As a keen mountaineer, Antony van der Ent, a PhD holder in Environmental Sciences and Biology could not resist the allure of Sabah’s World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park which was established in 1964. Many great expeditions have been organised and through the lens of Antony van der Ent, the book features a collection of photos taken in Kinabalu Park, including those from the Summit Trail, and from some of the more difficult-to-reach sites on the mountain. This book also touches on the history and folklore, rituals, remarkable mountain guides and the communities, flora and fauna, and the little-known Mount Tambuyukon (2579 m), the highest ultramafic mountain in Southeast Asia.

‘KINABALU’ brings you another perspective on the majesty and biodiversity of Mount Kinabalu. If you have not scaled Mount Kinabalu, this book may just inspire you.

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The Park

  • Climbing the Mountain Nowadays
  • Mountain Guides
  • Mountain Huts
  • Bowen’s Route and Kotal’s Route
  • The Summit Plateaus
  • Miniangkap Route
  • Mount Tambuyukon

The History & Folklore  

  • The Sandakan Death Marches
  • A Short History of Scientific Collecting on Mount Kinabalu
  • Folklore
  • Rituals and the Sacrificial Pool
  • Local Names and Places
  • The Mythical Lake and Dragon at the Summit

The Mountain

  • The western Summit Plateau and Low’s Peak
  • The Eastern Summit Plateau
  • Mountain of Mist and Rain
  • Low’s Gully
  • Glaciers and what they left behind
  • Easy Valley and Lone Tree
  • North Ridge
  • Pinosuk Plateau
  • Marai Parai
  • Mount Tambuyukon and Mount Nambuyukon
  • Waterfalls and Raging mountain Streams

The Biodiversity

  • Vegetation Zones on the Mountain
  • The Lowland Rainforest
  • The Lower Montane Forest
  • The Upper Montane Forest
  • ‘Mossy’ Forest
  • Ultramafic Vegetation
  • Sub-alpine Plants
  • Pitcher Plants
  • Orchids
  • Rhododendrons
  • Rafflesia
  • Ferns and Mosses
  • Tropical Conifers
  • Wildlife of the Rainforest
  • Birds
  • Giant Blue Worms and Kinabalu Giant Leech
  • Consulted sources and further reading



Publication Date: April 2013
Publisher: Natural History Publications (Borneo) Sdn. Bhd.
Author: Antony Van der Ent

Additional information

Weight 2.15 kg
Dimensions 28 × 2 × 31 cm