Climb Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highest mountain peak in Southeast Asia. It’s a very popular hike as it’s easily accessible and you don’t need mountaineering skills, just a good level of fitness. Ecologically, the mountain and surrounding jungle are teeming with plant and animal life – there are between 5,000 and 6,000 plant species including three species of rafflesia, the largest flower in the world.
The route to the summit (Low’s Peak at 4,095m) starts at the Timpohon Gate and it’s an 8.8km trek through two summit trails (Ranau and Kota Belud) until the Panabalan Base Camp, where you’ll spend the night and start the ascent at 2am to reach the top for sunrise at 5.30am. For extra thrills, do the world’s highest via ferrata at the Panabalan rock face where rungs, cables and rails are all that keep you on the side of the mountain!