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About Via Ferrata

Introduction

VIA FERRATA (Low's Peak Circuit & Walk The Torq)

VIA FERRATA  (or “iron road” in Italian) is a protected mountain path comprising a series of rungs, rails and cables embracing the rock face, which designed for anyone who is able to scale Mount Kinabalu and wishes to take the experience to even greater heights! It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically available only to experienced rock climbers and mountaineers. With a proper system of routes, devices and an experienced trainer to guide you, Via Ferrata climbing allows anyone to experience the exciting challenges of this sport under the safest of conditions. Feel the natural surroundings, the exhilaration, and sense of personal achievement when you complete the circuit. 

There are TWO routes available, which is

  • Walk The Torq

  • Low’s Peak Circuit

Both routes are designed with beginner to intermediate climbers in mind and to match everyone’s ability or endurance.

WHO CAN CLIMB VIA FERRATA

  • Aged from 10 for Walk The Torq
  • Aged from 17 for Low’s Peak Circuit
  • At least 1.3 meters in height
  • Without any physical disabilities that may restrict your ability to participate in the activity in a safe manner
  • You do need to be fit, healthy and preferably not afraid of heights either.

If you can climb a ladder, you can climb Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata

IS IT SAFE TO CLIMB VIA FERRATA?

Via Ferrata is one of the safest mountaineering sports requiring no prior training or technical expertise. Its protective equipment comprises safety helmets, harnesses, dynamic ropes and Energy Absorber Lanyards which meet the EN958 standard. You and your group will be assigned an experienced trainer who will be there to give you a full safety briefing and train you on the proper use of the safety devices. It is mandatory that all via ferrata trainers undergo regular skills certification and upgrading with training standards and syllabus endorsed by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA). They will also climb with you, provide tips on negotiating difficult obstacles and point out spectacular sights along the way. All Mountain Torq trainers are well-train and certified with First Responder Life Support (FRLS) and CPR skills. Regular safety checks and maintenance are also conducted on the Via Ferrata equipment. So all you need to do is focus on enjoying yourself.

 

ACTIVITY BRIEFING SESSION & CUT OFF TIME

There is a compulsory Via Ferrata safety briefing and training session at Pendant Hut, between 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. There will be NO repeat briefing and NO Via Ferrata on the next day should you miss the mandatory briefing.

Low’s Peak Circuit climber(s) must arrive at the Via Ferrata starting point before 6.30am

Walk The Torq climber(s) must arrive at the Via Ferrata starting point before 7.15am

Climber(s) who miss the cut-off time will not be allowed on the Via Ferrata. Any request for reimbursement will not be entertained.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Do i need any climbing experience?

Not at all! If you can climb a ladder, you can climb Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata.

Is the via ferrata trainer only for me & my group?

Depending on the size of your group, you might join the adventure with other Via Ferrata climbers.

Can i miss the pre-activity safety briefing?

No. Late arrivals may not be considered eligible to participate in the activity the next morning. 

Can via ferrata climber do the summit climb?

Yes. Via Ferrata climbers will do the summit climb prior to ferrata activity.

Moutain Guide & Via Ferrata Trainer are the same?

No. They are different party with different job task.

Where do i stay?

Pendant Hut, which is exclusively for Via Ferrata climbers.

Who can climb Via Ferrata?

Aged between 10 and 70 with a minimum height of 1.3m. You do need to be fit, healthy and preferably not afraid of heights either.

Can i climb without a via ferrata trainer?

No. Sabah Park safety regulations require that Via Ferrata climbers are to be accompanied by a Mountain Torq trainer at all times.

Where do i meet Via Ferrata trainer for the activity?

Meet your via ferrata trainer at the 7.5 km mark for Low’s Peak Circuit climber ; Sayat-Sayat check point for Walk The Torq climber

TYPES OF ROUTES

LOW'S PEAK CIRCUIT

IF YOU HAVE CLIMBED MT. KINABALU BEFORE, YOU REALLY NEED TO CLIMB IT ALL OVER AGAIN, JUST SO THAT YOU CAN ATTEMPT THE LOW’S PEAK CIRCUIT!

Traversing the mountain in this manner means that you get to see an entirely different and immensely beautiful side of the mountain plateau that the current summit trail will never have the chance to reveal to you. If you found the scenery along the summit trail to Low’s Peak stunning, you will find the scenery on The Low’s Peak Circuit route, simply jaw-dropping picturesque. The Low’s Peak Circuit is a Via Ferrata route situated at 3,776m above sea level (a.s.l.).

Designed for the brave and the active individual with above-average fitness levels, this 4 – 5 hour route with an optional summit attempt includes rest stops at scenic locations. The route’s thread-like tightrope walks and swinging planks will have you convinced that the course designers are sadistic, but that’s what makes it so darn fun – testing your limits without putting your safety in jeopardy. (Lonely Planet)

 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO LOW’S PEAK CIRCUIT PACKAGES:

 2D1N Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu Climb – Low’s Peak Circuit
 3D2N Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu Climb with 2 Nights Pendant Hut Stay – Low’s Peak Circuit
 3D2N Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu Climb with Kundasang Resort Stay – Low’s Peak Circuit

WALK THE TORQ

AT 3,521M A.S.L, THIS INITIATION ROUTE IS DESIGNED FOR THE BEGINNER IN MIND.

It is a leisurely 2 – 3 hour route, and a shorter commitment than that of The Low’s Peak Circuit.

If you feel that you want a little taste of the Via Ferrata experience but do not wish to expend too much energy on it (you still have to climb back down the mountain!), the Walk the Torq route would be best for you. The views are equally amazing and the route is adrenaline pumping enough and you get to experience the ladder!

 

CLINK THE LINK BELOW TO WALK THE TORQ PACKAGES:

 2D1N Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu Climb – Walk The Torq
 3D2N Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu Climb with 2 Nights Pendant Hut Stay – Walk The Torq
 3D2N Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu Climb with Kundasang Resort Stay – Walk The Torq

Via Ferrata Trail MapLow's Peak Circuit, Walk The Torq & Summit Trail

Low's Peak Circuit v.s Walk The Torq

THE DIFFERENCES

Walk The Torq

Highest Point

Highest point at 3,520m a.s.l.

Length

Length of route 380m

Highlights

  • Walk like a monkey on the Monkey Bridge

  • Climb the Rogimut ladder

Designed For

  • Everyone above the age of 10 years old

  • At least 1.3 meters tall

  • The young at heart who is game for everything!

Grading

  • Introductory via ferrata, French grade PD

Low's Peak Circuit

Highest Point

Highest point at 3,776m a.s.l.

Length

Length of route 1.1km

Highlights

  • Possibly one of the world’s highest suspension bridge at 3,600m a.s.l

  • Maybe one of the world’s highest Nepalese bridge at 3,580m a.s.l

Designed For

  • Those who want to do it all

  • Anyone who is at least 17 years old

  • Adventure seekers looking for the challenge of attempting the summit of Mt Kinabalu and experiencing the world’s highest Via Ferrata, all within 12 hours.

Grading

  • Intermediate via ferrata, 4 to 5 hrs, French grade AD)

Where to stay?

PENDANT HUT

Pendant Hut - For Via Ferrata Climber Only
(Unisex Shared Dormitory room)

Pendant Hut (3289 meters above sea level) located at approximately 6km from Timphon Gate/8km from Mesilau Gate, is a short walk away from Laban Rata Resthouse. This cozy and eco-friendly Alpine-inspired hut is exclusively for Via Ferrata’s climber. Mandatory pre-activity briefings will be held at here every day. Pendant Hut houses guests in a dormitory-style setting or private room for 4, both are non-heated room that comes with common bathroom (heated shower). Unlike other mountain huts, Pendant Hut is the only hut equipped with pillows and sleeping bags, instead of blankets. Climbers can relax at the comfortable lounge area, pick up a climbing book at the mini alpine library or have fun playing board games in this little hut.

Check in time : 2.00pm to 4.00pm ; Check out time : before 12:00pm