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Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Attractive Treks in Kinabalu National Park

Published: 5.5.2018
Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest summits in southeast Asia, is one of the main landmarks in the park. The mountain is 4 095,2 meters high. Next to traditional mountain climbing you may try to visit Torq mountain, the highest and also the very first ferrata in Asia which is situated at 3 200 to 3 800 meters. The greatest of adventurers may enjoy other activities such as alpine climbing, paragliding or undertake a mountain expedition.

Nowadays, two routes lead up to the top - Ranau Trail and Kota Belud. Around the park, there are so many nature attractions and other activities such as mountain biking, golf, bird watching, field trips to farms, treks, and taking picture! In the park, there are many accommodation facilities – from basic guest houses to luxurious cabins.. The park is situated in mountain area so be careful and don't get cold.

muddy yet beautiful walkway

Local entrepreneurs do business at their small stands. They offer innumerable delicacies such as bambangan (souv mango fruit which looks like canned fruit) and rice wine – tapai or lihing. It seems like everything is being sold around here – from clothes to farm animals.

Poring Hot Springs

This small nature reserve is an ideal place to get a taste of jungle. You may see a 100 million year old tropical rain forest. And also, there are orangutans. In addition to all sorts of nature trails, there is also a beautifuly landscaped garden.

maintained walkways in the botanic garden   green

Trails Within the Park

For those who are not keen to climbing on demanding slopes of Mt Kinabalu, the national park is a great alternative. There are nine trails around the main entrance to the park. Many of the trails are interconnected. A try out of these trails allows you to check your capabilities and adjust to the altittude. Not one trail around the park is that difficult. Some, however, require more awareness than others.

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Bundu Tuhan View Trail (465 meters, 30 minutes) – the trail is short and easy to access. In short time you may go through tropical rain forest. From there you may see Kadazan-dusun, a nearby village. Tourists can continue on Ligawu Trail or go back to the tourist desk.

sign post featuring a list of trails

Bukit Tupai and Bukit Burung Trails (1 425 meters, 90 minutes in total). Both trails  are quite short and are best maintained. Bukit means downhill. Both trails feature short climb up to the summit. From there you may observe birds in their natural habitat. Tourists can join Mempening trail or Silau Silau trail.

Liwagu Trail (5 620 meters, 120–150 minutes) – the longest round trail around the park. Liwagu is the name for the Dusun River. The trail goes along the river which runs across the park. Tourists go along narrow ridge from which you may see the river. Sometimes the trail approaches the creek. It gets dangerous at some places there.

 Kinabalu national park and interesting trails

Mountain View Trail (150 meters, 15 minutes). In good weather you may enjoy great vista over the mountains and forests around as well as at Kandam waterfall.

Silau Trail (3 057 meters, 60–80 minutes). The trial is one of the easiest in the park. Also, it is one of the most visited. It runs across the park. Humid environment along the trail enhances growth of mosses, ferns, and orchids. Silau means yellow. It is a referrence to clay soil on which the yellow trail was constructed. There are many slippery places for the soil is mostly very wet. Be careful.

GPS: 6°04'27.9"N 116°33'47.1"E


Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová

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