Mount Kinabalu enters Guinness World Records

(Hong Kong - 9 February 2010) - Adding to the already diverse and exciting offerings in Malaysia, one of Mount Kinabalu’s via ferrata, Low’s Peak Circuit, was officially certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s highest mountain path this past December.

The announcement ceremony was held on 15 December 2009, in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The Guinness World Records certificate was presented to YBrs. Tuan Haji Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General (Planning) Tourism Malaysia by a representative from Mountain Torq Sdn Bhd, the company that operates Mount Kinabalu’s via ferrata.

“Malaysia is well-known as an exciting eco-adventure destination, offering rainforests, diving and mountaineering adventures at a UNESCO World Heritage site. The addition of this accolade from the Guinness World Records will increase Sabah and Malaysia’s attractiveness as one of the top-of-mind destinations in the world,” said Madam Zaliha Zainuddin, Director of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Hong Kong Office).

A via ferrata is a mountain path comprising of a series of rungs, rails and cables that are set into the rock face. Mountain Torq’s record-breaking via ferrata, Low’s Peak Circuit, begins at 3,411 metres and ends at 3,776 metres. Located in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu stands at a height of 4095 metres.

Mountain Torq currently operates two via ferrata on Mount Kinabalu. For seasoned climbers, the company offers the Low’s Peak Circuit while the Walk the Torq route is designed for novice climbers and families with members aged 10 and above. Approximately 5,000 people have completed the routes to date.

There are more than 300 via ferrata worldwide, predominantly in Italy, Germany, and France.

For more information on Mountain Torq’s via ferrata, please visit www.mountaintorq.com or contact the Sales and Marketing Director, Ms Quek I-Gek at +60 19 813 8162/+60 88 268 126 or via email at i-gek@mountaintorq.com

For more information on Malaysia holiday destinations, please visit www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my

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