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Useful Tips

Making Plan To Go

  1. How much time should I spend on Mt Kinabalu?
    We recommend a minimum of 3 days 2 nights to fully enjoy what Mt Kinabalu has to offer. The beauty and grandeur of Mt Kinabalu can only be appreciated when you are able to spend at least 2 days at the top of the mountain, especially with a hot drink in your hands, the scenery around you and the sounds of nature.

  2. What do I need to bring?
    Mountain Torq will provide all technical safety equipment required for its activities. As for personal items, here's a checklist of what you will normally bring for mountain hiking:

    • Raincoat or waterproof jacket
    • Warm clothing like fleece jacket, hiking pants
    • Change of clothes (you may not want to sleep in what you sweat in!)
    • Cap / beanie / head scarf (helps prevent heat loss, especially at night and during the early morning)
    • Gloves
    • A small / lightweight towel
    • Personal toiletries
    • Refillable water bottle
    • Torchlight (preferably a head torch)
    • Camera
    • Comfortable covered trail/ hiking shoes
    • Energy snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars
    • Sun protection - Sunglass, sun screen lotion, SPF lip balm (beware of the strong UV rays)
    • A small backpack to hold your things
    • A rain cover for your backpack

And of course, AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT

Getting There

  • Where is Mountain Torq located?
    Mountain Torq is located above 3200m on Mt Kinabalu's Panar Laban rock face. To get there, it is a 4 - 7 hour hike from Mt Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Once you reach the Laban Rata rock slab, which houses a group of mountain lodges including our own Pendant hut. A short 15 to 20 min walk will lead you to the start of the via ferrata.


Some Trip Preparation Notes

  1. What do I need to do to prepare for my Mt Kinabalu adventure?
    You will be climbing a major mountain and you are strongly advised to be in a physically fit condition. Here are some suggestions from the Alpine Guides Association.

    "The best preparation for mountain sports always involves good amounts of cardiovascular exercise outdoors (running, cycling, mountain biking etc) and getting out for long days in the hills whenever possible.

    If you do the amounts of regular weekly cardiovascular exercise indicated on the fitness level for your course during the 2-3 months leading up to your trip, then you should be reasonably well prepared. Don't forget to read the trip descriptions / itinerary carefully to find out what else is involved too, so you can tailor your preparation accordingly."

  2. MOUNTAIN TORQ recommends all customers to participate in cardiovascular sports at least 2 sessions a week, with each session being a minimum of 2 hours in duration. The exercise program should commence at least 2 months before you start your Mt Kinabalu adventure.

    To check out how mountain fit you are, go to http://www.alpine-guides.com/fitness.htm for further details.

  3. High Altitude Trekking & Climbing

    DO NOT CLIMB if you have a history of suffering from the following ailments:-

    • Heart Disease
    • Hypertension
    • Chronic Asthma
    • Peptic Ulcer
    • Severe Anaemia
    • Diabetes
    • Epileptic Fits
    • Arthritis
    • Palpitation
    • Heptitis (Jaundice)
    • Muscular cramps
    • Obesity (Overweight)
    • Any other sickness that may be triggered by severe cold, exertion, and high altitud

    The pleasures of trekking in the highest mountain ranges cannot be overstated. Neither can the dangers. Altitude sickness can occur in some people as low as 8,000 feet, but serious symptoms do not usually occur until over 12,000 feet. Even then it is not the height that is important, rather the speed in which you ascended to that altitude.

    Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is actually more common in fit young men because they are more likely to attempt a rapid ascent by racing up the mountain like some indestructible super hero! As a general rule, it is far safer (and more enjoyable) to avoid altitude sickness by planning a sensible itinerary that allows for gradual acclimatisation to altitude as you ascend, (you can race back down as fast as you like!).

    Some basic guidelines for the prevention of AMS:-

    • If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don't go higher until symptoms decrease.
    • If symptoms increase, go down, down, down!
    • Keep in mind that different people will acclimatise at different rates. Make sure everyone in your party is properly acclimatised before going any higher.
    • Stay properly hydrated. Acclimatisation is often accompanied by fluid loss, so you need to drink lots of fluids to remain properly hydrated (at least four to six litres per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
    • Take it easy and don't overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
    • Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquillisers, sleeping pills and opiates such as dihydrocodeine. These further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of symptoms.
    • Eat a high calorie diet while at altitude.
    • Remember: Acclimatisation is inhibited by overexertion, dehydration, and alcohol

  4. Where is Pendant hut?
    Pendant hut is located at 3,270m / 11,000 feet on the Laban Rata rock face. When you arrive at the Laban Rata rest house, you will see Pendant hut on your right hand side perched above a rock path.
    Click to view on the map.

  5. Where do I meet my Mt Torq trainer for my via ferrata briefing when I arrive at Laban Rata level?
    Your trainer will be waiting for you at Pendant Hut between 3pm and 4pm for your briefing. During your briefing, he will

    • Familiarise you with the via ferrata equipment
    • Conduct an initial via ferrata practice round
    • Inform you on the actual meeting point for your chosen activity and
    • Remind you of the cut off meeting time for your activity (6:30am - The Preamble, 7am - Low's Peak Circuit, 7:30am - Walk the Torq)

  6. Must I attend the briefing?
    Quite simply, YES, you have to attend the briefing.