Mount Kinabalu

Photo of Mount Kinabalu

Photo by Petr Vondracek

Details

Elevation (feet): 13,455
Elevation (meters): 4,102
Continent: Asia
Country: Malaysia
Range/Region: Borneo
Latitude: 6.08333
Longitude: 116.55
Difficulty: Scramble
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

Description

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.