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MALAYSIAN MOUNT KINABALU TRAIL REOPEN AFTER THE DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE


KOTA KINABALU, Sabah, East Malaysia - Mount Kina­balu’s summit trail is once again open to climbers, six months after the devastating earthquake.
Some 135 climbers were the first to experience the new Ranau trail leading to the mountain’s highest point, Low’s Peak at 4095.2m.
They were flagged off by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun at Timpohon Gate yesterday.
Among the first batch of climbers were 53 tourists while the rest were Malaysians.
Masidi said the reopening of the trail following the devastating 6.0 magnitude earthquake on June 5 showed Sabahans’ ability to rise above a tragedy.
The quake triggered rock and boulder avalanches that claimed 18 lives, including four mountain guides.
He said the cost to reconstruct the trail was less than RM400,000.
Masidi said that the cost was kept low, as local villagers and mountain guides chipped in to help.
“It was their labour of love for the mountain,” he said.

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