Mount Kinabalu

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What we say: 5 stars

This 4,095-metre-tall monster of granite takes the title tallest mountain in Malaysia and is just begging to be climbed.

Most climbers take two days and follow the Timpohon Trail. The first day is spent hiking steep jungle trails to the resthouse at Laban Rata (3,272 metres above sea level). After a few hours of sleep, climbers awaken at 02:00 to reach the summit before sunrise, and the descent is made the same day. If you're in excellent shape it's possible to make the climb in one day.

All climbers require a permit (100/40 ringgit adults/children), insurance (7 ringgit) and a mountain guide (128 ringgit for up to three people). Despite being grossly overpriced, spaces in the mountain resthouse fill up fast (448 ringgit per person including all meals), so book well in advance.

A climber's briefing is given at 18:00 each day at the Visitor Centre Building.

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