The Kinabalu National Park is of course famous for the Gunung Kinabalu, the pitcher plants and the bird life. But there are waterfalls too! Many of them will never have been visited, because there is no access. However, a few are accesible. When you start climbing to Gunung Kinabalu, after passing the Timpohon gate, you will pass the Carson Fall.
The headquarters of Kinabalu National Park
Timpohon Gate can look very grim, when it is misty or rainy weather.
Not far from the gate you will pass the Carson Fall
The waterfall is not spectacular but the location is scenic and you can fill your water bottles here. After climbing the mountain, many people spend a night at the Poring Hot Springs Resort to relax. This is still part of the large Kinabalu National Park (754 square kilometers!)
The Carson Fall
Chalets in the Poring Hot Springs Resort
The Hot Springs are a perfect place to soak your tired limbs, after the strenuous climb of Kinabalu Mountain
It is only a short walk from the hot springs to an attractive waterfall, the Kipungit Fall. You can take a refreshing bath here. When you continue the trail, you will reach the Langanan Fall, but we had no time to visit this fall.
Signboard to the waterfalls
After a short walk you reach the first waterfall.
The Kipungit waterfall
Update November 2008
A contribution from Hamidi Mohd Noh. From the Kipungit fall a clear trail leads in about 1 hour and 45 minutes to the Langanan Fall. The clearly signposted trail is steep uphill and can be slippery after rain. Nice views. The Langanan waterfall is a tall and powerful fall.
View from the trail
The Langanan Fall
Update December 2011, contributed by Faye
From the Timpohon Gate, another tall "ribbon" fall is visible, far away. Also visible from the Tamparuli - Ranau road. This is the Kadamaian Fall. Not yet visited by us, access will not be easy, the starting point is Kg Kiau, where you have to find a guide.
Gunung Kinabalu. The red arrow points to the fall
The Kadamaian Fall
As seen by Google Earth!
Check if you need a permit before planning a waterfall trip. More information here
Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety