|Sunrise at Low's Peak, the summit of Mount Kinabalu.|
The day was very cloudy and misty, and I wasn't very hopeful that I'd get any pictures. It was rather lucky that I took my tripod up (I contemplated a few times whether I should lose that 1kg), as the long exposure smooths out the mist and produces a soft and dreamy composition for the sunrise; the cover picture is certainly one of my favourite images from the trip.
|Another shot of the mountain terrain at dawn.|
The climb is arduous but manageable. The first leg is probably not too different an experience to climbing an infinite flights of stairs, while the second leg has some scary bits (from the perspective of someone with height phobia at least), such as scaling up or climbing down on almost vertical cliff walls. Apart from that, the journey involves just a lot of walking on sloping granite rocks.
|Resources are scarce at Laban Rata. Most things, including furniture and heavy consumables such as gas tanks, are carried up by local porters.|
When we got to the summit, it wasn't all that interesting — it had a plaque to remind us that we were at Low's Peak and that's it. The views around there, however, are another world (hopefully the pictures attest that).
Once we've have taken in all the sights (and starting to freeze), the knee-breaking hike down awaits. The journey back is pretty straight forward: we followed the same trail that got us up there.
|South Peak, one of the most photogenic and recognised peaks at Mount Kinabalu.|
|A great view point from the top to the civilisation below.|
|Waterfall at Poring, an area near the national park and is famous for its hot spring.|