Taman Negara Kinabalu Travel Guide

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Highlights

  • Pro
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     Spectacular view 

  • Con
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     A moderately tough climb 

  • In a nutshell
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     still must go! 

Taman Negara Kinabalu Things to Do

  • Photo-taking around Kinabalu Rose Cabin

    This is our first night stay at Kota Kinabalu and it is facing Mount Kinabalu! This is a must thing to do!

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  • Laban Rata

    At 1:34 pm, I finally reached Laban Rata. That's about 5.5 hours after the bus dropped us off at Timpohon Gate. The blob on the balcony to the left is my cousin who arrived waaay ahead of me.Laban Rata resthouse is located at 3272m above sea level. It's the biggest accomodation up there and most importantly it's got a restaurant. We checked in,...

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  • Trekking in the jungle

    There are a few trails in the Kinabalu National Park. You can either trek on your own or take a guided tour which include a tour of the botanical park.

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Restaurants

  • Cafe

    When I was there in Oct 2007, the price of Buffet Dinner was RM33, Buffet Breakfast (Light) was RM16. Buffet looks nice with variety of dishes (about 5 dishes if I remember corretly) to choose from. But don't expect anything like your typical buffet in a hotel. Remember, you are now up in the mountain!If you don't want buffet, you can order other...

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  • The Canteen at Laban Rata

    The canteen at Laban Rata resthouse is the only place serving food during the Mount Kinabalu climb. This include simple food such as noodles, buns, rice etc but I can tell you they will taste very good especially after a long and tiring climb to reach here.

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  • Good food, great view

    Perkasa Hotel also has a good restaurant where you can have a very nice lunch when you are on your way to Mount Kinabalu, or when you just left. The restaurant is situated in Kundasang, a few kilometres to the south, when coming from Kota Kinabalu. Its location is spectacular: on top of a hill, surrounded by beautiful gardens, with great views.The...

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Nightlife

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    Sayat-Sayat

    by muddybok Written Apr 24, 2004

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    There is no night life at Laban Rata & most people will be sleeping & getting ready for morning hike.

    This is Sayat-Sayat checkpoint at KM7 act as security checkpoint and also to record your entitlement to purchase a Low's Peak certification.

    Dress Code: As warm as possible.

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Transportation

  • Air Asia to Kota Kinabalu from Johor...

    Airasia has flights to Kota Kinabalu twice a day, often much cheaper than Malaysia Airlines because they are budget airline.A rule of thumb, the earlier you book, the cheaper it is (prices varies for weekdays and weekends)!

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  • Van from Kota Kinabalu

    From KK, the best option I found was the UNSER van. Take the UNSER minivan (to Ranau) from the bus station at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (near Merdeka Field). It cost RM15 (same as the non-aircond minivan) and it only takes 7 passengers. The journey to Kinabalu Prak HQ takes about 2 hours. It is the BEST option available. The van will leave when it...

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  • Bus to Mt Kinabalu from KK

    There is a minibus terminal in KK town walking distance from most hotels / hostels. We stayed at Promenade Hotel (Marina Court Condo) and walked there in 15 mins. The men at the mini bus terminal quoted us RM15 per person for the ride to Mt K so we booked this a day in advance. However when we arrived there on the morning we were told we needed to...

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Shopping

  • Shop at Laban Rata

    Surprise surprise! Yes, you can get some souvenir at the Cafe. They sell t-shirts, key chians, snacks, and etc. Just want to point out that climbers can buy postcards from the counter and they can mail it for you at the cost of RM5 for international mailing. The most special is to buy a postcard and mail it from here. RM5 for international...

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  • Souvenir Shopping

    On the way from Kota Kinabalu to the Kinabalu National Park, you cannot miss a parking lot full of small souvenir shops. From here you have a great view of the mountain if the weather is good, and it is a great place to do some souvenir shopping. The great thing about this place is that there are plenty of little shops to look around in and that...

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Local Customs

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    Goddess, Idols??!

    by muddybok Updated May 4, 2004

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    Please do not disturb or kicking these stacks of rocks when you encounter one. Some of these rocks were stacked with the likeness of idols or goddess.

    I heard from one friend that hikes this mountain many times that someone actually possessed by spirits that believed to be resided in rocks that taken home.

    Please do not remove/take ANYTHING from the mountain. At most is taking pictures like me & I am not possessed yet**!!! ;-)

    Note**: Already two weeks since my hike!!!

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Warnings and Dangers

  • Start Climbing Early, Reach Laban Rata...

    I don't think there is a time limit as when to start the climb. However, the earlier you start, the better because you should allow yourself enough time to arrive at Laban Rata before dark. And if you are not staying at the main heated hotel(Laban Rata Guesthouse), it is advisable to get back to your room before it gets dark. When the sun sets, it...

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  • Running

    Dont start runnning even if you're too excited you have reach the top. It just like driving a car downhill using 5th gear. Hard to stop.Few tips. If your tour guide is good. As him if he knows any route that easier to go up and down. Mine, he show me a route which far a bit far from white rope. But easier to climb and not so frightening during...

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  • Hike on a raining day

    If unfortunately it rains heavily during your hike, be careful! Chances are you might not be able to climb beyond Sayat-sayat because heavy rain will create a few strong waterfalls on the granite surface. It will be too dangerous to cross them. You have no way to go around them. When it happens, the park will close the trail to the peak.

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Tourist Traps

  • Warning LP and Rough Guide info out of...

    The hostels that are part of the national aprk are now charging 46 MYR per night per person for a hostel bed. Get the bus to drop you are the entrance to the national park then walk down the road - you will find a couple of places within 600 mtres that have dorms for 15 MYR pp pn

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  • Walking stick

    When you get down from the bus at the timpohon gate, the driver will ask you: do you want to get a walking stick? It is rm3. If you think you really need it, then you can buy now. Or then the next person ask you this question will be the person at Laban Rata. They sell it at rm5. If you only need them down hill, then you can buy it at Laban Rata....

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  • Bus to Kinabalu Park

    Touts will usually stop you on your way to the bus terminal asking for higher price for the transportation to Kinabalu park. They will usually offer rm12-15 per person. There are a couple of company running the same route, so not too worry, reject their offer and you can easily get one with reasonable price.

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Taman Negara Kinabalu What to Pack

  • Muscle patches

    Travel light. You don't need much at the top. layers of clothes, from t-shirt, to long sleeve shirt, jacket (better be waterproof), and rain coat (poncho). I was there on a raining day, I used my umbrella, wrapped my backpack with my rain coat. I suggest you bring these patches (Salonpas or Tiger Balm) for your muscle ache following the hike. It...

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  • iPod

    Walking in the jungle, with my iPod is quite an experience. But you might want to turn it off every now and then, to listen to the birds in the trees....

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  • Bring good shoes!

    The paths at Mount Kinabalu are slippery, always slippery. Because the humidity is always extremely high in the park, the paths are always wet, and when covered with leaves very slippery. Make sure you bring good, decent shoes when you want to go for a walk, even when it's a short one.Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:It often rains in the park. Early...

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Off The Beaten Path

  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu (Mesilau Trail)

    Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 m) summit climb can be achieved in a comfortable two days climb. The climb to Low's Peak does not require any technical skills. However, a clean bill of health is strongly encouraged.Licensed mountain guides (regulated by Sabah Parks) are mandatory, at a ratio of 1:8 climbers. Porters are optional.Mesilau Trail is an...

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  • View of Mount Kinabalu from Kota...

    Even when you are at the city of Kota Kinabalu, you can have a very good view of the imposing structure of Mount Kinabalu, especially during the mornings and evenings when there are less clouds.

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  • Take your time, don't rush

    Take your time to climb up Mount Kinabalu. Don't rush as there is no prize for the first to reach the top. Enjoy the scenery, plants, take photos and be happy. This is why people came in the first place. In fact if you climb too fast, you may get altitude sickness more easily. If you have enough time, you should spend 1-2 extra days exploring the...

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Taman Negara Kinabalu Sports & Outdoors

  • Conquering Mt Kinabalu

    It is a 2.510m climb that is 8.72 km long trek. I would breakdown the climb to 3 stages - Stage 1 - Kinabalu Park HQ (1,585m) to Laban Rata Resthouse (3,272m) - 6km trekClothing should be light - cotton T-shirt and shorts. Have a poncho on standby, as rain can be frequent and sporadic. The climb was a long and sweaty one for an average urbanite. It...

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  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu (Timpohon Trail)

    Mount Kinabalu (4095.2m) summit climb can be achieved in a two days trek. The climb to Low's Peak does not require any technical skills. However, a clean bill of health is strongly encouraged.Licensed mountain guides (regulated by Sabah Parks) are mandatory, at a ratio of 1 guide to 8 climbers. Porters are optional. The summit trail officially...

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  • Very Informative Brochure

    Try to get your hands on a copy of the brochure from tourist information center. I got mine when I touched down at Kota Kinabalu Airport (Terminal 2). It has detail information about the Park, time of Guided Tour, explainations of the trail, shelters information, map of Summit trail, etc. I found it useful to read it and get myself prepared before...

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  • Climbing Seasons

    As told by my climbing guide, the best time to climb Mt Kinabalu is March and April. The rainy season falls from August until early October. (I went there at the end of October and it is still raining!) However, weather in the mountain is unpredictable. So, it really depends on your luck.If you would like to see wild orchid, go there in December.

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  • Certificate

    Yes, everyone who reaches the summit and check-in at Sayat-sayat Check Point is entitle to buy this certificate. Ths coloured certificate costs RM10 and it is a proof that you have made it to the top. The guard at Sayat-sayat checkpoint will ask you if you would like to purchase it on the way down from the summit. When you arrive at the park...

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Register yourself at park headquarters
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Timpohon Gate
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Hike in the dark
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Laban Rata to Low's Peak
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Take many many many pictures!!
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Plants along the way
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Hike
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Carson's Falls
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The smallest ptcher plants!
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The Descend
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Orchids
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Hold on to the rope!
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Trekking
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Photography
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Plant Spotting
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Birdwatching
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Camping
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Wildlife Watching
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Climbing Mount Kinabalu (Low's Peak)
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SUMMIT CLIMB
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HEALTH NOTES
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MT. CLIMB / GUIDE NOTES
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Mount Kinabalu Climb
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Breathtakingly exhilirating views on Mt Kinabalu
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Sabah Parks Warning 3!
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Sabah Parks Warning 2!
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Sabah Parks Warning 1!
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Bird Watching
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Mersilau Trail
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Trekking in the rain forest
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Carson Waterfall
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Poring Hotsprings
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Canopy Walk
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The Hike Down
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The Summit!
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Rain, Rain Go Away
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Where's The Ladies?
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Pitcher Plants
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Attend The Climb Briefing
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Register at the Park HQ
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