Mt Kinabalu climbers rescued due to ‘mini-waterfalls’

Dangerous situation: Climbers on their way down from the summit seen being helped by guides to wade through the trail.

KOTA KINABALU: Nearly 50 climbers, who were trapped on Mount Kinabalu after water gushed down the summit trail during heavy rain, have been brought down safely.

Sabah Parks director Dr Maklarin Lakim said guides and porters helped the 49 climbers to safety.

He said the water gushed down the trail after heavy rain started at around 5.50am yesterday.

“All climbers came down safely using the same trail. There were no untoward incidents,” he said.

A video posted on the Mount Kinabalu Facebook page showed strong flowing water and “mini-waterfalls” after the downpour.

Climbers on their way down from the summit were seen being helped by guides to wade through the “swollen” summit trail.

Climbers usually make their ascent to the 4,095m summit at about 2am to reach Low’s Peak before sunrise. They will then begin their descent after 6am.

It was not the first time that heavy rain has flooded the trail. Similar incidents were reported on Oct 14, 2022 and in September this year.

As a safety measure, Sabah Parks will call off the climb if it is dangerous, especially during heavy rain.

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