FAQ

What is via ferrata?

A via ferrata (or 'iron road' in Italian) is a protected mountain path consisting of a series of rungs, rails and cables embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically reachable only by experienced rock climbers and mountaineers. The exhilaration, breath-taking scenery and sense of personal conquest you experience on a via ferrata is guaranteed to give you something to smile about for a long time.

What is Alpine Sport Climbing?

Alpine sport climbing is a form of rock climbing which is conducted at a high altitude rock routes in an alpine setting. Mountain Torq’s alpine sport climbing activity is conducted on Mount Kinabalu, Sabah.

What is Mountain Torq?

Mountain Torq is the world's highest and Asia's first via ferrata that starts at 3,776m and ends off at 3,520m above sea level on Mt Kinabalu in Sabah. Mountain Torq enables climbers and non-climbers to experience the thrill of mountain climbing while taking in the spectacular surroundings.

Is via ferrata is the same as rock climbing?

How about alpine sport climbing?
 No, via ferrata is not the same as rock climbing. Although they both occur in the same area and the same environment, via ferrata climbing is easier than rock climbing and does not require you to have any prior experience.

Meanwhile, for alpine sport climbing, it is similar in terms of the usage of equipment and skills. The only differences is the condition, challenges and environment. For Mountain Torq Alpine Sport Climbing, the routes are set up with ready bolted pin and anchors fixed on the mountain wall for protection. Contrast to traditional rock climbing, where climbers themselves must place removable protection as they find their own climbing route on the rock surface

Who can do via ferrata and alpine sport climbing?

Climbers and non-climbers aged between 10 and 70 who are fit and healthy, not afraid of heights, and want to experience the mountain in a whole new way plus to experience rock climbing in an alpine environment. Oh and by the way, you also have to be at least 1.3m tall.

Do I need any climbing experience?

Absolutely not! If you can climb a ladder, you can do via ferrata. TYH Borneo Tours offers a variety of itinerary starting from beginner to advance packages to sooth the different level of experiences of guests who wish to latest alpine sport climbing at Mount Kinabalu.

Is there someone to guide me?

Yes. You and your group will be assigned a mountain guide via ferrata Trainer (aka Trainer). Trainers are there to give you a full safety briefing and training on how to use the safety devices. They are also there to climb with you to provide tips on how to negotiate the more difficult obstacles as well as highlight some of the spectacular sights along the way.

Can I climb the via ferrata / alpine sport climbing without a Mountain Guide Trainer?

Sorry, due Sabah Parks’ regulations, a Mountain Guide Trainer is required to accompany you at all times.

Is the Mountain Guide Trainer only for me / my group?

You will have to be prepared to join other via ferrata climbers.

What is the maximum number of people who will be doing the via ferrata/alpine sport climbing with me?

The maximum number is 6 per group. Therefore, you will have to be prepared to join other climbers.

What time do I start my via ferrata /alpine sport climbing activity?

For via ferrata activity, our start time is between 6:30am to 7:30am while for alpine sport climbing it will be based on the itinerary.

Where do I meet my Mountain Guide Trainers for the activity?

Trainers will meet you at Pendant Hut on the first day and they will advise you on the actual meeting point for your chosen itinerary during the briefing session in the afternoon of your arrival.

Where do I meet my Mt Torq Trainer for my via ferrata familiarization when I arrive at Pana Laban level?

Your Trainer will be waiting for you at Pendant Hut between 3pm and 4pm for your familiarization session. During the session, you will be:- Familiarised with the via ferrata equipment- Walked through an initial via ferrata practice round- Informed of the actual meeting point for your chosen activity and;- Reminded of the cut off meeting time for your activity (6.30am–Low’s Peak Circuit, 7.15am–Walk the Torq)

Must I attend the briefing? (IMPORTANT)

Quite simply, YES, you have to attend the briefing which is conducted between 3pm to 4pm at Pendant Hut.

Do any of your services include taking me up on the via ferrata before the break of dawn?

We do not bring clients up on the via ferrata or the sports climbing route before day break due to safety concerns

How do I get to DO these activities?

You’ll have to hike up Mt Kinabalu, which is approximately a 4 to 6 hour intensive hike. Your speed will depend on your fitness level and prior hiking preparations are required and highly recommended.

What can I do to make sure that I get the most of my Mt. Kinabalu trip?

Hiking up Mt. Kinabalu requires more physical strength and endurance. We’ve seen too many people take physical preparation for granted and come physically and mentally ill prepared to even climb Mt. Kinabalu. Many will try to rush up and down the mountain in 2 days and realised that if they had spent 1 more day, they would have enjoyed it more.

Where is Pendant hut?

Pendant hut is located at 3,289m on the Pana Laban rock face. When you arrive at the Laban Rata rest house, you will see Pendant hut on your right hand side perched above a rock path

What do I need to do to prepare for my Mt Kinabalu adventure?

You will be climbing a major mountain and you are strongly advised to be in a physically fit condition. Here are some suggestions from the Alpine Guides Association “The best preparation for mountain sports always involves good amount of cardiovascular exercise outdoors (running, cycling, mountain biking etc.) and getting out for long days in the hills whenever possible.

If you do the amounts of regular weekly cardiovascular exercise indicated on the fitness level for your course during the 2-3 months leading up to your trip, you should be reasonably well prepared. Don't forget to read the trip descriptions/ itinerary carefully to find out what else is involved too, so you can tailor your preparation accordingly.

Recommended all customers to engage in cardiovascular sports at least 2 twice a week, with each session being a minimum of 2 hours in duration. The exercise program should commence at least 2 months before you start your Mt Kinabalu adventure.

What do I need to pack?

For personal items, here's a checklist of the minimum essential items on that you will need to bring:

ü Raincoat or waterproof jacket

ü Warm clothing like fleece jacket, hiking pants

ü Change of clothes (you may not want to sleep in what you sweat in!)

ü Cap / beanie / head scarf (helps prevent heat loss, especially at night and in the early morning)

 ü Gloves

ü A small / lightweight towel

ü Personal toiletries

ü Refillable water bottle

ü Torchlight (preferably a head torch)

ü Camera

ü Comfortable covered trail/ hiking shoes

ü Energy snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars

ü Sun protection - Sunglass, sun screen lotion, SPF lip balm (beware of the strong UV rays)

ü A small backpack to hold your things

ü A raincover for your backpack

ü And of course, AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT!

Can I bring my own camera?

We do not recommend guests to use their own camera during the Via Ferrata due to safety reason.

What does the via ferrata/alpine sport climbing package include?

üFree rental for all safety devices: harness, lanyard, helmet etc. (**including a log book for the alpine sport climbing)

üVia ferrata familiarization for all participants. Alpine sport climbing briefing

üGuiding services of our via ferrata/alpine sport climbing Trainers

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please take note of Sabah Park’s Mountain guide overtime charges applicable for the day of decent.

Ø RM15 per group per hour after 4pm

Ø RM30 per group per hour for arrivals after 5pm onwards