Kinabalu Park - Gunung Kinabalu (4092M)
Kinabalu Park, in the State of Sabah " The Land Below The Wind" ,and
dominated by Mount Kinabalu with its peak at 4092meter, the highest mountain
in Southeast Asia and its still growing 5mm per-year, the landslides on its
slopes and rock debris beneath its peaks are evidence of its still-continuing
Kinabalu National Park have been awarded as "The World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has a very wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations. It has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is exceptionally rich in species with examples of flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as pan-tropical flora, and it's probably has one of the richest flora in the world.
The Poring Hot Springs, located nearby to the Park, around 40minutes drive. The hot springs contain sulfur water, which has curative properties for skin diseases.
Manukan Island, located one of the five Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and it is the second largest among the five. It’s about 10minutes drive by speed boat from Kinabalu Marine Jetty. A white sandy beach and a crystal clever water and fringing coral reefs teeming with marine life, is the best ideal place for snorkeling, diving and there have a trail for you to hike around the island.
Poring Hot Spring.
What is a via ferrata?
A via ferrata (or ‘iron road’ in Italian, plural via ferrate) is a 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 available only to rock climbers and mountaineers. The excitement, scenic beauty and personal conquest you'll experience on a via ferrata is guaranteed to give you an invigorating nostalgic experience for years to come.
There are more than 300 via ferrata routes around the world predominantly in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Spain, and a few places in the United States and Canada. The world's highest via ferrata can now be found on Mt Kinabalu in the east Malaysian state of Sabah.
The first via ferrate were built in the Dolomite mountain region of northern Italy during the First World War, to aid the movement of military troops. In 1917, the Italians (as part of the alliance formed by Britain, France and Russia) were fighting a ferocious war with the Austrians in the Dolomites. Amidst harsh winter conditions and an escalating casualty toll, both sides tried to gain control of the peaks to site observation posts and field guns. To help troops move about at high altitude, permanent lines were fixed to rock faces and ladders were installed so that soldiers could ascent steep faces. These were the first via ferrate.
In 1936, the first via ferrata created for tourists was built by the Italian Alpine Club (a club that traditionally promotes mountaineering). Today the Dolomites probably still have the greatest number of via ferrate. The wartime networks of via ferrate have been restored and many new routes added. Steel cables have replaced the ropes and iron ladders and metal rungs have taken the place of flimsy wooden constructions used by the Italian troops.
An activity for everyone
Today, the via ferrata is devised to give people with little or no climbing experience access to rock faces normally reached by mountaineers and rock climbers. At Mount Kinabalu, the world's highest and Asia’s first via ferrata, routes are designed with beginner to intermediate climbers in mind. The beginner’s route will let the climber take their first experience along the granite walls of Mt Kinabalu, while the intermediate routes will take the climber on 3 - 4 hour journeys to experience the mountain’s breathtaking heights and sights. The diversity of via ferrata routes means there is something for everyone - whether he or she is 10 or 70, a keen mountaineer or a casual holidaymaker.
A via ferrata route to match every ability
Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first via ferrata located at 3,800m, offers a range of routes designed to match everyone’s ability and endurance. Take your pick from a variety of via ferrata packages.
|Walk the Torq||Take your first steps on the world’s highest via ferrata and learn how to walk the Torq.|
|Who is it for?||An initiation for those who want to build their confidence in via ferrata
|Grading||Easy - Everyone between 10 to 70|
|The Low’s Peak Circuit||Hike up to Low’s Peak, Mt Kinabalu's highest point at 4,095m. On descent, take a via ferrata detour to see stunning views and explore hidden corners of the mountain plateau.|
|Who is it for?||Physically demanding, for those who are sure-footed, not fearful of heights, want to scale Southeast Asia's highest point and the World’s highest via ferrata.|
|Grading||Intermediate - Everyone between 10 to 70|
|Duration||4 - 6hrs over 2 days (Walk the Torq included)|
|The Preamble||Explore areas normally accessible only to rock climbers. Traverse vertical rock faces on the via ferrata and take in a bird's eye view of the Kinabalu forest.|
|Who is it for?||For those who want the full via ferrata experience|
|Grading||Easy to Intermediate - Everyone between 10 to 70|
|Duration||3 - 4hrs (Walk the Torq included)|
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the via ferrata, activity trainers at Mountain Torq will recommend a suitable route based on your fitness level. As with all outdoor sports, there are safety issues to watch out for. The exposure, altitude and challenges associated with a mountain environment will always be there so do take note of the following:
* The basic safety rule of via ferrata is to use the
self-protection system. This means to ensure that at least one of your carabiners
is always clipped onto the main cable, which serves as a lifeline.
* Wear comfortable sports/hiking shoes and check your equipment before leaving (helmet, harness, lanyard etc)
* Always make sure you bring warm clothing, some snacks and water.
* Start out early so that you will have more time to enjoy the scenery along the way.