Mount Kinabalu Kotal-Bowen Route & Western Plateau of Kinabalu Expedition

I wrote about Eastern Plateau of Kinabalu route 5 years ago – Kotal Route and Bowen Route with very limited resources. Those days, I have to really to extensive research about these expedition route or unbeaten path of Kinabalu because they are really not as famous and as commercialize as The Summit Trail and Mesilau Trail. I also have a very limited photos on the route as it was difficult to find climbers/trekkers who like to share their photos on the net.

This morning I received an email pointing me to a Youtube video of a group of Mount Kinabalu hardcore climbers who produced a very good video on their expedition.

Eddie Lim YatYuen said;

On the route: This route is the most amazing route I have hiked in Malaysia so far. Starting from the Nepenthes trail where one gets to see the Nepenthes rajah and villosa, it goes through different forest types at different elevations. This route is untouched, unspoiled and rich in biodiversity. Different types of orchids can be found growing throughout the entire route.
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Of all, the Bowen route is the most technical and difficult section of the route. This is also the section where it involved the biggest risk. The descent involved climbing down several vertical sections using long ladders and ropes. Moreover, one has to abseil down huge slabs and gaps using ropes and carefully guides oneself through rocky edges.

On Gurkha Hut: One would easily missed Gurkha hut for a gigantic rock or some insignificant structure when viewed from Low’s peak if no one points it out or more often than not, the place would be covered in fog. As this hut is not promoted anywhere, therefore information regarding this magnificent alpine hut is relatively unknown to the outsiders. However, set in the western plateau and surrounded by different jagged peaks, this alpine hut is probably one of the closest places to heaven in Malaysia one can find. This hut also acts as a safety retreat from the ever-changing weather of Mount Kinabalu.

It’s a really long journey, but I think it was really worth it! Enjoy.

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