Saturday, October 25, 2008

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: The Summit Of Borneo

From AsiaHotels blog:

So many tourists go to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia to test their limits by conquering Mt. Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Malaysia.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu can actually be completed within two days but it is not recommended most especially for novice climbers. A slower paced 3-day climb is more comfortable and suggested to acclimatise to the altitude and to give you to enjoy the climb and appreciate the rich flora and fauna including rare plants, colourful birds, interesting insects, etc.

You can reach the summit by taking two trails: the Summit Trail and the other one is the Mesilau Route. These two trails meet at one point called the Layang – Layang which is already at 2, 740m.

The Summit Trail is the more travelled route. You would have to start your journey from the park’s headquarters by taking the shuttle transport to the Timpohon Gate (1, 866.4m) and this is where the Summit Trail starts. You would have to start on foot near the descent of the Carson Falls, named after the first Park Warden of Kinabalu Park. From here, the climb would take around four to five hours for the day but this would still depend on your fitness level.

Continue reading (incl. pics) at: Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: The Summit Of Borneo

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