Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mt. Kinabalu not the highest mountain in South-east Asia

Whenever Mt. Kinabalu is mentioned in our newspapers, magazines or travel brochures, it is referred to as the highest mountain in Southeast-Asia. It is not. The highest mountain is Hkakabo Razi -- the east range of the Himalayas -- in Myanmar standing at 5,881 metres, first conquered by alpinist Takazhi Ozaki (right pix) in 1995. Though a few critics speculated that Takashi overestimated the height of Hkakabo Razi (top pix) by 100 metres, it would still surpass Mt. Kinabalu's height of 4,095 metres. A few mountains in Indonesia are also purportedly higher than Mt. Kinabalu.


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