PACKAGE: Trekking At Kinabalu Park – Intermediate Level
DURATION: Full Day
Meet at the lobby by 07.00am and make a scenic drive for 1½ hours to Kinabalu National Park HQ. Enjoy a scenic mountainous countryside journey. Upon arrival, proceed to the Sabah Park’s HQ to register (bring along your PASSPORT for verification); meet the assigned Mountain Guide(s) and transfer to Timpohon Gate (1866m asl). Begin the ascent with the Mountain Guide(s) by 09.00am.
Trekking via Timpohon Gate – Layang Layang Hut – Timpohon Gate is suitable for beginners or intermediate mountain climbers.
Interestingly, the climb actually begins with the descent to Carson’s Falls and from here it is about 03-04 hours of climb to Layang Layang Hut, which is about 4km away. 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. There are several Pondok (or Shelters) along the trail.
Expected to reach Layang Layang Hut (2702m asl) before 01.00pm. After a well-deserved rest, begin to descend to Timpohon Gate – the estimated time required to return to the starting point is about 02-03 hours. Then proceed to the park’s HQ for your return transfer to Kota Kinabalu, departing after 04.30pm. END OF SERVICE.
Mount Kinabalu is a significant mountain in Borneo; with its granite massif overpowering the surrounding scenery at the peak, often hidden in mists and clouds, Mount Kinabalu has been known by the Dusuns as “Aki Nabalu” or “home of the spirits”. This majestic Mount Kinabalu is located in the east Malaysia state of Sabah and is protected under the jurisdiction of Kinabalu National Park – Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo; its summit, known as Low’s Peak, stands at the height of 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level.
Mount Kinabalu and its surroundings are among the most prominent biodiversity sites in the world, with more than 4500 species of plant, over 326 species of endemic and migratory birds and not less than 100 mammalian species have been recorded. Among this rich collection of flora and fauna are well-known yet endangered species such as the giant parasitic Rafflesia plants, orchids, rhododendrons, pitcher plants and the orangutan, hornbills, pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhino, to name a few.
The best thing is, not only Kinabalu National Park is located less than 2 hours drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu, but also no climbing experience is required to conquer Mount Kinabalu. However, one needs to be in good physical condition to enjoy the climb otherwise it can be very hard, despite of no mountaineering equipment is needed at any point on the main route. Some trekkers describe the climb is equivalent to 10,000 steps or nearly 800 flights of stairs. The descent is particularly hard and therefore, one has to be extra careful because this is when most accidents happen; also do not expect to be able to walk comfortably over the next few days. Some avid climbers may try to reach the other peaks along the massif; some rock climbing skills may be required and this is organised by the Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata.