"Mount Kinabalu NP - Day 1" State of Sabah Things to Do Tip by martin_nl
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Having checked out some of KK and Pulau Manukan I went for a challenge. That was to tackle Mount Kinabalu. This mountain is the highest in South East Asia with the top at 4109 when I climbed it back in 2004. Scientist have found that the top of the mountain grows by about 5 metres a year.
To get to the NP you can take a very convenient bus from KK that will take you to Park HQ in about 2 hours. Here you have to buy a permit and pay a guide which is compulsory. I believe there is a maximum of about 8 people to a guide. Prices per person decrease the more people join a group. A guide is only necessary if you intend to climb further than the Laban Rata guesthoue, which means that you will want to climb to the summit. To stay overnight in Laban Rata you need to book a bed in advance. This can be done in KK at the Gaya Centre.
The climb itself is quite a challenge. Most people will do the track in 2 days. The first day up from Park HQ's to Laban Rata and then the second day after a very early rise to the summit for sunrise and all the way back down to Park HQ's again. The first couple kilometres of the track can be done by minibus for a small fee. This bit is not the most interesting and this way will give you some more time on the track itself. There are a couple of shelters (pondok) along the way for a little rest. If you cheated on the first bit by taking the minibus you start the track at the Power Station. This first bit will take you to Layang Layang at 2621m. First bit will see you go through a tallforest and a rhododendron forest. Next bit will take you up even more steps - over 2500 from the Power Station to Laban Rata - and less and less vegetation. Take a look in some of the vegetation if you can discover any pittcher plants. The last bit of the first day will take you to Laban Rata for an overnight stop. This is the recommended stop over place since it is heated and has clean showers and western style toilets, as well as a nice buffet.
Directions: An almost 2 hour bus ride away from KK.
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