Panalaban Hostel is a hostel-style establishment where you will share a large room with other climbers. It consists of two newly built blocks by Sabah Parks, Mokodou and Kinotoki, each accommodating up to 25 climbers per day. Like Lemaing Hut, it offers very basic facilities such as non-heated unisex dormitory bunk beds and a shared common bathroom. Every bunk bed comes with a thick blanket, pillow and bedsheet. There are no dining options accessible here - facilities and services are only available at Laban Rata Resthouse which is a 5-minute walk from the hostel.

City / Region Mount Kinabalu
Hotel Code HTMK-PLH
Address 3,230 metres above sea level, a 4- to 6-hour climb from Timpohon Gate (Kinabalu Park)

Check-in Time: 1400hrs; Check-out Time: 1030hours


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Rooms will be based on a run-of-house basis, which simply means the room given will be decided upon by the accommodation provider, and you will be notified of your room number upon confirmation of booking.

Mokodou Hostel

  • Room Type: Hostel Style
  • Bed: Single Bed
  • Bathroom: Common Bathroom
  • Shower: Non-Heated Shower

Facilities & Services

Available only at Laban Rata Resthouse.

  • Food & Beverages (Opening Hours: 02:00hrs – 03:30hrs, 07:00hrs – 19:30hrs)
  • Reception
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Grocery Counter (The Goodie Bag Shop)
  • Items for rent include warm jacket, torchlight, blanket, sleeping bag & towel. (subject to availability)

Park Etiquette

Do not destroy or remove any plant or animal

It is an offence to remove plants and/or animals and to shoot, trap and/or collect any wildlife. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

Do Not Litter
Do not litter. Dispose of rubbish with a thought for the environment.

Clean up if need be after those who don’t. help keep the environment clean and pure as nature intended it to be.

Plastic Bottle
Do not bring heavily packaged products

These mean large quantities of paper and plastic wrappings to discard after use. Minimize the amount of disposable material.

No Pets
Do not bring pets

Pets are not allowed into the park as they may introduce diseases to isolated populations or may escape and become wild.

No Sound
Do respect the silence of nature

Do not bring audio or digital devices such as loud speakers, portable electronic audio players and radios that may disturb wildlife or those who wish to observe them. Be considerate.

Warning Flammable
Do be extra careful with inflammable material

Make sure fires are fully extinguished. Do not smoke if you can avoid it. Cigarettes can cause bush fires. Observe all safety rules.