Welcome to Panalaban

Located at 3,272 metres above sea level, Panalaban is the final pitstop before ascending to the summit of Low’s Peak. Providing climbers with comfortable lodgings and hot meals at this overnight resting point is the Laban Rata Resthouse.

Laban Rata Private Room 1 (176 sq ft) & Private Room 2 (198 sq ft)

Twin-sharing private rooms equipped with a heater to help you stay warm at 3,272 metres above sea level. Complete with en-suite bathroom with heated shower.

2 unit for 2 persons

  • Twin beds (Sold as a room)
  • Attached Bathroom with Heated Shower
  • Room Heater

Laban Rata Private Room 3 (288 sq ft)

A private room suitable for a group of six. It comes with a room heater and attached bathroom exclusively for your group with a heated shower.

1 unit for 6 persons

  • 3 units of Bunk Beds (Sold as a room)
  • Attached Bathroom with Heated Shower
  • Room Heater

Non-Heated Dormitory (3,190 sq ft)

Non-heated mixed dormitory rooms with communal bathrooms for male and female, offering a comfortable rest before your ascend to the summit.

  • 30 units of Bunk Beds
  • 1 room with 2 Bunk Beds
  • 2 rooms with 3 Bunk Beds
  • 1 room with 6 Bunk Beds
  • Unisex, Multiple Dormitory Rooms
  • Common Bathroom (Non-Heated Showers)

Getting Here

Panalaban is accessible only by hiking 6 kilometres up from Timpohon Gate located in Kinabalu Park.

Food & Beverages


Serves a wide spread of buffet meals three times a day for mountain climbers and also offers à la carte menu for All Day Dining if you are craving that hot instant noodle cup at 3,272 metres above sea level.

Open daily from 2.00am to 3.30am and 7.00am to 7.30pm

Buffet Timing:-
Supper : 2.00am – 3.30am
Breakfast : 7.30am – 10.30am
Dinner : 4.30pm – 7.30pm

Traveller's Tips

Here are some tips to ensure that you are well prepared before attempting to climb Mount Kinabalu:
1. Confirm your accommodation at Laban Rata Resthouse with your suitable package.
2. Bring extra cash for Mountain Climbing fees payable to Sabah Park authorities.
3. Check your fitness level.
4. Bring altitude sickness medicine.
5. Pack light for easy ascend (less than 10kg).

What to Bring

The following are essential but not exhaustive. They complement other necessities and specialized equipment, where applicable:
1. Lightweight Clothing / Raincoat / Poncho / Warm Clothing
2. A windbreaker
3. A small bottle of water
4. Energy food i.e. chocolate bars, biscuits, glucose tablets
5. Head torch
6. Walking Shoes
7. Rain cap / Hat
8. Gloves
9. Rubber Sandals
10. Ziploc Plastic Bags
11. Leech Socks / Extra Pairs of Socks
12. Warm Jacket
13. Lightweight Ruck Sack / Daypack
14. Others - Sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, torch and batteries, camera, reading material, first aid kit.

Park Etiquette

1. Do not destroy or remove any plant or animal.
2. Do not litter.
3. Do not bring heavily packaged products.
4. Do not bring pets.
5. Do respect the silence of nature.
6. Do not bring music players or radios that may disturb the wildlife or those who wish to observe them.
7. Be extra careful with inflammable material.
8. Make sure fires are fully extinguished. Avoid smoking. Cigarettes can cause bush fires.
9. Observe all safety rules.