You can now book Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata Package – Low’s Peak Circuit with us, securing the climbing permit and stay at Pendant Hut.
|No of Pax||Malaysian (MYR/Pax)||International (MYR/Pax)|
|26 Pax & above||3050||3350|
All Rated Are Quoted In RINGGIT MALAYSIA & NETT (No Hidden Cost Unless Otherwise Stated)
Climbers below 16 years old are considered as CHILD and compulsory to have private mountain guide (Maximum shared by 2 children / Guide). Mountain Guide Fee – MYR 230/Guide.
All passports and visas must be valid at least 06 months from the date of entry into the country destination
Transportation Overtime Charges [MYR 80 per transport/way] will be apply for : Pick up from airport/hotel in Kota Kinabalu city to Kinabalu Park/Poring Hot Spring after 6pm on climbing date (Day 1) AND transfer depart from Kinabalu Park HQ to Kota Kinabalu city after 7pm on the descent day due to climber late arrival.
Outskirt Hotels Pick-Up and Drop Off Surcharge
There is additional charges for hotel pick up outside the city: MYR 30 per person for pick up from Beringgis Beach Resort, Langkah Syabas Beach Resort, Rasa Ria Resort, Karambunai Area, Kinarut Area etc.
All Ground Transportation
2 Nights Accommodation
1 (ONE) Via Ferrata Low’s Peak Circuit OR Walk The Torq Activity
Mountain Guide Fees
English Speaking Coordinator
Sabah Park’s Mountain guide overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate on the descend day (MYR 15 per group per hour after 4pm)
Transportation Overtime Charges
Others not mentioned
All Via Ferrata climber has to be fit and healthy, able to meet the Sabah Parks’ minimum health regulation. Sabah Parks indicates that people with the history of heart disease, hypertension, chronic asthma, peptic ulcer, severe anaemia, diabetes, epileptic fits, arthritis, palpitations, hepatitis, muscular cramps, obesity and any other sickness that may be triggered by severe cold, exertion and high altitude is not encouraged to climb the mountain.
Climber(s) must be:
Minimum 10 years old for Walk The Torq
Minimum 17 years old for Low’s Peak Circuit
At least 1.3m in height
Meet Sabah Parks’ health requirement
Do not have any physical disabilities that may restrict the climber(s)’ ability to participate in the activity in a safe manner.
Climber(s) must personally present their original identification document during verification at Kinabalu Park Office.
Climber(s) must attend the 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.
Climbers(s) must arrive at the Via Ferrata starting point before 6.30a.m. (LPC) and 7.15a.m. (WTT) – who miss the cut-off time will not be allowed on the Via Ferrata. Any request for reimbursement will not be entertained.
No partial refunds or credit will be given for unused services. In the event of inclement weather where the activity is terminated, there shall be no refund accorded. Activity cancellation is STRICTLY due to SAFETY REASON.
RECENT UPDATES :
Mountain Guide Overtime Charges
Mountain Guide overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate on the descend day = MYR 15 per guide for every extra hour start from 4pm (count as a group)
About Drinking Water / Hot Water
Balsam Cafe & Laban Rata Restaurant are no longer provide hot water/drinking water for climbers. Mineral water is available for purchase at the grocery counter – MYR 7 for 500ml / MYR 14 for 1.5 liters. Coffee & Tea will only be provided during Breakfast Hour and Supper
As we all know, safety is paramount in any outdoor sport and this is no exception. Mountain Torq wants you to have the best experience without compromising on safety standards. Therefore, we would like to explain the type of shoes that proper and improper to wear for Via Ferrata activity.
Customers are recommended to wear shoes that are like or similar to the following shoes:
Walking Shoes (good grip)
Sneakers / Running shoes with laces
Customers are not allowed to participate in the via ferrata activity with the following shoes as indicated below:
NO OPEN TOE SHOES
NO SLIP IN SNEAKERS
NO BOOTS / RAINBOOTS
NO GARDENING BOOTS
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.
Highest point at 3,776m a.s.l.
Length of route 1.1km
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
Connects to Walk the Torq route, so that you don’t miss anything!
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.
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!
Highest point at 3,520m a.s.l.
Length of route 380m
Walk like a monkey on the Monkey Bridge
Climb the Rogimut ladder
Everyone above the age of 10 years old
At least 1.3 meters tall
The young at heart who is game for everything!
Ascent: Timpohon Trail
Pick up from your hotel at Kota Kinabalu and transfer to Kinabalu Park (It takes about 1hr 45 min from Kota Kinabalu to the Park HQ)
Arrive at Kinabalu Park HQ, meet your mountain guide and collect your pack lunch. Transfer to Timpohon Starting Point & start hiking
Arrive at Pendant Hut @ 3,289m and settle in
Attend the mandatory via ferrata safety briefing in Pendant Hut and meet your Mountain Torq Trainer (Compulsory – There will be NO repeat briefing and NO Via Ferrata on the next day should you miss the mandatory briefing)
Cut-off time for via ferrata safety briefing.
Dinner at Laban Rata’s canteen (Dinner Time: 4.30pm – 7pm)
Wake up and have early morning supper
Start hiking up to the summit with your Sabah Parks’ mountain guide
Catch the sunrise on Low’s Peak
Descent from Low’s Peak to meet your Mountain Torq trainer
Low’s Peak Circuit – Meet your via ferrata trainer at the 7.5 km mark for your Low’s Peak Circuit via ferrata experience! (Intermediate via ferrata, 4 to 5 hrs, French grade AD). Arrived at the Via Ferrata starting point before 6.30am is a must!
**climber who miss the cut-off time will not be allowed on the Via Ferrata**
Return to Pendant Hut to wash up
Head to Laban Rata for a well-earned lunch. Have a well-deserved nap or just sit in the sun (weather permitting) and have a cup of the famous Sabah tea at the base of Pendant Hut while watching the therapeutic mountain scenery. If you’re up for more fun, you can do some bird watching, or have a challenge of board games with us.
Dinner at Laban Rata’s restaurant
Descent: Timpohon Trail
Wake up, pack up and have breakfast
Check out & descend to Timpohon Gate with your Sabah Parks’ mountain guide
Arrive at Timpohon Gate. Take the KOKTAS transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ. Collect your certificate and have your late lunch before back to the city
If you simply can’t beat the over packing habit or wish to have a comfortable journey, hire a porter. You’re going to need one. But this is fully optional depends on individual.
|Timpohon > Laban Rata Resthouse > Timpohon||MYR 13/KG|
|Timpohon > Sayat-Sayat > Timpohon||MYR 15/KG|
|Timpohon > Summit > Timpohon||MYR 16/KG|
|Meal Time||Pendant Hut||Laban Rata Restaurant|
|Breakfast||9.30am onwards||7.30am – 10.30am|
|Dinner||–||4.30pm – 7pm|
|Supper||1.30am onwards||2am – 3.30am|
|Accommodation||Check In||Check Out|
|Laban Rata Resthouse||1pm||10.30am|
Timpohon Trail is the well-trodden main route taken by most climbers. The starting point of Timpohon Trail is Timpohon Gate, located approximately 4KM from Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Climbers are required to display climbing permit and register at the check point at Timpohon Gate prior to the climb.
Interestingly, the climb actually begins with the descent to Carson’s Fall, named after the first Park Warden of Kinabalu Park. From here onward, depending on your fitness level, it is about 4-5 hours climb for the day. The trail wind up a steep staircase of gnarled tree-roots to a mossy world of drifting clouds and orchid-draped trees, where pitcher plants and rhododendrons abound. There are 7 shelters throughout the 6KM hike to Laban Rata Rest house. The first is Kandis Shelter at 1981.7m where on a clear day, a view of the road that links Kota Kinabalu to the park can be seen.
The second shelter is Ubah Shelter at 2081.4m. This is where one of Borneo’s most unusual pitcher plants grows – the Nepenthes Lowii, so do look out for these oddly-shaped plants with pitcher containers. The mossy forest continues on past the Sabah Telecoms Station at Komborongoh at 2252.2m. Interestingly, “Komborongoh” is a plant that the Kadazandusuns people use to ward off evil spirits and used in traditional ceremonies and rituals.
The third shelter is Lowii Shelter. The trail continues up to the mossy forest of mixed bamboos and tree ferns. More rhododendrons are seen. At 2515m, here comes to the fourth shelter, Mempening Shelter is reached with wild begonias growing nearby. Stops at these shelter, take a rest and observe the squirrels, tree shrews and birds that seem so unafraid of climbers. You will also see the Layang-Layang TV Station. Soon, you will emerge to an open exposed ridge at Layang-Layang Shelter, the fifth shelter at 2702m (previously known as Carson’s Camp). At this point, a band of ultramafic soil, distinguished by its orange-cinnamon colour, crosses the trail and the vegetation changes dramatically.
Villosa Shelter, the sixth shelter, at 2690m is situated at the top of an open rocky patch and soon the forest becomes even more stunned. Superb view can be seen of Mount Kinabalu towering above as you follow the trail upwards. At the top of this open area, at 3050m, a small track leads off to a helipad on the right. After the helipad junction, the ultramafic soil ends and the forest are again the taller trees covered with mosses. Soon after, you will arrive at the seventh shelter –Paka Shelter, at 3080m. This pondok was named after Paka Cave nearby. The Paka Cave which sited on the edge of a small stream is nothing more than a large overhanging rock.
Finally, the various accommodations for overnight stop is reached. There are few mountain huts available for overnight – the Laban Rata Resthouse, Waras Hut, Pendant Hut and Lemaing Hut. Laban Rata Rest House, at 3272m, is the biggest mountain hut among the others, and also where the restaurant located at. Pendant Hut, cozy and eco-friendly Alpine-inspired hut is exclusively for Via Ferrata’s climbers. Via ferrata climbers have to arrived at Pendant Hut by 3pm to attend a mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session. Check in to your accommodation and dinner will be served at Laban Rata Resthouse restaurant. After dinner, take a good rest and be prepare for the climb to the peak.
After a night’s rest, climbers have to wake up at about 1.30 am to get yourself prepare for the summit climb. Supper/Early breakfast is ready at Laban Rata Restaurant. Climbers are advice to start ascend before 3am in order to catch the magnificent sunrise at the peak, weather permitting. In the dark, you can see the beams of torch lights as the procession of climbers trudge higher and higher. There are ladders, hand railings and ropes to help you over the steeper slopes.
Due to the route from Laban Rata to Sayat-Sayat Check Point was considerably damaged after the earthquake, a new route – Ranau Trail has been introduced. The new trail will take you from Panalaban (previously known as Laban Rata) at 3272m to Sayat Sayat Check Point (3,668m) then continue on to the summit trail to Low’s Peak at (4095.2m). Ranau Trail is near vertical with steep sections of wooden stairs of 70-80 degree incline. Some sections did not even have wooden steps and you need to haul yourself using a fixed rope over large boulders. Just proceed slowly and cautiously. The new trail may be more challenging than the previous trail, but you are then rewarded with awesome views of the mountain terrain.
The second new trail to the summit of the 4,095m Mount Kinabalu called ‘Kota Belud Trail’now open to climbers too. The 1.1 kilometre trail will be the alternative route in addition to the ‘Ranau Trail’. However, certain parts of Kota Belud trail has slopes which are more than 60 degrees, making it slightly tougher compared to the Ranau trail. Wooden steps and ropes can be found along certain parts of the trail. Both trails start from Laban Rata and meet at the Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint where you will make the ascent to the summit. (You will take the Ranau Trail as Kota Belud trail required special permit to enter). Soon after, you will see Sayat-Sayat Hut at, this is the highest shelter on the mountain. Sayat-Sayat Check Point is the last check point that requires you to display your climbing permit.
From here, you will walk across the bare granite slabs that stretch endless ahead, in an eerie moonscape of stone. The vegetation are stunted shrubs and tough grasses in the crevices. Distance from Laban Rata Resthouse to Low’s Peak is 2.4KM. There is marker at every kilometer as well. After KM8.5, finally reach to your final destination; the highest point on Mount Kinabalu, the summit of Borneo at 4095.2m – The Low’s Peak! As you wait in the cold, dawn gradually creeps over the horizon, illuminating the darkness with the light of a new day. By this time, climbers are already at Low’s Peak or nearing. Watching as the day unfolds over a spectacular view of the mountains plateau and valleys below, which were not visible before. In clear weather, you can almost see all of Sabah spread out below. There is much more to the western plateau of Mount Kinabalu than Low’s Peak, as there are more than 20 peaks crowning the summit, such as Alexandra Peak, St Andrew Peak, Victoria Peak and Oyayubi Peak. On the eastern plateau, stand King Edward Peak and King George Peak. However, these peaks are only for experienced climbers as it is a challenging climb.
After catching up the beautiful sunrise, via ferrata climbers have to descent to via ferrata activity’s starting point. Mountain Torq’s trainer will be waiting at the meeting point, make sure everyone is on time as late arrival will not able to participate in via ferrata activity. Activity begin and climbers will get to see an entirely different and immensely beautiful side of the mountain plateau that different from summit trail. It takes about few hours to complete your via ferrata activity. Finally, have your well-earned breakfast at Pendant Hut and check out. It takes another 4-5 hours to descent from Pendant Hut to Timpohon Gate.
Accommodations on the mountain are humbly decorated and only supply the basic facilities to climbers. Hence, do not expect for hotel conditions. All mountain huts are quite similar; most of the rooms are non-heated dormitory bunk bed style with blankets and pillows. Climbers require to stay overnight at one of the mountain huts before ascending to the summit early in the next morning. If you don’t have a bed to stay, you are not allowed to climb!
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 (without hot 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