Kinabalu National Park headquarters is 88km by road northeast of KK and set in gardens with a magnificent view of the mountain. At 1588m the climate is refreshingly cool compared to the coast – the average temperatures are 20°C in the day and 13°C at night. The hike to the summit is difficult.

On the morning of your arrival, pay your park entry fee, present your lodging reservation slip to the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges office to receive your official room assignment, and check in at the visitors centre to pay your registration/permit and guide fees. Advance accommodation bookings are essential if you plan on climbing the mountain.