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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.

Kinabalu Park Headquarters

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mt. kinabalu view at the park entrance

The Kinabalu Park Headquarters (HQ) is located at the southern boundary of The Kinabalu Park. A two hour drive from Kota Kinabalu passing scenic country side along the Tamparuli -Kundasang road, will lead one to the Kinabalu Park HQ. With an altitude of 1564 metres Kinabalu Park HQ has a cooling temperature average between 24°C to 18°C. Accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops and exhibition centres are some of the facilities provided at the Kinabalu Park HQ. The Kinabalu Park HQ office is situated right at the entrance. Overnight visitors and climbers must register at the office, before moving on to their destinations.

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Sutera Sanctuary Lodges

Located at the ground floor of Wisma Sabah, Sutera Sanctuary Lodges manages many of the accommodations, like chalets, lodges, hostel, and resthouse, for Sabah Parks. Places that come under the management of Sutera Sanctuary Lodges are Kinabalu Park, Laban Rata Resthouse, Mesilau Nature Resorts, Poring Hot Spring, and Manukan Island Resort.

Climbers who wish to climb Mt. Kinabalu, must secure a bed at any of the following resthouses: Laban Rata Resthouse, Gunting Lagadan Hut, Waras Hut, or Panar Laban Hut. Permit to climb Mt. Kinabalu will only be issued by Sabah Park when one has secured a bed on the day of climb. These places are heavily booked throughout the year, it is advisable to book six months ahead to avoid any disappointment.

Philip Garden Chalets

Savours a truly relaxing retreat at Philip Garden Chalets, a secluded hideout of chalets at 6,000 ft on the Mesilau Plateau.

Kota Kinabalu City

Kota Kinabalu, dub the Rainforest City, is undoubtably the most alive and active city in the whole of Borneo island. Everything is packed within 10km of the city radius. Hotels, Resorts, Malls, shopping centres are just a stone throw away from each others, and the Airport is only about 6km from the City. Nightlife in KK is definitely the finest in Borneo, Pubs, disco, cafe, restaurants lot of places for the party animals to last until the wee hours in the morning. A wide variety of foods from different cultures can be found here too, Chinese, Western, Japanese and local are a plenty. Seafood restaurants are hot venue here, night after night I see tons of Local and tourist alike willing to pack up this places and they left with a happy price tag too.

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