Mount Kinabalu Sunrise View Sabah


Mount Kinabalu Sunrise View in Sabah


Mount Kinabalu
in Sabah is one of the most interesting places to visit or climb in Malaysia. Awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2000, the Kinabalu Mountain sits on the Crocker Range at a height of 4,095.2 meters (13,435 feet) and is the tallest mountain in South East Asia. The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species identified.

Mount Kinabalu morning clouds passing valley

On one of my journeys to see the sunrise at Mount Kinabalu, I took off from Kota Kinabalu at about 3.30am as the drive to Kinabalu Park takes about one and a half to two hours without rushing. Along the way I made various stops to admire the beautiful Kinabalu Sunrise scenery where one of them was witnessing the morning dew move over the landscape. Something this beautiful would only be seen at around 5am in the morning.

Signpost indicating distance to Ranau, Poring and Kinabalu Park

My journey started from the capitol of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu and there is only one main road towards Mount Kinabalu Park and that is Highway A4 which passes the town of Tuaran towards Kundasang and Ranau. With my rented car, I took a casual drive where my objective was to visit the Kinabalu Park and also catch the amazing sunrise at Mount Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu A4 Main Highway

The main A4 Highway is a two-way highway so one has to be careful while driving here. At some point on my drive, Mount Kinabalu was visible from the roads and almost every turn I took, the majestic mountain would be in front of me. The roads start to ascend after Tuaran and the air starts to get cool.

Mount Kinabalu - Poropok View Stop

There are also many stops which offer great lookout views of Mount Kinabalu along the way. The notable ones would be Poropok View, Tourist Bus Stop View and Nabalu Town View. Some of these stops cater to tourists with offering souvenir shops, restaurants, toilets and handicraft shops which I always stop to see what they might have.

Mount Kinabalu 5am sunrise

Mount Kinabalu Sunrise from Jalan Ranau Bypass

Just before the Nabalu Town stop, I made a detour which was recommended by my Sabahan friend Mark who told me that one of the best spots to catch the Kinabalu Sunrise would be along a slip road called Jalan Ranau Bypass. It was here, I captured various shots of the sun rising from behind of Mount Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu Sunrise

Catching the sunrise at Kinabalu was one of the beautiful things seen in my travels. Apparently on a good day, the sun rises at about 6.30am and in 10 minutes after the sun rises, white clouds start to come in and surround Mount Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu Sunrise

On one of my other trips, I managed to capture the sunrise from Nabalu Town viewing platform. An area built for the purpose of viewing Mount Kinabalu at any time of the day, this is one of the closest viewing points with no obstructions to Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu View from the Tourist Bus Stop View

Just so you know, I have made at least 8 trips to Kinnabalu Park since 2006 to 2008 and many times, I have stopped at various places to capture the sunrise moment. This would explain my various sunrise pictures here where some are with natural props of flowers and leaves in front of me and some plain clear shots of the mountain.

View of the valley around Mount Kinabalu

At the famous Tourist Bus Stop View, this is the best place to see the entire Kinabalu mountain range and the valleys before it. The Tourist Bus Stop View is after the Jalan Ranau Bypass and before Nabalu Town. It is on the left side of the road where you see a row of shacks which apparently sell local produce. It is here that you can see various small villages in the green valley of Kinabalu.

How this place got a name like Tourist Bus Stop View, it was mentioned by Mark that many tourist buses make this place a photography stop for tourists and most tour guides would know of this.

You do not have to climb Mount Kinabalu to go there as you can just make a self drive to the Kinabalu Park and see the majestic mountain along the way and also from the park.

Facts about Kinabalu Park and its surroundings;
  • Drive to Kinabalu Park from KK Town - 2 hour one way drive
  • You can spend half a day there and head back to KK
  • Try the local fruits at Nabalu Town Stop
  • Kundasang War Memorial around the area
  • Poring Hot Springs around the area
Facts about Mount Kinabalu

Map to Kinabalu Park in Sabah

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~ David Jr

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