With the new height of 4,095 m above the sea level, Mt. Kinabalu has been quoted as one of the most unique mountains in the world. The secret of this, which stays with you from the very first sight through a lifetime, is the way the mountain is set; near the Equator, rising darkly straight out of the tropical forest, one continuous, clean, black, bare rock mass, to the summit. Due to this fact, Mt. Kinabalu has its own climate, a constant flux of cloud, wind, rain and cold air, but with the hot forest below. It is seldom in any sense a static mountain, one may be looking at it one moment and the next, it disappears. This play a very important part in the excitement provided by Mt. Kinabalu.
The opportunity to do rock climbing activity on the summit is extremely great, with a lot of rock face which is relatively safe albeit hard to climb. There are over 20 peaks waiting on the top to be conquered. The Low's peak is commonly used by tourists. Typically, it will take 2 days to conquer this highest mountain in Malaysia. A day to 11,000 ft and the second day, to reach the summit before sunrise.
Accommodation is available at the 11,000 ft elevation. There is the Laban Rata, Panar Laban and Gunting Lagadan rest houses and a moderate restaurant serving oriental and western menu. At the elevation of approximately 12,000 ft, a small hut which can accommodate 4 people is located on the western side of the mountain. it is called West Gurkha Hut. Climbers can go and stay there provided the park authority is informed before climbing. This hut is without any caretaker. So, if you are thinking of staying there, make sure you clean the hut before you depart from there. You are advised to bring your own cooking equipment and food. However, sleeping bags, cooking pot, cutlery and mattresses are readily available there.
There are few areas which most people climb and explore. They are namely Low's Peak, Eastern Plateau, Western Plateau, Victoria Peak, St. John and Alexandra Peak. Care should be taken when exploring these areas and a high level of fitness is essential to meet the challenge.
Some of the climbers may opt to attempt the Low's Peak while some would prefer to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Technical rock climbing is also another interesting activity here. Multi-pitch climbing can be done all over the summit with a competent partner.
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