Photo: The park centres on magnificent Mount Kinabalu.

Kinabalu Park

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UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinabalu Park stretches over 75,370 hectares around magnificent Mount Kinabalu. Encompassing four vegetation zones, from tropical lowland forrest to sub-alpine meadows, the park is home to an impressive array of diverse flora and fauna, including many endemic species. Kinabalu Park offers first-class trekking, and a handful of more sedate activities.

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Many visitors come to climb the monumental peak, but it’s well worth spending a day (or two) exploring the trails and gardens at the base of the mountain. They are an excellent alternative if you haven’t managed to secure one of the limited climbing spots or if you lack the time or fitness for 4,095 metres of up. However, if you do intend to climb, the park trails are a good warm up, and trust us, you won’t want to explore them post mountain—at that point head to Poring, the other section of Kinabalu Park, and have a restorative soak in Poring Hot Springs.

The weather can change quickly. Photo taken in or around Kinabalu Park, Kinabalu Park, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

The weather can change quickly. Photo: Sally Arnold

The altitude range of Kinabalu Park is 152 metres to 4,095 metres, with the park headquarters sitting at a pleasantly cool 1,520 metres above sea level. This is perfect for walking, so grab a map of the routes from the information counter and explore! Eight interconnected, well-marked paths (two other trails have been closed since the 2015 earthquake) range from the shortest Bulit Tupai Trail (343 metres) to longest, Liwagu Trail (5.6 kilometres). Consider the elevation when choosing a trail too — some of the short ones are ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
From North Bus Terminal Inanam, all buses bound for Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau will pass the park entrance (1.5 hours), but you’re better off taking a minivan (20 ringgit) or share taxi from Padang Merdeka Terminal. A private taxi from Padang Merdeka is 160 ringgit. A taxi from the park to Poring is 100 ringgit, and to Ranau 60 ringgit.

Kinabalu Park
Admission: Adults/kids: 15/10 ringgit. valid for same day entry to Poring Hot Springs (or for three days if you stay at Sutera Sanctuary Lodge).

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