Trekking the wilds of Borneo is not for the faint of heart but it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Deep within the heart of Borneo near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders lies the Maliau Basin. Known as the Lost World, it’s reachable only by 4WD and explored exclusively on foot.
Our two-week holiday will give you a few days to adjust to the climate as you walk around Kota Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park before your 5-day trek begins. Within the Maliau Basin, you’ll find steep hills, muddy paths, and more leeches than you can count. It’s a strenuous journey from one campsite to the next but the rewards are worth the effort. Wild animals abound including sun bears, proboscis monkeys, barking deer, and peregrine falcons. You may even come across a rafflesia in bloom or an elusive clouded leopard. Your meals, sleeping bag, and a pair of leech socks will be provided but you’ll need to carry the basics. We’ve ended this trip with time to rest, relax, and dry out on Gaya Island. It’s no easy feat, trekking the wilds of Borneo, so enjoy a bit of luxury at the end of your holiday.
Please remember this itinerary is here to inspire you as all of our holidays are tailor-made to suit you. We’re happy to add or subtract days and adjust as you see fit. If you’d like to start trekking the wilds of Borneo, give us a call at UK 020 7112 0019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day 1 - Welcome to Kota Kinabalu
Salamat datang! Today your driver will meet you at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and take you to your downtown hotel. We’ve planned nothing for you so you can relax, take a stroll along the waterfront, and perhaps have a gander at the market.Accommodation
Day 2 - Poring & Kinabalu Park
This morning you’ll head to Kinabalu Park with your guide and driver for some easy walks. Visit Poring where you can enjoy the canopy walkway and Kipungit waterfall.Accommodation
Day 3 - Kinabalu Park
Walk some of the trails around Kinabalu Park with your guide. These are good warm-up walks for the real trek that’s ahead. Visit the Kundasang War Memorial to learn about Borneo’s role in WWII and in the afternoon, return to Kota Kinabalu.Accommodation
Days 4-7 - Maliau Basin Trek
Set off for your five-day trek in the Maliau Basin. You’ll stay in campsites along the way as you trek 40km in Sabah’s Lost World, a dense rainforest teeming with unique flora and fauna. On the penultimate day, you’ll reach the spectacular 7-tier Maliau Falls. This trek is hard work but it’s an incredible journey into nature as it once was.
Day 8 - Rainforest to Sea
The day starts with a 9km hike in the Maliau Basin and ends when you reach your villa on Gaya Island. The ride from Maliau to Kota Kinabalu will take a few hours and then it’s only a 15-minute boat ride to the island.Accommodation
This itinerary costs from £1850 per person based on two adults sharing excluding peak seasons of July-August, Christmas and New Year, and Chinese New Year’s. The price includes all transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.
International flights tend to cost between £500 and £800 return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.
- Prices start from £1850 per person
- Accommodation on B&B basis
- Full board on days 4-7
- Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle or by boat as mentioned
- Local taxes excluding those only collected locally
- Entrance fees
- All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered