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.
If you can climb a ladder, you can climb Mountain Torq’s 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.
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.
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)
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
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!
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
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