One of South East Asia’s highest mountains, Mount Kinabalu plays host to the 26th Annual International Climbathon this October. The event taking place on 13 & 14 October will see hundreds of mountaineers attempt to complete what is widely known as ‘The World’s Toughest Mountain Race’. The endurance race takes climbers to over 2,760 metres above sea level and spans a total distance of 23km. The annual climbathon is a challenge for the best endurance runners made worthwhile by the stunning views on offer, starting in Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site; Kinabalu Park, through Mesilau Nature Resort and ending in the traditional village of Kundasang (www.climbathon.my). See below for three incredible value for money packages including tours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu from STA Travel, Kuoni and Trailfinders.
There are a whole host of other splendid peaks and treks throughout Malaysia that will challenge the adventurous traveller. One of the most climbed mountains in the country is Mount Ledang, located at the Johor/Melaka border. The 5 hour climb passes through caves and rock cliffs with rapids at its summit. Another climb for the physically fit is Mount Datuk, situated at the end of Titiwangsa Mountain Range. Mount Datuk is 883 metres above sea level, resulting in picturesque views from its summit. For those looking for a slightly easier climb, Mount Santubong, 35km North of Kuching, is a limestone hill with a well made trail through its diverse rainforest, perfect for nature lovers. For more information see www.tourism.gov.my
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STA Travel (www.statravel.co.uk 0800 988 0390
) offers a 10-day adventure tour, the ‘Borneo-Sabah Adventure,’ which offers the opportunity to climb south-east Asia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu, to see the sunrise. Tour leaders will be on hand to ensure you get the best photograph of the stunning landscapes and animals in the region. Other highlights of the tour include a visit to Turtle Island and the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Prices start from £1,149 per person, this includes all tour accommodation and transport, selected meals and climb permits for Mount Kinabalu, plus entrance to the orangutan centre and Turtle Island. International flights are not included.
Kuoni (01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk)
offers 7 nights in Borneo, Malaysia, on a room only basis, staying 5 nights at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu in a superior rainforest room and 2 nights on the Mount Kinabalu Climb, including flights with Malaysia Airlines from Heathrow with transfers in resort. Prices for October 2012 are from £1,698 per person, based on two sharing.
Trailfinders (020 7368 1200) offers 5 nights at 5 star Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort with transfers & a 3 day Kinabalu Summit tour. Includes flights from Heathrow with Malaysian Airlines and costs £1,399. All prices are per person based on twin share & subject to availability. No credit card surcharges or booking fees apply on Trailfinders holidays.Valid for selected October departures. To book please call 020 7368 1200.