Photo by Petr Vondracek
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1858|
|First successful climber(s):||H. Low and Spencer|
|Nearest major airport:||Kota Kinabalu, Borneo|
|Convenient Center:||Kota Kinabalu, Borneo|
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain of Borneo. It is located 70 miles from the northern tip of the island. It is an impressive flat-topped granite block, rising in isolation, thousands of feet above the gently sloping plain. It is a rugged, heavily eroded mountain, scarred by gullies, with jagged rocks and sharp pointed peaks surrounding the main terrace. The lower slopes are farmed, while the higher slopes are covered in thick jungle with rich biodiversity. The mountain's high peak is easily climbed, but all other peaks require rock climbing skills.
Kota Kinabalu is the provincial capital, and is the most important city in the area. It is just 35 miles southwest of the mountain, and is accessible by either air or boat from Singapore.