Add some additional adrenaline to your already epic conquering of Mount Kinabalu! Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata is the highest “iron road” in the world. After catching the sunrise from Low’s Peak, strap in and hold on tight for a dizzying descent. There are two options available, and both provide spectacular views from the granite rockface down to the valley below.
• The initiation route is designed for beginner in mind. It is a leisurely 2-3 hours climb offering dramatic mountain vistas. Highlights include the Monkey Bridge and Tyrolean Traverse. (Minimum age for program is 10 years old)
• Get glimpses of the uncommonly seen hidden corners of the mountain plateau as well as the broad stunning landscapes surrounding the mountain. Designed for the brave and active with above-average fitness level. (Minimum age for program is 16 years old)
Accommodation by Mountain Torq in Pendant Hut in dormitory and private rooms.
Buffet style. Vegetarians and special diets catered for.
Eating lounge (set time for meals), electricity 24/7, luggage storage, warm clothing rental.
You will be accompanied by Sabah Park’s mountain guide in small groups of up to 6pax. During your via ferrata program, you will be accompanied by a Mountain Torq trainer.
Met by our driver at your hotel in KK at 6:30 AM for the 2 hour journey to Kinabalu Park (breakfast on your own). Upon arrival, our driver will assist with registration and fees before dropping you off at Timpohon Gate, the start of climb, with your mountain guide.
The climb on the 1st day is 6km with an elevation gain of about 1,300 meters. This takes 4-6 hours depending on fitness, and there are rest stops with toilets along the way. There are opportunities to refill your water bottles on the way up but since the water is not treated, we recommend water purification tablets or iodine for this. Alternatively, you can stock up on drinking water before commencing your climb.
Along the way, observe the fascinating montane forest with pitcher plants, rhododendrons and orchids. Stop en-route to eat your packed lunch. Reach Pendant Hut by 3:30 PM for mandatory safety briefing at 4:00 PM, and check in. You will have access to filtered drinking water and will be able to refill your water bottle here. Dinner is served at 6:00 PM and lights out at 8:00 PM.
Early morning wake up for coffee or tea at 2:30 AM. Continue your climb to the summit for sunrise. Make sure you have your headlamp with you during this portion of the climb to the summit. After sunrise, meet your via ferrata trainer at the starting point for your via ferrata experience. Then, return to Pendant Hut for a full breakfast before checking out and making your way to the base of the mountain. Most people take 4-5 hours to return to the base. Your driver will be waiting for you at the start of the trail to take you back to Kota Kinabalu.
Accommodation in dorm or private room, meals as specified, climbing insurance and permit, park entrance, mountain guide, via ferrata program, round trip transfers from Kota Kinabalu.
Porter, climbing certificate (successful climbers only), beverages, tips and gratuities
Raincoat or waterproof jacket, warm clothing (fleece jacket, hat/beanie, gloves, hiking pants – mostly for the morning sunrise climb as it gets very cold up at the summit), toiletries, water bottle, head lamp, comfortable covered trail/hiking shoes, energy snacks (chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars), sun protection (sunglass, sun screen lotion, SPF lip balm), small backpack and raincover for your backpack, basic first aid kit.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Single supplement applies for solo travellers
Mt Kinabalu Climb is suited for travelers who are fit and like a challenge; you also need to be between 10-70 years old and above 1.3metres in height to participate in this program (set by mountain operator).