FuFu Travel - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah -
18 - 24 April 2009 + Episode Five + Mount Kinabalu +
Blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna, Mount Kinabalu is one of the rich botanical paradises in the world where the climbers will fully enjoy the exotic rare flowering plants, orchids, birds and many more.
The popular ornamental plants, Medinilla.
The park has been proclaimed as an area with the richest diversity of flora and fauna, continually attracted naturalists and mountaineers from around the world since it was established.
A very special red coloured fern.
This atomic shaped plant is so cute!
One of the wild orchids thriving in Kinabalu Park.
The lovely cluster of little tiny flowers.
The pretty moss covered on a tree.
This is the best i could capture since birds are not easily snap.
Squirrels are easily seen at Mempening Shelter.
The squirrel back to his own nest eating the bread i gave.
You will be blessed with these rare and captivating sights.
The insect eating pitcher plants.
Layang-Layang Shelter is the area which abounds with the insect eating pitcher plants for which Kinabalu is famous. Ten out of 36 species in Borneo are found in the Park, three species of pitcher plants grow on the mountain are found nowhere else in the world.
The dried/dead pitcher plant.
These include the spectacular Nepenthes Rajah, the largest pitcher plant in the world. The pitcher plants are delicate and easily damaged by trampling feet. Thus, look carefully where you tread.
It's great to see these pitcher plants in near distance.
The pitcher plants hang from tendrils.
These pitcher plants look very cute.
The unique plant found near the pitcher plants.
This little Rhododendrons thrive in the crevices on the summit.
It's below 0°C. Yet the frost never kill the tough Rhododendrons.
Stunted shrubs, tough grasses and flowers in the crevices.
They boom in the harsh weather conditions on the summit.
I love this beautiful orange-coloured species of Rhododendrons.
Please salute to these tough flora thriving on the summit!
The stunted trees cover the granodiorite boulders.
Here, you are able to see many oddly shaped stunted trees.
The wide view of the peaks of Mount Kinabalu.
A breathtaking view over the mountains around Mount Kinabalu.
Particularly love the distinctive South Peak of Mount Kinabalu.
While it does not require special skills to do the climb, you must also at least have the very basic fitness condition. Adapting to the height is not really an issue, because the Low's Peak (4095.2m) is not that high if compared to Mount Everest, which is almost 8840 m above sea level. Also, the whole climb lasts about 24 hours, within 24 hours you go up and down.
The beginning of the forest trail i like the most!
The wooden paved path.
The staircase of gnarled tree roots.
The forest covered in spongy mosses and liverworts here.
The spooky path full of gnarled tree roots.
The properly made staircase.
The trail rising deeply and continuously up and up and up.
The path covered with gravel changes to huge stones.
Crossed the trail up over a rapid stream.
The path of ultramafic soil.
As follow the trail up, the path becomes more rocky.
The forest becomes more stunted here.
Vegetation here changes dramatically on higher altitudes.
The regulations of Kinabalu Park require all climbers have to engage the services of a registered mountain guide and purchase the insurance. Porter services are available and recommended for the beginning climbers. RM8 per kilo for the whole journey up and down.
Laban Rata, one of the accommodation on Mount Kinabalu.
You shall book your accommodation to stay overnight on Mount Kinabalu beforehand you plan your trip to Kota Kinabalu. Since there's a limited number of beds and number of climbers up to the Low's Peak, i would suggest you to check the availability of the bed first (at least half a year earlier).
Always stay close to the rope so you will not get lost.
There's hand railings and ropes to help you over the steeper slopes.
Most of the climbers leave the next morning between 2.30am and 3.30am in order to reach the summit at 6am to experience the spectacular sunrise. It's important not to arrive to early on the summit, to avoid freezing in the cold night waiting for the sunrise. The view of the surrounding peaks is also magnificent.
The Low's Gully.
The South Peak.
The Peak of Saint John.
The Peak of Donkey ears.
The Peak of Tunku Abdul Rahman.
FuFu was particularly amazed by the South Peak.
The eerie surface of moonscape you would walk across.
It's incredibly steep here.
The gradient after Low's Peak can become incredibly steep and can be quite tricky and treacherous in parts, there are some places where the trail can be as steep as 70° angle!
Rope is provided at some point where the trail is steep.
Remember to bring your gloves along.
The descent to Laban Rata from Low's peak will take about two to three hours. According to our guide, while descending, never run down the summit slabs as several climbers break their limbs every year. It is because when they get to a steeper slope and find that they are unable to stop. Be very careful!
You might be wondering about my outfit.
Only a jacket, long sleeves shirts, tee shirts and jeans?!
Yes! It's not that cold for me, honestly speaking.
I am used to the weather after living in Japan for five years.
It's indeed harder to descend the mountain.
When climbing down, it's more exhausted actually.
Because the weight will fall on both of your thighs and knees.
Also the ball of your foot. Thus need to be very careful.
See, it's this steep! Luckily we didn't see in the early morning.
Sayat-Sayat check point is the highest mountain hut at 3810 meters. Climbers will have their number and name checked. This is also the last shelter to refill water and to answer the call of nature. Beyond this point to Low's Peak, there's not even a small bush to hide while doing your nature's call! However, you still could find a huge rock to block yourself as what FuFu had done up there.
FuFu's first love, the South Peak of Mount Kinabalu.
I love the spectacular view over the sky with drifting clouds.
You can always see better view if you go higher, phew.
Couldn't believe how we managed to climbed up Mt. Kinabalu.
A porter using his head and shoulder carrying stuff up.
The heavier he carries, the more money he would get.
FuFu calls this as hard earned money.
It's a satisfying climbing trip to Mount Kinabalu.
Anyway the downhill walk from Laban Rata is blessed relief to your weary legs. However, as most seasoned climbers know, it's often harder to walk downhill for long periods than it is to climb uphill and Mount Kinabalu is also no exception.
Not willing to say sayonara to Mount Kinabalu.
The steep staircase was nearly taken our lives away!
We started climbing down at 11am, and arrived at Timpohon Gate at about 5.30pm. There's a bus waiting to pick and send you back to the Kinabalu Park office. You can also purchase your certificate for climbing the mountain, a colour version for those who reach Low’s Peak (RM10), and a black and white version for those who reach Sayat-Sayat Check Point (RM5).
Remember to get the certificate back as souvenir for yourself.
For those who have climbed to Low's Peak of Mount Kinabalu.
For those only been to Sayat Sayat Check Point.
The certificate recorded FuFu has visited Kinabalu Park (RM1).
Again, take your guide's advice about where to walk and how to approach some of the more dangerous steep sections. Stop for a short break and drink water regularly, eat high energy snacks as it will get warmish on the way up and down and you need to always remain hydrated.
The last few hundred metres climbing was the toughest part!!
Always remember to rest for a while at every shelters, pack your gear and head on up to the Low's peak the next morning and down afterward. Keep our own pace and never race with other climbers.
See what are written on the signboard?
Take nothing but photographs.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Keep nothing but memories.
Never disturb the piled-up stone on the summit.
In keeping the local customs and Kinabalu Parks rules, climbers are advised not to take anything from and on the mountain, be it flora, fauna or piece of stone, etc. Climbers are to behave respectfully and be on good behaviour. Shouting, name callings, anger and teasing-fooling-around are not advisable.
Last but not least, please keep the park clean and beautiful!
[Next Episode : Parasailing, Snorkelling, Sunbathing on Sapi Island]
I have never seen a pitcher plant before!
Fufu you are so lucky, and I'm so jealous here ><
hmm.. you've taken alot of nice pic..
so envy... last time i only got a digital cam, and i didnt bring charger go up there..=.=
only few pics i've taken last time..T.T
AliVe : wow...恭喜你咯 =)
你在那裏打過工?? mt. kinabalu??
toto : 哈哈哈 你的感想是什麽??
佐瑟琳 : well... 真的很難的咯
toto : okok 下一次來再留言咯 謝謝 XD
歪歪 : 那個猪笼草很漂亮
佐瑟琳 : hahahaa 真的很高哦
hahahhaha 我穿的爬山的套装像去shopping ?? lol 應該說我是站在潮流的尖端...爬山也可以很潮流的哦 =p FuFu 說的
Akira 思胜 : 檳城也有很多花嗎??
DolphinE : 花真的很漂亮 =p
嘉CacinG進 : 淩晨爬山一點都不冷
LZ : hahahhaa... dont say like that....the stuff you have seen and done there are also the stuff i havent seen and done!!! we have different lifestyle ok? but glad we could share with each other XD
KeO : yes, it's real defferent if you use a better camera... =) the quality of digital camera is not that good but it is damn so convenient(small) anyway it worth us to bring our heavy camera up to mt. kinabalu =p lucky i snapped alot of pictures to share with you guys here...since some of you havent been there or didnt take much pictures XD dont jealous.... you can always go there again... have your second climbing
Nick尼克仔 : 很高興你來了哦 =)
我已經bungy jump + skydiving過了
hey fufu, that's enough!! that's enough of camwhoring!! didn't mummy tell you that posing for camwhoring while you are climbing the steep mountain is very dangerous indeed?? hehehe :p
小东 : 很假嗎??
tamiya : 對我來講也是很難忘哦
幸福王子 : oh, 你的hometown 哦??
SK : hahahaha ... i just wanna take such pictures for my blog... and share with you guys... so the readers would know what to do when they go to mt. kinabalu one day =) of course i know safety first... and i love myself more than anyone =) so i wont simply pose unless i know i am safe to do so lol
tamiya : 黄山+华山也是我要去的地方
seow : 對呀 神山很好的哦
十六夜真人 : 很可愛咯 寵物店有的賣...
Serina : 那張猪笼草真的很漂亮
venus : 其實下山真的有點辛苦
都市[心]鮮人 : 哈哈哈 我就剛剛相反
AliVe : wow!!! tissue culture的工聼起來很高級哦...hahahha i am going to penang now at 1pm.... see you guys!
I am so surprised to know that you have been to the Philippines and the Hundred Islands in particular---you see, my hometown is just next to the Hundred Islands so I have been there many time---I hope you did enjoy your trip to the Philippines......
PUSANG-gala : hihihi...i would like to go back to 100islands ya... miss those islands... and it was only 3 of us when we did the island hopping =) as if we were the master of the islands =p thanks for coming my friend!!!
海市蜃樓 : 哈哈哈 對我來講有點貴咯...
寒雨 : 對呀 我們人類永遠都無法打勝大自然的咯.... 大自然的威力無窮...可以很完美動人...也可以很可怕的 =) anyway 希望大家都會保護我們的地球的大自然咯...
Carenlie : 我也很喜歡大自然的
喜欢植物要去Pulau pinang taman negara
fufu--- hope you could also visit other places in the Philippines like Boracay and El Nido.
since you love traveling.
---thanks for the comment.
I will add you in my blog roll okay.
below 0 degree celcius??
how can i go?
i super scare cold weather one
this post only got one fufu single picture worr
so abnormal~ XD
Ｉ ｌｏｖｅ ｔｈｅｓｅ ｎａｔｕｒａｌ ｔｈｉｎｇ， ｉｓ ｓｏ ｒｅｌａｘｉｎｇ．
Wow, nice picture of wild flowers! The scenery is nice. You are a great photographer!
one day i must hang the mt. KK cert in my wall ler .... if my dad can climb the peak at age 50 ... why cant I? hahaha....i am lazy ler.
i love ur flower and the peak shots....very nice ler...inspire me a lot
ho ho .. I remember!! Went there once .was really fun!
very nice blog!
酱讲我不需要酱 Fit 也可以上山的咯！
龍貓 : 我在那边真的留下了很美好的回忆咯
Cassey : 哈哈哈 很高兴你大概知道神山的一切...记得要穿得厚一点咯... 如果你怕冷的话...宾城我很喜欢咯... 下一次再写
PUSANG-gala ： hey sure i would like to visit palawan as well ya... hihihihi thanks for the links... do come here more often if u like
夏娃之双面 : hahaha 但是我还是推荐你们上去咯...亲自看到的风景是不一样的哦...真的会很感动的...希望你有一天可以征服神山啦
HansonLi : what single picture?? what did u mean huuh? taking picture alone? erm... not bad ya sometime pictures of myself only.... yeah it's cold up there so please wear thick jacket or you will get cold =)
珊姑娘 : 很失望你不可以出来见面咯
Chin Weng 茶先生 : yeah it's always great to get close to the nature =p i love it too
古小玉 : hahhahaa...神山没有看到老虎哦
AliVe : 哈哈哈 一定会去cassey看看你的工作是如何的咯....
Pete : hahaha...i am just learning taking pictures now... glad you guys like to seeing them...good!! i will take more pictures then =p
Princess Heathasia : 哈哈哈哈 神山镇的很漂亮哦 你一定要去...真的会感动的咯...看了那些风景 =p
vialentino : yeah you should visit mt. kinabalu one day!! it's damn so nice you know?? it's not hard to climb too...bet you could make it...and wish you could see sunrise also =p
小雪 ： 对呀 有些植物只有神山又把了
sing ： 猪龙草真的很可爱
Cedric Ang ： yeah... you have been there?? great... i wanna go back also =p
click99 : thanks =p if you like do visit my blog ore often then... =p
Florence : 对呀 云海真的很宏伟咯
嘉CacinG進 : 再计划去神山咯
all the best =p
Gee... Would like to climb that mont one day!!
oh... nice song btw!
don't mind what i have wrote about that single picture
i'm blur blur that time
me myself also don't know what i have wrote
beautiful photo! hopefull i will have the energy to climb....hahaha..too old already
BTW..i added u to my blog. hope u dun mind.
squirrel look so cute...just wonder how u capture the scene.....
thanks for all the photos.. like it very much..
但是你这里的无敌“山“景is really amazing：）
giv u a suggestion, add chat box at the side...XD
sometimes v cum in can leave comment thr oso....XD
i like cluster of little tiny flowers but the pitcher looks "geli " for me..haha
The flowers is very beautiful and rare to find. You should take some and plant it at home.
P.S. How come change to Malay song one ? U sing it iszt? :p
Live2Think : hhihihi...i also wanna climb mt kinabalu again =) still havent seen the sunrise =p i will be your guide if you pay the the accommodation there lol hahaha the local song of mt kinabalu
HansonLi : okokok... please make sure you are awaken when you read my blog...if not you would have missed some nice parts here :D
键轩惠馆 : 哈哈哈
Jason : 神山很漂亮的咯
clara : hahaha 半山的旅館是要很早就預訂的哦... 預訂了才買機票哦... 希望你可以早一點爬神山去 =p 因爲風景真的很美麗咯.. 還有哦年輕的時候去爬...會沒有那麽的辛苦 =p 除非你是運動員... lol
Agnes : hahaha...you are still young...as i saw the auntie and uncle in theirs 60s also can climb up to the Low's peak...so i bet you could do it as well =)
hey, it's my pleasure to have you to link my blog ya =p do come more often if you would like to read more articles here, do leave comment too =D
toto : 你說那圓圓的應該是鳥兒們的食物吧...應該不是我們的水果咯 =) 神山真的有很多異草珍昆蟲稀動物呢... 你有機會就一定要去看看哦 那張證書真的不容易拿咯... 下山真的很辛苦咯... 可能我們都已經開始累了吧 =)
tunadolphi : wow...你的家後面山有猪笼草?? so nice!!! 我也很喜歡投入大自然的懷抱呢 =) 感覺非常好 lol
毛毛 : 山頂應該會冷吧, 因爲都是零度的
三吉 : hahaha, yeah they are cute! erm...well use camera to capture =P anyway my friend too it though...as he has better lens =)
kc : it's my pleasure to share the pictures with you guys here, wish they real have entertained you all =p
summer : 金馬倫我還沒有去過咯
Carenlie : hahahaha i prefer you guys leaving comment here...and not chatbox =) wish you guys dont mind as i wont add the chatbox here
3ugene : lol some flowering plants do scare ppl =) anyway bet you would like it when you see it yourself at mt. kinabalu =p
June : hahahhaa....450D 不可以上山嗎? 我朋友的相機更加的好...人家也有帶上去拍照哦 :D 有幾個朋友拍照很美麗的...他們是攝影高手 lol
Shin : hahhaha 鍛煉了幾個月你們一定可以上到神山去的哦 :) 要對自己有信心... 上面的風景真的很漂亮... 親眼看到才是算棒哦
khoo : the flowering plants there is real nice =p cant take back as we are not allowed to take anything from mt kinabalu but photographs =)
SuwEi : 爬山沒有配套的哦
預定房間+去到kinabalu park+給錢後就會有人帶你們上山+半山旅館+淩晨上山+下山.... 就是這樣咯... 拉着绳子上的那一part應該是就來要上到頂...不用绳子也可以上到去的 =) 我們的guide 沒有拉着绳子上咯 :)
anyway 真得很值得去看看的 =p 希望你們可以看到日出哦 :D
SuwEi : 但是你一定要有半住宿才可以爬山的哦...如果不是就不可以爬山的了...只可以在kk市内玩咯 =) 檳城的照片會很快的放上來的哦...稍等一下吧
WOW....FLORA AND FAUNA IN KK MOUNT ATTRACT ME...SO NATURAL AND PRETTY
LOL....IF U DIDNT MENTION IS KK MOUNT I WILL THINK TAT ALL THOSE THING NT FRM MSIA.KK MOUNT ALSO~
SO FREEZING ~ WOW
猪公主 : yeah you shall go there once before you leave kk ok?? erm yah they are all from mt. kinabalu =) i didnt take much pictures of the flora and fauna though... anyway will definitely like to go there again XD
Mount K is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you for sharing those pictures. I really love the wonderful scenery, squirrels, wild pitcher plants & mountains.
The whole climb lasts about 24 hours??? I dunno whether I'm able to survive :) My longest trekking was Pine Tree Hill - 11km for both ways and 8 hours of ascending and descending. Tired like hell.
Got to conquer Mount K some day.
shloke : it's my pleasure to share those pictures with you guys here =p and you can real get to see the nature in kinabalu park =p
hahahhaa... you should do more exercise then... befre you go to mt. kinabalu... but it's one of the easiest climbing.... yeah.. we started the climbing at 1030am and finished the journey at around 6pm the next day( within only 20hrs++)
pine tree hill?? never heard of it...let me check... huuh fraser hill?? must be nice the view.... sure would like to try when i have the chance =p
yeah you shall go conquer the mt. kinabalu =p
wah wah wah
i like the sky view photo. The clouds and landscape are magnificiant
HanLun : yeah i love the view as well =p if you real like these awesome view....you should go climb the mountain then :) you will see them along the way to the summit and on the summit you will see many breathtaking view =XD
Sure :) Before i get old n lost my enery, i shall climb :)
HanLun : hihihi...remember what you had said here ya! anyway i may go there for a second climb...see if we could meet up there or not =p
Senangnya bisa travelling kemana-mana...^^
Rinie *Park Je In* : it's not easy though...but i always do my best... to get the chance to travel hihihi
wow...really nice photos and blog on mt kk. been there last year but didn't manage to get to the summit :( will try again next year.
didn't manage to see the cute squirrels around as it was raining during my climb up and climb down. from ur photos, it looks like timpohon trail, try taking mesilau trail when u climb next time, it's 2km longer than timpohon trail but the view there is just amazing
-pl- : you didnt up till the summit? anyway anyway go there again next year ok? wish you could see the sunrise there =p yah... i will try the mersilau trail the next time i back to mount kinabalu... definitely wont go to timpohon again =p wanna see something different XD wish you come back again and read my other recent articels and wish you like them as well...do leave comment ya :) thanks
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