3D2N Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata (Walk The Torq)

Highlight

  • The highest point at 3,520m above sea level
  • Scenic views
  • Two-wire Cable Bridge
  • Rogimut Ladder
  • Moderate skill level

Included

Return land transfer, English speaking coordinator, mountain guide, climbing permit, climbing insurance, 2 nights accommodation (Kinabalu Pine Resort + Pendant Hut), Ferrata WTT activity, certificate, entrance fees, breakfast * 2, lunch * 2, dinner * 2, supper * 1.

Description

WHAT DOES VIA FERRATA MEANS?

AN ALPINE PLAYGROUND FOR ANYONE WITH AN APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE AND THE TENACITY TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES.

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

  1. Walk The Torq
  2. 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?

  1. Aged 10 and above for Walk The Torq
  2. Aged from 16 for Low’s Peak Circuit
  3. At least 1.3 meters in height
  4. Without any physical disabilities that may restrict your ability to participate in the activity in a safe manner
  5. You do need to be fit, healthy and preferably not afraid of heights either.

In conclusion, if you can climb a ladder, you can climb Via Ferrata. 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VIA FERRATA ROUTE - WALK THE TORQ AND LOW'S PEAK CIRCUIT

  Low's Peak Circuit Walk The Torq
Highest Point 3,776m above sea level 3,520m above sea level
Length 1.1km route 380m route
Time  4-5 hours 2-3 hours
Highlights
  • World’s highest Via Ferrata at 3776m certified by Guinness World Records
  • One of the world’s highest Nepalese bridge or 3-cable wire at 3,580m a.s.l
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Walk like a monkey on the Monkey Bridge
  • Climb the Rogimut ladder
  • Scenic views
Who
  • Anyone who is at least 16 years old with above average fitness levels.
  • 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.
  • Everyone at least age 10 years old 
  • At least 1.3 meters tall
  • The young at heart who is game for everything!
Grading
  • Intermediate Via Ferrata, French Grade AD (Fairly hard)
  • Introductory Via Ferrata, French grade PD (Easy)

MANDATORY VIA FERRATA SAFETY BRIEFING AND TRAINING

THIS IS A COMPULSORY SAFETY BRIEFING AND TRAINING SESSION AT PENDANT HUT.

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 Activity on the next day should you miss the mandatory briefing. Climber(s) who miss the cut-off time will not be allowed on the Via Ferrata. Any request for reimbursement will not be entertained.

During the briefing session, all participants (from a first time Via Ferrata climber to a veteran mountaineer), will be given a thorough briefing on what you will be expecting on your Via Ferrata climb and a hands-on practice session which includes wearing and using the full Via Ferrata equipment. You will likely make a couple of new friends at the same time!

After the briefing session and some paperwork, it will be time for your buffet dinner at Laban Rata restaurant. Do head to bed early as your wake-up call for the summit hike is at 1:30 am!

ACTIVITY CUT-OFF TIME

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WHOEVER MISS THE CUT-OFF TIME, NO VIA FERRATA ACTIVITY IS ALLOWED.

DAY 1: Safety Briefing Cut-Off Time

Attend the mandatory Via Ferrata safety briefing at Pendant Hut (Kindly arrive at Pendant Hut before 4pm)

DAY 2: Walk The Torq Activity Cut-Off Time 

Walk The Torq climber(s) must arrive at Via Ferrata starting point – Sayat Sayat, before 7.15 am.

*Late arrivals who fail to meet the cut-off time (for mandatory safety briefing on day 1 or activity starting time on day 2) will not be considered eligible to participate in the Via Ferrata activities. No reimbursements will be entertained. 

WHERE TO STAY?

via Ferrata Climbers overnight at Pendant Hut, Panalaban

Pendant Hut (3289 meters above sea level) located at approximately 6km from Timphon Gate, around 10 minutes short walk 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 here every day. Pendant Hut houses guests in a dormitory-style setting or private room for 4.There is a water dispenser inside Pendant Hut (Hot water and drinking water).

No Heated Shower/Room Heater
The power supply at Pendant Hut comes from solar power, hence, the available generated electricity is very limited. As a result, hot shower and room heater is not available (not only for Pendant Hut, but applied to all mountain huts).

Pendant Hut is the only hut equipped with pillows and sleeping bags, instead of blankets. Here you can enjoy your post-midnight supper and, relax at the comfortable lounge area, pick up a climbing book at our mini alpine library or have fun playing board games. The highest post box certified by Malaysia Book of Records is located at Pendant Hut too!

** There is a small counter at Pendant Hut selling glove, headlamp, battery and socks.

  • Check in time : 2.00pm to 4.00pm

  • Check out time : before 12:00pm

Price Table

person Malaysian (MYR) International (MYR)
1 3,300 3,650
2 ~ 4 2,580 2,900
5 ~ 10 2,400 2,760
11 ~ 30 2,360 2,720
Price valid till 1 Apr 2023 - 31 March 2024
Accommodation

Day 1 - Kinabalu Pine Resort (Twin / Triple Sharing)
Day 2 - Pendant Hut (Unisex Shared Dormitory)

**Upgrade to Pendant Hut Private Room at RM850/Room (Can Accommodate Up to 4 Pax)**

 

person Malaysian (MYR) International (MYR)
1 3,600 3,950
2 ~ 4 2,950 3,300
5 ~ 10 2,800 3,150
11 ~ 30 2,730 3,080
Price valid till 1 Apr 2024 - 31 December 2024
Accommodation

Day 1 - Kinabalu Pine Resort (Twin / Triple Sharing)
Day 2 - Pendant Hut (Unisex Shared Dormitory)

**Upgrade to Pendant Hut Private Room at MYR900/Room (Can Accommodate Up to 4 Pax)**


Other Options?

2D1N Mount Kinabalu Summit Tour:  https://sabahbooking.com/tour-31

3D2N Mt Kinabalu Climbing Package: https://sabahbooking.com/tour-65

2D1N Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata (Walk The Torq): https://sabahbooking.com/tour-216

2D1N Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata (Low’s Peak Circuit): https://sabahbooking.com/tour-297

3D2N Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata (Low’s Peak Circuit): https://sabahbooking.com/tour-299

 

 

HOW MUCH IS THE PORTER SERVICES COST? (Optional)
Porter service is fully optional depends on individual. Due to number of porters are reducing, your mountain guide might also act as your porter (depends on the availability of porter during the actual day).

Porter Fees Rate
Timpohon > Laban Rata Resthouse > Timpohon                                                        MYR 14/KG        
Timpohon > Sayat-Sayat > Timpohon MYR 18/KG          
Timpohon > Summit > Timpohon MYR 20/KG

 

  • Porters will measure the weight of backpacks in front of climbers.
  • Payments will be made directly to the porter by cash, minimum weight is 10 Kgs.
  • Porters will not trek along with you, so keep all the necessities that you need with you.
  • Things can get wet on the mountain, so pack your belongings in big plastic bag/use a backpack rain cover to protect your climbing gear.
  • A porter would normally carry up to 10kg at MYR13-MYR16 per kg. Simply ask for porter service on climbing day upon registration.
  • You may leave the luggage at Kinabalu Park, there will be a charge at MYR 15 per bag per night.
  • No age limit for kid to join, however, it is recommended at least 10 years old.
  • Children 16 years old & below will required a personal Mountain Guide @ RM 350 nett guide. Maximum 1 guide for 2 children.

 

Recent Update

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 and supper.

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)

Transportation Overtime Charges: Transportation overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate after 7pm on the descend day = MYR 80 per van per way.

Tourism Tax:  Federal Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia has imposed a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX) effective from September 2017. Foreign tourists are required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night by cash regardless of the hotel star level. The tax will be collected from every check-in guest directly at the resort/hotel which is not included in the package.

 

Insurance coverage for climbers area as follow:

Accidental death only :
MYR 70,000.00 (climber age between 13 to 75 years)
MYR 50,000.00 (climber age under 13 and above 75 years)

Lifelong disability as a result of an accident that occurred :
MYR 70,000.00 (climber age between 13 to 75 years)
MYR 50,000.00 (climber age under 13 and over 75 years)
  
Accidental costs only :
MYR 5,000.00 (climber age between 13 to 75 years)
MYR 2,000.00 (climber age under 13 and over 75 years)
  
Funeral arrangement :
MYR 2,000.00 (per climber)

 ** Please take note that coverage and claims will be subject to approval of Sabah Parks Management.

Itinerary

* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.

Pickup Time & Transport Fee

Pickup time below is for reference only, actual time will be sent to you upon booking is confirmed. Transport fee quoted is per person.

Zone Hotel Pickup Time Fee (MYR)
A Kota Kinabalu city North (Grandis, Hyatt, Gaya street area...) 8:00 am Free
B Kota Kinabalu city Center (Marriott, Marina Court, Horizon, ...) 8:00 am Free
C Kota Kinabalu city South (Sutera Harbour, KK Time Square, ...) 8:00 am Free
D Airport area (Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Aeropod, ...) 8:00 am Free
E 1Borneo area (Tune, Grand Borneo, ...) 8:00 am Free
F Outskirt area (Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Nexus Karambunai, ...) 8:00 am 60.00
Where is my hotel?

How to Pay

Pay on travelling day

No advance payment is required, simply pay cash in Ringgit-Malaysia to tour guide. However, you still need pay in full for any cancellation made 1 day prior to tour date.

Pay Online

Accep Visa and MasterCard credit card, Malaysian bank transfer, Paypal, FPX, Alipay. 2.3% surcharge apply. Please be noted that 2.3% processing fee is non-refundable in case there is cancellation 3 days after the payment made.

Bank Transfer

for Malaysians:
Online banking through your Malaysia Bank Account

for International guests:
Use WISE - a Fast & convenient global transfers service, better exchange rate than conventional bank Telegraphic Transfer; No 2.3% processing fee; Generally we would receive your payment in same day.


Additional information

  • Min. Participant(s)1 Persons To Go (child does not counted)

  • Tour location / Depart fromKota Kinabalu

  • Recommend to book1 month(s) in advance

  • To book at least30 day(s) in advance

  • Cancellation & Refund Policy:  Not refunable for any cancellation made.

  • Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.

  • Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.

  • Pickup Service:  Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.

  • Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).


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