MOUNT KINABALU (Kinabalu Park)

Malaysia first UNESCO World Heritage Site

mt-kinabalu

Standing majestically at a height of 4,095.2m, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in South East Asia. It is situated in the Kinabalu Park, a wonderland of ecological treasures covering some 754 sq km.

The diversity of plant life in Kinabalu Park ranges over four climatic zones. Over 5,000 types of flowering plants including 1,200 species of orchids, 26 species of rhodendrons, over 80 species of fig trees as well as 60 species of oak and chestnut trees are found here. About 100 species of mammals and 326 species of birds are also known to reside in the sprawling park.

Ascending and descending Mount Kinabalu’s summit takes two to three days, depending on the weather and one’s fitness level. There are two popular trails to the peak, one from Timpohon Gate and the other from Mesilau. Climbers can ascend up to Laban Rata at an elevation of 3,273m and spend a night at the rest house before setting off to the peak early the next morning. Climbers must register at the park head office.

Opening hours: 7.00am – 5.00pm (park Office)

Gude and porter services are avilable.

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