Timpohon gate at 1866 m (6,122 ft) is the starting point of the hike. You will check in at this point and must be accompanied by a guide. From this point, you actually first go down to a waterfall before go up the mountain and then walk to the Laban Rata Rest house at 3,270 m (10,728 ft). It takes 3-6 hours for most people accomplish this section of the climb. There are no roads in this section so porters carry the supplies for the Laban Rata Rest house. They carry supplies up to 30 kilograms on their backs. About ever half a kilometer there are rest areas. Most of them have a bathroom and some seating. However, there are no food or water. However, the park HQ will give you a packed lunch and bottled water before you start.