Kinabalu Park is a very special place for climbers and non-climbers alike; it is now both a World Heritage site and the Centre for Plant Diversity in South East Asia. From tropical lowland to sub-alpine forest offers such a rich variety of species, look for rhododendrons, pitcher plants and some of the world’s rarest orchids as you ascend the forested trails and try to spot one of 90 recorded lowland mammals.
Once you reach the altitude of around 3,200 above sea level you will find the last accommodation before the summit – Laban Rata Lodge, which is a great place to lay your head and refuel before continuing your adventure at first light. There is a snack shop as well as a simple restaurant and the views are wonderful; and there is a friendly vibe, as fellow climbers share their excitement and the day’s adventures. The accommodation is simple with comfortable bunk beds in rooms shared by four to six guests of the same sex with shared bathrooms. Early bookers can request one of the small number of private rooms.
The climate at these elevations can be chilly and the rooms on this tour are not heated so pack some warmer layers and gloves for the early morning trek, plus a rainproof coat in case of rain. A full list of what to bring is below under Important Information.
The number of climbers allowed on the mountain peaks at any one time is limited to 135 per day, which will enhance the experience for you and means that you should book early to guarantee a space. (DTM)
Please note children under 16 years will require a dedicated Mountain Guide, one guide for every two children. It is recommended that children should be 10 years and above on this climb due to the numerous steps and steep slopes.
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