|Listing||Southeast Asia highest mountain|
|First Ascent||March 1851
Hugh Low (summit plateau)
1888 John Whitehead (highest peak)
|Easiest Route||Hiking either through Timpohon Gate or Mesilau Gate|
|Nickname(s)||Gunung Kinabalu, Aki Nabalu|
Kinabalu Park, a scenic two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is a popular retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park covers an area of 754 km2, has four climatic zones and also one of the richest collections of flora in the world. The majestic Mount Kinabalu is its main attraction.
The KadazanDusun, Sabah's largest ethnic group, believe that the mountain is the sacred resting ground of the spirits of their ancestors. The Kadazandusun practise shifting cultivation on the hill slopes ans serve as reliable guides and porters to visitors trekking up Mt. Kinabalu.
The gateway to the mountain is the Kinabalu Park Headquarters, situated 1,563 metres on its southern boundary. A variety of accommodation, restaurants and an exhibition are available here. Entrance fee to the park can be done here, and also for overnight stay or climber of the mountain.
All climbers up Mt. Kinabalu must have the services of a registered guide on their climb. Hiring a guide and porter can be done by registering at the Park HQ with Sabah Parks or Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. It is advisable to do a pre-booking as walk-in bookings are only subject to availability.
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