The Treehugging Outdoorsman

Mount Kinabalu

Rising at 4,101 metres above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Southeast Asia. It can be climb by any person with a good physical condition and it doesn’t require any mountaineering equipment as you can climb it without bringing loads of pack up into the summit. Kinabalu came from the Malay word ‘Aki Nabalu’ which means “the revered place of the dead”.

The first person to ever make the ascent to the mountain is Sir Hugh Low, a British colonial administrator in the year 1851. The main peak, Low’s Peak, was named after him. Mount Kinabalu is also well-known for its botanical diversity as one of the world’s richest orchid flora of 800 species can be found here. The largest single flower in the world,the parasitic rafflesia, can also be found in this area. Just recently, Mount Kinabalu has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “outstanding universal values”.


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