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.