Why don’t you stop over at Pekan Nabalu, located 12 kilometres from Kinabalu Park ? This small idyllic town is a famous stopping point for visitors heading towards Kinabalu Park and Mt. Kinabalu . Pekan Nabalu is famous for its souvenir, fruits and food market. Take your time to browse through the various handicrafts and souvenir stalls in the town market. The 15 feet watchtower in town is the best spot to view Mt Kinabalu and its surrounding area. In fact, tour guides often bring prospective climbers here for them to have a preview of the mountain that they are going to climb. Another good place to view Mt Kinabalu is on the observation platform located at the edge of town, an ideal place to take pictures of the unobstructed view.
As you make your way closer towards Kinabalu National Park , you should also stop over at Kundasang Village. This village is just 6 kilometres away from Kinabalu Park , located at the foothills of Mt Kinabalu. This town is famous for its fresh market, where you can see a good selection of fruits and vegetables on offer. Don’t forget to get some fruits as you’ll need the energy for your climb! On a hill behind the fruit and vegetable stalls is the Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens. This memorial serves as a tribute to Allied prisoners who died in the Sandakan Prisoner of War camp and the Sandakan-Ranau death marches during the Second World War. There are several gardens at the memorial for you to take a quiet and contemplative walk.
After these stopovers, you will finally reach Kinabalu Park , the gateway to Mt Kinabalu. With so many places in this 754 square kilometres park for you to visit, you might even end up forgetting about your scheduled climb to Mt Kinabalu! This park contains a lot of unique landscapes and is teeming with exotic wildlife. The Mt Kinabalu Botanical Garden, one of the biggest attractions in the park, is a must see. This lush garden gives an example of the diverse plant life on Mt Kinabalu. You could see plants from all over the park being planted here. Just take a leisurely walk and observe the different species of plants littered throughout the garden.
With all these places to go to and things to see there, you should definitely take your time and explore them. It will be something to remember and talk about with your fellow climbers as you journey towards the summit of Mt Kinabalu. And don’t forget to stop by these places again after you returned from the top!