WHAT IS VIA FERRATA?
A via ferrata (or ‘iron road’ in Italian, plural via ferrate) is a protected mountain pathway consisting of a series of rungs, rails, cables and bridges embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically available only to rock climbers and mountaineers.
- The excitement, scenic beauty and personal conquest you will experience on a via ferrata is guaranteed to give you an invigorating nostalgic experience for years to come.There are more than 300 via ferrata routes around the world predominantly in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Spain, and a few places in the United States and Canada.
The world’s highest via ferrata, Mountain Torq – which also happens to be Asia’s first – can now be found on Mt Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo.
WHAT IS MOUNTAIN TORQ?
Mountain Torq is the World’s highest via ferrata and Asia’s first via ferrata located at Mt Kinabalu’s Panar Laban rock face. It starts at 3,400m and ends at 3,800m – the next highest via ferrata is found in the Italian Dolomites called the Marmolada West ridge, at the highest point of 3,343 meters.
VIA FERRATA CLIMBING
An Activity for Everyone
The Mt Kinabalu via ferrata is devised to give climbers with little or no climbing experience access to rock faces normally reached by mountaineers and rock climbers. The minimum requirements needed for the first time via ferrate climber are:
- Average fitness level (Able to hike up to 3,200m in 6 hrs)
- At least 10 years old and 1.3meters tall
- Do not have a fear of heights or are willing to conquer their fear of heights
The Mt Kinabalu via ferrata routes are designed with beginner and intermediate climbers in mind.
- There is a via ferrata route to match everyone’s ability and endurance.
- Beginner climbers can take their first experience along the granite walls of Mt Kinabalu. A journey of 2 to 3 hours.
- Intermediate climbers embark on a 4 to 5 hours journey to experience the challenge of mountaineering and the lesser seen side of the mountain’s breathtaking heights and sights.
- The diversity of via ferrata routes means there is something for everyone – whether he or she is 10 or 70, a keen mountaineer or a casual holidaymaker.
No mountaineering experience? Don’t worry!
There is always an experienced via ferrata trainer to lead the way. With over 1km of carefully planned out activity routes.
Choose from 2 routes and trek from Timpohon or Mesilau Trail: Low’s Peak Circuit / Walk The Torq