Mesilau Nature Resort

Lot G15, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia

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  • The Other Trail Up to Mt KK


    I stayed at the Mesilau Nature Resort for 2 nights in a row prior to summiting Mt KK. Mesilau is the other trail you can take to go up to Mt KK, and it's less crowded as the trek would be about 2 km longer as compared to the hike Timpohan Gate from Kinabalu Park.
    There are several lodges there, 2 - 3 bedroom types as well as some hostels (saw this whilst I walked about the park).The lodges are quite large and airy, though I have to admit a little worn and in need of some renovation (Which was going on whilst I was there. Saw a unit beside mine which was under renovation and I must say it looks really good!)
    All the rooms have heaters and the TV even had cable so that was all right at night.
    Food wise, they have a very good selection at the restaurant but it was not cheap, above average but worth it. Even had a steamboat for the cold mountain nights.
    Would recommend staying here as an alternative to Kinabalu Park as you can always stay there when you come down from KK (you have to exit the mountain via Timpohan Gate).

    Unique Quality: Good food, great outdoors and hopefully really nicely renovated lodges by now.

    Directions: 30 minutes past Kinabalu Park, about 2 hours ride frm KK town

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    Home in the Mountains


    Its a wonderful place- not because its luxurious but its the best thing you can get for a base camp. This place is the suggested accomodation prior to climbing Kota Kinabalu. Its like villas at the foot of the mountain. Buffet breakfast is served on the restaurant. TV is only at the mini bar. Hot water is available for shower as its cold in the early mornings.

    Unique Quality: Its almost within the mountains. Its near a golf course and it is where the trails to the mountains begins.

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4WD to Mesilau & Kinabalu Park

by meliaz

We took a 4WD up to Mesilau Nature Resort from KK town (we went to the Borneo Backpackers Hostel to get a good 4WD, loads were parked nearby), there were 4 of us plus all our luggage and were charged about RM250.
For our trip back to KK town from Kinabalu Park, our guide recommended a friend to us (ask your guide for a recommendation too, he can easily help) it was RM130 for our trip back. The price according to him is around RM130-RM150.
Note: I never stayed there, but the Borneo Backpackers looked quite popular with tourists and the website looks quite good and convincing. You can always check it out for a budget holiday:

Mount Climbing

by Andrewooi

The Mount Kinabalu really put one's stamina & self-determination to the test. With the height of 4,100 metres (about 13,500 ft), thin air, low temparatures (can drop as low as below 5 degrees) & challenging route, it was a tough climb, but once reach top (Low's Peak), the satisfaction was unexplainble.

A van picked us up at our lodge as early as 6.30am. The journey from the city to the foot of Mt KK took about 1 hr & 15 minutes. We reached the Mesilau Nature Resort (recommended to use Mesilau Trail instead of Timpohon Trail as it is less crowded & longer route - able to enjoy your climb better) at around 7.45am & all geared up for the climb. After some simple registration process, we were introduced to our mountain guide, Felix Agus (every group will be assigned to a mountain guard, most of them a seasoned climber).

We started our expedition exactly at 9am, while the temparature was still chill with fresh air. Our reaching point for the day was Laban Rata, which is about 6km, almost uphill climb all the way. Along the route, we managed to see many rare wild floras, while meeting many climbers from different countries. One thing that amazed me most, was watching a native man in his 30s (I guess), climb passed me with a 30kg cooking gas tank behind him. It just made me wonder how far actually a man can push their limits when comes to making a living.

We reached Laban Rata about 3pm & the weather is getting colder with the rain started to pour. There, we have about 10 hrs for us to take a good rest & some sleep before getting ourself together again to continue the climb to the summit.

We got to wake up in the middle of the night & continue our climb at 1.30am. The weather was so cold & the air is getting thinner that some of the climbers being hit by altitude sickness. Many continue the climb while some actually discontinued halfway.

The 2nd half route was rather more difficult as it is steeper & slippery, while the air is getting thinner as the higher we went, making our breath shorter. Also the fact that our vision relatively lower in the darkness. Nevertheless, that's the thrills that climbers are looking for, right?

After another 4 hrs plus of climbing we reached the summit - The Low's Peak. The feeling & the view... WOW!! It's speechless. Climb & experience it yourself.

Tips of items to prepare for the climb:

1. Jacket/sweater
2. Head torchlight (make your climb easier)
3. Energy Bar
4. Hand Glove
5. Some red wine will be good to warm your body
6. Mineral water
7. Winter cap
8. Long pant
9. Altitude sickness medicine

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accommodation on the mountain

by purplecat

Hi everyone,
We are heading to KK at the end of the month and we're staying at the sutera Harbour for 6 days then going to pulau Gaya for 3 days. We have a week free after that when we want to spend a couple of days on the mountain. We're not that interested to climb to the summit but we want to stay up there for the atmosphere and a few sightseeing walks. Can anybody suggest what accommodation would be good for our purpose? We want comfortable accommodation (not shared preferably) and are willing to spend around $200MR a night. We were looking at Hill lodge and Nepenthes lodge but if you have any other suggestions, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks, Melanie

Re: accommodation on the mountain

by p_yenyen

Hi Melanie,

Hill lodge and nepenthes lodge is good. I had stayed there before.


accommodation on the mountain

by purplecat

Thanks Patricia,
Do you remember how much they cost (approximately)? And which one did you prefer?
Thanks for your advice,

Re: accommodation on the mountain

by p_yenyen

I cannot remember but i think its about RM300.00.

You might want to consider accommodation in Mesilau Nature Resort. Its better.

You can contact Mee Sheah at Just mentioned to her that Patricia from KL is recommending you. :-)


Re: Re: accommodation on the mountain

by Arez

Hi there,

You may get teh Sabah Tourism to assist you and you'll be able to solve your problem. Drop by at Sabah Tourism and meanwhile you can visit : for more info about Sabah. It is a nice place and you'll never regret to visit as I am a Sabahan and never get tired of my hometown.
Have a great time while in Sabah.


Re: Re: accommodation on the mountain

by p_yenyen

The email contact that i had provided you earlier is the sales person from Mountain. She will be able to assist you.


accommodation on the mountain

by purplecat

Thanks for all your advice guys, you've been really helpful!!
Kind regards, Melanie


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Address: Lot G15, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia