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Kinabalu Park

Tackle the two-day climb to Borneo’s highest peak or enjoy the lower rainforest trails in this park, home to some of the world’s rarest plants.

Kinabalu Park is an incredible environment, home to the towering Mount Kinabalu and hundreds of plant species found nowhere else in the world. The park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.

More than half of the world’s families of flowering plants exist within the park, including more than 700 species of orchid, and the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia. Though the rafflesia are rarely seen in bloom, when the flowers do reach maturity they can grow to a diameter of 3 feet (1 meter)! Many carnivorous pitcher plant species grow in the park, including one which can hold almost a gallon (3 liters) of water.

While exploring the park, keep an eye out for some of the interesting fauna, including Bornean gibbons, spotted giant flying squirrels and leopard cats. Listen out for the more than 300 species of birds that dwell here.  

For the local tribes, Mount Kinabalu, the second-highest mountain in Southeast Asia is sacred, and they believe the souls of their dead rise to the peak. The living can also climb to the peak for the incredible views, on a two- to three-day hike with a mountain guide.

Most hikers stay overnight at Laban Rata, before making the climb to the peak in the early morning to catch the sunrise at 13,435 feet (4,095 meters) above sea level. The temperature at the top can be freezing, so be sure to pack warm clothes. While no special mountaineering equipment is required, climbers must be accompanied by an accredited guide and it’s recommended that you book permits and accommodation well in advance.

Buses run daily from Kota Kinabalu to the national park entry, which is about 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Kota Kinabulu. After your climb, catch a bus from the park office to Poring, where you can soak away your aches and pains in the popular hot springs. If you’re planning a few days exploring the park, it’s a good idea to rent a car from Kota Kinabalu airport so that you can make stops along the way and investigate all the park has to offer.

We understand you really want to get the most out of your trip to Mount Kinabalu National Park. So, we've rounded up a list of some fun things you can do here:

If you're looking for more options, peruse our Kota Kinabalu things to do page.


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Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu
Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu

Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu

Kundasang, Kota Belud, Sabah
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kota Belud, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park.

    Dream World Resort
    Dream World Resort

    Dream World Resort

       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ranau, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Kundasang War Memorial. Sosodikon Hill Kundasang and Arnab Village are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      Mesilau Mountain Retreats P8,723
      Mesilau Mountain Retreats

      Mesilau Mountain Retreats

      Mesilau, Past Kinabalu Golf Course, Ranau, Sabah
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Ranau, this chalet is within a 15-minute walk of Mount Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Spring. Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.

        Spring Garden P10,507
        Spring Garden

        Spring Garden

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Ranau, this golf hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Kinabalu National Park, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Kundasang War Memorial. Poring Hot Spring is 26.7 mi (43 km) away.

          Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs P1,504
          Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs

          Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is steps away from Poring Hot Spring and Mount Kinabalu National Park. Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden and Sungai Moroli Fish Spa are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge
            Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge

            Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge

            Kampung Poring, Ranau, Sabah
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ranau, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Mount Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Spring. Sungai Moroli Fish Spa and Desa Cattle Dairy Farm are also within 25 mi (40 km).

              T Paradise
              T Paradise

              T Paradise

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ranau, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Sosodikon Hill Kundasang is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

                Rocky Mountain Lodge P613
                Rocky Mountain Lodge

                Rocky Mountain Lodge

                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Ranau, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sosodikon Hill Kundasang, Mount Kinabalu National Park and Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Arnab Village are also within 12 miles (20 km).