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Mt. Kinabalu Summit

Listed under Walking in Sabah, Malaysia.

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At 4,095 metres high Low’s Peak, the summit of Mount Kinabalu is the tallest in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the world, it’s also relatively easy to summit.

The walk is usually done over two days, and there is a hut 800 metres below the summit with hot running water and a stocked kitchen for walkers to stay at over night, before scaling the final 800 metres of naked granite, often above the clouds, which takes between two and four hours.

Most people climb Kinabalu to see its miraculous biodiversity and numerous unique and exotic species, especially the park’s orchids and pitcher plants.

The most famous biological sight on Kinabalu is the fleshy, smelly, Rafflesia plant, which grows the world’s largest flowers. These sprout, bright red on the ground and only last for a couple of days before wilting and smelling even worse than the rotting flesh scent which is normally attributed to them - sounds like you couldn't miss one, but they're quite rare and you'll only stumble across one if you're very lucky. Park rangers can usually give you an idea of where to spot one though.

Walkers begin their journey in jungle then progress upward through oak, rhododendron and conifer forests before crossing the alpine meadows leading up to the hut.

Written by  William Mackesy.

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“Mount Kinabalu”

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South-East Asia. It is located on the tropical island of Borneo but beware, whilst the temperature at sea level is usually around 35 degrees celsius, at the summit it can be as low as a few degrees and can even … Read more...

Written by  Dave Clucas.

“Climbing Mount Kinabalu”

South East Asia’s highest peak at 4095 meters in a magnificent climb over 2 days. A two hour bus ride from Kota Kinabalu will take you to the parks gate where you can book the climb, your guide, accommodations before the climb and on the mountain.… Read more...

Written by  Dave and Deb. Continue reading on Dave and Deb's Blog

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Hmm.. okay, but isn't Nanda Devi at 7824m, the 20th highest in the world?

Hey, sorry, but what do you mean by this:

"the summit of Mount Kinabalu is the tallest in Malaysia and the 20th highest in the world"

20th highest in the world in what aspect? Just curious.

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Highest in metres from base to peak. The other way to measure mountains is from sea level, but most of those highest mountains are in the ranges in asia around Everest.

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