When my CS host Chel visited me in the Philippines,she gave me two shirts from Sabah,Borneo as a gift. The black and white shirts both have "I climbed Mount Kinabalu: Tallest Peak in South East Asia" design. So I told myself, I should visit Mount Kinabalu at the very least (if I can't climb it).
So we headed to Mount Kinabalu last Sunday,October 24. Mount Kinabalu is situated in the World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park which is about 80 km east of Kota Kinabalu or a 1-2 hour-drive going to Ranau, Sandakan or Tawau. There was a market with a view point where we stopped and take this picture.
Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range with top of Low's Peak measuring 4,095.2m or 13,435.7ft above sea level. It is also known to be one of the most accessible mountains in the world as there is no specialized mountain climbing skills required to ascend it. In fact, locals begin climbing the mountain from the age of 3 and the oldest person to reach the peak was 80 years old!
When we got to the park, there was a marathon competition so non-participants were not allowed entry. Well, to climb it is one reason to go back to Kota Kinabalu!
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Non-Malaysians pay RM15 (adults)/RM10 (children) to enter the park. (Malaysians pay RM3 and RM1 respectively). There is another RM120 fee (plus RM7 for insurance) to climb the mountain in addition to park entry.
Although it is possible to climb to the top and back in less than four hours, most climbers take two days, with an overnight break at Laban Rata. Then at 2:30AM, they start the climb in order to catch the breath-taking views of sunrise at the top!