The Kinabalu Park Headquarters is the starting and ending point for climbers scaling Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. Climbers usually take two days to climb Mount Kinabalu, with an overnight stay at Laban Rata (at 3,272m above sea level). On a clear day, the sunrise at the summit is nothing short of spectacular!
The premier lodges are exquisitely beautiful both on the outside as well as on the inside, spacious yet cosy. Temperatures take a dip in the evenings; which is when a team comes knocking at your door asking if you would like assistance in having the fireplace lit. Many will stay up late in front of the fireplace, sharing interesting stories over a hot beverage.
The two Food & Beverage outlets within the park have a balcony that extends into the edge of the forest. These are “hot seats” for climbers who have just ascended Mount Kinabalu. Food is outstanding, as is the hospitality of the team at Kinabalu Park.
From the mountains, we brought ourselves down to sea level, literally speaking. We headed off to Manukan Island Resort and were awed at what we saw even before we arrived at its jetty.