Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
Ranked #6 in Malaysia tourism. Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia is a valuable and great nature formation, located on the Borneo Island, Eastern Malaysia. It takes up a major part of the Kinabalu National Park, which has gained the title of UNESCO World Heritage site and now is under the protection in order not to lose the incredibly rich biodiversity of the area.
Mount Kinabalu Facts
The highest peak of the mountain is 4, 095 meters high and thus Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malay Archipelago and gains the 20th place in the list of most prominent mountains in the world by the relative height. It has formed some 15 million years ago and today holds a valuable and rich biodiversity, which most certainly is important to be preserved.
There are several very interesting legends connected with the origin of the name of the mountain. One explanation is very simple asserting that “Kinabalu” actually comes from the Kazdan Dusu word “Aki Nabalu”, which means the “revered place of the dead”.
The other version assumes that it derives from a “Cina Balu” (today the word has transformed into “Kina”) meaning “a Chinese Widow” and it refers to the old love-story-legend. It tells about a Chinese prince, whose ship sank during one travel, so he had to live in a village near Mount Kinabalu for some time. There he fell in love with a woman. Their love was very strong so he decided to go back to China, promising that he would return. However, the parents of the prince disagreed with this decision so, in huge respect towards the parents, the prince did not return. Meanwhile, his wife was desperately hankering after her husband. She found Mount Kinabalu to be the best place for waiting for the ships to return. The end of the legend is tragic, since the woman died on the very top of the mountain, but some holy spirit felt so sorry for her fate, that he decided to put her face on the mountain facing the south, so she could still keep waiting. In fact, if watching from the right angle, some face-a-like illusion can actually be seen on the one side of the Mount Kinabalu.
The endemism of the place is very high and the biota is incredibly diverse. Many of the mammal and bird species habiting the area are of a threatened status. Lots of the plants are truly unique to the area of Kinabalu. Altogether it has between 5,000 to6,000 vascular plant species. 1,000 of them are orchids.
Mount Kinabalu Climb
The climbers appreciate this place, but due to its status there are some restrictions that need to be taken into account. It is known to be the most accessible mountain in the world and, in fact, you do not any special equipments or skills to get on the top of it by hiking and trekking. However, the main regulation concerning the visitors is that you will need accredited guides. It is advised to stop somewhere in the middle during the hike for example at Laban Rata. The best time to go on the Mount Kinabalu is April, while November and December are known to be the most dangerous months due to heavy rains.