Via Ferrata @ Mount Kinabalu

Mt Kinabalu

Laban Rata Resthouse

Pendant Hut

Mt Kinabalu Climb

An avid climber or someone who is just starting to get your feet accustomed to your first hiking boots. Come climb with us! Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata is designed for anyone who is able to scale Mt Kinabalu and wishes to take the experience to even greater heights!

Experience the excitement of mountaineering within a safe and controlled environment. 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.

JOIN IN DATE 2022-2023: 17-20 Nov 22 (Low’s Peak Circuit), 28 Nov – 01 Dec 22 (Walk the Torq), 30 Dec 22 – 02 Jan 23, 21-24 Jan 23, 18-21 Feb 23, 9-12 Mar 23, 6-9 Apr 23, 20-23 Apr 23, 29 Apr – 02 May 23, 29 Jun – 02 July 23, 5-9 Aug 23, 7-10 Sep 23

Dates are tentative and subject to availability.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. In the event of inclement weather where the activity is terminated, there shall be no refund.
  • Once purchased, the package is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • No refund/amendment/ replacement of names and dates is allowed once the booking is made.
  • Mountain Torq’s Terms and Conditions apply
  • All customers will be required to bring their own supply of face masks and will be required to wear it when they are in Pendant Hut, exceptions will be made when they are having meals, drinks, and sleeping.

4 Days Walk The Torq Itinerary

Day 01: Kota Kinabalu – Kinabalu Nature Park (Dinner)

Upon arrival at KKIA, our Sabah caretaker will meet you and transfer to Kinabalu Park. The journey will take approximately 2 hours and drive through some scenic countryside and breathtaking view of Mountain Range. Stop at Nabalu, a typical roadside market along the way for local handicraft and fruits. Continue heading to Kinabalu Nature Park (1500m), at the foot of Mt Kinabalu. Enjoy the cool temperature and serene surroundings within the World Heritage site. Check in at Mile36 Lodge near Kinabalu Park for rest before dinner in Lodge.

Overnight twin/triple Room at Mile36 Lodge

Note:

  • Recommended arrival at KKIA is before 5pm
  • If arrive KKIA at 8pm, the dinner will be at a local restaurant along the drive to Kinabalu Park.

Day 02: KINABALU PARK / LABAN RATA (Breakfast, packed lunch, buffet dinner)

After enjoy your morning breakfast and collect your packed lunch at Mile26 Lodge, meet our Sabah Caretaker at 7.15am for transfer to Sabah Park. Pre-check in at Mountain Torq’s Kinabalu Park office for verification with photo ID. Head over to Sabah Parks’ Operation Counter for registration and meet your appointed Sabah Parks’ mountain guide.

Arrangement of porter (if any) can be done before the hike. Transfer to Timpohon Gate (1866m) for the trek to Laban Rata. The trail ascends through vegetation change from Oak and Chestnut to mossy forest and eventually to alpine vegetation. The trek will take about 4-6 hours to Laban Rata Resthouse (3272m). Remember to arrive Pendant Hut by 3pm to attend the mandatory via ferrata safety briefing and training session (between 3.00 to 4.00 p.m). There will be NO repeat briefing and NO Via Ferrata on the next day should the guests miss the mandatory briefing.

Enjoy your buffet dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant and sunset before lights out at 8pm.

Overnight Laban Rata Pendant Hut Dorm

Day 03 : SUMMIT – WALK THE TORQ – LABAN RATA – KOTA KINABALU (Early supper, breakfast)

At 1.30am, have an early supper and pack up for hike to Low’s Peak for sunrise with Mt guide at around 2.30am. The final ascent to the summit begins very early and takes about 2-3 hours to be on the top for sunrise. When you arrive the summit at Low’s peak (4,095.2m), a great sense of achievements will fill you.

After enjoying the sunrise, if you are doing the Walk the Torq route, please descend by 6am  in order to reach the meeting point for your Walk the Torq experience. At about 9.30am, return to Pendant Hut for a well-earned breakfast before continuing on down to park headquarters. Collect your successful certificate and transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu hotel (3-star)

Day 04: DEPARTURE (Breakfast)

After breakfast, free at leisure before transfer to airport for your flight departure home.

4 Days Low’s Peak Circuit Itinerary

Day 01: Kota Kinabalu – Kinabalu Nature Park (Dinner)

Upon arrival at KKIA, our Sabah caretaker will meet you and transfer to Kinabalu Park. The journey will take approximately 2 hours and drive through some scenic countryside and breathtaking view of Mountain Range. Stop at Nabalu, a typical roadside market along the way for local handicraft and fruits. Continue heading to Kinabalu Nature Park (1500m), at the foot of Mt Kinabalu. Enjoy the cool temperature and serene surroundings within the World Heritage site. Check in at Mile36 Lodge near Kinabalu Park for rest before dinner in Lodge.

Overnight twin/triple Room at Mile36 Lodge

Note:

  • Recommended arrival at KKIA is before 5pm
  • If arrive KKIA at 8pm, the dinner will be at a local restaurant along the drive to Kinabalu Park.

Day 02: KINABALU PARK / LABAN RATA (Breakfast, packed lunch, buffet dinner)

After enjoy your morning breakfast and collect your packed lunch at Mile26 Lodge, meet our Sabah Caretaker at 7.15am for transfer to Sabah Park. Pre-check in at Mountain Torq’s Kinabalu Park office for verification with photo ID. Head over to Sabah Parks’ Operation Counter for registration and meet your appointed Sabah Parks’ mountain guide.

Arrangement of porter (if any) can be done before the hike. Transfer to Timpohon Gate (1866m) for the trek to Laban Rata. The trail ascends through vegetation change from Oak and Chestnut to mossy forest and eventually to alpine vegetation. The trek will take about 4-6 hours to Laban Rata Resthouse (3272m). Remember to arrive Pendant Hut by 3pm to attend the mandatory via ferrata safety briefing and training session (between 3.00 to 4.00 p.m). There will be NO repeat briefing and NO Via Ferrata on the next day should the guests miss the mandatory briefing.

Enjoy your buffet dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant and sunset before lights out at 8pm.

Overnight Laban Rata Pendant Hut Dorm

 

Day 03 : SUMMIT – LOW’S PEAK CIRCUIT – LABAN RATA – KOTA KINABALU (Early supper, breakfast)

At 1.30am, have an early supper and pack up for hike to Low’s Peak for sunrise with Mt guide at around 2.30am. The final ascent to the summit begins very early and takes about 2-3 hours to be on the top for sunrise. When you arrive the summit at Low’s peak (4,095.2m), a great sense of achievements will fill you.

After enjoying the sunrise, if you are doing the Low’s Peak Circuit via ferrata experience, please descend by 6am  in order to reach the meeting point at 7.5KM mark for your Low’s Peak Circuit experience (4-5 hrs). At about 11am, return to Pendant Hut for a well-earned late breakfast. After breakfast, continue descend with mountain guide to park headquarters. Collect your successful certificate and transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu hotel (3-star)

Note:

  • You may arrive Park Headquarters after 6 pm

Day 04: DEPARTURE (Breakfast)

After breakfast, free at leisure before transfer to airport for your flight departure home.

5 Days Via Ferrata Itinerary

Day 01: Kota Kinabalu – Kinabalu Nature Park (Dinner)

Upon arrival at KKIA, our Sabah caretaker will meet you and transfer to Kinabalu Park. The journey will take approximately 2 hours and drive through some scenic countryside and breathtaking view of Mountain Range. Stop at Nabalu, a typical roadside market along the way for local handicraft and fruits. Continue heading to Kinabalu Nature Park (1500m), at the foot of Mt Kinabalu. Enjoy the cool temperature and serene surroundings within the World Heritage site. Check in at Mile36 Lodge near Kinabalu Park for rest before dinner in Lodge.

Overnight twin/triple Room at Mile36 Lodge

Note:

  • Recommended arrival at KKIA is before 5pm
  • If arrive KKIA at 8pm, the dinner will be at a local restaurant along the drive to Kinabalu Park.

Day 02: KINABALU PARK / LABAN RATA (Breakfast, packed lunch, buffet dinner)

After enjoy your morning breakfast and collect your packed lunch at Mile26 Lodge, meet our Sabah Caretaker at 7.15am for transfer to Sabah Park. Pre-check in at Mountain Torq’s Kinabalu Park office for verification with photo ID. Head over to Sabah Parks’ Operation Counter for registration and meet your appointed Sabah Parks’ mountain guide.

Arrangement of porter (if any) can be done before the hike. Transfer to Timpohon Gate (1866m) for the trek to Laban Rata. The trail ascends through vegetation change from Oak and Chestnut to mossy forest and eventually to alpine vegetation. The trek will take about 4-6 hours to Laban Rata Resthouse (3272m). Remember to arrive Pendant Hut by 3pm to attend the mandatory via ferrata safety briefing and training session (between 3.00 to 4.00 p.m). There will be NO repeat briefing and NO Via Ferrata on the next day should the guests miss the mandatory briefing.

Enjoy your buffet dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant and sunset before lights out at 8pm.

Overnight Laban Rata Pendant Hut Dorm

 

Day 03 : SUMMIT – VIA FERRATA – LABAN RATA (Early supper, Lunch, Dinner)

At 1.30am, have an early supper and pack up for hike to Low’s Peak for sunrise with Mt guide at around 2.30am. The final ascent to the summit begins very early and takes about 2-3 hours to be on the top for sunrise. When you arrive the summit at Low’s peak (4,095.2m), a great sense of achievements will fill you.

After enjoying the sunrise, descend for your chosen via ferrata experience at the agreed meeting point with your via ferrata trainer. Please descend by 6am  in order to reach the meeting point at 7.5KM mark if you intend to do your Low’s Peak Circuit experience (4-5 hrs). At about 11am, return to Pendant Hut for wash-up. Then head to Laban Rata for a well earned lunch.

Recuperate from the 11+ hrs day, have a well-deserved nap or just sit in the sun (weather permitting) and have a cup of the famous Sabah tea at the base of Pendant Hut while watching the therapeutic mountain scenery. If you’re up for more fun, you can do some bouldering, bird watching or have a challenge of board games with the mountain guides.
Dinner at Laban Rata’s restaurant

Overnight Laban Rata Pendant Hut Dorm

Day 04 :  LABAN RATA – KOTA KINABALU (Breakfast)

After breakfast, pack and check out at 08.30am.  Descend with mountain guide to park headquarters. Collect your successful certificate and transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu hotel (3-star)

Day 05: DEPARTURE (Breakfast)

After breakfast, free at leisure before transfer to airport for your flight departure home.

Price Per Person In SGD (Valid till 31 Mar 2023)
Price subject to changes without prior notice.
4D Timpohon Trail Via Ferrata (CODE: AMH-KKFT_04)

Pax 1 2 3 4-5 6 & Above
Walk the Torq 1380 1040 960 910 900
Low’s Peak Circuit 1480 1140 1060 1010 1000
3D2N Via Ferrata (1 Via Ferrata Activity) 1820 1480 1400 1350 1340

*SGL +$60 = Single supplement in Mile36 Lodge and Kota Kinabalu Hotel Only

ACCOMMODATION 

CITY HOTEL ROOM TYPE
Kinabalu Nature Park Mile36 Lodge Twin/ Triple room
Laban Rata Pendant Hut Non-heated dormitory
Kota Kinabalu Gaya Centre Hotel Standard/ Superior Room

Note:

Description Cost Per Person
Student < 16 years old Less $40
Malaysian Less $50
Upgrade Day 1 Mile36 Lodge to Mountain Valley Resort or similar Standard Room Add $60 (twin share) / $ 100 (single)
Upgrade Kota Kinabalu Hotel to 4-star such as Promenade Hotel Add $40 (twin share) / $ 80 (single)
Add 1 Day Padas River Raft with 1 night in Gaya Centre Hotel Add $150 (twin share) / $ 200 (single)
Add 1 Day Twin Island Snorkel with 1 night in Gaya Centre Hotel Add $140 (twin share) / $ 190 (single)

 

Payment & Terms

  • $500 Deposit Per Person is required within 5 working days upon confirm booking of the tour.
  • Balance full payment MUST be received at least forty-five (45) days prior to arrival, failing which the Company reserves the right to release all slots for the said confirmed reservation without any or prior notice; Balance payment made is non-refundable upon cancellation.
  • Reservations made within 3 weeks of the start date of the selected Itineraries will require 100% payment for confirmation of the selected MT Itineraries within 3 days of the invoice
  • The tour is confirmed when the booking fee is paid and X-Trekkers has confirmed the reservation of the selected Itineraries in writing.
  • Cancellation:
    • Notice of cancellation and any changes must be made in writing to X-Trekkers.
    • Once the balance is paid, the said balance is non-refundable upon cancellation.
    • Upon cancellation, the fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by X-Trekkers is based on the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the total price of the selected X-Trekkers Itineraries and is calculated as follows:
    • Period of notice                       Cancellation Fee
      • 45 to 31 days                  50% of total price of the selected X-Trekkers Itineraries
      • 30 to 15 days                  75% of total price of the selected X-Trekkers Itineraries
      • Less than 14 days         100% of total price of the selected X-Trekkers Itineraries
  • All administrative fees, taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government, financial institutions, credit /debit agencies, banks, or their agencies shall be borne by the guest.
  • After the reservation has been issued and confirmed, any changes to an alternative date or time slot, transfer the reservation to someone else who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the selected Itineraries or wishes to change to a different Via Ferrata Activities and/ or Itineraries, you may do so provided the alternative selected Via Ferrata Itineraries is available. A service fee of a minimum of SGD 30.00/pax will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation. In the event the revision is to a Via Ferrata Activity or Itinerary of a lesser value, X-Trekkers will not refund the difference between the price of the original selected Via Ferrata Activity or Itinerary and the newly selected Via Ferrata Activity or Itinerary.

    LAND cost includes:

    • Accommodation as stated
    • Meals as stated
    • All transfer in Sabah as per itinerary with English speaking Sabah Caretaker
    • Climbing fees. This includes conservation fees, climbing insurance, climbing permit, Mt Kinabalu certificate & Via Ferrata certificate for successful climbers only
    • mt guide fees (1 guide : 5 adult climbers; 1 guide : 2 child climbers age less than 16 years old)
    • 1 Via Ferrata Activity as per choice
    • Briefing prior departure
    • 15% discount at X-Boundaries

    Cost excludes: All airfare and taxes, Insurance with medical evacuation (mandatory) & Covid-19, Evacuation cost, Personal gears & expenses, Visa if applicable, Tips to guide, All Meals not stated, Other tours not stated in itinerary, Porter’s fees (RM65 per-way for max 10kg), Luggage storage fees (RM 10 per piece),  Mountain guide overtime charges (RM 15 per group per hour after 4pm; RM30 per group per hour for arrivals after 5pm onwards), Additional Guide(s) fees if required.

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    Guest Reviews

    A nice sunset view from Laban Rata. However the clear skies turned bad next day with heavy downpour in the morning at 5.30am. Water gushed down the rocky surface at the summit made the trail difficult to see. Luckily the experienced guide is there to show the way down. The wet wooden steps were slippery for rubber-soled shoes on the way down – and have to take much care to avoid falling down. Ponchos would not be useful for strong winds & driving rain – strongly advised to have rain-proof jacket & pants.A nice sunset view from Laban Rata. However the clear skies turned bad next day with heavy downpour in the morning at 5.30am. Water gushed down the rocky surface at the summit made the trail difficult to see. Luckily the experienced guide is there to show the way down. The wet wooden steps were slippery for rubber-soled shoes on the way down – and have to take much care to avoid falling down. Ponchos would not be useful for strong winds & driving rain – strongly advised to have rain-proof jacket & pants.

    Eng Poh Tzan

    Mt KK Walk The Torq 11-14 Mar 2017

    Some climbers are very irresponsible on what they are doing, and that makes a trek not safe at all. I think we should teach them the basics of mountaineering. (mountaineering ethics)
    Best moment of the trip: Summit
    Moment you least enjoyed: i dont remember any except for the rainy weather when we arrived.
    Experience: bravo!

    Rafael Llandelar

    Low's Peak Circuit 9-13 Sep 2016

    Upon reaching the summit and descending via ferrata. Felt it was the greatest achievement of my life.

    Muhammad Daud

    Low's Peak Circuit 11-15 May 2014

    Mr Donnie Benedict is very helpful and knowledgeable. Not aware of the final summit climb high altitude reaction, might not be suitable people with asthmatic or heart problems. Watching sunrise at the peak. Raining on the way up and down. Challenging.

    Faizul

    Low's Peak Circuit 10-13 May 2014

    We had a great time. We were very very blessed with the weather, and made it to the summit and completed the WTT.

    Our guides were great and Leroy was very helpful as well. All in all, a very successful expedition. We managed to do everything on time. The weather held out beautifully for us until we completed, before becoming adverse. Personally, I am happy not to have to use the first aid kit we brought, nor call on insurance policies bought. [These days, the only test I care to pass with flying colours is my annual health check, and the only things I like to buy but never use are insurance policies.]

    The only negative feedback we would have is about the choice of hotel (Gaya Centre Hotel). It is very dated with mouldy and leaky bathrooms. My room was on a low floor facing the mall, and so was very noisy. There was little sound insulation, so we hear every door bang and the conversations of loud Chinese tourists in the corridor. Breakfast is weak. We wouldn’t recommend it to friends. Location of the hotel was good though. X-trekkers can consider using the Grandis hotel which is on the other side of the mall. Slightly higher price point, but well worth the difference. Perhaps offer your clients the choice to upgrade.

    Jessie

    Walk The Torq 18-21 April 2018

    • Best moment of the trip: When we managed to reached the summit.
    • Moment you least enjoyed: The last 6km of the descent.
    • Experience: Fantastic
    Nicholas Koh

    Low's Peak Circuit22-25 Feb 2015

    Physical training is a must. and if there’s such thing as training for the thinning air, one should do it. The trek to summit is very challenging where every 20 steps is challenging after the sayat sayat (or even before). Leaving Pendant hut at 2:30 am is sufficient. But if one can leave at 2 am, better, so you can get a good spot at the summit as it gets crowded. LPC! The thrill is just amazing.

    Trisha

    Low's Peak Circuit 4-7 May 2014