Mt. Kinabalu is the place I want to go ever since I made plans to visit my uncle and aunt in Sabha, Kota Kinabalu. My uncle teaches in the University there for the past 4 years and he has been calling me to visit him ever since. Each year I make plans to go there something keep coming up. This year, finally I made plans to visit him and Mt. Kinabalu was top of my list to climb.
All my research showed this submits is one of the easiest summits to climb. There are steps almost to the top and only the last few meters you have the hard rock / gravel.
All my excitement came to an end when my uncle called up few days before I was to fly to inform me that there is heavy rain there and the authorities may not let anyone climb the summit.
After reaching there, after few days we drove down to the mountain and took some pictures. I also met a group of ladies who made it to the top. They started around midnight to the climb. Reached the summit during the sun raise and came back by afternoon. It is an easy and fun climb and I would recommend any adventure junky to try it out. For me one day I will climb it.
We also spend some time around the rain forest. I wouldn’t recommend the place much as I feel the real excitement is in climbing the mountain itself.
Photographing the mountain itself was fun like framing any peak. The cloud and sun always give a different prospective to the mountain. No two sots are same. For a photographer how many shots you take it is just not enough. There are many elements and parameters, which can dramatize the peak and it changes all the time. Kinabalu was not an exception and manages to get some spectacular shots.
Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range and is the fourth tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Papua’s Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora and Puncak Mandala. Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th tallest mountain in the world by topographic prominence. In 1997, a re-survey using satellite technology established its summit (known as Low’s Peak) height at 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level, which is some 6 metres (20 ft) less than the previously thought and hitherto published figure of 4,101 metres (13,455 ft)
Mount Kinabalu includes the Kinabalu montane alpine meadows ecoregion in the montane grasslands and shrublands biome. The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 4500 species of plant, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and the orangutan. Mount Kinabalu has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status