Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
Summiting Mount Kinabalu in a MonsoonA mere 95 meters over 4,000, Mount Kinabalu is just high enough to really feel rewarding after a scramble to the summit. The trek to the top starts at Kinabalu National Park Headquarters, where there is an all you can eat buffet restaurant, a gift shop and scores of tourists with designer sunglasses, and selfie sticks, meandering among complexes of hotels. It feels a bit more like a theme park than a national park – Disneyland Mountain. From here you are shuttled to Timpohon Gate (1,866 meters), show your tickets at the entrance booth, and begin on the 8.72 kilometer tour, ascending 2,229 meters to Low’s Peak.