Mount Kinabalu & The Best of Borneo
Borneo, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,990 (land only)
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- A walking and discovery adventure holiday in Sarawak and Sabah
- Climb Mount Kinabalu, SE Asia`s highest walk-up peak
- Hang out with the Orangutans at the Sepilok Sanctuary
- Journey into the jungle in search of Borneo`s rich wildlife
- Walk the spectacular Headhunters trail
This great adventure starts out with a visit to the Mulu National Park, deep within the rainforest of north-eastern Sarawak. Trekking on jungle trails and travelling by longboat on the many rivers, we explore some of the world's largest caves and climb above the forest canopy to a spectacular viewpoint amongst soaring limestone pinnacles. We then trek northwards on the 'Headhunters Trail', stopping off at the villages and longhouses of the Iban people. From Kota Kinabalu in the adjacent state of Sabah, a short flight takes us to Sandakan, where we visit the orang-utan sanctuary at Sepilok and enjoy 2 nights at a jungle lodge on the Kinabatang River in an area rich in wildlife. Returning via the hot springs at Poring to the foot of Kinabalu (4101m), we make a 2-day ascent of this challenging peak whose bare upper slopes command memorable views across the South China Sea to the Philippines. This is Borneo at its best!
Is this holiday for you?
This is a discovery walking holiday in Borneo with 2 elements of trekking; the Mulu National Park and the ascent of Kinabalu. The first trekking element on this holiday is the 4-day exploration of the Gunung Mulu National Park. Although this is at low level, there is one tough day (which is entirely optional), as we climb to the viewpoint for the Mulu Pinnacles where there are slippery and sharp limestone rocks. You will need to be prepared for hot and humid weather and for at times testing underfoot conditions. There are also river crossings, some on tree trunk bridges. We have a couple of hours walking on our first day at Mulu, 2 to 3 hours on the second, 7 to 8 hours on the optional third day and 4 to 5 hours on the final day in this area. Two days are set aside for the ascent of Mount Kinabalu. This is a tough undertaking involving approximately 2200 metres of ascent and descent via the same route. The path is well maintained in places and has many steps. High up on the route, there are sections of bare rock slabs, with some fixed rope handrails. The route is never very steep or exposed.