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KUNDASANG & RANAU : KINABALU PARK - General Info

 
 

MOUNT KINABALU

 

SUMMIT OF BORNEO

 

Such is the importance of this mountain that the state capital Jesselton was renamed Kota Kinabalu in 1964.

 

Sabah, BORNEO MALAYSIA

 

Mt Kinabalu, the majestic summit of Borneo is the focal point of the Park and the whole of Sabah. The highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Snow Mountains of Papua Barat (New Guinea Island), this magnificent granite massif stands at 4,095.2m (13,435ft) tall. The Kinabalu Park and the Kundasang War Memorial situated just on the fringe of the Park were both established in 1962 as commemorative symbols for the 2,428 Australian and British prisoners of war who suffered and died at Sandakan and the 3 forced death marches from Sandakan to Ranau, and the local people who risked their lives to help the prisoners. It was the inspiration of Major G.S. Carter D.S.O (Toby Carter) a New Zealander employed with Shell Oil Co. (Borneo) and enlisted with the Royal Australian Engineers and parachuted into Borneo in 1945.

 

Kinabalu Park is Malaysia?s first World Heritage designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its outstanding universal values and role as one of the world most important biological sites.

 
 

KINABALU PARK

MALAYSIA'S FIRST WORLD HERITAGE

Highways and sealed roads have made the Park easily accessible. It?s an easy two (2) hour scenic drive from Kota Kinabalu and is a popular getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city where visitors can enjoy the cool invigorating air. In 2004, more than 415.360 visited the Park with more than 43,430 climbers.

 

The Kinabalu Park covers a staggering area of 754 sq. km (300 sq. mile), from the Park Headquarters area all the way to Poring Hot Springs 40 Km (25 miles) away and northwards to Mandalon, almost reaching the Kudat Highway. It is bigger than Singapore island! Established as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise is blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 climate zones, from the rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak, rhododendron; the coniferous forests, to the alpine meadow plants ... and to the stunted bushes of the summit zone. Kinabalu Park has probably one of the richest flora collections in the world. While the focus of the  Park is the mountain, about 80% of visitors don?t climb all the way to the peak but come simply to enjoy the serenity of this place. Kinabalu Park Headquarters is situated on the southern boundary, at an elevation of 1,563m (5,000 ft). Most of the Park?s facilities are located here including visitors? accommodations, restaurants, exhibit centre, Park offices where overnight visitors and climbers must register.

 
 

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Well-marked nature trails and guided walks

  • Park Headquarters: Visitors Centre and Kinabalu Natural History Gallery

  • Poring: Canopy walkway, butterfly centre, hot pools, orchid conservation centre, tropical garden with an animal rehabilitation farm, picnic areas as well as chalets and hostels

  • Mesilau: Nepenthes Rajah Centre and nature trails

  • Bird watching

 
 

 
 

THE CLIMB

The climb up Mount Kinabalu can be done in two days. However, a more leisurely three days will allow one to really enjoy the rich biological diversity here. There are two trails to the top - the Summit trail and the Mesilau trail, which converge at Layang Layang (Carson?s Camp) at 3,740m above sea level. The Summit trail entails a four to five hours? climb whereas the Mesilau route takes an extra hour or two to reach Panar Laban/Laban Rata, the overnight stop. Climbers usually set off for the peak at 3am for the three-hour climb to the summit, arriving in time to see the spectacular sunrise (weather permitting). The descent to the Timpohon Gate (the starting point) is usually accomplished within six hours.

 
 

THE CANOPY WALKWAY

The hike to the canopy walkway at Poring takes about 20 minutes, passing thorny rattan palms, giant dipterocarps, huge epiphytic nest ferns and giant bamboo groves. The 157m walkway comprises four sections laid out in a Y-shape. Single planks are placed on aluminium ladders with rope handrails and netting. At its highest point, the walkway is 41m above the ground providing a gateway to the secret life of the forest canopy.

 

Tips

  • Be equipped for cold and wet weather

  • Bring water and high nutrient food

  • Wear good sturdy boots or shoes

 
 

MOUNTAIN RACE - The world's toughest

 

The Climbathon started as a Search & Rescue exercise for the Park?s rangers, mountain guides and porters is now world class event that brings the world?s best mountain runners to compete.

 

The toughest mountain race in the world is a 21km-gruelling race to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (4095m). The run is divided into two main categories ? men and women. However, there are senior men and women categories as well as junior categories. The race starts off at the Timpohon Gate and is a true challenge to the spirit of human endurance. The race covers an ascent of 2,250m and is done at a punishing pace. Each year on the first weekend of October. The Record-holders for racing to the Summit of Mt Kinabalu and back to Finish Line at the Parks HQ in the Men Category is held by Italian Marco De Gasperi (2003) with a time of 02:36:59 hr and Women Category is by Czech Anna Pichrtova (2001) at 03.08.12 hr. Such incredible fitness as climbers normally takes 2 days!

 
 

ACCOMMODATION

There are four different areas to stay in the Kinabalu Park, which can accommodate a large number of visitors.

 

  1. Kinabalu Park Headquarters

    A variety of chalets, lodges, villas, cabins and a hostel for 224 persons are available. There are two restaurants as well as a souvenir and sundry shop.

     

  2. Laban Rata

    At 3,400m, the Laban Rata Resthouse can take 54 guests in rooms of various sizes. There are also four self-caterings huts, sleeping up to 84 people. Sleeping bags and blankets can be hired. The Laban Rata Resthouse has a restaurant.

     

  3. Poring Hot Springs

    The park offers a variety of selfcatering chalets, cabins and a hostel for 68 persons. As a campsite is also available here, you can use your own tents or hire from the park. A restaurant exists within the park and is complemented by local food stalls just outside the gate.

     

  4. Mesilau

    Offers chalets, lodges and hostel accommodation for up to 220 people as well as a restaurant.

 
 

ADMISSION & FEES

Opening hours:

  • 7.00am - 5.00pm (Park Office)

 

Admission fee:

  • Malaysian RM3.00 Adult, RM1.00(below 8 years)

  • Non-Malaysian RM15.00 Adult, RM10.00 (below 15 years)

 

A minimal entrance fee is imposed at the entrance of the Kinabalu Park.

 

  • Climbing permit - RM50 per person

  • Guide - Average RM40 per day

  • Porter - Average RM40 per day per 10kg (Fees are subject to change)

 
 

GETTING THERE

The park is about two hours? drive from Kota Kinabalu. Buses to the interior town of Ranau usually leave the main outstation bus depot at every other hour beginning at 7:00am and pass the entrance to the park headquarters (80km). To return to Kota Kinabalu, just wait outside the park entrance from 9am for the numerous buses that ply the route. Taxis are also available from the bus depot. You are advised to negotiate your fare before boarding. One taxi for four persons is approximately RM80. Return fares can be negotiated.   The other alternative is to hire your own vehicle from one of the many car rental companies.   Poring, located 40km from the main park headquarters, is accessible by road through Kundasang and Ranau.

 
 
 
KUNDASANG & RANAU : KINABALU PARK - General Info
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA