Kinabalu Park, Kota Kinabalu

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    Kinabalu Park

    by yipsufen Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Kinabalu Park is Malaysia's first World Heritage designated by UNESCO in December 2000. Mount Kinabalu, the majestic summit of Borneo is the focal point of the Park and the whole of Sabah. This magnificent granite massif stands at 4,095.2m (13,435ft) tall.

    The Kinabalu Park covers a staggering area of 754 sq.km from the Park HQ area all the way to Poring Hot Springs 40km away. Established as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise is blessed with an astonishing variety of flora & fauna that ranges over 4 climate zones.

    It's a 2 hours scenic drive from Kota Kinabalu. Kinabalu Park HQ is situated on the southern boundary at an elevation of 1,563m (5,000ft). Most of the Park's facilities are located here including visitor's accommodations, restaurants, exhibit centres, Park offices where overnight visitors and climbers must register. A minimal entrance fee is imposed at the entrance of the Kinabalu Park.

    If you are not up to conquering Mount Kinabalu, the good news is that the park itself has several shorter trails. Take a map and set off on your own or follow Park Naturalists as they take you on a guided trail walks (11am) and point out the various wonders. Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden is one of the biggest attractions at the Park. This 5-acre Garden is an excellent showcase of the diverse flora found on the mountain.The area is rich in diverse bird species and quite popular among the ornithology community.

    Suggested itinerary: Head to the exhibit centre to understand the diversity of flora & fauna then proceed to explore the botanical garden to identify those species. See the climbathon records posted in front of the exhibit centre. You can challenge them !

    Tip: It gets quite chilly at the park, so wear a light jacket and remember to have a good walking shoes on.

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    Climbing Mt.Kinabalu in Sabah!

    by wrangler_blk Written Sep 16, 2009

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    If you are in Sabah then you should go for mountain climbing and visit Poring Hot Springs!
    We didn't do that due to short time, we had only a couple of days in Sabah, so if we are in Sabah again we'll surely go climbing!
    For that mountain trip need at least 3 days with one night camping stop over there.
    The nature is great.. jungles, various kinds of flowers and plants, mountains, wild animals and birds..
    If you have short time then visit Kinabalu Park at least with short trekking of jungles and botanical garden.
    Buses for Kinabalu Park departure from bus and taxi stop in Kota Kinabalu between Atkinson Clock Tower and Mosque on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Road. Mini bus ride cost is about 15 MYR p/p one way.

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    Kinabalu Park

    by gypsysoul73 Written Feb 15, 2007
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    Kinabalu Park is Malaysia's first World Heritage site designated by UNESCO in 2000. It covers a staggering area of 300 sq. miles, and is bigger than the entire nation of Singapore. The park is dominated by Mt. Kinabalu which stands at 4,095 m or 14,435 ft. and is a botanical paradise blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna.

    Kinabalu Park is Malaysia's first World Heritage site designated by UNESCO in 2000. It covers a staggering area of 300 sq. miles, and is bigger than the entire nation of Singapore. The park is dominated by Mt. Kinabalu which stands at 4,095 m or 14,435 ft. and is a botanical paradise blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna.

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    Kinabalu Park

    by stanleykuan Written Dec 9, 2006

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    There are a few type of chalets available in KK park. Do a Google search for Kinabalu park,
    you'll see all those. There are run by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. For my Sabah trip (July 2006), i stayed in Hill Lodge, which is RM110 per night. Price is cheaper than the price stated on their web site. You can call their number to do reservation (60-88 889 086).

    Staffs are very friendly and helpful. We reached there late, around 7pm. You just need
    to inform them you need late check-in. One thing i must mentioned about Hill lodge,
    it is tidy, clean, come with water heater in wash room. It is all time cool as you are
    at 3000m above sea level. Air is fresh.

    For food, we walked to the nearest 'restaurant' to have our dinner. You will find limited kinds of
    western food available. Environment is peaceful and staffs are friendly.

    Road side are equipped with lamp post (working). We had a night walk along the road. It is safe (don't do
    this in JB).

    The next morning, we try the trail, Silau Silau trail and Bukit Tupai trail. There are not so long, we managed to climb
    up to the 'peak' of Bukit Tupai and witnessed the uncovered 'face' of Low's peak. Low's peak is not visible
    most of the time as it always covered by thick clouds. The whole walks takes less than 1 hour as we took short cut
    and did not finish the whole Silau Silau trail.

    Where is our next destination? Poring Hot Spring. How to go from Kinabalu park? A tip, share van with whoever,
    wait at the reception after check out. There will be someone going to the same place. Trip cost by van is
    RM70. It will be time consuming to take bus as you need to walk out to the main road (quite a distance) and take
    bus to Ranau.

    What's interesting things in Poring Hot Spring? Oh, I'm a bit tired of writing (to be continued)...

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    Kinabalu park

    by hoonguy81 Written Feb 22, 2006

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    if u ever wan to go up to the top hill..plz book in advance..cos it is usually is full the accomdation in teh last base....but i din manage to go up cos...i hv not really been prepare...so I only move around the below base and take photograph.....it is cold here...and it got a short trail road for us.....

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    Climbing Mt Kinabalu

    by Swwaattcchh Written Oct 19, 2005

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    The Map of Kota Kinabalu Park HQ

    The highest mountain in South East Asia. You have to climb it if you are in Kota Kinabalu!

    You are likely to stay at the Park HQ upon arrival for 1 night before the ascend. If you are gonig in a group of 4 or more, choose the park log cabin to stay in.
    It's much better than the normal hostel rooms.

    There was a nice fireplace in the cabin though the rest of the room had no radiator to keep the cabin warm, the weather was still not so cold that it warranted the radiators.

    The only disadvantage is you have to walk to the canteen for dinner. The walk was a little dark with no streetlights, but it was fun! We wore our ponchos and carried a little torchlight, so kinda looked like Darth Vaders!

    From the log cabin's balcony, it was quite nice to see the sun peeking out from the tip of Mt. KK and with the clear weather; the sunrise was beautiful!

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    Kinabalu Park

    by savitha Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    Mount Kinabalu

    Kinabalu Park is the entrance to a great adventure of getting up to the summit...

    Since my travel mates and I decided not to go thru that daunting expedition,we thought of taking the easier path and get a tad bit closer to the summt, by trailing up KK Park..

    There are number of trails there...Mostly advisable if you go with a guide.

    As I was travelling up, I saw a trail named Waterfall View...and was a bit curious...So, we hiked up carefully, and boy oh boy, it was simply great!

    There are 2 spots, 1. Waterfall scene 2. Mountain View.

    The first spot got us close to the waterfall view...And we walked up another 230m to get closer to the mountain view...and we were impressed with the majestic view Kinabalu commanded..

    At that time, we were all looking at the peak of Mt.Kinabalu and totally understood why anyone would love to conquer the peak...!

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    A day amongst the nature - Kinabalu Park

    by konniemario Written Jul 29, 2005
    in the depth of the Kinabalu rainforest

    As some might know, KK doesn't only have nice beaches, it also has Mt Kinabalu. Even if you don't do the actual climbing of the mountain (2 days is advised), you can do some hiking around Kinabalu Park. It boasts to be the home of thousands of species of flora and fauna. Even during its hottest months, a walk along this rainforest will give you a nice breather as it's cool and cozy in there. It helps if you have a guide who knows a lot of plant species so he can tell you more about them as you hike along.

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    Kinabalu National Park

    by gabyne Written Nov 6, 2004
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    When you visit the Kinabalu National Park you can do several different tours. You can do a two-, three- or four-day summit tour or just trekk around the park without reaching the 4.095m (which is very exhausting!).

    You'll have to take a guide for the summit tour but he will show you lots of interesting plant and animal life.

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    Kinabalu Park HQ

    by muddybok Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Park HQ

    You must register at the HQ before you're allowed through the park gates.

    You can hire a porter, guide and buy some simple walking sticks before you jump into buses that transfer you to the gates.

    You'll receive your park permit and a "do and don't" sheet here. My park permit is 'AI19, 006" & name was clearly printed on the tag too.

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