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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
KUNDASANG & RANAU : KINABALU PARK - The Summit Trail
 
 

THE SUMMIT TRAIL

There are several Pondok (or Shelters).

 

Well trodden main route taken by most climbers since the beginning. Starting from the Park Headquarters, it used to be that climbers walk the 4_Km up to the Timpohon Gate at 1,866.4 m where the Summit Trail starts. Today most climbers opt to take the shuttle transport. Interestingly, the climb actually begins with the descent to Carson?s Falls, named after the first Park Warden of Kinabalu Park. From here onward, depending on your fitness level, it is about 4 to 5-hour climb for the day. The trail winds up a steep staircase of gnarled tree-roots to a mossy world of drifting clouds and orchid-draped trees, where pitcher plants and rhododendrons abound

 
 
PONDOK KANDIS
 

sSituated at 1,981.7m where on a clear day, a view of the road that links Kota Kinabalu to the Park can be seen.

 
 
 
PONDOK UBAH
 

Situated at 2,081 .4m, the area where one of Borneo?s most unusual pitcher plants grows the Nepenthes lowii, so do look out for these oddly-shaped plants with pitcher containers. The mossy forest continues on past the Sabah Telecoms Station at ?Komborongoh? is a plant that the Kadazandusun's to ward off evil spirits and used in traditional ceremonies and rituals.

 
 
 
PONDOK LOWII
 
The trail continues up to the mossy forest of mixed bamboos and tree ferns. More rhododendrons are seen.
 
 
 
PONDOK MEMPENING
 

At 2,515 in (8,251) is the fourth shelter, Pondok Mempening is reached with wild begonias growing nearby. Stops at these shelters give one time to observe the squirrels, tree shrews and birds that seem so unafraid of the climbers. You will also see the Layang-Layang TV station. Soon you will emerge to an open exposed ridge at Layang-Layang (previously known as Carson?s Camp), at 2.702 m (8,865ft) this is where the Summit Trail meets with the Mesilau Trail.

 

At this point a band of ultramafic soil, distinguished by its orange-cinnamon colour, crosses the trail and the vegetation changes dramatically. The forest becomes shorter and much more open and is dominated by the second species Leptospermum that grows on Kinabalu, L.recurvum, with its tiny grey leaves and Dacrydium gibbsiae, a very beautiful conifer, both found only with the Kinabalu Park. This is also the zone of the insect-eating pitcher plants for which Kinabalu is famous. Of the 30 species of pitcher plants recorded from Borneo, around 10 grow on the mountain and at least 3 species are found nowhere else in the world. These include the spectacular Nepenthes rajah, the largest pitcher plant in the world and the beautiful N.villosa. These plants are delicate and easily damaged by trampling feet. Please look carefully where you tread.

 
 
 

The Laban Rata rest house where most climbers stay overnight

 
 
PONDOK VILOSA
 

The fifth shelter, at 2,690rn (8,825ft) is situated at the top of an open rocky patch and soon the forest becomes even more stunted. Here are found the scurfy orange young leaves of the endemic Haviland?s oak add a touch of colour. Superb views can be seen of Mt Kinabalu towering above as you follow the trail upwards. More rhododendrons are seen, some species that are Kinabalu endemics. Schima brevifolia (a relative of the tea plant) with its young purple leaves and beautiful large camellia-like flowers is common from here. At the top of this open area at 3,050m (I 0,000ft), a small track leads off to a helipad on the right and it is worth making this 5-minute side trip for the dramatic view of the towering peaks from the helipad on a clear day. After the helipad junction, the ultramafic soil ends and the forest are again the taller trees covered with mosses and orchids cover the ground in between granite boulders. At this elevation, about 60% of the ground cover is orchids.

 
 
 

The Sayat-sayat Hut : the highest shelter on the mountain

 
 
PONDOK PAKA
 

Within a few minutes you arrive at the sixth shelter, Pondok Paka at 3,080m (l0,l05ft), named after Paka Cave nearby, made famous because it is here that the very first summit expedition led by Sir Hugh Low sheltered, rested overnight before climbing to the summit on the morning of 11th March 1851. The Paka Cave, on the edge of a small stream is nothing more than a large overhanging rock. The thinning air makes it harder to breathe. Finally, the various accommodations for overnight stop are reached, at Waras Hut, Laban Rata, Panar Laban or Gunting Lagadan Hut. The most comfortable is Laban Rata which equipped with running water, electricity, a restaurant, indoor showers and toilets. Panar Laban ?the place of sacrifice? was where Sir Hugh Low and his local guides performed a ritual sacrifice to appease the ancestral souls for their ?disturbance? to the spirit world and to seek safe passage. This same sacrifice is still performed each year and when there is a major expedition or event on the mountain

 
 
 
 
KUNDASANG & RANAU : KINABALU PARK - The Summit Trail
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA