Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu Park HQ
View of Mt Kinabalu
Kinabalu Park is located in central Sabah on the Croker Range. The National Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species and the Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species and many others.
A list of plants found here are the infamous Nepenthes rajah; the world’s largest pitcher plant, Nepenthes x sukaibiensis; a natural cross-hybrid between Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes burbidgae and the enigmatic Paphiopedilum rothschildianum (Rothschild slipper orchid) one of the rarest orchids in the world.
The main attraction of the park is, of course, Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia at 4095 metres. The granite massif dominates the surrounding landscape. The park is a paradise for naturalists, botanists bird watchers and those who admire nature. There are 11 km of marked and graded trails at the Park Headquarters, many of which cut across the mountain forest vegetation. The higher you climb, the less dense the forest becomes. The Silau Silau trail is the easiest and perhaps the most beautiful.
Dawn on Mt. Kinabalu
Guided tours to the summit of Mt Kinabalu take two days for the average tourist to the area. On a clear morning it is possible to see to the Philippines from the summit. Be warned – the second day begins at 03.00 hrs.
A certain degree of fitness is, of necessity, a pre-requisite for the summit trek!!
There are now two picturesque trails to the summit, Ranau Trail and Kota Belud trail. The trails take climbers from Panar Laban (previously known as Laban Rata) at 3272m to Sayat Sayat (3668m). And then continue on to the summit trail to Low’s Peak at 4,095.2m. (Note: Both Kota Belud trail and Ranau are new routes to Sayat Sayat replacing the old trail which was made impassable in an earthquake, the route from Sayat Sayat to summit is the same route which has been used for many years). The new trails may be more challenging than the previous trail, but climbers will be rewarded with breathtaking views along the way.
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