Mt Kinabalu Prides Itself on Cleanliness

Mar 11, 2024

As popular mountains around the world such as the Himalayas are strewn with garbage and human faeces, Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu appears to be an exception to the rule – the most common trash found on the trails to its peak is cigarette butts.

This is thanks to the mountain park’s rangers, guides and porters who run a tight ship when it comes to supervising climbers, numbering up to 60,000 every year before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parks director Dr Maklarin Lakim said with cleanliness being one of their top priorities, strict rules have been set and imposed on all guests pertaining to hygiene on the 4,095m mountain.

“Our rangers, mountain guides and porters play a pivotal role in maintaining the cleanliness of the Mount Kinabalu summit trail.

“The rangers and guides brief and remind all climbers of safety, rules and regulations, including cleanliness when in our parks and on the mountain,” he said.

Maklarin said rubbish bins are placed at all offices, hostel buildings and shelters along the mountain’s trail.

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Image Source : Evonna Geofrey, Sabah Parks