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Overview

Be rewarded with an immensely beautiful and different side of Mount Kinabalu’s plateau by taking the challenging Low’s Peak trail with a Via Ferrata Trainer. Safely held up by steel cables, trek through courses of ladders, suspended bridges, and other fixed anchors to reach the peak of Malaysia’s highest point. 

Trip Highlights

Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata Low’s Peak

Malaysia’s Highest Peak

- Scale the heights of Malaysia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu with experienced guides and gear. 

Low’s Peak Route

- Challenge yourself on the difficult mountain terrain and be rewarded with the stunning changes of sceneries.  

Via Ferrata Route

- Follow a Via Ferrata route to attempt an alternative climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu. 

Itinerary

1

Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu National Park

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu City to Kinabalu National Park: (85KM) 1.5 hours

At 09:00, transfer to Mount Kinabalu National Park from downtown Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, take a short trek in the park to stretch your legs before lunch at Balsam Café.

Spend the rest of the time and dinner at leisure to discover the trails of the park.

(Note: Porters are available from the National Park Headquarters and to be arranged directly via cash payment of MYR 13 / 1kg. A walking stick can be of great benefit to you for the climb (particularly on descent) and can be rented locally for MYR 10 per stick.)

Overnight Kinabalu Lodge – Hill Lodge

2

Kinabalu National Park – Kinabalu Base Camp

Trekking time to Pendant Hut: (6KM) 4-5 hours Activity Level: Medium

Have an early breakfast in the park before a short walk to the park headquarters to meet the Sabah Parks Mountain guide.  Pre-check at Mountain Torq office.

Take the shuttle to Timpohon Gate (Note: The gate closes to climbers at 10.00). It is recommended that the climb should commence no later than 0800.)

The best way to approach this climb is to take it slow and steady, with interim breaks at the rest stops to enjoy the stunning changes in the scenery. Arrive at the overnight rest-house, Pendant Hut, 3289 metres above sea level.

Arrive at Pendant Hut for a hot coffee before a mandatory briefing at 15:30 to familiarise with the equipment, procedure, timings and most importantly the Via Ferrata Trainer for tomorrow’s Low’s Peak Route.

After, take a short walk to Laban Rata Resthouse for dinner and an early night’s rest.

Overnight at Pendant Hut.

3

Mt Kinabalu Summit Climb and Lows Peak Via Ferrata

Trekking time to the Mt Kinabalu Summit: (2.5KM) 2-3 hour Via Ferrata Lows Peak Traverse: (1.2KM) 4-6 hours Activity Level: Difficult

Wake up at 01:30 and have a very early breakfast. Dress warm, heat packs will be ready for the long but exciting day ahead.

Put your head torches on and start hiking to the summit by torchlight with the aim to catch the sunrise on Low’s Peak at 05:45. The trail this morning takes up to three hours. Be challenged on an 800-metre climb on subalpine terrain. Take the final leg to the summit with some rope assistance.

At 06:30, take a 30-minute descent to Low’s Peak to meet the Via Ferrata Trainer to climb the 1.2 kilometre stretch, at a vertical traverse of 365m. Low’s Peak will take four to six hours to complete. Put on the climbing gear and secure onto the Via Ferrata steel cables to take on the challenge of ladders, suspended bridges, walkways and other fixed anchors.  

Traversing the mountain in this manner means that you get to see an entirely different and immensely beautiful side of the mountain plateau that the current summit trail will never have the chance to reveal to you.

Arrive back at Pendant Hut for Lunch.

Recuperate on a well-deserved rest of the day. Sit in the sun with a cup of famous Sabah Tea at the base of Pendant Hut and watch the therapeutic mountain scenery.

Dinner is at Laban Rata’s canteen.

Overnight at Pendant Hut.

4

Mt Kinabalu Summit Climb and Lows Peak Via Ferrata

Trekking Time descending to Timpohon Gate: (6km) 4 hours Transfer from Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu City: (85km) 2hours Activity Level: Medium

(Back up day for another summit attempt if day two’s trek to the peak was not successful)

Have breakfast and get ready for the four-hour trek back down to Timpohon Gate.

Take a short shuttle to the headquarters for the minivan transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

Arrive at Kota Kinabalu City at midafternoon. 

Please Note: Via Feratta is not suitable for those who suffer with issues at heights.

If you wish to experience the Via Ferrata but would like to only do an introduction then you can choose the Walk the Torq route (minimum age of 10years old, 420m approx. 1-2 hours). Please request at time of booking. Reduced rates will be applicable. 

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking local guide for transfers (for other languages supplements apply)
  • English Speaking Sabah Parks Mountain Guide for Day 2 – Day 4 on the mountain for up to 6 people.
  • English Speaking Via Ferrata guide/trainer for the Low’s Peak Circuit for up to 6 people
  • Daily drinking water
  • Mountain Permit
  • Sabah Parks Entrance fees
  • Via Ferrata Certificate
  • Mount Kinabalu Insurance
  • Tourism Tax

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Borneo)
  • Visa for Malaysia
  • Camera/video entrance fees

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