic mountain stands at a respectable 810 meters above sea level. Located some 35 kilometres from Kuching City and gazetted as a National Park on the 28 February 2007, it covers an area of 1410 ha. The summit trail starts at the Santubong National Park entrance and is an approximately relentless 3.5 km climb to the summit. Rated moderate to difficult, this hike involves scaling some steep climbs including up rope ladders on well marked trails. This challenging trail rewards trekkers with a wide array of flora and fauna amidst the beautifully lush rainforest and commanding views of the coastline from the summit on a clear day. A pretty waterfall offers a great way to cool off at the end of the hike.
- Land transfers (Surcharge applies for hotels outside of Kuching City)
- Entrance Fees
- Packed Lunch
- 2 x 1.5 litres of drinking water
- An English speaking guide
- Please note this tour will carry a surcharge should your requested dates fall on Public Holiday. For more information please go to our FAQ’s page for more information regarding Public Holidays and surcharges.
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic or canned beverages
- Gratuities to Local Staff (at your discretion)
The trek to the summit
As you will be expending loads of energy today, ensure that you are adequately fuelled with a hearty breakfast before the early pick up at your hotel. The road journey to the trailhead will take approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Expect to arrive at the trailhead/park office by 8:30 am for a quick briefing and issuance of your drinking water and packed lunch by your guide before pushing off on your day of trekking up this majestic mountain. Take in the invigorating primary rainforest landscape as you trek along and marvel at the many gigantic Dipterocarp trees covering the entire mountains. Keep silent and you may see small insects and mammals cross the trail in front of you and birds overhead.
The trek to the summit will range from 2-3 hours for the very fit and 3 – 5 hours for the average to less fit trekker. It is a very strenuous trek so take your time and make sure you are well hydrated always. As you progress to higher grounds, you will have to negotiate some steep terrain with vines and ropes and finally some rather precarious rope ladders nearing the summit. The fabulous views of the coastline and the surrounding lands at the top further accentuate your elation at having reached the summit of this legendary mountain in Borneo. After 30 – 45 minutes rest whilst enjoying your packed lunch, it is time to make your way down again. With great caution, your descent will take approximately 2 to 3 hours and before you know it you are back down and in your vehicle being transferred back to Kuching. A most fulfilling physical challenge in Borneo.
Santubong National Park is a great place for a one-day adventure.
Santubong is located on the Damai Peninsula, 35km north of Kuching and 5k from the Village House. Seen from sea level, it’s irregular canopy of rainforest-covered peaks rise to 810m, (the highest point in Kuching) forming a safe haven for a variety of wildlife, which you will rarely see. Gunung Santubong provides a spectacular backdrop to hotel resorts, local fishing villages, and the Sarawak Cultural Village. The main popular activities here are hiking to Santubong Summit and trekking to the Waterfall.
We would recommend long sleeved t – shirts and trousers, comfortable hiking boots, large brimmed hat or cap, sunglasses and a light rain coat/ Poncho.
Mosquito repellent, small personal first aid kit, spare t – shirt, camera, hand phone, copy of your passport’s photo ID page, spare batteries, Lens, light rain coat/ Poncho, Day Bag, anything else you can’t do without.
No, not here Mont Santubong offers amazing views to compensate for that.
Yes, you can but without a guide, you will miss so much more…and maybe get lost?
Severn hours, 4 going up and 3 coming down.
The climb up and down entails us using rope ladders and ropes to move from one level to another (aluminium type ladders may have already replaced these by the time you read this) We would recommend that you be of good health but you don’t need to be a marathon runner. As you climb up it will become somewhat cooler, if only by a few degrees. At the top we recommend that you don’t waste to much time, take a rest, drink, eat and change that sweaty t-shirt for the descend down or you might actually get a chill from your own sweat.
Yes, you can as long as it is being used for personal use only and does not impede your ability to hike up. You will be using both hands at one point or another.
No, not at this time.
Yes, you can but only bring with you the minimum…we will provide you with water and a packed lunch.
We recommend that you buy your soft drinks and water before arriving at the park HQ
Yes, toilets are at the parks HQ.
Yes, you can provide they are used to this type of activity. You will be responsible for them behaving in a manner that will not incur any injury to themselves or to others. Age limitations are not set but common sense should tell you not to bring children under the age of 12.
There is an abundance of birds, Silver Leaf and Long Tailed Macaque monkeys. Snakes, Exotic Flowers, Frogs, many species of trees and bugs…the list is endless but at the end of the day…we see what we see.
Just 45minutes if the traffic is in your favour.
The monkeys and other critters are still wary of man …so best keep your distance, as wild animals can be unpredictable. As for the rest of the critters in the park…please remember these are wild animals so do not touch what you do not understand…especially when it comes to plants etc.
You can book a tour with Borneo Experiences on line or call into the Singgahasana Lodge in Kuching and book from there.