Get me to Mountain Torq! An intense yet scenic 5 – 7 hour hike from the park’s headquarters (1,866m above sea level) gets you to the Laban Rata rock slab (3,280m above sea level), which houses a group of mountain lodges, including our very own Pendant Hut.

CAN YOU TELL ME HOW I CAN GET TO KOTA KINABALU?

Kota Kinabalu (also affectionately known as “K.K.”), is the capital of Sabah, East Malaysia, and is a well-connected town. There are direct flights from Australia, China, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Singapore, Macau, Taiwan… the list just keeps growing. You could also hop on to one of the several daily flights to KK from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

BUT WAIT, HOW DO I GET TO MT KINABALU?

Kinabalu Park Headquarters is the main gateway. The Park is a 2-hour (88km) drive, uphill, from Kota Kinabalu City, travel there by bus, taxi or private transportation.

HOW DO I GET TO PENDANT HUT?

The 5 to 7 hr hike up to Mountain Torq’s Pendant hut (3,289m a.s.l.) starts from Timpohon Gate (1866m a.s.l). At the start of the trail, you’ll be greeted by a signboard listing the record breaking feats of Climbathon runners who are able to run up and down the mountain (to the summit no less!) in less than 3 hours! But do not be deceived, because we think that they are super humans too! Your intense 6km hike will bring you through a very wide range of habitats, from virgin tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and alpine scrub.

WHY IS KINABALU PARK A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE?

This is the birthplace of lots of plants and lots of other stuff we can’t pronounce. It also is home to most of Borneo’s plants, animals, amphibians and invertebrates, all in 1 place! Longer version – Kinabalu Park ( which contains Mt Kinabalu too) has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia . The site has a diverse biota and high endemism. The altitudinal and climatic gradient from tropical forest to alpine conditions combine with precipitous topography, diverse geology and frequent climate oscillations to provide conditions ideal for the development of new species. The Park contains high biodiversity with representatives from more than half the families of all flowering plants. The majority of Borneo’s mammals, birds, amphibians and invertebrates (many threatened and vulnerable) occur in the Park.