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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. Click here to read more interesting facts about the Via Ferrata!

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 A 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 AT 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. Our 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.

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 do have to be prepared to make friends and join the adventure with other Via Ferrata climbers.

WHAT IS THE MAX. NO. OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE CLIMBING THE VIA FERRATA WITH ME?

The maximum number of climbers per group is 6.

DO I REALLY NEED A MOUNTAIN GUIDE EVEN ON MT 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 only during your Mountain Torq activities.

WHAT DOES THE VIA FERRATA ACTIVITY PACKAGE INCLUDE?

With Mountain Torq, you can enjoy:

  • Complimentary use of all required 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?

Our start time is between 5.30am and 7.30am

WHERE DO WE MEET THE MOUNTAIN TORQ TEAM FOR THE ACTIVITIES?

On the day of your arrival, we will meet you at Pendant Hut where you will undergo a mandatory briefing and familiarization session starting between 3pm and 4pm. There, we will tell you the exact meeting point and meeting times for the activities that you have signed up for and provide a practical session with the full Via Ferrata safety gear.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CLIMB THE VIA FERRATA AT THE BREAK OF DAWN?

Due to safety reasons, we do not bring participants up on the Via Ferrata before day break.

WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN I ENJOY BESIDES THE VIA FERRATA?

We offer other activities such as sports climbing, alpine rock climbing, rappelling and basic mountain experience. Find out more about our exciting activities here.

ARE THE ACTIVITIES SAFE?

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.

HOW DO I TAKE PART IN MOUNTAIN TORQ’S ACTIVITIES?

To ensure that you get a guaranteed space, we strongly encourage advanced bookings. You can make a booking for our activities here. If you require accommodation together with our activities, we can recommend you to our authorized agents who’ll be able to assist in making all the necessary arrangements.

DO YOU TAKE IN ‘WALK IN’ CUSTOMERS ON THE MOUNTAIN?

Yes, we do. We welcome ‘walk-in’ customers at Pendant Hut, pending availability of slots and weather permitting. We accept credit card payments