Not Climbing Mount Kinabalu? Don’t be Sad
Mount Kinabalu often to be travelers main reason to visit Borneo Island. “Climbing mount Kinabalu” will be the first item on their Borneo bucket checklist and pretty sure their will have their climbing gears prepared, well at least before taking off to the 3rd largest island in the world. However, the hard work might be wasted if you failed making any reservation on climbing the Mount Kinabalu beforehand as only 101 climbers are allowed to climb on daily basis via Timpohon trail.
Climbing the mount kinabalu need you to place advanced booking in order to avoid you getting frustrated as you only have 0.1% chances if you planning to make last minute booking. Some might be upset af as the feelings of imposing massif of Mount Kinabalu will followed you everywhere you go during your stay spend in Kota Kinabalu. Wherever you go, you will catch a glimpse of mount kinabalu visible on the water surface; its silhouette was on flags, display in souvenir shops and even on the government buildings. You’ll feel as if it was mocking you, tormenting you for not deciding to book the Mount Kinabalu climb tour earlier.
Despite the struggle, however, that doesn’t mean that you will not have a good time in Kota Kinabalu; in fact, you’ll loved it for sure. You just need an excuse to get back on track and let us assist you on things that can keep you occupied if you’re not climbing Mount Kinabalu..
Here Things That Can Keep You Occupied if you’re not climbing Mount Kinabalu
There are nine trekking trails around Kinabalu National Park; and many are interconnected. Trekking around the base was easy, the temperature was around 25 degrees and the humidity rather low. Discovering this network of trails will lesser down the sadness of late booking travelers a chance to experience the mountain. As there are more trekking trails to choose, and greater variability in starting times, it is not uncommon to find oneself a solitary hiker on the trail. This offers a much greater chance of seeing birds and other small wildlife. None of the trails around park headquarters are particularly difficult, although some are easier and shorter than others; all have something special with which to reward the hiker. The following general descriptions and approximate hiking times will help travelers decide which trails are right for them.
Bundu Tuhan View Trail (465 metres, 30 minutes) this trekking trail is short and close to the Kinabalu National Park Reception office, making it one of the more accessible trekking trails. It is a good opportunity for travelers with little time to experience the tropical rainforest. On a clear day, it offers a view of the nearby Kadazan dusun village, Bundu Tuhan. Hikers have option of joining the Ligawu Trail or returning to the Kinabalu National Park reception office.
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Kiau View Trail (2344 metres, 60-80 minutes) this trekking trail is of moderate length, and with the exception of the trekking trail entrances, the route is fairly level. Several viewpoints along the trail provide vistas of the hilly range and nearby Kadazan dusun village of Kiau. The original trekking trail to Mount Kinabalu summit; used by last century is climbers, began in Kiau.
Pandanus Trail (598 metres, 45 minutes) this is a short, but quite steep trekking trail that joins the Kiau View Trail. The junction is a quarter way point of the Kiau View Trail, making it convenient way shorten the hike in event of rain. Hikers cannot fail to notice the many lianas in the forest along the trail.
Bukit Ular Trail (997 metres, 60 minutes) this trekking trail is seldom used either safe to walk. Hikers either will start from the end of the power station road, walk along the house fence to get into the forest. Hikers can break the journey by joining the power station road down below about kilometre before the power station as it exits near the Kiau gap shelter or extend it by joining the Mempening Trail to reach the park headquarters. This trail is good point to see some secretive and rare birds such as Everett’s Thrush and Blue banded Pitta both are endemic to Borneo Island.
Bukit Tupai and Bukit Burung Trails (1425 metres, 90 minutes combined) both of these trekking trails are quite short, and are best done in combination. Bukit means “hill” in Malay, and the highest of both these trails is the short climb up to the top of the hill for bird watching. Hikers have the option of joining the Mempening Trail or Silau Silau trail.
Mempening Trail (3396 metres, 120 minutes) This is relatively easy trail, and there is little climbing unless hikers option to take detour to visit Bukit Tupai or Bukit Burung. Mempening means “oak” in Malay, a tree that is found in great abundance at this altitude. Hikers can break the journey by joining the Silau Silau Trail as it exits near the Visitors Centre or Extend it by joining the Liwagu Trail / Bundu Tuhan View Trail.
Liwagu Trail (5620 meters; 120-150 minutes) this is the longest trekking trail around Kinabalu National Park. Liwagu is the name of the Borneo river in Dusun, and this trail follows the small Borneo river that runs through the park. The trail crosses several small mount kinabalu streams running into the Borneo river. Hiker are at times on a narrow ridge looking down at the Borneo river, and at times find themselves close to the riverbed; that is to say; there are several minor ascents and descents along the trail
Silau Silau Trail (3057 metres, 60-80 minutes) This trekking trail is one of the easier trails in the park, and it also one of the most frequented by visitors. There are several entrances/exits to this trail, which gives hikers flexibility in choosing trail length and the time spent hiking. The trail follows a stream running through the park, and the moist and protected environment along the trail encourages luxuriant growth of mosses, ferns and orchids. By starting at the trailhead on the lower road, hikers have the option of joining the Kiau View Trail head (1.5km mark on Power Station Road) to complete a small circuit.
Mountain View Trail (150 metres, 15 minutes) A little breathing to be released along this trail to reach the view shelter on the ridge top. Good weather condition will provide you a spectacular view of the mount kinabalu and the surrounding Borneo rainforest as well as the Kandamaian Borneo Waterfall. Singing birds of a distance golden-napped Barbet and the Crimson headed Partridge are natural sounds of the forest that could be heard breaking the silence in this area.
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