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It seemed like almost everyone I knew had conquered Borneo’s highest peak. It sounded effortless by the number of success stories I have heard over the years. Yet, the secret to the mountain’s reputation lies not with its rocky terrain, but rather to its absolute altitude. There was an indescribable allure to it that draws us upwards. After conquering the second highest peak, I set my sight on the mother of all mountains in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu.

What is it like as you start the journey to conquer Mount Kinabalu? Before the real challenge starts, one must climb up to Timpohon trail to reach Laban Rata, the resthouse climbers use to warm themselves up, have warm meals, and to get some rest. What discovery will you discover? Jeevita shares her story (Part 1 of 2).

Stairway to heaven at the upper montane towards Laban Rata.
Stairway to heaven at the upper montane towards Laban Rata.
Laban Rata, the resthouse used by mountain climbers before and after climbing Mount Kinabalu.
Laban Rata, the resthouse used by mountain climbers before and after climbing Mount Kinabalu.

Read the full story at Jeevitha Kumar's page.