Located some 100 km from Kota Kinabalu city. After about 2 hours of picturesque mountain road, watch for the signboards that points you to the park entrance.
Located at almost 1,600-meter above sea-level, this park offers a variety of lodging options and has been a perennial favorite for the would-be climbers of Mount Kinabalu. Climbers usually would spend one night at this base station before starting their journeys to the top the very next morning from the Timpohon Gate.
Accommodation options include hostels, lodges, cabins and suites. The cheapest one is the Menggilan Hostel which offers 36 bunk-beds and will set you back around RM10-12 per night. There are also The Hill Lodge, The Peak Lodge, Nepenthes Lodge, Kinabalu Lodge and Rajah Lodge. The only suite accommodation - Liwagu Suite - will cost you about RM180 per night, but it has all the necessity amenities such as hot shower and heater. The night here can get very chilly.
At the entrance is the park office where climbers shall register for the climb. Also a short hill climb will bring you to the museum dedicated to this beautiful national park, as well as a monolith bearing the UNESCO World Heritage Site on it.
See also my travel review on Kinabalu Park Headquarters.
April 2004, May 2004
A truly different highland experience - rich variety of flora at the site.