Descending from the Low’s Peak to the Power Station will take 2 to 6 hours, depending on the fitness of the climbers. For the average folks 4 hours would be a better time scale. Descending from summit to Laban Rata gives climbers a completely different view from the early morning ascent in almost total darkness. With the sun light brightly shinning on the mountain top, it is as if the rocky wall face of the plateau has suddenly come alive.
Fancy of having a five Star sleeping experience, but only paying for a one star hotel price? If the answer is yes, then Tune Hotel is the place. Savvy travellers who spend the whole day exploring, and only back at their hotel for a clean, comfortable, safe environment, and a decent night sleep will find Tune Hotel very pleasing indeed, and it does not burn a hole in their pockets.
In the 21st century shopping lifestyle has become the number one activity for the city dwellers. Buying makes people happy, and it almost works as a distress theraphy. Come weekends and holidays, friends and families will visit shopping malls for a good time, be it hunting for a good bargain, pilling up the groceries, sampling different cuisines, as well as catching up with the latest movies. People will find hundred and one things to do at the mall.
After a good night rest, and with the body strength restored, many climbers choose to get up as early as 2:00 am to prepare for the climb. The restaurant at Laban Rata opens at 2:00 am to 3:00 am, light breakfast, hot coffee and tea are served. Temperature at the outdoor is cold at 10C average throughout the year, and warm clothings are essential items.
Many climbers start the second part of The Summit Trail at 3:00 am from Laban Rata (3,272 m), which gives them about 3 hours to reach the summit before the magnificent sunrise. Whereas the slower climbers will go as early as 2:30 am to have more time to cover the 2.7 kilometres, while the fitter climbers can start a bit later at 3:30 am.
The first section of this journey is passing the steep rocky faces of Panar Laban. Climbers will have to manoeuvre through a series of wooden stairs and later rocky steps. This is normally done in pitch dark condition, therefore a flash light or head lamp will indeed be handy.
Many parts of the wooden stairs and rocky steps can be congested as the trails are only wide enough for one person at a time. The congestion is mainly caused by climbers with different level of fitness, and also because of the thin air at the mountain climbers have to huff and puff for air.
The forests of Kinabalu Park are very rich in flowers and plants, an estimated of 5,000 flowering plants had been catalogue to present day, and many more new species are till waiting to be discover. Wild orchids are abundant, as many of the wild orchids can be seen growing on top of the tree branches.
One of the most popular plants at Kinabalu Park, has to be the pitcher plants and also go by the name Nepenthes. There are about 9 species of pitcher plants at Kinabalu forests, and most of the pitchers plants can be found at the altitude of 2,702 m to 3,200 m. A few species of the pitchers plants have the ability to eat small insects alive with its pitcher.
The delightful rhododendrons has the biggest family of flowers in the Kinabalu forest, and they come in many attractive colours from white, red, yellow, pink, purple, to orange. Tree ferns also thrive in this forest.
The administration office, is situated next to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters entrance, opens as early as 7:00 am. After securing a bed from the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, normally with booking done much earlier, and settling the various Kinabalu Park climbing fee with Sabah Park at the administration office, climbers are provided with a mountain guide.
Next a charter bus will transport climbers and the mountain guide to the Power Station, which is the main station that supplies electricity to the various facilities at Mt. Kinabalu. From the Kinabalu Park Headquaters to Power Station used to be 45 minutes to an hour walk in the old days, with the road improvement made back in the early 80s, today the 4 km bus ride will only take 15 minutes.
Two trails lead to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, The Summit Trail is the more popular choice and the distance to the summit is also shorter. The other alternative is the Mesilau Trail, where the landscape is more dramatic, passing through rivers and streams, and splendid for those who are interested in floras, plants and wildlife.
Timpohon Gate at 1,866 m is where the journey to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu begins. This is also the 1st check point out of the three designated check points that will aid the safety of the climbers. Interestingly the summit trail starts with a 100 meter descend that ends at Carson Fall, a small waterfall that is named after the first warden of the Park.
The important of Kundasang to Sabah, is like Cameron Highland to West Malaysia. Although Kundasang Town consists of just two dozens of shop lots, but Kundasang boasts one of the highest concentration of farming community in Sabah. Kundasang is about 6 kilometres from the Kinabalu Park Headquaters.
With altitude ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 metres above sea level, Kundasang has a temperate climate, which makes this valley an ideal place to plant temperate vegetables. Popular vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, pepper bell, spring onion, and even mushroom are planted here. These vegetables not only are sold to the markets in Kota Kinabalu, like Kota Kinabalu Centre Markets, theses vegetables are exported to as far as Brunei and Sarawak.
Tagged as the “most trendy shopping centre” in Kota Kinabalu, Warisan Square has the most concentrate of brand name retailers in a mid-size shopping mall. Warisan Square uses a â€œstreet mallâ€ concept where visitors will walk and shop along the open-air area and the indoor air-conditioned shopping podium.
Visitors who want to stay at the Tip of Borneo, will be able to do so at the Bay View Homestay. Built beside the cliff near the Tip of Borneo, Bay View Homestay offers an magnificent view on the horizon and the surrounding sea.
Only five Atap roof shelters are available at the moment. Each shelter comes with a double bed and a single bed. Pillows and blankets are also included. A table fan and a fluorescent light are the only electronic equipment at the shelter. A toilet and shower are built outside the main room. A torchlight is provided for the convenience for the guest.