We regret to inform you that the Summit of Mount Kinabalu is closed until 31st October 2015. This is due to the recent earthquake in Ranau which caused severe casualties and damages to trails and facilities on Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding areas. New summit trails will need to be found before climbers can once again visit the summit. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and express our gratitude for your kind understanding regarding this tragic event.
SO WHAT IS YOUR OPTION?
THE ADVENTURE OF LEMAING, KIAU
As the Summit of Mount Kinabalu is temporarily closed, we would like to suggest an alternative experience – the adventures of Lemaing!
For those who love jungle trekking, Lemaing offers an extraordinary experience to explore the jungle with six different trails, namely Minitinduk Gorge, Lingion Trail, Kologiau Trail, Mugou Rugou Trail, Kolopis Trail and Lemaing Trail. The Minitinduk Gorge is the ancient gateway to Mount Kinabalu, as it is on “The Hugh Low Trail” – an original summit trail used by colonial officer Sir Hugh Low in the first documented climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in 1851. The word Minitinduk means “the meeting of two beaks” in Dusun language, as the gorge looks like twin towers that are less than 50 feet from each other, with the beautiful Kadamaian River flowing between them. All six trails will take you through rice paddies, grassy fields and small fruit farms. You can also explore the rainforest for birdlife, insects, butterflies, edible vegetables and medicinal plants. After a long day of trekking, you can have a dip in the natural Jacuzzi rock pool of the pristine Kadamaian River.
As Kiau village is comprised mainly of the ethnic Dusun people, Lemaing creates an unforgettable opportunity for visitors to learn their culture and way of life. The ethnic Dusun people are well-known for their friendliness and welcoming nature. A majority of them are farmers and their main agricultural activities include planting paddy, ginger, vegetables and pineapples.
In terms of lodging, Lemaing provides 16 hammock beds partitioned by bamboo screens, and two outdoor showers and modern toilets to ensure maximum comfort for visitors. Sleeping bag, pillow and mosquito net are also provided. Lemaing was borne out of the partnership of numerous organisations to create a world class community based ecolodge that directly benefits the local village of Kiau. Lemaing’s unique architecture was purposefully designed to incorporate the Bornean communal culture of longhouses, built with an eye towards sustainability, via the use of locally sourced and treated bamboo. Lemaing has become what is the largest man-made bamboo structure in the whole of Borneo and was built by the locals from Kiau village who were specially trained in the art of bamboo construction.
So immerse yourself into the rich culture of the ethnic Dusun people and let them introduce you to the wonders of the rainforest and its inhabitants. We urge you not to miss out on this remarkable adventure as Lemaing offers rustic comfort in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest. Enjoy the dramatic and photogenic landscape, historical trekking, and a dip into the cooling Kadamaian River, truly an experience of a lifetime.
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LEMAING TOUR PACKAGES
BB5B : Kinabalu Park Heritage Hike
BB5C : Kinabalu Park Lemaing Adventure