Minimum 2 pax · 2D1N Tour · Kinabalu Park
Mount Kinabalu Climb Via Ferrata with Low’s Peak Circuit
The word “via ferrata,” taken from an Italian expression, literally translates as “Iron Road,” and refers to mountain pathways made up of permanent cables, ladders, and bridges. Sabah’s Via Ferrata, at 3,800m above sea level, is the highest in the world and Asia’s sole via ferrata, clinging to the slopes of Mount Kinabalu’s less-traveled paths. There is no prior rock climbing or mountaineering experience necessary, but a head for heights, reasonable stamina, and a sense of adventure are essential.
There are several routes available to meet various climbers’ skills and degrees of endurance. Walk the Torq circuit offers beginner-friendly routes as well as the challenging Lows Peak circuit for intermediate-level excursions with above-average fitness.
Lows Peak Circuit
The Low’s Peak Circuit is a Via Ferrata path located at 3,776 metres above sea level, making it the world’s highest via ferrata circuit. If you have already climbed Mount Kinabalu before, you absolutely should do it again so you can try The Low’s Peak Circuit!
This three- to four-hour route with an optional summit attempt is designed for the courageous and energetic individual with above-average fitness levels. It includes rest pauses at picturesque places. The route’s thread-like tightrope walks and hanging planks is part of the pleasure!
Disclaimer: Image taken from Mount Torq
Kota Kinabalu / Kinabalu Park HQ – Ascend / Pendant Hut
The adventure begins with pick-up around 6:30 am in Kota Kinabalu (depending on accommodation and other guests) and proceed to Kinabalu Park traversing the Crocker Range with panoramic views of the surrounding hills; the focal point of which is Mt Kinabalu.
Upon arrival to Mount Kinabalu Park Headquarters (estimated 8:30-9:00 am), collect your packed lunch and proceed to register for your Mount Kinabalu summit climb and meet your guide for the trip. After registration, you will be transferred to Timpohon Gate (1,829m), from here you will begin your climb to Pendant Hut (3,353 m), your accommodation for the evening.
Along the route to your accommodation, you will pass through four different elevation zones with notable vegetation and mammals. Keep your eye out for the famous pitcher-plants or the cheeky Kinabalu Mountain shrews, endemic to Mount Kinabalu. The average time to get to Panar Laban Hostel will take about 5 hours; this may vary depending on stops and your fitness level.
Upon arrival, you will check into your accommodation for the evening and rest before your buffet dinner where you can enjoy the sunset from above the clouds. Once you finished, head to bed for an early night’s sleep after a long day of climbing.
Meals: Packed Lunch and Buffet Dinner
Laban Rata / Summit / Kinabalu Park HQ – Descend / Kota Kinabalu
Depending on the time your guide has told you, wake-up around 2:00 am to have a quick supper at Laban Rata before continuing the climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (4095m).
Your head torch will guide you through the dark as you make your way before sunrise. Reach Low’s Peak around the time the sun begins to make an appearance (weather dependent).
Congratulations! You’ve successfully reached the highest point between the Himalayas and New Guinea, also the most prominent peak in S.E. Asia. With your guide, begin your descent back to sayat-sayat to meet your Mountain Torq Trainer @ 3,668m
Begin your Walk the Torq via ferrata experience (introductory via ferrata, French grade PD). All climbers must arrive at the Via Ferrata starting point before 7.15am, climber who miss the cut-off time will not be allowed on the Via Ferrata.
After completed the Low’s Peak Circuit Activity you may return to your accomadation at Pendant Hut a well earned breakfast
checking out and meeting with your guide to begin the descent back to Timpohon gate.
Once you reach back to Timophon gate, meet our driver who will transfer you to Park Headquarters where you could collect your certificate saying you’ve successfully conquered Mt Kinabalu
Have lunch at Balsam Café while waiting for any other climbers to return to Park Headquarters before departing together back to Kota Kinabalu.
The normal departure time from Kinabalu Park is around 5 – 6 pm depending on other climbers, arriving back to Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Early Supper, Breakfast, Lunch
Mountain Guide Overtime Charges
Overtime charges for mountain guides depending on arrival at Timpohon Gate on the descent day = MYR 15 per guide for every extra hour beginning at 4 p.m. (count as a group).
Transportation Overtime Charges
Transportation Overtime Charges [MYR 80 per transport/way] will be applied for the following: pick-up from the airport/hotel in Kota Kinabalu city to Kinabalu Park/Poring Hot Spring after 6pm on climbing date (Day 1) AND return transfer from Kinabalu Park HQ to Kota Kinabalu city after 7pm on descent day due to climber late arrival.
About Drinking Water / Hot Water
Balsam Cafe and Laban Rata Restaurant no longer offer climbers with hot water/drinking water. Mineral water may be purchased at the grocery counter for MYR 7 for 500ml and MYR 14 for 1.5 litres. Coffee and tea will be available exclusively during the Breakfast Hour and Supper.
New Lunch Menu in Balsam Cafe, Kinabalu Park
Please be notified that as of 1 February 2019, Balsam Café in Kinabalu Park will no longer provide buffet lunch. A new meal concept, Semi Buffet Lunch, will be introduced. Appetizers, soup, and desserts will continue to be served buffet style. Climbers, on the other hand, can pick from six (6) different sorts of main meals.
No Heated Shower
The power supply in Panalaban is provided by a generator set that is shared by all accommodations in Panalaban; consequently, the available produced electricity is quite restricted. As a result, hot shower is not available at all mountain hut.
Do you have any enquiry? Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our sales team.