School Adventure - Orang-Utans & Kinabalu

Borneo, School Expeditions, 14 days - from $3,125 (land only)

School Expeditions
School Group Adventure  to the Malaysian island of BorneoSchool Group Adventure  to the Malaysian island of Borneo

  • A 6-day trek, Orang-Utans, Riverboats, Longhouse and more
  • A cultural exchange with the Iban people in a longhouse
  • Meet the inhabitants of the Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary
  • Climb to the summit of Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest peak
  • A fantastic way for school students to experience Borneo

The adjacent Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak form a part of the vast island of Borneo. This part of the world provides an intriguing mix of ancient cultures, fascinating wildlife and dramatic scenery. Malaysia is also well-known as one of the easiest and safest of South-East Asian countries to visit, with a buoyant economy and good tourist infrastructure. Aiming to provide the very best of Borneo, we begin our journey at the northern tip of Sarawak, close to the borders with Sabah to the north and also close to the territory of Brunei to the west. This is a remote and inaccessible area where the local Iban people still live in traditional longhouses and pursue a way of life which has changed little for generations - although ‘headhunting' has, fortunately, gone out of fashion. Our point of arrival is at the coastal town of Miri, from where this great adventure starts out with a short flight into the interior, to the Gunung Mulu National Park. Situated between the Tutoh and Limbang rivers, this park encompasses more than 200 square miles of tropical rain forest. Beneath its majestic forest canopy there are thousands of species of plants and animals that live in an environment that includes all the different types of tropical forest found on the island of Borneo. Apart from the rich diversity of plant and animal life, this park is also well-known for its majestic limestone caves and is a World Heritage Site. Here, we trek on jungle trails and travel by longboat on the many rivers, as 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,' with an overnight stop in an Iban longhouse. Travelling north by express coastal ferry from Limbang to Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, we then take a short flight to Sandakan, where we visit the orang-utan sanctuary at Sepilok and enjoy 2 nights at a jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River in an area rich in wildlife. For many people, the chance to see some of the region's incredible variety of wildlife will be an important aspect of their visit to Malaysia. Travelling back across country to Poring, we have the chance to experience its forest trails, canopy-level walkways and hot springs, before turning our attention to Mount Kinabalu (4101m), the highest mountain in Borneo. We make the quite challenging 2-day ascent of this impressive granite peak, with an overnight at the mountain lodge of Laban Rata. The bare upper slopes of Kinabalu provide memorable views across the South China Sea, which on a clear day can extend all the way to the southernmost islands of the Philippines. This is Borneo at its best! This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email schools@keadventure.com

 

Is this holiday for you?

The first trekking element on this trip is the 4-day exploration of the Gunung Mulu National Park. You will need to be prepared for hot conditions and for, at times, testing underfoot conditions. We will be mostly walking on tracks and trails between villages. There will be rutted, muddy roads and slippery hunters tracks through the forest. 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, 6 to 7 hours on the third 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 countless steps. It can be slippery low down in the forest and after rain. High up on the route, there are sections of bare rock slabs, with some fixed rope handrails. The route is never very steep nor exposed. We recommend a minimum age of 15. 

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