YTL Climbs for Success26 Jun 2012
YTL Hotels scaled South East Asia’s highest peak and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu on 26 May to commemorate the pre-opening of Gaya Island Resort.
A group of 15 people consisting of team members of the upcoming Gaya Island Resort, local celebrities Elaine Daly and Carmen Soo, resort partners, Reef Check Malaysia, Scubazoo, North Borneo Safari and Let’s Go Borneo participated in the unique pre-opening and team building activity led by Jeffrey Mong, General Manager of Gaya Island Resort.
The group started their journey at 6 am from Kota Kinabalu city to the Kinabalu National Park and a little while after they began trekking. Here, they experienced a rare sighting of a red-leaf monkey. By 4 pm they made it to Laban Rata where they checked in at Pendant Hut.
The final two kilometers was done in darkness at 2 am, illuminated by torches and moonlight. A guide led the way and a white guide rope was used for the trekkers to pull themselves up the mountain until they reached the final checkpoint.
From there, a steep incline was all that was between them and their reward, Low’s Peak (4, 095 metres above sea level). The last hundred metres proved to be the most draining but exhilarating; the group reached the peak at 5.30am, just in time to witness the sunrise.
Jeffrey Mong and his team raised the YTL Hotels’ flag proudly with the sunrise as their backdrop. Miss Malaysia Universe 2003 Elaine Daly and actress as well as model and host Carmen Soo both found the climb difficult but thrilling.