At 4,035 meters (13,435 feet), Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu is rated as the tallest summit in Southeast Asia.
It's also one of the most popular destinations to Sabah, the Malaysian state that is home to the peak. In July 2014, the creative team at Cebu Pacific's Smile Magazine decided to feature the trek as the cover story for the September 2014 issue and I was asked to shoot it. I've done several of the region's well-known treks and was happy for a chance to do one of Asia's best-known mountaineering experiences.
We had a great team - Jenny, Jof, Renen, Rom, and Mau, up and ready to go first thing in the morning from Kota Kinabalu. We hit the trail at about 9:30 and did a full day of shooting and hiking to reach the base camp where we spent the night. Our guides woke us up at 2 a.m. for a 3 a.m. departure to make the summit in time for the sunrise. All in all, the landscape and scenery were amazing and well worth the fifteen hours of trail time we put in on the second day.
This gallery includes my favorite shots from the trek.
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