Kinabalu National Park
Name: Kinabalu National Park
Location: Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia
Reason to Visit: the first World Heritage Site in Malaysia, boasts one of the richest collections of biodiversity in the world
Duration: more than 2 hours
Kinabalu National Park, a national park of Malaysia, is the first World Heritage Site in Malaysia. The Kinabalu National Park is called Taman Negara Kinabalu in Malaysian. It is located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Covering an area of more than 754 square kilometers, there are many animals and plants in Kinabalu National Park, including some specific and endangered species. Kinabalu National Park is known as its rich biodiversity. It was founded in 1964 and was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. With 4 climatic zones, Kinabalu National Park boasts one of the richest collections of biodiversity in the world. There are mountains, plateau, rivers, streams, waterfalls, caves and rocks in the Kinabalu National Park.
Mount Kinabalu: Holy Mountain
Mount Kinabalu is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sabah and Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu, also known as Gunung Kinabula, is the highest peak in Malaysia and Kalimantan Island. With a height of 4,095 meters, Mount Kinabalu is the fifth highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Located in the Kinabalu National Park, Mount Kinabalu is thought the holy mountain by the aboriginal people. There are forests, cliffs and various flowers in the Mount Kinabulu. There are rafflesias in the virgin forest of the altitude from 609 meters to 12,119 meters. And the Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world, whose diameter can reach 1-2 meters in full blossom.
Climbing the Mount Kinabalu
With the unique natural landscapes, the Mount Kinabalu attracts many mountain-climbing lovers and nature travelers to appreciate the flowers and watch the birds here.
If you set off from the foot of the Kinabalu Mountain and back to the point, it will take 2-3 days to finish your mountain climbing. As for the accommodation during your mountain climbing, there will be accommodation provided for you. And you need to book in advance if you plan to climb the Kinabalu Mountain in the peak season(the busiest tourist season). And the April, July, August and December are the peak seasons of the Mount Kinabalu.
To guarantee the safety of each climber of Mount Kinabalu, each 8 climbers should have 1 guide. Before climbing the Mount Kinabalu, climbers should do exercises and register to the Kinabalu National Park in advance.
Have a Panoramic View of Landscapes
If you climb to the top of the Mount Kinabalu, you can enjoy the spectacular sunrise there. You will have a panoramic view of the beautiful landscapes of the Kalimantan Island including rolling mountains, blue sea and other islands. At the top of the Kinabalu Mountain, you can also see the magnificent sea of clouds. The view seen on the Kinabalu is printed on the paper money of the 100 MYR(Ringgit), which shows the status of Mount Kinabalu in the heart of Malaysians. At the top of the Kinabalu Mountain, you will have 360°view of the amazing scenery of the surroundings.
With a height of more than 4,000 meters, climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu will be a proud thing. If you decide to climb this mountain, you’d better prepare the medicines of altitude reaction.
Explore the Beauty of Nature in the Kinabalu National Park
To explore the nature of the Kinabalu National Park, you can finish the exploration on your own or following the park’s naturalist. There are 9 nature trails in the park, where you can explore the plants in the park. And the time ranges form 20 minutes to more than 3 hours.
There are exposed granite on the top of the Mount Kinabalu and pristine tropical rainforest down the mountain. Housing more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, Kinabalu National Park protects 326 bird species, 100 mammal species and 110 land snail species. Most of the visitors will be surprised by the brightly colorful flowers and plants of all shapes.
Ideal Destination for Bird Watching
There are over 300 species of birds in the Kinabalu National Park, which is really rich in the collection of birds. Kinabalu National Park is an ideal destination for bird watchers with so many species of birds. The colorful and cute birds in the Kinabalu National Park are worth watching, especially in the eyes of the bird-watchers.
Not only birds, the flowers and plants in the park are worth seeing because there are some specific species in the Kinabalu National Park. If you are lucky, you can see the huge refflesia, which is the largest flower in the world. The florescence of refflesia only lasts 4-5 days, that’s why we need luck to see it. And you will have the chance to know many species of the tropical plants. Kinabalu National Park is a paradise for nature travelers.
Experience the Paraglider
If you don’t want to experience trekking and mountain-climbing, taking the paraglider is recommended for you. The paraglider provides you another perspective to see the Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding landscapes. You can enjoy the blue sky, white clouds and lush forests with your eyes, not through the glass. You will be amazed at the beautiful scenery and good environment of Kinabalu National Park.
Taking the paraglider will be exciting and impressive with the comfortable wind and excellent perspective. The relax and happiness of flying in the sky will be really amazing and unforgettable. If you are not afraid of the height and dare to challenge yourself, you can try to experience the paraglider, which is worth trying.