Sabah Tourism Board has recently announced the opening of two new trekking routes to the summit of Mount Kinabalu from Laban Rata. The alternative routes will replace the old single trail leading to the peak, where several climbers and mountain guides were killed during an earthquake in June.
The World Site Heritage was partially reopened on 1 September, with climbers permitted to climb up to Laban Rata via Timpohan. However, discouraged by the fact that the summit was still off limit, less than 100 visitors climbed the mountain that month. With the opening of the Ranau Trail from 1 December 2015, climbers will now be permitted to climb onward to Low’s Peak Summit, which has been reopened to the public. The trail offers an easterly route, with scenic view of Kundasang and across the valley of Ranau.
The second trail, Kota Belud, is still under construction and will be open to climbers once fully completed, expected to be sometime in 2016. Situated on the south west side of the mountain, this trail is longer and offers climbers a more scenic view from the face of the mountain towards the Kota Belud district.
At this stage, the daily number of climbers has been revised down from the previous limit of 192 to 135.