Borneo – Sabah Adventure

From Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu

Visiting: Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, Sukau, Sepilok, Turtle Islands


Tour Operator: G Adventures

Physical rating: 4 - Demanding

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Group size: 1 - 15

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Revive your sense of adventure on this jam-packed tour. Hike rainforest trails and summit Mt Kinabalu to watch the sunrise. Our CEOs will provide nature lovers and photographers of all skill levels with an introduction to the highlights of remote Sabah, helping you frame great snapshots of tropical birds and giant flowers. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and meet these special creatures. And after all the excitement and exercise, there will still be the chance to see baby turtles in their natural habitat. Get off the beaten track and discover the best of Sabah.

Highlights

  • iconClimb the highest peak in Southeast Asia, photograph Asia's only great ape, spot turtles on Turtle Island, explore the Kinabatangan jungle
  • iconClimb the highest peak in Southeast Asia
  • icon explore the Kinabatangan jungle
  • iconYour Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Poring Hot Springs Visit
  • icon photograph Asia's only great ape
  • icon spot turtles on Turtle Island

Places You'll See

Countries:

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: BREAKFAST

Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Option to hike trails.

In the morning, travel by bus 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. Opt to enjoy some beautiful nature walks through lowland tropical forest on well marked trails or relax and prepare for the climb ahead. In the evening, there is a short briefing about the next day's climb.

Additional Information: Prefer not to climb? We can help arrange a stay at the base of the mountain for you.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 3: Mount Kinabalu

Location: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Head off to conquer Mount 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.

ACTIVITY: FULL DAY Begin at the Timpohon Gate and head downhill into the rainforest to start, before heading upwards. The well-marked trail is predominantly made up of steep steps that vary considerably in size. The first section of the hike is fairly moderate, but take it easy and save your energy for the more difficult push higher up on the mountain. During the second half of the day's trek experience a change in scenery and terrain. Accommodation for the night is near Laban Rata at 3,272m elevation. Accommodation is basic with only cold water, and blankets are provided. Tomorrow's hike commences very early, so get some rest.

icon Day 4: Mount Kinabalu

Location: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to HQ for lunch. Continue on to Poring Hot Springs.

ACTIVITY: Get an early start to make it to the summit for sunrise. This portion of the hike takes about three to four hours. Stop in at the mountain huts before continuing to the park headquarters for lunch. Be prepared—the descent can be tough on the knees and takes approximately five to seven hours.

ACTIVITY: Poring Hot Springs is near the base of Mt Kinabalu. Known for its healing hot springs, Poring is a perfect spot to relax. Try the canopy walk (5 MYR), trek to some waterfalls, visit a butterfly farm or soak in the hot springs.

icon Day 5: Mount Kinabalu/Sukau

Location: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Travel up the Kinabatangan River. Optional nighttime cruise.

This is Sabah's longest river and home to an incredible variety of wildlife. We stay in the jungle and get to observe a vast array of insects, birds and animals in their native environments. Walking along jungle trails and travelling the river by boat you regularly see king fishers, hornbills, macaque, and proboscis monkeys. Very occasionally you may get lucky and see elephants, wild boar, otters, orangutans and other reclusive species.

Additional Information: Our accommodation tonight in the midst of the jungle is a simple but wonderful experience, offering twin-sharing rooms with with fans and mosquito netting, with ensuite bathroom. The overnight stay locations of Days 5 to 8 may swap on occasions, depending on the availability of Selingan Island accommodation.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 6: Sukau

Location: Sukau

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Enjoy free time in the area and an afternoon cruise to spot animals along the river.

ACTIVITY: Jump into a boat and explore the muddy river; keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, birds, and crocodiles.

FREE TIME: MORNING Explore the lush jungle bordering the Kinabatangan River with some free time in the morning.

icon Day 7: Sukau/Sepilok

Location: Sukau

Meals: BREAKFAST

Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Sepilok is one of the highlights of the trip where you'll get to meet the adorable 'wild men of Borneo'. Encountering orangutans and their human like features is a truly unforgettable experience. The centre is an excellent example of active conservation, re-introducing domesticated, injured and orphaned orangutans back into the wild.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: The orangutans at the centre were either rescued as orphans or from illegal domestication. Once rehabilitated, they are set free to live in the wild. Watch these creatures being fed or roaming the grounds along with other animals such as macaque monkeys.

icon Day 8: Sepilok/Turtle Islands

Location: Sepilok

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Boat trip and overnight on Libaran (Turtle) Island.

Drive from Sepilok to the jetty for a boat ride to Libaran (Turtle) Island Park.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Snorkel, swim, explore the island, or simply relax on the beach.

ACTIVITY: Accompany Island rangers to learn more about these amazing creatures and the threats to their existence. Depending on the time of year, observe turtles laying their eggs on the beach, follow the park rangers as they transfer the eggs to the hatchery, or stand on the shore and witness the release of baby turtles to the open sea.

icon Day 9: Turtle Islands/Kota Kinabalu

Location: Turtle Islands

Meals: BREAKFAST

Visit Sandakan POW Memorial Park. Opt to visit Sandakan town. Afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu.

With a little free time back in Kota Kinabalu, you can immerse yourself in history at the Sabah State Museum, visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village, home to a notorious head hunter, or explore the islands off-shore of Kota Kinabalu, excellent for swimming or snorkelling.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

icon Day 10: Kota Kinabalu

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), national park lodges/mountain huts (2 nts, multi-share).

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    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Poring Hot Springs Visit, Poring Hot Springs

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    Kinabatangan River cruise

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    Internal flight

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    Sandakan POW Memorial Park visit

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    Poring Hot Springs visit

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    Sepilok Orangutan Centre entrance

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    Mt Kinabalu hike, including entrance, climbing permits, and guides

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    Turtle Island visit

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Transport

Private van, local bus, speedboat, plane, walking.

Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Accommodation

Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), national park lodges/mountain huts (2 nts, multi-share).
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