GENTING HIGHLANDS CABLE CAR AND AWANA SKYWAYS
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Your Journey To The Peak
Take me to the peak, and let me play among the clouds - Taking the cable car ride to the peak is always as fascinating as it is thrilling to most of our guests. For during the 12 minutes journey, the breathtaking view, almost magical at times leaves you mesmerized as you cruise through the passing clouds, bringing you in tune with nature.
Sculptured animals and wild flowers greet you along the journey depicting the life forms that inhabit the hills - or do they? On a clear day, you may catch a glimpse of the towns nearby, even an aerial view of the city of Kuala Lumpur.
At times, when thick mists sets in to envelop the gondola, rediscover peace and serenity as you take in and bask in the freshness of the crisp cool mountain air.
Awana Genting Skyway was built in 1975 by Yamata - a Japanese Company. Officiated by the Sultan Pahang, HRH Tuanku Hj Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah Ibni Al'marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mu'adzam Shah in year 1977 the Awana Skyway covers a distance of 2.4 km from Hotel Sri Layang to Genting Hotel.
The system transport passengers from Sri Layang to the hilltop in 12 minutes accommodating 35 passengers per gondola.
The ride takes you through Chin Swee Caves Temple at the mid station, treating passengers with an enchanting view, which exudes a certain calmness in the midst of the ride.
Closed Since April 2014
Awana Skyway cable car service has ceased operations since 1st April 2014. A new cable car system is under construction which promises more fun, sophisticated and exhilarating cable car ride experience.
To accommodate the growing number of guests to our resort and in making travel more convenient, we have introduced yet another cable car facility, the Genting Skyway.
Not only has it further enhanced the profile of Genting Highlands Resort internationally, but also position Malaysia as a preferred holiday destination with one of the most modern cable car system in the world.
Despite the opening of Genting Skyway in 1997, Awana Skyway is still being used to transport passengers when the cable lines shift operations at midnight, or when the Genting Skyway is closed for maintenance.
Officially opened by the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 21 February 1997, the 3.4 km mono cable car system is the longest in Southeast Asia and one of the fastest in the world, with a maximum speed of 21.6 km per hour or 6 metres per second.
The system is able to transport passengers from the township of Gohtong Jaya to the hilltop in just 11 minutes.
It has a capacity of 2,400 persons per hour each way with 8 passengers per gondola.
The Genting skyway ws constructed at a cost of RM128 million by Leitner Spa, Italy. The foundation used for the pylons was the "Hang-dug Caisson" type. Each pylon was founded on four Caissons measuring 1.2 meters in diameter, which were socketed down to bedrock.
The average depth of the Caissons is about 40m (135 feet) and each group of four Caissons piles can take a vertical load of 4,000 tonnes against the maximum vertical load of 150 tonnes from the cable car system.
The Caissons method is about the safest and strongest foundation in existence, designed specifically for hilly terrain. Each pylon is accessible via rescue tracks on the ground, whilst each gondola is equipped with radio communication equipment from the stations.
The computerised system of the Genting Skyway will also prompt the cable car to stop to adjust to the surrounding weather. It can also reduce speed or stop for the elderly and disbled for our Skyway personnel to assist them in boarding the gondola.
The entire system with high-tech electronic equipment was built in accordance with stringent Swiss regulations and it has a double safety circuit completely independent and absolutely fault safe.
Safety of passengers is paramount. Thus, upgrading works were carried out in 2002 at a cost of RM2 million. The main focus of the upgrading works was the replacement of the cable ropes of which the gondolas or cable cars hung from, to glide up and down the skyway.
The engineers from Italy ensured works were adhered to Swiss International Standards and supervised the preventive maintenance activities.
Genting Skyway also undergoes periodic maintenance checks. During the maintenance period, visitors will use Awana Skyway, the earlier built cable car.
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