Monday, 29 July 2013

Mount Kinabalu Malaysia

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Sabah is praised for unspoiled, sandy beaches bordering azure waters, untouched rainforests, some of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia and a powerful river snaking far into the interior region. A stunning expanse of well-protected surroundings draws thousands of outdoor enthusiasts for exciting river rafting, water sports, jungle treks and other adventurous pastimes but the most renowned of all activities is the challenging climb up the majestic Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu climbing surpasses every activity in the area by a long shot. It is by far the most sought after of things to do in Kota Kinabalu.

One of the reasons Mount Kinabalu mountain climbing is so popular is because climbers of all levels can get to the summit without carrying a backbreaking load of climbing gear during their Malaysia vacation. Any fairly fit person can make the Mount Kinabalu ascent successfully within two days. Mount Kinabalu mountain climbing is where you'll get the best views of Kota Kinabalu and area as the trail climbs quickly through cloud forests laden with mist to lofty meadows and then to the end where a barren crest of gray-hued granite greets you.

In the history of Mount Kinabalu the name came about from the Kadazan words "aki nabalu" which means "the revered place of the dead." This name echoes a local axiom that ancestor spirits linger on the summit. Every year local mountain guides carry out religious rites to assuage the spirits during Malaysia tours. The first person to ever make the ascent in the history of Mount Kinabalu was the British crown colony of Labuan's Colonial Secretary. In 1851 Sir Hugh Low began his Mount Kinabalu climbing expedition and upon completion the peak he first mounted was named after him.

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