Via Ferrata (Italian for “road of iron”) or klettersteig (German for “climbing path”) is a protected climbing route consisting of a series of rungs, rails and cables to aid climbers moving safely through the mountain.

There are more than 300 via ferrata routes around the world. The first via ferrata were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy during the World War I, to aid the movement of the Italian alphine military unit. Majority of these via ferrata can be found in the Dolomites in Italy and different countries including Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, Via Ferrata can also be found in a few places in United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia.

The world’s highest Via Ferrata, at 3,800M, is located on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo and it is an another way to descent from your successful Mt.Kinabalu climb. By combining the beauty of the Mount Kinabalu terrain with a fun, professionally guided way to get up close and personal with all the hidden plateaus, it’s an exciting activity for the whole family!

There is always an experienced via ferrata trainer to lead the way. With over 1km of carefully planned out activity routes, our participants will enjoy the full experience of mountaineering in a safe and controlled environment.


Fret not! With no prior experience required, it’s a safe activity designed for both veterans and newbies as it is carried out under a safe controlled environment. The Via Ferrata offer a range of protected scrambling routes using fixed cables, ladders and gorge-spanning bridges which provide a safe means of ascent to high levels normally only accessible by the experienced rock climber.

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Mount Kinabalu Ferrata
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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.
  2. Engage in cardiovascular sports at least twice a week, for at least 2 hours per session.
  3. Hiking hills or walking up and down flights of stairs as part of your training regime.