Mt. Kinabalu is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo and with an altitude of 4095 meters (13,435 feet) it is one of the highest peaks in Maritime Southeast Asia. Since 2000, the Mount and the surrounding National Park were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, aiming preserve the rich tropical and sub-alpine vegetation and wildlife.
Often cloaked in mists and clouds, the mountain emits an aura of mystery and adventure that has captured the minds of locals and explorers alike. Fittingly, the origins of the name “Kinabalu” are a bit of a mystery themselves and there are many folklores and fables that tell how the mountain got it’s name. The most popular view suggests that it derives from the Kadazan words “Aki Nabalu” which translates to “the revered place of the dead”. The local Kadazan people today still believe that spirits dwell on the mountain.
Although Kinabalu is an imposing mountain, it can be climbed by anyone and doesn’t require any previous experience.
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