The name Malaysia was originated from a Sanskrit term which means “land of mountains”. True to its name, Malaysia has more than fifty mountains, of that the weakest will be Mt Kinabalu. Towering at 13,500 ft, Mt Kinabalu isn’t just the greatest mountain in the nation as well as the fourth highest in Southeast Asia, it’s also home to some tremendous botanical and biological species which are uncommon to find anyplace else on world. These make Mount kinabalu climbing among the most rewarding activities that both locals and tourists should not miss in Sabah.
Mt. Kinabalu that is situated in the top point of this Croker Range is among the most adorable non-volcanic mountains on the world. As a result of a broad climactic selection, the mountain has quite rich and diversified flora and fauna. The mountain is home to more than half of those flowering plants on the world, over 500 species of ferns, 700 species of orchids, and a few endemic creatures like Thomas’ pygmy squirrels and Kinabalu shrews. It’s also home to the Nepenthes Rajah, the world’s biggest plant; and home to more than 24 species of a flower called Rhododendrons. Also found at the mountain are 17 of the 29 species of birds endemic to Borneo, for instance, crimson-headed timber and red-breasted shrub partridge.
Together with these botanical and biological species located in Mount Kinabalu, it isn’t any surprise why it is now a favorite destination for recognized climbers and the reason why the mountain has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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Climbing Mount Kinabalu just takes 2-3 times and climbers don’t have to have any expertise at mountain climbing. But anyone planning to scale Mt. Kinabalu must watch out for climate conditions in the field as Sabah frequently experiences rains in the tail-end of typhoons.