Thursday, 17 October 2013

Trekking The Ancient Gateway to Mt. Kinabalu

This off beaten trail believed to be the 1st trail used by climbers in the past to climb the famous Mt. Kinabalu before the current trail was set up. This trail have some of the most amazing trekking trails with breath taking views of MountKinabalu and a unique mix of flora and fauna. The trek takes you through forest interspersed by grassy fields, rice paddies, small fruit farms and jungle shelters. There will be steep climbing both uphill and down, hot open trails and great shady sections making the trek both challenging and very satisfying. You will pass huge dipterocarp trees and strangler figs, dripping with lianas, orchids, pitcher plants and wild jungle fruits.

The end point of this ancient gateway is called Minitinduk George. The topside of the George is about 100m from its base. The legend said that, a very long time ago people could leap across the George because it was narrow enough. As time goes by, its side widen due to erosion but local people think otherwise. There's a story why it is widen according to old local folks. I will tell this story in my next entry (perhaps!). In the local dialect, minitinduk means "two chicken's beaks meeting". Lets have a look at some of Minitinduk George photos.

A "V" shape Minitinduk George, the ancient gateway from distance.
Base of Minitinduk George.
Base of Minitinduk George.
This photo was taken on top of the George itself.

Lets learn some of the history of the Minitinduk itself now. In 1851, Sir Hugh Low ascended Mt. Kinabalu and until recently, the trail he and his native entourage took was a holy grail. Even though he didn't reach the summit, the highest peak was named after him by another British, Sir John Whitehead whom actually was the first European to set foot on the summit, in 1888. The first woman to set foot on Low's Peak was Lillian Gibbs in 1910.

The trail today that tourist take to reach the summit is not nearly the same. It was founded in 1924 by R.F. Evan and Sarel. The trail starts from the Tinompok Ridge through the Timpohon Pass but no one was sure where exactly the original or ancient trail to mountain was. After months of research conducted by 3 Sabah Society members, going through journals written by the early explorers, there were mention of the geographical features along their journeys.
1.Start from a village called Kiau
2.Along cascading river
3.An overhanging rock
4.Passing through a gorge
5.A tall cascading waterfall
6.A much larger overhanging rock
7.Mountain swamp

The 3 Society members who traced and walked on the ancient trail of the early explorers are; (You can read their adventure in the book, co written by them, titled "The Hugh Low Trail").

1.Dr. ChinShui Hiung
2.Dr. RaviMandalam
3.Christopher Chin
This ancient trail, coincidentally, meets the present trail at the 3rd Shelter called Lowii. There is another trail leading to the mountain, connected at the last shelter, Paka. This trail walks along the Kiau Spur and was first traced in 1995 by an expedition led by the Outbound School. Below is the ancient trail according to them.

From Kiau to summit. 

OK, that's some of the history info that I got from Internet. Personally, I think that it's a very interesting story and has a huge potential to be explored. Tourists love history and nature and we, Guas Nabalu Homestay will bring this to them. Here are some more photos along the way to Minitinduk George, the ancient gateway.

Sea of fresh veges. Local called it "kotundukan".
You can only see the waterfall from distance.
A beautiful scenic route leading to Ancient gateway of Mt. Kinabalu
Crystal clear river which coming straight from Mt. Kinabalu.

A beautiful view hill paddy field.

Another beautiful photo of river along the way.

So that's about it for now but I'll keep this page updated from time to time if there's any new information that I'd like to share.

Guas Nabalu Homestay provide trekking to this Holy Grail trail

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Saturday, 17 March 2012

  • Perfect place to stay, especially for climbing the famous Mount Kinabalu.
  • Amazing village, fascinating location and lifestyle. Kiau considered one of the most beautiful/clean villages in Sabah with friendly residents.
  • Cool temperature 24/7 (located above 1000m from sea level at the foot of Mount Kinabalu).
  • Real local culture experience.
  • "Must try" lifetime experience which is very affordable.
  • Just 90 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).
Why Guas Nabalu Homestay?
  • 30minutes to Mount Kinabalu.
  • 35minutes to Kundasang memorial park/Kundasang vegetable farms.
  • 40minutes to Ranau town.
  • 45minutes to Mesilau resort.
  • 1hour to Poring Hot Spring
  • 1hour to Sabah Tea Plantation.
  • Starting point to famous Miki’s survival camp
  • Transportation is simple and easy. We can provide excellent travel advice if required. 
Not just a homestay, we offer/provide
  • Overnight stays accepted, 2-3 nights recommended.
  • Rice paddy planting/harvesting experience (seasonal).
  • Coffee planting/harvesting experience (seasonal).
  • Village tour (meet people/culture exchange).
  • Hiking/jungle trekking.
  • First class jungle surviving skill (camping 1night) with hunting experience.
  • Conquer Nongkok mountain (upon request).
  • Pineapple farm tour (including planting and harvesting).
  • Rubber tapping experience.
  • Your chance to see and try traditional drink/food/music/dance.
  • Mount Kinabalu climbing booking with tour guide (including 1 day trip).
Transportation service/transit (from/to)
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) - Guas Nabalu Homestay
  • Ranau town - Guas Nabalu Homestaykiau
  • Guas Nabalu Homestay - Poring hot spring
  • Guas Nabalu Homestay - Sabah Tea
  • Guas Nabalu Homestay-National park (Mount Kinabalu)

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Kiau Nuluh village (in the middle) where Guas Nabalu Homestay is located. In the background is Mount Kinabalu.

A misty day at beautiful Kiau region.

Pineapple farm tour with friends from Canada.

The rice is usually harvested in November and December every year.

Tourist from EU using the bamboo bridge during jungle treking which requires 1 night camping in the jungle.

We will pass through many streams and rivers with crystal clear water on the way to camping site.

A bunch of travellers arrive in Guas Nabalu Homestay.