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The Cottage Hotel

The Cottage Hotel is new, clean, and nice.

The Cottage Hotel will be celebrating its first anniversary in the coming month, and it is still working hard to establish itself as a major player among the other hotels and resorts in and around Kundasang. Travellers normally will not notice this rather new hotel, as it is not built beside the Tuaran to Ranau road. Located about 1km away from Kundasang Town, and along the small road that leads to the Mesilau Resort, The Cottage Hotel is nestled right in the heartland of the Kundasang farming communities. This location allows guests at The Cottage Hotel an overview of the beautiful vegetable farm lands below, as well as the scared Mt. Kinabalu above, together with its jagged peaks. The year round temperature at night is around 18 degrees Celsius.

D'Villa Rina Ria Lodge

Nice small lodges 500m away from the entrance of Kinabalu Park Headquarters. A good place to enjoy the cold weather of Kinabalu Park.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu


mt. kinabalu 

Every year more than 55,000 people from all over the world come to Sabah for one purpose only, and that is to climb Mount Kinabalu, the highest Mountain in Malaysia. Standing at 4,093 metres, Mt. Kinabalu is also the highest Mountain in Borneo Island, the second largest island in the world after Greenland. The areas in and around Mt. Kinabalu have some of the world most diversified fauna and flora, well over 3,000 different spices have being classified to date. In recognition of the importance of this biological role and value, UNESCO has designated Mt. Kinabalu Park as a World Heritage site in the year two thousand.

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

Conquering Low's Peak

After a good night rest, and with the body strength restored, many climbers choose to get up as early as 2:00 am to prepare for the climb. The restaurant at Laban Rata opens at 2:00 am to 3:00 am, light breakfast, hot coffee and tea are served. Temperature at the outdoor is cold at 10C average throughout the year, and warm clothings are essential items.

Many climbers start the second part of The Summit Trail at 3:00 am from Laban Rata (3,272 m), which gives them about 3 hours to reach the summit before the magnificent sunrise. Whereas the slower climbers will go as early as 2:30 am to have more time to cover the 2.7 kilometres, while the fitter climbers can start a bit later at 3:30 am.

The first section of this journey is passing the steep rocky faces of Panar Laban. Climbers will have to manoeuvre through a series of wooden stairs and later rocky steps. This is normally done in pitch dark condition, therefore a flash light or head lamp will indeed be handy.

Many parts of the wooden stairs and rocky steps can be congested as the trails are only wide enough for one person at a time. The congestion is mainly caused by climbers with different level of fitness, and also because of the thin air at the mountain climbers have to huff and puff for air.

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