Via Ferrata @ Mount Kinabalu



Frequently Asked Questions


What is a 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.

The Via Ferrata experience is one that’s not to be missed. Feel the natural surroundings, the exhilaration, and sense of personal achievement when you complete the circuit.

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 prior experience is not required.

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, Sabah, East Borneo. Mountain Torq enables both climbers and non-climbers to experience the thrill of mountain climbing while taking in the spectacular surroundings.

Who can climb Via Ferrata?

Just about anyone! You can climb Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata as long as you’re aged between 10 and 70 with a minimum height of 1.3m. You do need to be fit, healthy and preferably not afraid of heights either. The Via Ferrata really is an experience for anyone who wants to try climbing a mountain in another manner.

Do I need any climbing experience?

Not at all! If you can climb a ladder, you can climb Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata.

Can I miss the pre-activity briefing conducted the day I arrive?

All of our participants are required to attend this mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session. Our sessions start between 3pm and 4pm. Late arrivals may not be considered eligible to participate in the activity the next morning. This is really for your own safety, be it if you are a first time climber or an experienced mountaineer.

How can I ensure that I arrive Pendant Hut by 3pm?

So 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 and no later, you will have a 90% chance of arriving at Pendant Hut in time to have a cup of tea before attending the briefing session.

Will there be someone to guide me?

Yes, you and your group will be assigned an experienced Mountain Torq trainer. Mountain Torq experts will be there to give you a full safety briefing and train you on the proper use of the safety devices. They will also climb with you, provide tips on negotiating difficult obstacles and point out spectacular sights along the way.