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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.

The Summit Trail

The administration office, is situated next to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters entrance, opens as early as 7:00 am. After securing a bed from the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, normally with booking done much earlier, and settling the various Kinabalu Park climbing fee with Sabah Park at the administration office, climbers are provided with a mountain guide.

Next a charter bus will transport climbers and the mountain guide to the Power Station, which is the main station that supplies electricity to the various facilities at Mt. Kinabalu. From the Kinabalu Park Headquaters to Power Station used to be 45 minutes to an hour walk in the old days, with the road improvement made back in the early 80s, today the 4 km bus ride will only take 15 minutes.

Two trails lead to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, The Summit Trail is the more popular choice and the distance to the summit is also shorter. The other alternative is the Mesilau Trail, where the landscape is more dramatic, passing through rivers and streams, and splendid for those who are interested in floras, plants and wildlife.

Timpohon Gate at 1,866 m is where the journey to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu begins. This is also the 1st check point out of the three designated check points that will aid the safety of the climbers. Interestingly the summit trail starts with a 100 meter descend that ends at Carson Fall, a small waterfall that is named after the first warden of the Park.

Kundasang Town

The important of Kundasang to Sabah, is like Cameron Highland to West Malaysia. Although Kundasang Town consists of just two dozens of shop lots, but Kundasang boasts one of the highest concentration of farming community in Sabah. Kundasang is about 6 kilometres from the Kinabalu Park Headquaters.

With altitude ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 metres above sea level, Kundasang has a temperate climate, which makes this valley an ideal place to plant temperate vegetables. Popular vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, pepper bell, spring onion, and even mushroom are planted here. These vegetables not only are sold to the markets in Kota Kinabalu, like Kota Kinabalu Centre Markets, theses vegetables are exported to as far as Brunei and Sarawak.

Kinabalu Park Climbing Fees

Below are the various fees that one may have to pay in order to get the proper permit to climb Mount Kinabalu, and all these fees can be settled at the Kinabalu Park Headquaters administration office just right to the entrance of the park. (Last update 20th October 2008)

Conservation Fee

Non-Malaysian above 18 years RM 15.00
Non-Malaysian 18 years and below RM 10.00
Malaysian above 18 years RM 3.00
Malaysian 18 years and below RM 1.00


climbers heading for the summit

Permit Fee

Non-Malaysian above 18 years RM 100.00
Non-Malaysian 18 years and below RM 40.00
Malaysian above 18 years RM 30.00
Malaysian 18 years and below RM 12.00

Kota Kinabalu a Seafood Paradise


cascading aquariums

Sabah, also known as The Land Below The Wind, is the northern most state of Malaysia. Situated at the northern part of the Borneo Island, two third of Sabah's border is made up of coastal land. The west coast of Sabah is washed by the waters of South China Sea, and the north-Sulu Sea and while the east coast-the Celebes Sea.

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