|KOTA BELUD TRAIL (Alternative Route)
||RANAU TRAIL (Standard Route)
||Length of Trail
(Laban Rata to Sayat-Sayat)
|1.5 – 2 hours
(Depending on fitness level)
|1 – 2 hours
|Next To Gunting Lagadan & Panar Laban Hut
||After Pendant Hut
|At 7.5km mark, right before Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint
||At 7.5km mark, right before Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint
|Special permission is required from Sabah Parks Authority
||No permission is required
|30 climbers per day
||No limit stated
|1 : 3
||Guide to Climber Ratio
(Maximum number of adult climbers allowed to be led by one mountain guide)
|1 : 5
|Above average fitness level (Requires upper & lower body strength and not afraid of heights)
||Climber Fitness Requirement
||Average fitness level
|Moderately hard (Sectional wooden steps, rely heavily on the rope, steeper & more challenging than Ranau trail)
||Moderately easy (Flights of staircases, relatively less steep compared to Kota Belud trail)
95% of the trail is made of granite. Wooden steps are installed on certain sections of the trail, particularly in the early stages.
Ropes are installed to lead climbers along the trail. These ropes passed several boulders overhangs which would shelter climbers from falling rocks.
The final stages of the trail leading up to the Sayat-Sayat checkpoint is considered the most challenging as some parts are at an incline of 60 degrees.
90% of the trail is made of either wooden staircases or steps carved out of rocks.
Ropes are installed to make it easier for climbers to hike through certain parts of the trail.
The final part of the trail, climbers are required to hike up the granite surface terrain.
Overall, the trail is gentle and safe for average climbers
View of Mountain Torq’s Low’s Peak Circuit & Walk The Torq activities & paths Intersection between Kota Belud Trail & Low’s Peak Circuit path.
Panoramic view of Panalaban Basecamp & Mt. Trus Madi
Walk pass the ruins of Panar Laban Hut & Gunting Lagadan Hut
Aki Point Viewing Platform
Panoramic view of the “zig-zag” staircase trail
Upper montane & cloud forest vegetation
|Allowed to change to Ranau Trail once booked on Kota Belud Trail
||Change of Mind
||Not allowed to change/upgrade to Kota Belud Trail once booked on Ranau Trail
|18 years and above