Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kinabalu National Park

address: Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia
mount-kinabalu-total-view.jpg, Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres.
Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres.

Kinabalu Nationa Park

Getting There:
1-2h bus ride from Kota Kinabalu - direct mini buses or long distance buses to Ranau, Sandakan or Tawau (will pass by the park entrance)
6h bus ride from Sandakan

Entrance Fee:
RM15 adults, RM10 children (for Malaysians: RM3, RM1)
additional RM120 fee for climbing Mount Kinabalu


Accommodation at Kinabalu National Park
Hostels:
Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge

click here for hotels at Kinabalu National Park

 

Mount Kinabalu Climb

  • highest mountain in Malaysia at 4095m
  • best weather around April, high season: around Chinese Year (Jan or Feb), April - June
  • during rainy season (November, December) and bad weather the climb to the summit may not be allowed
  • temperatur ranges from 25 degrees as at the base to 0 degrees at the top
  • only 135 climbing permits issued per day, best to book well ahead
  • climb to summit: 8.72km (day: 6km to Laban Rata (4-5h), day 2: 2.72km ascent to summit (3h))
  • recommended to climb around full moon as it illuminates the rope that marks the path
  • the climb doesn't require climbing skills, just a good general fitness
  • two main routes: Timpohon Gate (6 km to Laban Rata, closes at 10.30am) and Mersilau (8 km to Laban Rata)
  • most climbers take 2 days for the trip with an overnight break in Laban Rata (altitude 2700m)
  • not all accommodations are heated and it can get cold in Laban Rata
  • to catch the sunrise at the summit most climbers begin the ascend at 2.30am from Laban Rata
  • be careful, higher slopes can be slippery way down: second breakfast at Laban Rata, lunch at Park HQ

Prices

  • cheaping was to self-organize the climb including all fees (permit, guide, accomodation, transport, etc.): from about RM1500
  • cheaper if you travel in a group so you can share to cost of the guides and transport
  • most people opt to book tours in advance
  • only 135 climbing permits issued per day, best to book well ahead
  • 3D2N bookings (from RM1800 / Malaysian: RM1400) have higher priority over 2D1N (from RM1300 / Malaysian: RM1200)
  • more information here: Climbing Mt. Kinabalu on a budget

Accommodation in Laban Rata

  • Lemaing Hut
    hostel type accommodation, can accommodate 30 persons, close to Laban Rata Resthouse
  • Laban Rata Resthouse
    main facility, heated accommodation, the only restaurant in Laban Rata

Further Information

 


Mount Kinabalu virtual walk
If you think you will be the first one to climb Mount Kinabalu, think again. The cameras of Google Street have been here before. image: Google Street View
 

lower peak (south peak)

Related Flyers / Brochures

Sabah Tea Garden

brochure about Sabah Tea Garden near Poring (Sabah, 1 hour from Kinabalu Park) and its overnight packages
[click here for details or click images below to enlarge]
The content and images of this flyer / brochure are courtesy of: © Sabah Tea Garden It was released sometime around 2010. Some information might not be up-to-date anymore.


Hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Travellers’ Light Backpackers Lodge

Hostel in the city center facing the hill and city forest

D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge

Guesthouse located 500m away from Kinabalu National Park (location of Mount Kinabalu), 1.5h drive from Kota Kinabalu

Attractions
Attractions

Rose Centre, Cameron Highlands

extensive flower garden in a beautiful setting offering good views

The Paddock, Fraser's Hill

The Paddock offers and family frienly facility that offers horseback riding and archery.