When we booked our mountain climb up Kinabalu the only availability as to do it was with the basic via Ferrata and stay at the pendant hut, so it was more by accident that we ended up descending the mountain in this way rather than something we had always wanted to do. The safety demonstration was very thorough during which they explained there were actually two options for the VF the basic or the worlds highest as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. This proved a challenge that my husband didn't want to resist and reluctantly I agreed that we upgrade.
Overnight accommodation at the Pendant hut is in dormitories and pretty basic, you go down to another hut for dinner which is plentiful and really good (although I wouldn't recommend drinking beer which was c£10 a can!). You have a basic breakfast at the hut before leaving with your guide early morning (3am for us). Once we had reached the summit we walked back down for about 30 minutes before we met our guide Jon, having not been overly keen to do the VF originally staring over the edge of the mountain was quite frightening! We were lucky that there was just myself and my husband with our guide Jon who I have to say was utterly amazing, he talked to me constantly to distract me and calm me down and eventually I started to feel more confident, he also took a staggering 160 pictures for us some of which are just amazing - thanks you Jon you made the experience for us.
Be aware that the full VF takes between 4-6 hours ( it took us 4.5) and you then have to descend 6km down the mountain (which is pretty much all steps so a lot harder than it sounds) so you need to be pretty fit - both myself and my husband have run several marathons but were still exhausted (but elated) by the time we reached the bottom.
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