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Jungle Trekking and Mt Kinabalu - Borneo

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Push yourself truly out of your comfort zone as you learn to live in the wild

Camp under the stars, creating shelter and fire from the trees

Experience an unforgettable sunrise summit of Borneo's highest peak, Mt Kinabalu

Borneo

13 days

5

People

Wild camping with 3 nights in hotels

Moderate

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Leave UK

Say goodbye to the UK for 2 weeks, it's jungle time baby!

Day 2: Arrive in Kota Kinabalu

From the airport, you'll be checked into the guesthouse in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia's Sabah state, known for it's surrounding bustling markets, beaches and waterfront. In the evening we'll hopefully have a little time to explore the city before we head off into the middle of nowhere! You'll have your first taste of Malaysian cuisine and have a chance to meet your trek mates before getting a good nights sleep for the first day of the trek!

Day 3: Tudan to Tapioca Camp

It's an early start as we're whisked away to the small village of Tudan. We'll begin our trek here, already at 1,500m above sea level. We'll meander over forested hills and rugged trails and pray we don't hit a downpour.

We'll meet local tribespeople along the way, learning what they gather to eat and collecting some for ourselves, Expect to find wild ferns, tapioca leaves, bamboo shoots and wild ginger. Hopefully we'll collect enough to make a tasty dinner feast! Our camp for the night is at 1,200m and next to a small, fresh stream.

On our first evening, we'll learn how to use the machete, set up camp, build fires, long drop toilets and even hunt for frogs. This is wild trekking at it's best, living off the natural world and sleeping under the stars.

Day 4: Hike to Mousedeer Camp

Hopefully you've had a good first nights sleep at camp and if not, we're up early anyway! We'll quickly pack up camp, leaving no trace, and head off for another day trekking through the jungle. We'll use the machete to clear sections of the trail, gradually heading downhill. Our guide will point out local flora and fauna, poisonous plants and edible berries we can forage.

We'll camp tonight at 900m by another stream, easing into our evening camp routine of foraging, lighting fires and working as a team. If we have time, we might go for a night walk to see some of the nocturnal wildlife. We'll learn how to make blowpipes from bamboo, build shelters and generally have an epic time off grid and nowhere near any WiFi.

Day 5: Hike to Sauna Boot Camp

We'll be getting knee-deep into it today, literally. Wading through streams and rivers to get to where we're going, we'll meander downhill, foraging vegetables for dinner.

Home for the night will be Sauna Boot Camp at 500m, where we'll have the chance to fish for dinner and make animal traps. We'll even make our own cooking utensils from bamboo!

Day 6: Hike to KG Pinahawan and transfer to Kinabalu Park

Day 6's trek is a relatively brief one. We'll be picked up in the late morning and dropped by the river for a quick wash and dip before heading to the local village. Then it's time for a serious rest before we attempt Mt Kinabalu in the morning.

Day 7: Trek up Mt Kinabalu to Laban Rata

We'll pack a bag just for the one night of camping on the Mt Kinabalu summit and leave out things at the park base. It'll take us around 6 hours of trekking through jungle vines and forest to get to the Laban Rata hut at 3,280m. It's a steep climb and we'll be ready fro a rest at the end of the day, but we'll be excited by the hype of summiting in the morning!

Day 8: Mt Kinabalu Summit to Kota Kinabalu

We'll wake at 2.30-3am, psyched with adrenaline for summiting Borneo's highest mountain at 4,095m. We'll make our way up foot ladders and granite paths where hand rails stretch up to the top. This section is steep but fairly easy underfoot.

Hopefully we'll reach the summit just as the sun is breaking. If it's a clear day there'll be views of the coast, surrounding forests and local villages. It's a truly spectacular summit and worth every day leading up to it. Then there'll be time for some photos and celebratory snacks before we head down to the resthouse for a well-deserved breakfast.

In the afternoon we'll head back to Kota Kinabalu where we'll have time to rest or explore after our unforgettable morning.

Day 9: Rest day in Kinabalu

If you spent yesterday napping and recovering, now is the time to explore the city! If you haven't quite got your adventure fill yet there'll be chance to go zip-lining, mountain biking, diving, white-water rafting or sightseeing.

Day 10: Trip to Sandakan

If you can't get 2 weeks off work, you're welcome to end your trip at this point and return home. Alternatively, stay and experience what the local area has to offer with some epic day trips.

Today there'll be the opportunity to fly to the city of Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to watch the morning feeding and learn about the animals.

Then we'll hop on a bus to the Kinabatangan River where we'll catch a wildlife boat ride. The Kinabatangan River boasts some of the most diverse river species on Earth, such as pygmy elephants, crocodiles, rhinoceros hornbills and rare insects. If you fancy seeing it from a different perspective, you can also go at night, which is a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 11: Kinabatangan River Safari

After a good night's sleep in our riverside lodge we'll spend another day soaking up what the river has to offer with more wildlife cruises and a chance to wander around local trails. We'll enjoy a final night eating together in our riverside lodge and reflect on the trip and what we've learned.

Day 12: Gomantong Cave and departure

In the morning before our flight from Sandakan we'll visit the famous Gomantong cave, the largest cave in the Sabah region. From here we'll begin our journey back towards the UK.

Day 13: Arrive back in the UK

Home time! Hopefully you'll have spent 2 amazing weeks off grid, exploring a totally new way of life. It own; t be long before you're plotting your next adventure.

REVIEWS

What Adventurers are Saying

We had an absolutely incredible time in Borneo. From the pre-travel information, to being met at the airport, through the jungle, mountain and nature reserve and back to the airport everything was organised and executed perfectly and we didn’t need to worry about a thing! This was a perfect combination what we wanted from the trip and we will definitely never forget it!

Laura D, Jungle Trekking and Mt Kinabalu

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The Borneo trip can only be described as an expedition of a lifetime. It was super, full of adventure, fun and completely exceeded my expectations!! All the crew on all sections of the trip were brilliant. Looking forward to my next trips!

Danny C, Jungle Trekking and Mt Kinabalu

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Return flights to Borneo from London (nb: prices start at £3,380 for this option)
  • Fully qualified local guides
  • Internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Vehicle transfers
  • Park/conservation fees
  • Porters
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kota Kinabalu on day 8 (twin occupancy)
  • 2 nights accommodation (with air-con!) at River Lodge in Sukau Kinabatangan (twin occupancy)
  • All camping and group equipment
  • All meals on trek and as detailed in the itinerary
  • All safaris

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Malaysian Visa (not required for UK nationals)
  • Personal equipment and any excess baggage
  • Tips for guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcohol, room service and any other items of a personal nature
  • Any unforeseen increase in park/safari fees
  • Single supplement charge of £180
  • Airport transfers when not booking flights with us
  • Any costs associated with having to leave the trek early

RECOMMENDED KIT LIST

Recommended Kit List

  • Rucksack - for transporting your kit
  • Day pack - approx 40L capacity
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Dry stuffsacks
  • 2 padlocks to keep packs secure
  • Sleeping bag - 2 season
  • Warm headgear
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Buff/scarf
  • Sunblock & lip salve
  • Base layer
  • Mid layer eg fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Light insulated jacket
  • Waterproofs
  • Gloves
  • Trekking trousers - the ones that convert to shorts are ideal
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Trainers - for sightseeing
  • 3-4 season walking boots
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water filter or purification tablets
  • Basic wash kit and travel towel
  • Alcohol gel
  • Jungle strength insect repellent
  • Toilet paper - can be purchased before the trek
  • Dog poo bags or similar for disposal of toilet paper if you're caught short!
  • Personal first aid kit/medication
  • Head torch
  • Trekking plate/bowl and mug
  • Spork
  • Passport
  • Copy of passport
  • Money
  • Travel insurance

Optional

  • Shorts
  • Trekking poles
  • Ear plugs
  • Pen knife
  • Powerbank/solar charger
  • Snacks - you'll be well fed but bring any additional favourite snacks
  • Poncho - for rainforest downpours
  • Camera
  • Entertainment - Ipad. Kindle, games etc

GETTING THERE

International flights and all internal flights during the trip are included.

Airport and vehicle transfers are also included (apart from getting to and from London at the start and end of the trip)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How out of my comfort zone will I be?

Most people have never camped for consecutive ngiths out in the jungle before. There'll be creepy crawlies, high altitude, cold nights and jungle noises, but isn't that the beauty of an adventure? Everyone on the trek will likely be out of the comfort zone, and that's where the magic happens. You'll come back mentally and physically stronger than ever.

Will we be making our own camp and foraging for our dinner?

Our guides will prepare you a fresh, nutritious meal each evening on the stove with plenty of carbohydrates and protein, with some added fruit and veg that we'll have the chance to forage along the way. We won't be short on food.

You will be making your own camp, which means collecting firewood for the camp fire and setting up a camping hammock between trees and tarps if it's raining.

Where will we get water?

You'll have the chance to replenish your water supplies at each stage of the trek, using either bottled water or water from high up fresh springs and streams. This water is usually very safe to drink but we boil it too, just to be extra safe. The water will be 100% bug free.

How strenuous is the hiking?

We'll be hiking for about 6-8 hours a day, and whilst your training efforts don't need to set you up for Everest, you'll enjoy it more the fitter you are. We recommend some cardio during the week and longer weekend walks with a weighted rucksack to get you prepared. It's also important to break your hiking boots in as there'll be nothing worse than being halfway up the mountain with blisters from your shiny new boots.

Is altitude an issue on this trip?

It's unlikely, as we'll be slowly acclimatising as we go. Altitude sickness happens when your body hasn't had enough time to get used to it. That said, altitude sickness can happen at heights over 2,500m, so it is possible, but it might just be that you feel a little nausea.

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

Yes, all our trips are for people of 18 years of age and older.

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Jungle Trekking and Mt Kinabalu - Borneo

Trek through jungles and learn survival skills and you build up to summiting Borneo's highest mountain

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Borneo

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13 days

ANNUAL leave needed:

10 days off work

fitness:

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We had an absolutely incredible time in Borneo. From the pre-travel information, to being met at the airport, through the jungle, mountain and nature reserve and back to the airport everything was organised and executed perfectly and we didn’t need to worry about a thing! This was a perfect combination what we wanted from the trip and we will definitely never forget it!

Laura D, Jungle Trekking and Mt Kinabalu

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