While updating my website and blog today, I found out that Moutain Torq, the only Mount Kinabalu via ferrata adventure operator has created a very nice map of the trail. I received an email yesterday asking me about the route map / trail of Kinabalu.
Some of us new climbers may confused on the trail, as it seems that there are new trails which includes a via ferrata adventure. For your information, there are no new trails at this moment of time, but there two DETOURS while climbing down from Low’s Peak, if you decided to take an adventure with Moutain Torq via ferrata route.
When you climb down from Low’s Peak and arrived at 7.5km mark, you have the option to take the detour with Mountain Torq for their via ferrata adventure, provided that you have registered with them the day before in Pendant Hut. (Pendant Hut is managed by Mountain Torq, not like other huts, in which are run by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges).
After a small briefing, you will be assigned a via ferrata guide by Mountain Torq, as you normal Summit Trail guide do not have the qualification and experience for the adventure. The first detour before Sayat-Sayat Hut is called Low’s Peak Circuit with an intermediate via ferrata difficulty, French grade AD. The journey will take you 4 to 5 hours walk. The second detour after Sayat-sayat Hut is called Walk the Torq, an introductory via ferrata experience, French grade PD. The journey will take you about 2 to 3 hours.
You will then merge back with the Summit Trail just before Gunting Lagadan Hut and after the adventure, your via ferrata guide will bring you back to your hut and hand you back to your dedicated mountain guide.
Cost? You may have to contact Mountain Torq for more information.
The image above is taken from Mountain Torq website. Get it here.