Timpohon Gate at Kinabalu Park
is the primary entry point to climb Gunung Kinabalu
- 9km on the summit trail to Low's Peak with Laban Rata
located along the way. This is the first checkpoint taken by climbers in the morning located about 4km away from the park's office but accesible by road. Heavily fenced, an office records the entry and departure of all climbers and porters using this entrance. The gate is housed within a large house that also provides a small convenience store and observatory platform on top that overlooks the valley and Mount Kinabalu's western ridge. Visitors are free to lounge on this deck and feed tame wild squirrels while soaking in the dramatic mountain view.