Malaysia appeared to have the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the stretch of Jayawijaya. Mount Kinabalu is named, with a peak that can climb, Low’s Peak, an altitude
4095.2 meters above sea level. In addition to Low’s Peak, Mount Kinabalu still has four top again, the South Peak (3921 m), Oyayubi Peak (3975 m), St. John Peak (4090 m), and Victoria Park (4095 m). However, from the fifth peak is just the usual Low’s Peak climb.
Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia. Region of Mount Kinabalu, which is named Kinabalu National Park, UNESCO designated as a ‘world heritage site’.
The formation of Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu formed 15 million years ago as a result of the rocks melt granite intrusions (plutons or lava) that hardens. One million years ago, tectonic movements make the pluton was pushed upward and form the body of the mountain. Until now the process of establishment of Mount Kinabalu is still ongoing. The highest mountain in Malaysia is still growing upward 0.5 cm annually.
In the Pleistocene era (between 1.808 million to 11,500 years ago) ice-covered mountain peaks, scraped, smoothed granite plateau, leaving only jagged peaks on the ice. Then, the ice melts since ten thousand years ago. Since then, the weather and rain eroded the cliffs of Mount Kinabalu. Then, it forms peaks and the gaping chasm as if carved out amazing.
As per regulations of the national parks, Mount Kinabalu climbers must be accompanied by a guide. There are two starting points of the climb, namely Timpohon Gate (located 5.5 km from the Office of Kinabalu Park, at an altitude of 1886 m) and Mesilau Nature Resort. Location of Mesilau Nature Resort is slightly higher, but over a ridge so that adds to the distance of about two kilometers. Route Timpohon Mesialu Gate and Nature Resort met about two kilometers before Laban Rata.
Accommodation is available in the park and near the Office of Kinabalu Park. From here climbers headed Timpohon Gate, located at an altitude of 1866 m, either on foot or ride the minibus. The journey then continued to the Laban Rata Resthouse, at an altitude of 3270 m. Typically, climbers completed the ascent of Timpohon Gate to Laban Rata in 3 to 6 hours. Because there are no roads, raw materials and fuel to Laban Rata Resthouse must be carried by porters, capable of carrying 30 kilograms of goods in the back. Food and hot drinks, hot shower, and room berpenghangat available at Laban Rata.
Laban Rata to the Low’s Peak is 2 miles. Latency between 2 to 4 hours. This last route in the form of clusters of granite. Here there is no plant so there is no protection from the wind. From the foothills of the granite, the hiking trail to the top of Kinabalu secured with a rope. Climbers will go up or down it should pass through the rope. Since the number of climbers, in some parts common to use a rope line.