Highlights of Sabah & Mt Kinabalu

Start: Kota Kinabalu Finish: Kota Kinabalu

Visiting: Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Sungai Kinabatangan, Sepilok, Pulau Libaran, Mount Kinabalu


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: 4 - Demanding

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2016 $1714

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Tour Overview

The natural splendour of Borneo’s Eastern Sabah region and towering peaks of Mt Kinabalu, all on one adventure? Where do I sign up?” Right here, friend. This incredible 11-day tour delivers ample time in Malaysia’s jungle playground (including a life-changing encounter with orangutans at a rehabilitation facility) before three days in the shadow of mighty Mt Kinabalu – the tallest peak in this part of the world – climaxing with a sunrise hike to the mountain’s peak. Prepare to be amazed.

Highlights

  • icon Mesilou Village Your Local Living Moment: Mesilou Village Stay
  • icon Mesilou Village Your G for Good Moment: Libaran Island Village Walk
  • icon Watch the sunrise from the summit of Mt Kinabalu
  • iconGather local ingredients and take a cooking class
  • icon Enjoy a river safari
  • iconGather local ingredients and take a cooking class, Enjoy a river safari, Visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre, Watch the sunrise from the summit of Mt Kinabalu, Spot wildlife in an oxbow lake
  • icon Pulau Libaran Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Local Farms and Cooking Class
  • icon Spot wildlife in an oxbow lake
  • iconYour G for Good Moment: Libaran Island Village Walk
  • icon Visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La

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/Kundasang

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Accommodation: Mesilou Atamis Homestay

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Travel to the luscious and welcoming Mesilou Village tucked in the mountainous highlands. Stop at a local family-run farm to enjoy the views of Mt Kinabalu and see the different types of cold-climate vegetables and fruits. Afterward, meet the villagers and get to know each other over a traditional lunch. In the afternoon, visit two local farms before learning to cook custom recipes with the community. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner followed by a traditional Sabahan dance performance.

ACTIVITY: Visit two unique farms of Mesilou Village and learn of their contrasting techniques while picking fresh vegetables, later used when learning to cook local recipes with the villagers. First visit Kundasang Aquafarm, a community-led farm that uses fish waste instead of chemical fertilizer for a hydroponic system. Then you are off to Onis farm that practices more traditional farming.

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

ACTIVITY: Immerse yourself in the culture of Mesilou Atamis Village and settle into their guesthouse, a Planeterra Foundation kampong stay project. Visit the "Farm Village" to learn about locally-owned organic orchards. After lunch, take a short hike to the nearby Mesilou Hill, exploring the landscape surrounding the village. Continue on to visit the aqua farm and Onis farm. Enjoy picking veggies for your cooking activity. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner followed by a cultural performance where you'll be invited to join in the fun.

icon Day 3: Kundasang/Sungai Kinabatangan

Location: Kundasang

Accommodation: Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the immersive jungle lodge on Kinabatangan River, Sabah's longest. After settling in, head out on a river cruise to experience the serenity of evening river life (keep your eyes peeled for birds and monkeys and crocodiles, oh my!). Enjoy dinner then opt for a guided night walk through the jungle.

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

ACTIVITY: Cruise through the crocodile-infested waters with an expert boatman. While wildlife-spotting can't be guaranteed there's a good chance you will spot some monkeys, birds and the occasional saltwater crocodiles.

icon Day 4: Sungai Kinabatangan

Location: Sungai Kinabatangan

Accommodation: Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Begin the day with a river safari to witness the morning wildlife activity. After breakfast, visit the nearby oxbow lake with a professional guide and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons. Enjoy another river cruise for a second chance to spot more wildlife (you never know what you may see) before returning to the lodge for dinner.

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

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a guided trek along the lake and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons.

icon Day 5: Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok

Location: Sungai Kinabatangan

Accommodation: Sepilok Jungle Resort

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok - a wildlife haven. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre.

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.

ACTIVITY: Visit the conservation centre and see the world’s smallest bear. Learn more about the sun bears and the conservation efforts being made to protect them.

icon Day 6: Sepilok/Pulau Libaran

Location: Sepilok

Accommodation: Walai Penyu Resort

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Transfer to Sandakan and continue by boat to Libaran Island, also known as Turtle Island because thousands of sea turtles return to nest each year. Take a guided tour of the island's turtle hatchery and learn about the turtle conservation program. Later, visit the local village and experience what life is like on the island. Opt to go snorkelling or kayaking with some free time.

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

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

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.

ACTIVITY: Visit the friendly village of Libaran Island, part of a Planeterra Foundation community development project. View demonstrations by villagers who make flower souvenirs from plastic bottles, master Pandanous weaving, and meticulously knit fishing nets. Also see how local snacks are prepared and enjoy the delicacies.

icon Day 7: Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu

Location: Pulau Libaran

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La

Meals: BREAKFAST

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.

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

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

icon Day 8: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Accommodation: Mt. Kinabalu Park Hostel

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

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.

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

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Opt to enjoy some beautiful nature walks through lowland tropical forest on well marked trails or relax and prepare for the climb ahead.

icon Day 9: Mount Kinabalu

Location: Mount Kinabalu

Accommodation: Laban Rata Resthouse

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

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.

ACTIVITY: 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 10: Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu

Location: Mount Kinabalu

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

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.

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.

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

icon Day 11: 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 (4 nts), jungle lodge/hostel (2 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share), permanent tented camp (1 nt), mountain lodge/hostel (2 nts, multi-share).

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    Meals

    10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

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    Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days)

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    Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan)

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    Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris

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    Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit

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    Your G for Good Moment: Mesilou Village Stay, Mesilou Village Your G for Good Moment: Libaran Island Village Walk, Pulau Libaran Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Local Farms and Cooking Class, Mesilou Village

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    Turtle Island stay with turtle hatchery visit

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Internal flight

Meals Included

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, plane, boat, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (4 nts), jungle lodge/hostel (2 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share), permanent tented camp (1 nt), mountain lodge/hostel (2 nts, multi-share).

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    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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