Kinabalu National Park

The Kinabalu National Park (or Taman Negara Kinabalu in Malay) was one of the first gazetted national parks in Malaysia in 1964. It is also Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and was bestowed this status in December 2000 as it represents one of the most important biological sites worldwide.

Location

It is located in Sabah, East Malaysia, on Borneo island. This park covers 754 sq km surrounding Mt Kinabalu. It is the highest mountain on Borneo island and is also the highest mountain on the island at an elevation of 4,095.2 metres.

Visiting

It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in both Sabah and Malaysia. In 2004, more than 415,360 visitors and 43,430 registered climbers visited the park. The area is managed by Sabah Parks, which provides chalets that can be found around the parks headquarters. Reservations are required and anyone who wishes to climb the mountain must book as they have to be accompanied by a qualified guide.

The most notable feature is Low’s Gully, which is a 1.6 km deep ravine that stretches 10 km on the side of Mt Kinabalu’s peak. There are 4 different flora and fauna zones over 4 climate zones. As a result, there are plenty of endemic wildlife species such as the Kinabalu Giant Red Leech and the Kinabalu Giant Earthworm. There are also plenty of reptiles, birds, and insects.

Activities

As majestic Mt Kinabalu is located here, this is an excellent place for mountain climbing or just hiking in general. The mountain summit trail begins at Timpohon, but there is also an alternative route called Mesilau Trail.

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