Located on the island of Borneo (separated from mainland Malaysia by about 300 miles), this massive, UNESCO-certified park is one of the most frequented in Malaysia. Its central mountain, also named Kinabalu (4,095 meters/13,435 feet), is the most notable attraction for intrepid hikers and has found itself on many a bucket list, although the over 4,500 different species of flora and fauna also tend to add a bit of intrigue to your time in the park.
The two trails to the summit are Summit Trail and Mesilou Route, both of which usually take about two days to hike with the assistance of a park guide. Definitely an active adventure, Kinabalu is a truly popular climb because no special climbing equipment or experience is needed to make the trek to this world above the clouds. Most parties will stop for their overnight at the Laban Rata lodge before hiking and scrambling their way to the misty peak and well-earned sense of accomplishment. Mountain Torq, an iron road that encircles Kinabalu over 3,000 meters up, also provides a variety of climbing related activities, including a suspension bridge and the world's highest via ferrata route.
For those whose adventures stray toward the less strenuous, there is a naturalist's playground of pitcher plants, the gamut of butterfly species, and activities like the Poring Hot Springs, a sulfur spring near the park headquarters. There are also short hikes that traverse waterfalls, glens, the lengthy and verdant Low's Gully, and even include a canopy walk in the rainforest trees. For current park admission, lodging, and other costs, visit the included site for the most updated information.