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December 31 @ 01:53

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Experience the ultimate test of endurance and skill with the Mount International Climbathon, hosted by the Sabah Tourism Board through its subsidiary, Sri Pelancongan Sabah. This adrenaline-pumping race will take place on 6th October 2024, at the breathtaking Kinabalu Park.


The race follows a tough 26 kilometres trail. The return journey covers 13.3 kilometres from the starting point, then another 13.3 kilometres to the finish line – which will push even the most seasoned athletes to their limits. With strict cutoff times for both international and local participants, this race is known worldwide for its difficulty and has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the toughest on the global stage. So, gear up, train hard, and keep an eye out for the upcoming registration link to secure your spot early and be a part of this thrilling adventure!

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu, Sabah’s very own pride and joy, holds a special place in the heart of its people. Standing at 4,095 metres (13,435 feet) above sea level, Mount Kinabalu holds the title of one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. 


Perched majestically atop Mount Kinabalu, Low’s Peak reigns supreme, its summit piercing the heavens at an awe-inspiring elevation of 4095.2 metres (13,435 feet) above the sea’s embrace. From this lofty vantage point, nature unfolds in a grand tapestry of breathtaking vistas, offering a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the surrounding landscape. As the crown jewel of Malaysia and Borneo Island, this towering pinnacle beckons to both wanderers and thrill-seekers alike, promising an unforgettable adventure.


Ranked among the giants of the world’s mountains, Mount Kinabalu stands as the 20th tallest by topographic prominence, a testament to its undeniable global significance. While the ascent may seem daunting, it remains accessible to most, a journey of discovery that typically spans 4-5 hours of steady trekking. Yet, amidst the throngs of adventurers, a select few embrace the ultimate challenge: the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon.


This annual event, hailed as the “toughest mountain race in the world,” transforms the mountain into a stage for extraordinary feats of human endurance. Here, champions of the trail push the limits of possibility, defying gravity as they race skyward and back in a breathtaking display of athleticism. In the span of mere hours, these intrepid souls carve paths through rugged terrain, their footsteps echoing the heartbeat of a mountain that has witnessed the passage of time itself.


In May 2023, the Kinabalu National Geopark, home to Mount Kinabalu, was declared the UNESCO Global Geopark title, making Malaysia the third country in the world to achieve the coveted Triple Crown! Previously, Kinabalu Park earned two other UNESCO titles: World Heritage Site on 2 Dec 2000 and UNESCO Crocker Range Biosphere Reserve on 12 June 2014. With the latest award, Sabah has joined Jeju Island in South Korea and Shennongjia in China as places with three UNESCO titles.


UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified areas with geological heritage that seamlessly integrate conservation, education, and sustainable development strategies for communities and visitors alike. The recent UNESCO Global Geopark designation for Kinabalu National Geopark brings the total number to 195, spread across 48 countries worldwide. For more information about Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark, please visit this link


Additionally, Mount Kinabalu holds significant cultural and spiritual importance for the indigenous Kadazan-Dusun people of Sabah. They believe it is the sacred resting place of their ancestors’ spirits.


History of Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon


The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is an annual event held in Sabah, Malaysia since 1987. The event was initially created to establish a quick rescue team that could assist climbers in need during their expeditions. This team of rangers would be especially helpful during severe weather conditions when traditional rescue methods are ineffective. Over the years, the event has grown into an international competition that attracts climbers from all over the world while also serving as a valuable tourism asset for Sabah.


The climb covers a distance of 26 kilometres and an elevation of 2,760 metres, which makes it a real endurance and strength test. The event’s origin story emphasises the importance of efficient rescue operations during mountain climbing expeditions, while its evolution into an international competition underscores its popularity among climbers worldwide.


In 1995, Sabah Tourism Board took over the organisation of Climbathon, recognising its value as a tourism tool. The event has since become a significant marketing asset for Sabah, attracting adventure enthusiasts and tourists from around the globe.


The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is an annual skyrunning competition held since 1987, it was previously part of the Skyrunner World Series until 2010.


After three decades of promoting Southeast Asia’s highest peak, the event was discontinued as it had achieved its objective of showcasing the mountain to the world. However, Datuk Christina Liew, the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment, has recently announced plans to revive the event in 2024. This decision is a testament to the event’s enduring popularity and the vital role it plays in highlighting Sabah’s natural beauty and unique features to the world.


Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon Series

Watch the excitement unfold as we revisit past videos of the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, Malaysia’s most challenging mountain race, starting from 2010.


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