Kinabalu Park is the primary gateway to climb Mount Kinabalu
, located about 90km east of KK City in Kundasang Valley
. A Sabah national park since 1964, it was also the first World Heritage Site in Malaysia designated by UNESCO (2000) for its incredible ecological diversity that represents many endemic species in Borneo. From KK, visitors travel north towards Tuaran
and exit at Tamparuli
on the east coast highway. From here, it's a straight road up steep and undulating slopes until the park entrance appears at left, about 5km before Kundasang town or 20km from Ranau
. A small entrance fee is levied on visitors - this ticket also grants access to Poring
for the same day.