Looking for a great trail near Ranau, Sabah? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Mount Kinabalu National Park, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Ranau ranging from 0.6 to 0.8 miles and from 702 to 4,652 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Best..this last year of the 9th .. it will be captured lg

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10 days ago

Have done this twice. Best to hike to lodge, have a meal and sleep, then hike the last part in the dark so you can see the sunrise from the top. Unforgettable experience.

one of the hardest and the best hiking experience.

Can be quite slippery when its raining.

1 month ago

Epic hike up the mountain with gorgeous plant life along the way and incredible views at the summit. There's a lodge near the top where you can grab food and snacks and even spend thr night if you are unable to summit the peak in one day.

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2 months ago

Hard work but beautiful!

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4 months ago

Stunning scenery with fairly easy ascend until the resthouse with thousands of stairs and the climb turns tougher towards the peak. Super fun climb def will come again!

great hike. good facility. amazing view at summit.

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4 months ago

Highly recommend this hike

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5 months ago

By far the most rewarding and difficult hike I've ever done. This climb is intense. The main path from Timpohon Gate is only 8.8 km (5.4 miles) one-way, but it goes straight up. There are a number of small stations that provide a spot to rest, eat, and use the bathroom. Almost every tour will have a stop at the Laban Rata guesthouse, which is a surprisingly great guesthouse with good food (which has to be carried up the mountain by porters). The last km of the hike to get to Laban Rata is definitely the hardest for the first day, as it becomes very steep and altitude begins to take its toll. The final stage of the climb is the harshest, as altitude sickness often sets in. You have to fight the wind and cold, and often fog and rain if you're especially unlucky. The path alternates between wooden staircases and bare granite with guiding ropes. The entire summit area has zero cover or protection, so you are at the mercy of the elements. The summit itself is at the top of a tough rocky scramble, and is marked by a fence and a large sign. The view at the top, particularly the sunrise, is amazing. Just make sure you bring lots of warm clothes (gloves and a hat are mandatory).

great hike!! amazing facilities all along the hike! highly recommended.

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10 months ago

One of the best experiences of my life. Better bring a warm jacket and gloves because it's really cold at the top (2°C in August)

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

One of the best hikes of my life. Very difficult but rewarding. TIP: the lodge currently does not have drinkable water and you need to purchase bottled water from the lodge store.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Pretty tense up.. But it was all worth it once u reach Laban Rata... The food is ok and the price for their food is not really pricey if u see how the porter bring it all up.. Accommodation is so so but its only like 8 to 1am before u start to hike again.. Temperature can drop to 6c or less on rainy day... Peak will be around - 1c or 2c... Really need to work out n train for this.. At least train with lots of stairs...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Will be hiking on Monday 19/2-20/2

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Difficult hike however the reward is worth the effort.

Monday, December 12, 2016

I was thrilled to have finished it but just a word of caution. This trek is not recommended for beginners who have not trained. It is steps, steps and more steps. Make sure you get as many squats in as possible and condition your legs. It's as tough to get up as it is to go down. On the other hand, the feeling when you are on TOP of the world is insane and that thrill is amazing!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Approaching the mountain by vehicle all you see is the massive mountain looming over you as you wind up the mountainous roads towards the trailhead. The route is very popular and busy so you have to have a reservation and pick up your summit pass. The trail itself - it's mostly a relentless staircase all the way up. There are some rest stops in the lower portion which have shelters and a water supply at intervals. The trail opens up from the heavy jungle to the more exposed, sculpted granite in the upper parts eventually to the Laban Rata/Pendant huts. Typically visitors stay over night, refulleing with food and a short sleep before waking up a few hours before sawn to make your way up the last bit to catch the sunrise at the summit. This portion is still quite tough and exposed, especially with the altitude, I was certainly feeling the effects with the shortness of breath. The sunrise at the summit is spectacular, with the mountains casting a shadow on the clouds below. On the way down I did the Via Ferrata, not for the feint of heart if you have any height phobias, but I was comfortable with it and it was worth it despite the high cost. The Ferrata ends up at the Laban Rata hut. After that, it's just pound down the mountain and hope your knees hold up. A must do hike, but you have to be in somewhat good shape and should train before.

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's a steep climb all the way so the legs get very tired on the way down. Not a pleasant track. Watch out for the pitcher plants though! It's nice up on the granite slab at the top!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It is a real physical challenge. The second day is particularly hard. None stop stairs down the mountain.

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