Sarawak, Sabah and Trekking Kinabalu Sabah & Sarawak, Malaysia

Sarawak, Sabah and Trekking Kinabalu

Sabah & Sarawak, Malaysia

Hiking
Wildlife expedition
16 days
2020

Tue, Apr 21

Wed, May 06

€2,379

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Overview

Get closer to nature with a 16-day tour through Malaysia where you'll roam where the animals do and trek up challenging but rewarding terrain. Explorations through jungles, along crocodile-infested rivers, and to animal sanctuaries provides endless animal encounters (proboscis monkey, pygmy elephant) before you embark on a trek up Mt Kinabalu, making it to the summit by sunrise for an experience like no other.

Map

Itinerary

Day 1Kuching
Arrive at any time.
Day 2Kuching/Bako National Park
Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening.
Day 3Kuching/Batang Ai
Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. We'll also make a stop to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and with some luck, spot a wild orangutan passing through. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture.
Day 4Batang Ai
Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night.
Day 5Batang Ai/Kuching
Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching.
Day 6Kuching/Kota Kinabalu
Fly from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time in the evening.
Day 7Kota 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 8Kota 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 9Sungai 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 10Sungai 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 11Sepilok/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 12Pulau 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 13Kota 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 14Mount 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 15Mount 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 16Kota Kinabalu
Depart at any time.

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (8), traditional longhouse (1 nt, multi-share), jungle lodge (3 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), mountain lodge (2 nts, multi-share).

What's Included

Your Local Living Moment: Iban Longhouse Homestay, Batang Ai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Kota Belud. Bako NP excursion. Trading town and farm visit. Blowpipe demonstration. Forest hike and local lunch. Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit. Internal flights. Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris. Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan). Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit. Turtle Island stay with turtle hatchery visit. Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

15 breakfasts, 10 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 with a shoulder strap would suffice. Suitcases are not appropriate for this particular trip! You need to bring your main piece of luggage as well as a small to medium backpack for overnight trips (30-35 litres/8-9 gallons). In this you will need to carry a change of clothes, torch/flashlight, toiletries, warm clothes and any other essentials. While climbing Mt Kinabalu, we leave our main piece of luggage at park headquarters and return following the trek.

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

Map

Itinerary

Day 1Kuching
Arrive at any time.
Day 2Kuching/Bako National Park
Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening.
Day 3Kuching/Batang Ai
Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. We'll also make a stop to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and with some luck, spot a wild orangutan passing through. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture.
Day 4Batang Ai
Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night.
Day 5Batang Ai/Kuching
Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching.
Day 6Kuching/Kota Kinabalu
Fly from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time in the evening.
Day 7Kota 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 8Kota 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 9Sungai 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 10Sungai 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 11Sepilok/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 12Pulau 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 13Kota 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 14Mount 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 15Mount 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 16Kota Kinabalu
Depart at any time.

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (8), traditional longhouse (1 nt, multi-share), jungle lodge (3 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), mountain lodge (2 nts, multi-share).

What's Included

Your Local Living Moment: Iban Longhouse Homestay, Batang Ai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Kota Belud. Bako NP excursion. Trading town and farm visit. Blowpipe demonstration. Forest hike and local lunch. Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit. Internal flights. Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris. Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan). Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit. Turtle Island stay with turtle hatchery visit. Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

15 breakfasts, 10 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 with a shoulder strap would suffice. Suitcases are not appropriate for this particular trip! You need to bring your main piece of luggage as well as a small to medium backpack for overnight trips (30-35 litres/8-9 gallons). In this you will need to carry a change of clothes, torch/flashlight, toiletries, warm clothes and any other essentials. While climbing Mt Kinabalu, we leave our main piece of luggage at park headquarters and return following the trek.

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

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€2,379

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