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Not too late to race to the summit - Malaysia set to host "World's Toughest Climbathon" 

Hundreds of mountaineers are once again set to race to the top of one of South East Asia's highest mountains as Mount Kinabalu plays host to the 27th Annual International Climbathon. The prominent peak will set the stage for an endurance event dubbed 'The World's Toughest Mountain Race' which takes place on the weekend of 19 & 20 October 2013, and it's not too late to join them!

This gruelling endurance race sees climbers reach heights of over 2,760 metres above sea level while covering a total distance of 33km.  Now in its 27th year, the annual climbathon is an international competition set amongst stunning scenery. The 2013 event includes two races; the Summit Race on 19 October is 33km long and is open only to qualified runners and the Adventure Race on 20 October is 23km long and open to all men and women aged 18 years and above.

In both events, climbers start at Malaysia's first World Heritage Site; Kinabalu Park, before making the ascension up Mount Kinabalu then heading down to Mesilau Nature Resort and crossing the finishing line at Kundasang town.

For those looking to conquer other peaks and explore treks throughout Malaysia, this beautiful country has more than enough to satisfy the curiosity of even the most adventurous traveller. One of the most climbed mountains in the country is Mount Ledang, located at the Johor/Melaka border. This five hour climb passes through caves and rock cliffs with rapids at its summit.

Another climb to test the physically fit is Mount Datuk, situated at the end of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range. Mount Datuk is 883 metres above sea level, resulting in some spectacular picturesque views from its summit. For a challenging climb, adventurers are urged to try Gunung Tahan, the Peninsular's highest peak. An experienced guide is required for this 130km return journey, which crosses over rainforest, rivers and mountain ridges. For those looking for an easier climb, Mount Santubong, 35km North of Kuching, is a limestone hill with a well made trail through its diverse rainforest, perfect for nature lovers.

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