Trekking in Borneo can mean a one-hour stroll through the jungle, an overnight hike up Southeast Asia’s tallest mountain, walks in the lost world of the Maliau Basin or ancient rainforest of Danum Valley, swinging amongst the treetops on a canopy bridge, or a guided walk through a nature trail. With so many options, rich scenery to take in, and the reward of spotting wild animals and unique plants, Borneo is an incredible trekking destination.

In the west are the trails of Bako National Park where proboscis monkeys and pitcher plants are easy to spot. The caves of Niah offer a glimpse into the past with paintings, burial relics, and a human skull dating back tens of thousands of years. For those wanting to see one of the largest cave systems in the world, easy treks in Mulu National Park can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. A multi-day hike to the Pinnacles takes a bit more effort.

In Sabah, the eastern state of Borneo, you’ll find Mount Kinabalu. Watching the sun rise from the summit is an uplifting and humbling experience, one that every climber remembers long after the muscle soreness fades. You can find more information about climbing Mount Kinabalu here. Around the mountain and in nearby Poring are easy trails that anyone can enjoy. One of the smallest orchids in the world grows in this region as does the rafflesia, the largest flower on earth. Short treks on Gaya Island get visitors into the rainforest a short boat ride from Kota Kinabalu and are a great option for families wanting a quick trek without too much travel.

For those really wanting a jungle trek, a trip to the Maliau Basin or Danum Valley is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These unspoiled rainforests are teeming with life and the only way to explore is on foot.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite itineraries and places to stay for trekking in Borneo to give you an idea of what’s on offer. To learn more and plan your trip, give us a call at UK 020 7112 0019 or email

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