Borneo is the perfect place to be active and outdoors, and this trip will have you biking village backroads, summiting the heights of Mt Kinabalu, trekking through rainforest and island-hopping by sea kayak
Borneo is known for beautiful beaches, towering mountains, and steamy rainforests. The Sabah region is a natural paradise and the country’s tropical playground.
- Hike up Mt. Kinabalu
- Cycle through paddy field, rubber plantations, fruit orchards and up challenging hill climbs
- Explore the intriguing and modern capital of Kota Kinabalu
- Swim in pristine rivers and kayak the crystal clear waters of Tunku Abdul Marine Park
- Enjoy local hospitality in homestay accommodation
- Soak your tired muscles at the ‘Poring Hot Springs’
- Camp overnight at Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp
The journey starts in Koto Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital, where the cycling begins straight away. If you’re a competent cyclist you’ll find the route moderate on most days with a few challenging sections throughout. You’ll cycle up to 20km per day as you ride through stunning landscapes and charming villages. Sights to see along the way include the terraced paddy fields next to the Kiulu River, picturesque hanging bridges, rubber plantations, fruit orchards, and the natural rock formation of ‘Mini Kinabalu.’
Once you arrive at the base of Mt Kinabalu, you’ll have several days of hiking. On summit day, you’ll start out at 2:30am in order to greet the stunning sunrise from Summit Low’s Peak (4095m). On the way down you’ll take the via ferrata route which was specifically designed to allow access to scenic parts of the mountains that could previously only be seen by experienced rock climbers.
Kayaking is the best way to see Manukan Island. You’ll island hop over the calm and crystal clear water of Tunku Abdul Marine Park and have the opportunity to snorkel so you can enjoy the breathtaking views both above and below water.
You don’t need to be an outdoor expert to enjoy the adventure and your guides will keep you safe and having fun, but the activities do require that you’re relatively fit. With two home stays you’ll also have opportunity to hang out with the locals, feast on spectacular local cuisine, and spend ample time soaking up ancient island culture.
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Why you'll love this adventure
- With two homestays, you'll get an insight in to the 'real' Borneo at community level
- Experience next-level vistas when you climb Mt Kinabalu
- A great mixed activity trip with the right blend of active and culture
30 December 2019
7 January 2020
6 January 2020
14 January 2020
23 March 2020
31 March 2020
13 April 2020
21 April 2020
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
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- Full day cycling tour
- Tanak Nabalu – Orchard and Hill trek
Mt Kinabalu climb
- Mt Kinabalu – Via Ferrata climb
- Poring Hot Springs – Trek to Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp
- Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park -Kayaking day trip including snorkeling
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Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Homestay (2 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Who is this trip for?
This trip has a physical rating by the operator of 4 out of 5. Get in touch to find out more about what this means and what to expect.
Theme: ExplorerWalking & Trekking
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Parts of your trip go above 2,800 metres and it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects at this altitude, regardless of age, gender or fitness.
Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss any pre-existing medical conditions with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip: While the trip leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.
How fit do I need to be to take part?
This is an active trip, and it is expected that all travellers have an excellent level of health and fitness and will be able to take part in all activities. There are no alternatives to the cycling, Mt Kinabalu climb or kayaking activities. So if these aren’t for you, you may need to consider a different Borneo trip. That said, you don’t need to be a super-athlete to take part. The fitter you are the more enjoyable the activities will be.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip?
Yes an optional single supplement is available if you’d like your own room and you’re travelling solo. The single supplement on this trip is only available for nights in Kota Kinabalu. Most other nights are in very basic multi-share accommodation and homestays. There will not be hot showers and private bathrooms every night on the trip. For many this is all part of the fun.
Is there an age limit?
National Park regulations state that for the via ferrata climb you must not be older than 70 or weigh more than 100 kilograms. You also need to be above 1.3 meters in height.
We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.
They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.
In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
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