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Mount Kinabalu Climb | Climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq (2 Days)

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The 2-day Mount Kinabalu climb via Ferrata is an ideal choice for those wanting to climb Mount Kinabalu, and you only have two days free during your holiday in Sabah, Borneo. The via Ferrata activity – Walk the Torq, offers an added adventure while climbing Mount Kinabalu. For those new to ‘via Ferrata’, the Walk the Torq activity is your ideal choice.

To Book/Check Availability – Please select the start date of your climb, then the number of persons in your group. The price shown above is per person based upon a group booking of 16 to 29 persons booking together. Our package represents an all-inclusive climbing package with no hidden extras. The price shown below the calendar once group size and date have been selected is for the whole group.

Prices valid until 31st December 2024.

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Mount Kinabalu Climb via Ferrata – Complete the World’s Highest Via Ferrata Activity

Many visitors to Sabah choose a Mount Kinabalu Climb as part of their holiday to Borneo. There are two main choices for the Mount Kinabalu climb – the ‘standard’ via Timpohan Gate route (or Ranau trail), or you can choose the ‘via Ferrata’ option. By choosing this 2 Day Climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq tour you get two highlights during your Mount Kinabalu climb – reaching Low’s Peak Summit (Highest Elevation 4095.2M) and completing the Ferrata Activity (Walk The Torq). It’s also cool to know that the via Ferrata activity (Walk the Torq) on Mount Kinabalu is the world’s highest and Asia’s first via Ferrata that starts at 3,776m and ends at 3,520m above sea level. This certainly makes your Mount Kinabalu climb that bit more memorable!

This Mount Kinabalu climb via Ferrata involves the same trekking route as the via Timpohan Gate 2 Day Trek. The main difference is the addition of the Ferrata activity which happens once you start the descent from Low Peaks Summit and before you go back to Pendant Hut for breakfast.

Enjoy Amazing Views from Mount Kinabalu via Ferrata – A Mount Kinabalu Climb with a Difference

So what is via Ferrata? A via Ferrata (or ‘iron road’ in Italian) is a protected mountain path consisting of a series of rungs, rails and cables embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically reachable only by experienced rock climbers and mountaineers. The exhilaration, amazing scenery and sense of personal conquest you experience via Ferrata during your Mount Kinabalu climb are guaranteed to give you something to smile about for a long time.

The Mount Kinabalu climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq Activity is suitable for those trying via Ferrata for the first time. Assisted by your Via Ferrata Guide you will walk across the Monkey Bridge and zip on the Tyrolean traverse during your Walk the Torq activity. For those looking for a more challenging via Ferrata activity, you could consider Climb via Ferrata – Low’s Peak Circuit (2 Days).

Choose a Mount Kinabalu climb via Ferrata for a truly memorable experience!!

Don’t tie yourself in knots | Walk the Torq

Trip Itinerary – Mount Kinabalu Climb | Climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq (2 Days)
The outline itinerary below is based upon booking the optional return transfers from Kota Kinabalu with the Climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq (2 Days) tour.

06:00/06:45: Pick up from your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu and start your journey to Kinabalu Park Headquarters and collect your packed lunch. The journey will take approximately 2 hours as you cross the Crocker Mountain Range.

09:00hrs: Upon arrival, you will pre-check in at the Via Ferrata office for your Mount Kinabalu climb (located in front of the Souvenir Shop) and at Kinabalu Park’s office and meet with your licensed mountain guide. As part of your registration, you will receive an ID tag, which you must wear throughout your Mount Kinabalu climb. You’ll need it to pass through the Mount Kinabalu climb checkpoints. You’ll then be transferred to the starting point for your Mount Kinabalu climb – Timpohon Gate @ 1,866m – where your journey and quest to the summit of Borneo’s highest mountain begins! You’ll start hiking from Timpohan Gate. The first day of your Mount Kinabalu climb covers ~ 6km through a mostly forest environment, with the trail involving many steps and some rocky terrain. The final kilometre of the first day of your Mount Kinabalu climb is the steepest and most difficult and will see you emerge above the forest canopy as you complete the final stretch to Pendant Hut. Depending upon individual fitness level, the trekking today takes about 5-6 hours. The Pendant Hut is located at 3,289m on the Pana Laban rock face.

15:00hrs (depends on your trekking pace): Upon arrival at the Pendant Hut (at the latest by 15:00hrs) after the first day of your Mount Kinabalu climb, you will meet your Mountain Torq Trainer for a mandatory Via Ferrata familiarization (~15:30hrs). During the session, you will be:

  • Familiarised with the Ferrata equipment to be used during the Walk the Torq activity you’ll join during the next day of your Mount Kinabalu climb
  • Walked through an initial via Ferrata practice round
  • Informed of the actual meeting point and reminded of the cut-off meeting time for your activity (07.15hrs – Walk the Torq)

Remember, do not rush during your Mount Kinabalu climb trek to Pendant Hut (trek at a normal pace to manage your energy levels) and do not be disappointed should you not be able to make it on time to the mandatory safety briefing. Your safety comes first, and you can still reach the Low’s Peak summit without going through the Via Ferrata activity.

18:00hrs: Enjoy a buffet dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant. Back to Pendant Hut for some rest with lights out at 20:00hrs. Overnight stay at Pendant Hut (unheated dorms).

01:30 – 02:00 Wake up for supper (at Pendant Hut).

02:30 Continue your ascent to Low’s Peak Summit and the final push as part of your Mount Kinabalu climb. Take your headlight/torch, as it will be dark as you continue your ascent of Mount Kinabalu. The Mount Kinabalu climb from your Hut to the summit takes about three hours. At ~ 05:40hrs, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the sunrise across the mountain range (weather permitting).

06:00 Descend from Low’s Peak summit and trek down to meet your Mountain Torq’s Trainer at Sayat Sayat Hut @ 3,668m. Climbers MUST descend & arrive at the starting point by 07:15hrs (the latest cut-off time).

07:15 Latest: Start your Walk the Torq activity (French Grade PD), which will take 2 to 3 hours to complete.

09:30 Return to Pendant Hut for a well-earned breakfast. As soon as you are ready, we recommend you start your trek back down Mount Kinabalu (the latest check out from Pendent Hut is 11:00hrs). You trek down to Timpohan Gate, and the final part of your climb of Mount Kinabalu experience will take about 4 to 5 hours.

15:00 – 17:00 Estimated arrival at Timpohan Gate after your climb of Mount Kinabalu. On arrival, transfer to Kinabalu Park Headquarters to collect your Certificate of Achievement – well done!! You will have a chance to use the toilet facilities and to buy any snacks/refreshments you want from the Shop near the Headquarters entrance before starting your transfer back to Kota Kinabalu (a ~2-hour journey).

Trip Pre-requisites –  Mount Kinabalu Climb | Climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq

The Minimum Age for joining the Walk the Torq activity is 10 years old, the maximum age is 70 years old, you must weigh less than 100kg, and you need to be > 1.3m to participate in the Walk the Torq via Ferrata activity. The ‘via Ferrata’ activity is not for those scared of heights.

The Mount Kinabalu climb is physically demanding – it is recommended you see your doctor before you come on holiday to check you are healthy to complete the Mount Kinabalu Climb. MOUNTAIN TORQ (who run the via Ferrata activity) recommends Climbers engage in cardiovascular sports at least two twice a week, with each session being a minimum of 2 hours in duration, for at least two months before you start your Mount Kinabalu climb.

  • 1-Night Basic accommodation at Pendant Hut dormitory (sleep in a shared, unheated dormitory with shared bathroom and toilet facilities).
  • Licensed Sabah Parks Mountain Guide.
  • Via Ferrata familiarization for all participants.
  • Via Ferrata activity (Walk the Torq).
  • Via Ferrata Certificate (for successful participants only).
  • Via Ferrata trainer and technical equipment. Free rental for all safety devices: harness, lanyard, helmet etc.
  • Sabah Parks ‘I made it!’ Certificate
  • 1 Buffet dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant (day 1)
  • 1 Early morning continental breakfast/supper at Pendant Hut (day 2)
  • 1 Late morning American Breakfast at Pendant Hut (day 2)
  • Sabah Parks Entrance Fee
  • Sabah Parks Climbing Insurance
  • Sabah Parks Climbing Permit
  • Sabah Parks Climbing Guide Fees
  • Return transfer from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
  • Licensed guide on the return minibus transfer from Kota Kinabalu. They will assist you during the registration process on day 1 of the tour
  • Return internal transfers from Kinabalu Park HQ to Timpohon Gate
  • Breakfast and lunch on the 1st day of your tour – Bring a packed lunch
  • Any children < 16 years old climbing Mount Kinabalu will require an extra Mountain Guide – Contact us for pricing.
  • Porter service for carrying your rucksack, advance booking recommended – Contact us for pricing.
  • Sabah Parks’ Mountain guide overtime charges based on arrival at Timpohan Gate on the day of descent.
  • Personal spend
  • Drinks and meals not specified
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Airfares, Optional Tipping, Porter Fee, Alcoholic Drinks, And any items not specifically mentioned.

If you have booked another activity with us on the day of arrival at Kinabalu Park, lunch may be included if this has been arranged. If you have only booked our normal 2D1N Mt Kinabalu trek, then lunch on Day 1 is NOT included.

The temperature at Laban Rata (Panalaban) can dip to 0°C on a cold night. Otherwise, it’s usually anything between 4°C and 8°C.

Important Mountain Torq Policy for All Via Ferrata Climbers:

Climbers MUST present their original passports/IC for climb registration at Kinabalu Park HQ on the actual day of the climb. Please bring it along with you.

Climbers MUST attend the compulsory Via Ferrata briefing/training session in Pendant Hut between 15:00hrs-16:00hrs (Latest Cut-off time) on 1st day of the climb.

Climbers MUST descend & arrive at starting point by 07:15 (WTT) or 06:30 (LPC) for each activity (Latest Cut-off time) on 2nd day of climb.

All Via Ferrata activities will be conducted together in mixed groups by qualified Mountain Torq Via Ferrata trainers.

Climbers who fail to comply with the timing will not be able to proceed with the selected Via Ferrata activity. NO reimbursement shall be made.

Via Ferrata activity can be cancelled due to bad weather for the safety of all climbers, NO reimbursement shall be made.

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Recommended Packing List For The Trip

Pack as light as you can for your Mount Kinabalu climb (it will help make your trek easier for you). Your extra luggage can be stored at Kinabalu Park HQ at a nominal fee of RM10 per piece prior to the climb – let your Guide know when you are registering for your Mount Kinabalu climb.

ESSENTIALS for your Mount Kinabalu climb:

  • Waterproof backpack to store your items
  • Good, comfortable trekking or running shoes with good grip (e.g. hiking boots, walking shoes or trekking shoes)
  • Raincoat or waterproof jacket
  • Warm clothing like a fleece jacket, hiking pants
  • Change of clothes (you may not want to sleep in what you sweat in!)
  • Cap/beanie/headscarf (helps prevent heat loss, especially at night and in the early morning)
  • Gloves (waterproof)
  • A small/lightweight towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Torchlight (head torch recommended)
  • Camera with waterproof bag/case
  • Energy snacks, e.g. chocolate, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars
  • Sun protection – Sunglass, sunscreen lotion, SPF lip balm (beware of the strong UV rays)
  • A rain cover for your backpack
  • And of course, AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT!

RECOMMENDED for your Mount Kinabalu climb:-

  • Walking/trekking poles – it will make trekking down Mount Kinabalu more comfortable
  • Medication such as headache tablets or altitude sickness tablets, plasters
  • Tissue paper / Toilet roll
  • Insect / Mosquito repellent
  • Camera with waterproof bag
  • Sandals / Slippers for use in your overnight accommodation
  • Plastic bags

Notes for your Mount Kinabalu Climb – Walk the Torq via Ferrata (2 Days)

You are required to be present at Pendant Hut for the mandatory Via Ferrata briefing session between 3-4 pm. You will not be allowed on the Via Ferrata activity if you miss the briefing session or arrive at the starting point after the cut-off time (no refund provided). For safety reasons, Mountain Torq will not allow you to participate in the Ferrata activity if you wear unsuitable footwear (no refund is provided in this situation). The following shoes are unsuitable for the via Ferrata activity – open toe shoes, slippers, slip-on sneakers, boots/rain boots, and gardening boots.

All tours are subject to weather conditions and may be amended for safety reasons.

Being in good health and good fitness for your Mount Kinabalu climb is very important. There will be no health checks conducted by any authorities during your climb registration, so you climb at your own risk.

Book the 2 Day Mount Kinabalu via Ferrata Tour and get ready for your Mount Kinabalu climb of a lifetime!

3 reviews for Mount Kinabalu Climb | Climb via Ferrata – Walk the Torq (2 Days)

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    Niki Yeung

    The trip is awesome! We enjoyed it so much. The view from summit is so breathtaking and I couldn’t find a word to describe it. We have to say we really really appreciate the effort made by our guide, Maikan. The service he provided is way beyond our expectation. He is so experience and knowledgeable. He leads us the whole way making sure we were at the right pace, so that we would be on time to see the sunrise. Also taking care of us especially on the way down as the trail is quite slippery after the rain. He is highly recommended.

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    R Myers

    My husband and I climbed Mt Kinabalu on New Year’s Eve and summitted on New Year’s Day and it was an amazing way to ring in the New Year.
    Our guide, Zeeron, was outstanding – very knowledgeable about the local area and, more importantly, incredibly patient with us when we were struggling with various parts of the trek.
    We’re both avid hikers and reasonably fit, but we found the second day really hard as you do around 11k (up to the top and then all the way back to the beginning) in more or less one go, so bring knee supports and hire sticks before you start.
    We stayed in the Pendant Hut as we had been signed up for the Via Ferrata but didn’t want to do it. Accommodation was basic and we needed all the ski gear we’d brought with us, but the staff were friendly and the food was fine.
    The breathtaking views from the top made it fully worth the effort!

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    Audrey

    My friends and I had this cooking class in May 2016 with Beverly. We had a lovely time with her, chef and staff there. Everything was smooth, exciting and well-organized.

    We totally enjoyed the cooking, eating, buying food from local market, learning local ingredients and also visited 3D museum as well as the Upside Down House! 🙂

    Definitely recommend to all travelers!

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Mount Kinabalu

  • Is Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, an active volcano?

    The very simple answer is no. Mount Kinabalu is a huge granite mountain or dome (pluton in geographical terms). That was uplifted above the surface about 7 to 8 million years ago due to the Magma intrusion and collision from the crustal plate movements. That was a long time ago. This non-volcanic mountain was not formed from smoke and lava. In fact, the birth of Mount Kinabalu is a result of long, dramatic and complex geological processes in different stages, which began about 40 million years ago.

    BACK STORY – On 5 June 2015 at 07:15 MST, the area around Mount Kinabalu was damaged by an earthquake. Eighteen people, including hikers and mountain guides, were killed by the earthquake and a massive landslide that followed it. Ranau and many parts of Sabah West Coast were affected, and Donkey Ear’s Peak was heavily damaged.

    Six days before the earthquake, around ten western tourists (comprising six men and four women from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) “stripped and urinated at the mountain (which locals believe has angered the spirit at the sacred place)”. The tourists also allegedly shouted vulgarities when they were told to desist by their mountain guide, but this was later dismissed by the judge in their trial.[citation needed] This provoked outrage among certain Sabahans, who want all of the alleged offenders charged in native court and forced to pay the “sogit”, a type of compensation given in the form of money or livestock, to appease the aggrieved party according to local Kadazan-Dusun customs. It is imposed on wrongdoers for the purpose of appeasing “the aggrieved”, thus placating the community. However, as most of the detained tourists have been released from Malaysia’s prison and escaped the native court, the local villagers had to perform their own rituals. Following the incident, some of the tourists and their families expressed their apologies to all involved parties, and the government of the United Kingdom began to review its travel advice for Malaysia.

    The back story was taken from Wikipedia, the link to the article https://bit.ly/3PWilwl

    To experience the beauty and magnitude of Mount Kinabalu yourself, why not book our 3-day Climb package via Timpohan Gate.

  • What it’s actually like to climb the via ferrata on Mt Kinabalu

    Latin for ‘iron way’, a via ferrata is the bridge between scrambling and climbing. It requires very little equipment and a good head for heights. Unlike climbing or bouldering problems, a via ferrata is a route marked out by metal rails and rungs embedded into the mountain. It’s easy to follow and a great way to tackle otherwise impassable cliffs and ledges. Whether you’ve done it before or are planning a new adventure, these are eight things that you need to know about via ferratas.

    An alternative via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu is Low’s Peak. This can be climbed by a person in good physical condition, and there is no need for mountaineering equipment. Climbers must always be accompanied by accredited guides due to national park regulations and may experience altitude sickness.

    Why not join experienced tour guides on our Mount Kinabalu Climb via the Ferrata for a memorable two days.

  • How to get into backpacking (hiking) if I've never gone before?

    Start by day hiking. Do some reading on the subject; go to a public library and borrow a few books on the subject. Find a mentor; this might be done in a club, or a class or with existing friends who do it. It depends (factors) on your age, available resources, etc.

    I was never a member of the Scouts (a good start, whether as a kid or an adult leader (like a friend (mom) with a son needing male role models)). My first mentor was my 10th-grade biology class teacher (I just saw him yesterday (we’ve known each other 46 years now)). My first-day hike was 16 miles round trip with 4,000 feet elevation gain (you need not take a hike this strenuous; I was 14). Other people and groups are possible (e.g., Sierra Club, AMC, CMC, Mazamas, Mountaineers, ad nauseum; I presided over my high school’s club, the Trailblazers and university 2 terms in our mountaineering club, friends were Trail finders (a school)).

    Get a sense of your limits: walking distance, elevation gain, and time (your most important outdoor resource). Take lunch (from your reading, you should get an idea of what to take). Avoid buying too much of anything. It’s not about the gear. In time, it’s generally a good idea to learn to push your limits (but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves yet).

    Some people take courses like Outward Bound or NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). This is not necessary, but some people like this. The whole topic of what’s called outdoor education is controversial.

    Start slow: walking, buying things, learning. Pick things up by slow progression. You will not learn (much) by reading or lecturing. It’s about putting 1 foot before another and experiencing.

    Try car camping. Learn to sleep on flat ground. Learn about and minimize sleeping bags (learn to borrow or rent if possible), foam pads, and tents (handling environmental conditions like rain). Learn about camp stoves (do learn to prime, but you can also use other warming methods). Learn to do evening things in daylight like a tent set up. A mentor watching over you (should not necessarily be an instructor (course work)) can help critique you.

    Then, finally, work up to one overnight night hike. (I only did car camping later.) My first overnighter required walking 8 miles in with 4,000 feet of gain to 11,500 feet (and I think we had to carry most of our water in). My teacher also brought his young son (maybe he was 10). You don’t have to do a hike this seriously. Very windy summit (a little hard to sleep), and I was back a month later (2nd overnight hike). My 3rd overnight went to the top of Mt Whitney (14.5K ft) (twice, over a weekend, with my #2 mentor).

    Repeat – Take a first aid class and CPR. Pick up other skills like a river crossing. Practice with a map, compass, and GPS separately. Realize that it’s not what you learn in a class but what you retain in the way of problem-solving. Transition to winter (learn to ski, not snowshoe). Learn what to pick up in the way of skills and gear. Learn to minimize (this is mathematically called the knapsack problem (what you place on your back)). Make new reliable friends. Travel the world.

    Avoid adventures. Avoid drama. The last thing you want to deal with is dead bodies. Real dead bodies (friends have). Jedi don’t crave adventure, and neither should you.

    Taken from https://bit.ly/3FWQN5z – This article was written originally by Eugene Miya, who has been a climber and trekker since 1970s

  • What are the facts about Mount Kinabalu?

    Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu, Dusun: Gayo Ngaran or Nulu Nabalu) is the highest mountain in the Malaysian Borneo – Federal state of Sabah. The mountain is 13,435 feet (4,095 m) and is the third-highest peak of an island on Earth. Being the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence, it makes a great challenge for visitors to tackle. Mount Kinabalu is in Ranau district, West Coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park – World Heritage Site.

    Mount Kinabalu was originally listed at 4,101m tall but after a resurvey in 1997, using satellite technology established its summit (known as Low’s Peak) height at 4,095 m (13,435 ft) above sea level. 6 m (20 ft) less than the previously thought.

    Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified. Among these are the famous gigantic Rafflesia plants and orangutans – UNESCO World Heritage status.

    • Third-highest peak of an island on Earth
    • 4,095m Tall (1997 Survey)
    • 5,000 to 6,000 Species of plants
    • 326 Species of birds
    • 100 Mammalian species
    • UNESCO World Heritage status
    • Earthquake 2015
    • 7 to 8 million years old

    Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for yourself on our 2-day Trek Via Timpohan Gate.

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