Moun­tain work­out

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Ad­ven­tur­ers opt­ing to hike South­east Asia’s high­est and most ac­ces­si­ble moun­tain, Mount Kin­a­balu, dur­ing Oc­to­ber will also have the chance to wit­ness the big­gest an­nual event on the 4095-me­tre Malaysian peak.

On Oc­to­ber 15, run­ners from around the world will take part in the 30th Mount Kin­a­balu In­ter­na­tional Clim­bat­hon, reach­ing the sum­mit in as lit­tle as four hours via a route that takes reg­u­lar vis­i­tors about 10 hours over two days. Tourists are wel­come to watch the start at the in­vi­ta­tion-only race in Kin­a­balu Park and cheer on rac­ers to the fin­ish.

Climb­ing Mount Kin­a­balu, con­sid­ered a bucket-list ac­tiv­ity by many, is also pro­moted as one of the best work­outs in Asia: the av­er­age trek from Kin­a­balu Park to Panal­a­ban on day one takes about five hours and is es­ti­mated to burn more than 4000 kilo­joules (1000 calo­ries).

What’s more, it is not dif­fi­cult. Par­tic­i­pants need be healthy and fit enough to walk five to six hours up­hill on the first day, then three hours to the sum­mit the next after a hearty meal and overnight rest. No rock climb­ing skills are re­quired, just good shoes.

The climb is pop­u­lar and book­ing up to six months ahead is rec­om­mended to se­cure prime spa­ces in rest houses. The non-mon­soon sea­son through Fe­bru­ary, March and April is the best time to go. See moun­tk­in­a­balu.com

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