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Mt. Kinabalu

The highest mountain in Malaysia.

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring Day Trip

A day trip to Kinabalu National Park, Sabah number one tourists destination.

Descending to Power Station

Descending from the Low's Peak to the Power Station will take 2 to 6 hours, depending on the fitness of the climbers. For the average folks 4 hours would be a better time scale. Descending from summit to Laban Rata gives climbers a completely different view from the early morning ascent in almost total darkness. With the sun light brightly shinning on the mountain top, it is as if the rocky wall face of the plateau has suddenly come alive.


towards south peak

Kinabalu's Floras

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pitcher plants (nepenthes)

The forests of Kinabalu Park are very rich in flowers and plants, an estimated of 5,000 flowering plants had been catalogue to present day, and many more new species are till waiting to be discover. Wild orchids are abundant, as many of the wild orchids can be seen growing on top of the tree branches.

One of the most popular plants at Kinabalu Park, has to be the pitcher plants and also go by the name Nepenthes. There are about 9 species of pitcher plants at Kinabalu forests, and most of the pitchers plants can be found at the altitude of 2,702 m to 3,200 m. A few species of the pitchers plants have the ability to eat small insects alive with its pitcher.

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umbelliferae

The delightful rhododendrons has the biggest family of flowers in the Kinabalu forest, and they come in many attractive colours from white, red, yellow, pink, purple, to orange. Tree ferns also thrive in this forest.

Peaks of Kinabalu

Sabah most visited destination has to be Mt. Kinabalu, since becoming Malaysia's first world heritage site in the year 2001, many people around the world have climbed to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, at 4093 metre. No climbing experience is needed to scale this mountain, just an average fitness will do. Watching sunrise at Low Peak, the highest point of Mt. Kinabalu, has been an unforgetable experience for the climbers.

All the peaks of Mt. Kinabalu is scalable, but a special permit must be obtained from the Sabah Park, before one is allowed to scale these peaks, other than Low's Peak. On the journey to the summit, climbers will come across a few peaks, like South Peak, St. John Peak, Ugly Sisters Peak and Donkey Ears Peak. Some of these peaks are notable for their shapes and some are just plain ordinary.

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low's peak

Low's Peak (4,093 m) is the highest point of Mt. Kinabalu, and this is where climbers come to see the beautiful sunrise and the enchanting surrounding scenery. On the summmit, Low's Peak, one can see as far as the landscape allow, and the Tip of Borneo is visible on a clear day, so are the many islands just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

Rafflesia Flower

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Rafflesia is claimed to be the largest flower on earth, and it can be found only in the rainforests of South East Asia. Rafflesia is rarely seen, because it needs the perfect condition of right humidity and warmth for it to blossom. As many as seven to nine months are needed for the Rafflesia to grow from bud to flower. After blossom the Rafflesia flower will last only 4 to 5 days, as the strong smell of the flower attracts small animals to feast on it.

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