(Free Press Release) Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo is an international landmark for two reasons: one, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and two, the Guinness Book of World Records has certified the Mountain Torq Via Ferrata on its slopes as the worldâ€˜s highest Via Ferrata. Now, you have good reason to visit Mt Kinabalu, for Mountain Torq has an amazing time in store for climbers seeking new heights of adventure be they experienced or not.
Right from 2007 when it was launched, Mountain Torq has been adding a new dimension to mountaineering and adventure activities in South-East Asia. As the regionâ€˜s first mountaineering training centre, they offer sports &Alpine rock climbing, rappelling and mountaineering courses. A fun-loving, nature-loving teamobsessed with the outdoors, they want to share their enthusiasm for mountaineering with people of all ages.
Mountain Torq manages the worldâ€˜s highest Via Ferrata (Ã¢â‚¬Å“iron roadÃ¢â‚¬ in Italian) at Mt Kinabalu aprotected mountain path comprising a series of rungs, rails and cables embedded into a rock face.With roots in World War I, a Via Ferrata was first constructed by the Italian militaryto move men and equipment in the ItalianDolomites to Austria.
Located on the Panar Laban rock face, Via Ferrata begins at 3,411 mtrs and ends at 3,776 mtrs above sea level; and provides an alternate route to access the top of Mt Kinabalu. Approximately 1.2 kms long, it takes around 4-5 hours to traverseand caters to all levels of experience, from beginners to intermediate hikers and experienced climbers. Right from its launch in 2007, people between the ages of 8 and 70 have scaled this Via Ferrata.
No prior experience is required; you can climb Via Ferrata as long as you are between 10 and 70 years of age with a minimum height of 1.3m, are fit and healthy, not afraid of heights, and would like to savour a totally new experience. Mountain Torq trainers give you a complete briefing, train you how to use the safety devices and climb with you to make your journey memorable.
Mountain Torq adheres to stringent safety standards at all times
Via Ferrata attracts huge crowds; so book well in advance. Walk-in customers are taken depending on the availability of slots. Various itineraries are available, and the most popular are Walk the Torqfor novice climbers and family groups, and Lowâ€˜s Peak Circuit for seasoned climbers. Another must-try is the 5-day Alpine Rock Climbing programme.
For serious mountain climbers, Mt Kinabalu can be a challenging mountain climb and you should be physically fit to enjoy the experience. The Alpine Guides Association and Mountain Torq recommend you start preparing at least 2 to 3 months before your trip and do outdoor cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling and biking. Engage in cardiovascular sports at least twice a week, for at least 2 hours per session.
So gear up for the worldâ€˜s highest Via Ferrata, and experience never-before heights of adventure.
For booking please contact :
Mountain TorqSdnBhd, Unit 3-49 Asia City Complex 3rd Floor, Jalan Asia City, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia . T +60 88 268 126 / 251 730 . F +60 88 269 12
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