Fees and climbing permit to Mt Kinabalu, including entrance fees going to Kinabalu Park, are expected to get more expensive after the Sabah Parks announced that it is raising conservation fees starting next year.
In a statement, Dr Maklarin Lakim, the director of Sabah Parks, said that the fees collected going to all Sabah Parks-managed parks and areas would increase.
“Yes, there is an increment of fee at all Sabah Parks areas as announced by Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin in May,” Lakim said, adding that “it will take effect on 1 January 2023.”
Sabah Parks is the agency tasked to manage Kinabalu Park, and others such as Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Crocker Range Park, and Tawau Hills Park, to name a few.
For instance, the permit fee for Malaysian adults in Mount Kinabalu is going up to RM100 per person, from RM 50, and for Malaysian children 17 years old and below is now at RM50 per child, from RM 30.
For international climbers, the fee is up to RM400 per person from RM200 for adults aged 18 years old and above, while for children, RM200 from RM80, according to mountkinabalu.com.
Meanwhile, the entrance fee to Kinabalu National Park for Malaysian adults is RM10 per person per day, and RM5 per person per day for children, while the fee for 12 years old and below and 60 years old and above, including the disabled, is waived.
For international visitors, the entrance fee is RM50 per person per day for adults and RM25 per person per day for children.
The mountain guide rate is also expected to rise to RM350 from RM230 for a maximum of five climbers.
“This decision is made to overcome the increase of the park’s operational and management costs, as well as to be in line with Sabah Park’s vision to reach sustainable financing by the year 2025,” Mount Kinabalu Climb Booking & Information Center said in a statement.
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