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Mountain Torq Via Ferrata in Borneo

The world's highest via ferrata near the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo's highest peak

Mountain Torq Via Ferrata
Mountain Torq Via Ferrata

Via ferrata is translated from Italian as "iron road", and is actually a protected climbing route. There are several via ferratas in the world and one of them is located in Malaysia. Located on the side of Mount Kinabalu, Mt Torq is the highest via ferrata on Earth (certified by Guinness World Records).

Mount Kinabalu is positioned within the Sabah region of the Borneo Island. It is 4,096 meters above sea level and is the 20th most prominent peak in the world. Local Kadazan people believe that spirits dwell on its peak, so the name Kinabalu means "the revered place of the dead." Whether you believe it or not, climbing this mountain is a great adventure, especially if you choose to follow its via ferrata. It requires some vertical climbing, but most of the path is paved horizontally.

There are two circuits on Mount Torq, which differ in level of difficulty. "Walk the Torq" is easier, as it can be done even by children of the age above 10. It takes about 2-3 hours and it reaches 3,520 meters height. "Low's Peak" circuit is higher and much more difficult. Only people who are older than 17 and have relevant physical abilities to challenge themselves on this route. It takes about 4-6 hours and crosses the point of 3,776 meters above sea level. Low's Peak reveals not only Kinabalu's hidden plateaus and fluffy clouds beneath, but also one of the world's highest suspension bridges.

The weather on Mount Kinabalu is highly affected by monsoon periods, thus the driest and the most suitable for climbing season runs between March and July.

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What sets apart Mt. Torq from other via ferratas?

Certified by Guinness World Records, Mount Torq in Borneo holds the recognition of being the tallest via ferrata in the world. With an altitude of 3,520 to 3,776 meters above sea level, it provides spectacular views of the surrounding areas with a captivating suspension bridge. Mount Torq has two circuits named 'Walk the Torq' and 'Low's Peak,' which differ in difficulty level; the former is beginner-friendly, while the latter requires experienced and physically capable climbers. Show more

What are the circuits offered at Mt. Torq, and what is the difficulty level of each?

Mount Torq offers two circuits, namely 'Walk the Torq' and 'Low's Peak.' 'Walk the Torq' is a beginner-friendly circuit and is suited for families with an average climb duration of 2-3 hours, starting from an altitude of 3,520 meters above sea level. 'Low's Peak' is a more challenging route, recommended for experienced and physically adept climbers aged 17 years and above. It takes a duration of about 4-6 hours and starts at an altitude of 3,776 meters above sea level. Show more

What is the age limit and the peak height of 'Low's Peak' circuit?

To experience 'Low's Peak' circuit, participants must be 17 or older and physically fit to endure the challenges. At an altitude of 3,776 meters above sea level, it is the higher and more demanding circuit among the two offered at Mount Torq. The route takes around 4-6 hours to complete and enables climbers to relish scenic views of Kinabalu's concealed plateaus, clouds and fascinating suspension bridge. Show more

Why is March to July considered the most appropriate time for climbing Mt. Kinabalu?

March to July is the most favorable time for climbing Mount Kinabalu due to low precipitation, making it the driest season in the region. Climbing can be highly dangerous during monsoon seasons when heavy rainfall creates significant risks. Moreover, climbers must seek medical advice before attempting to summit Mount Kinabalu, taking into account the potential health hazards it can impose due to high altitude and other medical conditions. Show more

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