Mount Kinabalu National Park is one of the most beautiful places we visited on our trip around Borneo. We didn’t plan to stop here because we didn’t take any warm clothes and sturdy shoes for hiking with us. But we changed our plans when we talked to other travellers we met. Everybody was saying it is a stunning place, worth visiting.
We arrived to Mt Kinabalu NP from Tawau. Bus dropped us off at park HQ in the middle of the night. Luckily, the guard on duty was very friendly and he let us sleep behind the counter at the reception. Damn it was cold! We couldn’t sleep because of the cold. In the morning we registered (reception was conveniently close:)), left ur backpacks in the storage room and headed to the park. At the HQ we got a map with walking trails which is a must have if you want to wander around the jungle.
As soon as the sun touched the forest, lovely mists started to rise out of the canopies.
There are numerous streams with clear water – ideal for long exposure photography.
The highlight of the park (second only to the mountain itself) is definitely its vegetation. For a moment i thought we were in the Jurassic Park movie when we saw ten metres high jungle fern.
Detail. This is a kind of a palm tree.
Pitcher plants. These amazing plants are subject of every book on Borneo, many postcards and documentaries, but in reality they are quite hard to find. We were lucky and we met an American volunteer who was stationed at the park for several months already and he told us where to find these beauties on the photo above.
Well camouflaged frog. I think its eyes were glowing?!?
Grasshopper. Do not expect to see big animals here at the park. Some squirrels and birds yes, but not bigger and “furry” animals.
Carson fall. It is just after the first checkpoint at summit trail.
When you start ascending the mountain, the vegetation changes dramatically every few hundred metres. We climbed up to approximately 2200m above sea level and it was already totally different world.
The views are fantastic! It pays to get up early in the morning, even if you do not climb the mountain, because the clouds gather quickly after the sunrise.
And the mighty mountain itself! Mt Kinabalu with its 4069 metres is truly magnificent view.
Althought we didn’t have oportunity to climb the mountain we really enjoyed its forest. We spent there two days and we walked more than 30km around its trails. We were dead tired, but the climate is pleasant and the nature so beautifully unfamiliar that we just walked, and walked…
Read the previous posts on Borneo and come back, I am not finished yet!
And here is some literature we had during our trip: