Common Questions


Who can climb Via ferrata?
As long as you’re aged between 10 and 70 with a minimum height of 1.3m, physically fit and healthy, not afraid of heights, and would like to experience Mount Kinabalu in a whole new way.

How high do we go?
For Low’s Peak Circuit, you will be above the clouds at a height of 3776m. However, as for Walk the Torq, touch the vast skies at 3520m high.

Can my kids join in on the fun?
Yes, definitely. as long as they are aged between 10 and above with a minimum height of 1.3m, physically fit and healthy, not afraid of heights, and would like to experience Mount Kinabalu in a whole new way, then why not!

Is it the same as mountain climbing?
No, Via Ferrata climbing is not the same as rock climbing. While both activities occur in the same area and in the same environment, climbing the Via Ferrata is easier than rock climbing and it does not require any prior experience.

Do I need any climbing experience?
No prior climbing experience is required to enjoy the via ferrata activity. as you will be briefed thoroughly and from the measures being brought upon you there is a prior brief is iimprtant for safety purposes

What happens if I miss the pre-activity briefing?
Everyone is required to attend the mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session between 3pm and 4pm. In the utmost respect of your safety, whether you’re an avid mountaineer or a first timer, late arrivals may not be considered eligible to participate in the activity the next morning.

Will there be a guide assisting me?
Yes, you and your group will be assigned a trainer. Expert guides will be by your side at all times to give you a full safety briefing and train you on the proper use of safety devices. They will also climb with you, provide tips on tackling difficult obstacles and point out spectacular sights along the way.

Is the Via Ferrata trainer only for me or the group?
Depending on the size of your group, you will have to be prepared to join other Via Ferrata climbers.

What is the maximum number of people that will be climbing the Via Ferrata with me?
There will be a maximum of 6 climbers for Low’s Peak Circuit and 10 for Walk the Torq.

What does the Via Ferrata package actually include?
The Via Ferrata package includes:
- Free rental of all safety devices: harness, lanyard and helmet
- Via Ferrata familiarisation for all participants
- Guiding services of our Mountain Torq trainers

What time do I start my Via Ferrata activity?
The start time is between 5.30am and 7.30am

Where do we meet the Via Ferrata Team for the activity?
A more detailed explanation will be provided upon your arrival at Pendant Hut. You will be fully briefed regarding the exact meeting point and meeting times for your Via Ferrata activities during the MANDATORY BRIEFING and familiarization session at 3pm to 4pm. You will also be provided with a practical session with the full Via Ferrata safety gear.

Can I climb the Via Ferrata at the break of dawn?
As your safety is our biggest concern, we do not bring our guests up on the Via Ferrata before day break.

How safe are your activities?
As an advocate for responsible climbing, Mountain Torq ensures that safety standards are adhered to at all times. It is mandatory that our trainers undergo regular skills certification and upgrading with training standards and syllabus endorsed by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA). Regular safety checks and maintenance are also conducted on the Via Ferrata equipment. So all you need to do is focus on enjoying yourself.

Planning


How do I take part in Mountain Torq’s activities?
We encourage advanced booking to ensure and secure your space. You can make a booking for activities here.

Do you take walk-in customers at the Mountain?
Yes, welcome ‘walk-in’ customers at Pendant Hut, pending availability of slots and weather permitting.

I am planning my holiday itinerary. How much time should I spend on Mount Kinabalu?
To fully absorb the beauty and charm of Mount Kinabalu, set aside at least 3 days to enjoy the Mountain Torq activites at your own pace.
Be sure not to miss these:
- Low’s Peak Circuit, the world’s highest Via Ferrata
- Round trip to Walk the Torq, Asia ’s first Via Ferrata

Can I bring my own camera?
Of course! Do bring your own camera to capture these special moments.
Don’t forget to secure your camera with a cord to minimize any risks of dropping it. You will, however, be required to keep your camera in your backpack during activities to reduce the risk of dropping it while climbing, and as a result injuring an unsuspecting fellow climber below you. Don’t worry, we will definitely advise you on the most ideal and scenic spots where you can whip your camera out for those treasured snapshots.

Pre-Requisites

What is Via Ferrata?
A Via Ferrata (or “iron road” in Italian) is a protected mountain path comprising a series of rungs, rails and cables embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically available only to experienced rock climbers and mountaineers.
Be rendered speechless by stunning sights of hidden plateaus, feel the rush of adrenaline and go home with a big adventure story. The Via Ferrata experience is an unforgettable one, it also makes as a great conversation starter when you’re trying to swoon someone.

Is Via Ferrata the same as rock climbing?
No, Via Ferrata climbing is not the same as rock climbing. While both activities occur in the same area and in the same environment, climbing the Via Ferrata is easier than rock climbing and it does not require any prior experience.

What is Mountain Torq?
Mountain Torq runs the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata that starts at 3,200m and ends off at 3,776m above sea level on Mt Kinabalu in Sabah. Mountain Torq enables climbers and non-climbers to experience the thrill of mountain climbing while taking in the spectacular surroundings.

Who can climb a Via Ferrata?
As long as you’re aged between 10 and 70 with a minimum height of 1.3m, physically fit and healthy, not afraid of heights, and would like to experience Mount Kinabalu in a whole new way, then why not!

Do I need any climbing experience?
No climbing experience is required.

Can I miss the pre-activity briefing conducted the day I arrive?
Everyone is required to attend the mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session between 3pm and 4pm. In the utmost respect of your safety, whether you’re an avid mountaineer or a first timer, late arrivals may not be considered eligible to participate in the activity the next morning.
How can I ensure I arrive Pendant Hut by 3pm?
As long as you condition your body before coming (See Trip Preparation) and ensure that you start hiking up from Timpohon Gate by 8:30am latest. You will have a 90% chance of arriving at Pendant Hut in time to have a cup of tea before attending the briefing session.

Guides

Will there be someone to guide me?
Yes, you and your group will be assigned a trainer. Expert guides will be by your side at all times to give you a full safety briefing and train you on the proper use of safety devices. They will also climb with you, provide tips on tackling difficult obstacles and point out spectacular sights along the way.

Can I climb the Via Ferrata without a Mountain Torq trainer?
No. Sabah Park safety regulations require that Via Ferrata climbers are to be accompanied by a Mountain Torq trainer at all times.

Is the Mountain Torq trainer only for me or my group?
Depending on the size of your group, you will have to be prepared to join other Via Ferrata climbers.

What is the max number of people who will be climbing the Via Ferrata with me?
There will be a maximum of 6 climbers for Low’s Peak Circuit and 10 for Walk the Torq.

Do I really need a mountain guide even on Mount. Kinabalu?
Yes. Sabah Park safety regulations require that climbers and hikers are to be accompanied by a Sabah Park mountain guide during your ascent and decent on the main hiking and summit trail. Our Mountain Torq trainer will be with you mainly during your Mountain Torq activities.

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  1. Start preparing at least 2 to 3 months leading up to your trip and do more outdoor cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling and mountain biking.
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  3. Hiking hills or walking up and down flights of stairs as part of your training regime.