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Borneo & Mt Kinabalu Encompassed

Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Borneo & Mt Kinabalu Encompassed

Hiking
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Start: Kota Kinabalu
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End: Kota Kinabalu

Seventeen days that'll check off every box you could hope to throughout this tropical paradise.

Activity
Hiking
LocationMt Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo
Duration17 days
Start / EndKota Kinabalu / Kota Kinabalu
Tour operatorG Adventures

Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Borneo & Mt Kinabalu Encompassed

Hiking·
17 days·G Adventures
Start: Kota Kinabalu
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End: Kota Kinabalu

Description

Want to see all of Sabah (seriously, like all of it)? Here are 17 days that'll check off every possible box you could hope to throughout this tropical paradise. Summit Kinabalu, explore the perfect island of Pulau Tiga (where they shot a season of Survivor), visit the inspiring Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and experience Mulu National Park. Don't come to Sabah without getting to se...

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Itinerary

Day 1Kota Kinabalu
Arrive at any time.
Day 2Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu
Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Opt to hike the nature trails, or enjoy an excursion to Poring hot springs and a canopy walk with some free time. Travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre.
Day 3Mount Kinabalu
Head off to conquer Mt Kinabalu. During the first day's climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning. Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way! Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level. Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.
Day 4Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu
Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to the park headquarters for lunch. Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 5Kota Kinabalu/Pulau Tiga
After breakfast drive to Kuala Pinyu, then take a boat ride to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. Opt to go on a jungle walk, snorkelling trip to snake island, or laze on the sandy beach.
Day 6Pulau Tiga/Beaufort
Enjoy a relaxing morning. Go snorkelling off the beach or join your CEO for a walk to the natural volcanic mud baths. Travel back to the mainland and spot an array of wildlife from a river cruise on the Klias River. Transfer to the colonial town of Beaufort.
Day 7Beaufort
Catch the local train to Tenom and explore the scenic town. Visit the Murut Cultural Centre before returning on the afternoon train. If you prefer, jump off the train early and opt out of the visit to Tenom to instead get your adrenaline pumping on a rafting tour.
Day 8Beaufort to Mulu National Park
Depart to Menumbok port and take a private speedboat to Labuan. Fly to Miri and make your way to Mulu National Park. Opt for a night walk on the boardwalks surrounding park headquarters.
Day 9Mulu National Park
Depart on an easy walk along the river to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. After a lunch stop, swim in the crystal clear waters emerging from the mountain. Opt to stop at Iban village's morning market to browse handicrafts by the Pena tribe, descendants from headhunters. Walk on the boardwalk to Lang Cave and Deer Cave before relaxing with a drink at the viewing area for the nightly emergence of 3 million bats.
Day 10Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu
Before breakfast, opt to go on a two hour morning mist guided walk on the worlds longest tree based canopy walk. Enjoy free time to before boarding a flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 11Kota Kinabalu/Kota Belud
Travel to Tambatuon village and meet the local community. Visit a local farm and gather fresh ingredients for an included cooking class. After lunch, trek to a nearby river, exploring the landscape surrounding the village along the way. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner with your hosts. Learn more about the typical lifestyle in the village by taking part in seasonal activities such as rubber tapping, fruit harvesting, and rice planting.
Day 12Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan
Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah's longest. After settling in head out for a river safari. After dinner, opt for a guided night walk through the jungle.
Day 13Sungai Kinabatangan
Begin the day with a river safari in search of wildlife. After breakfast, visit the nearby oxbow lake with a professional guide and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons. Enjoy another boat cruise along the river to spot more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Day 14Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok
Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre.
Day 15Sepilok/Pulau Libaran
Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island by boat. Take a guided tour of the island's turtle hatchery and learn about the turtle conservation program. Opt to go snorkelling or kayaking with some free time.
Day 16Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, depart Libaran Island and travel back to the Sandakan jetty. From the jetty, transfer to Sandakan airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 17Kota Kinabalu
Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts), mountain lodge/hostel (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt, multi-share), lodge (3 nt), jungle lodge/hostel (2 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt).

What's Included

Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Kota Belud. Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days). Deer and Lang caves visit. Bat exodus observation. Wind and Clearwater caves exploration. Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga). Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris. Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan). Cave visit (Kinabatangan). Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit. Turtle hatc... Read more

Meals Included

16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

What to Take

You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible (under 10 kg/22lb). It is to your advantage as you are expected to carry your own luggage, though distances are never great. We do not allow the use of video cameras when staying in the villages as it can be perceived by the local people as highly obtrusive. Most travellers carry their luggage in a pack, although an overnight bag ... Read more
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