KINABALU NATIONAL PARK
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.
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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