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Few travel opportunities are as rare or special as the one to really get out there and explore the must-be-seen-to-be-believed nature and wildlife of the island of Borneo. Start at its heights by summiting UNESCO-designated Mt Kinabalu before descending into the mind-blowing caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Throw in some unconventional cultural moments like drifting along the water by long boat and overnighting in an Iban longhouse of the Malay people and you've got 16 days of adventure that'll remain with you forever.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 166316
  • Starts: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Finishes: Kuching, Malaysia
You will Visit
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Kuching

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1D)

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:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 96km)

03

Day 3: Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 1

04

Day 4: Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 2

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 96km)

05

Day 5: Kota Kinabalu/Gunung Mulu National Park (1B)

Fly to Mulu and transfer to the lodge. Head into the park for a walk through the forest and explore Deer Cave. In the evening go on a walk in search of bats hunting for insects.

Included Activities:
Deer and Lang Caves Exploration
Bat Exodus Observation

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Gunung Mulu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart the lodge, board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to the Wind and Clearwater caves. Explore the caves, take a dip in the crystal clear waters, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest. Continue by longboat to Kuala Litut and start the trek to Camp 5, our stop for the night.

Included Activities:
Wind and Clearwater Caves Exploration

Transport:
Boat (0.50 hour(s))
At Kuala Litut, disembark the longboat and begin the trek to Camp 5, where the group will spend the night. The trail here is well maintained.
Walking (2.00-3.00 hours, 8km)

07

Day 7: Gunung Mulu National Park/Limbang (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on the Headhunter Trail trekking past streams and caves, all while hearing the sounds of the thousands of species that call this jungle home. Learn about the rich history of the warring parties that created this trail before boarding a boat down the river to Limbang, where you will spend the night.

Transport:
Continue trekking along the well maintained Headhunter Trail to Kuala Terikan. Upon arrival board a boat and transfer to Limbang.
Walking (3.00-3.50 hours, 11km)
Boat

08

Day 8: Limbang/Pulau Tiga (1B, 1D)

Start off early for a busy day of travel – by ferry, boat, and private vehicle – to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. After arriving on the island head out on a trek to a mud volcano and learn more about the region.

Included Activities:
Mud Volcano Trek

Transport:
Ferry
Private Vehicle
Boat

09

Day 9: Pulau Tiga (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day on this tropical paradise. Opt to go snorkelling, kayaking, or visit Snake Island.

10

Day 10: Pulau Tiga/Kota Kinabalu (1B)

In Kota Kinabalu, opt to check out the restaurants along the waterfront with some free time in the evening.

Transport:
Boat (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Kota Kinabalu/Kuching

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Enjoy some free time in the evening.

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s))

12

Day 12: Kuching/Bako National Park (1B, 1L)

Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening.

Included Activities:
Bako National Park Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Motorboat (0.50 hour(s))
Motorboat (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

13

Day 13: Kuching/Batang Ai (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture.

Included Activities:
Local Market and Farm Visit
Iban Longhouse Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Boat (0.75 hour(s))

14

Day 14: Batang Ai (1B, 1L)

Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night.

Included Activities:
Blowpipe Demonstration and Forest Hike

15

Day 15: Batang Ai/Kuching (1B, 1L)

Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching, stopping en route to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and with some luck spot a wild orangutan passing through.

Included Activities:
Semenggoh Nature Reserve Visit

Transport:
Boat (0.25 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

16

Day 16: Kuching (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days)
    • Deer and Lang caves visit
    • Bat exodus observation
    • Wind and Clearwater caves exploration
    • Rainforest picnic
    • Headhunter Trail trek (2 days)
    • Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga)
    • Bako NP excursion
    • Trading town and farm visit
    • Iban community experience and longhouse stay
    • Blowpipe demonstration
    • Forest hike and local lunch
    • Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (11 nts), mountain lodge (1 nt, multi-share), lodge (1 nt), basic lodge (1 nt, multi-share), traditional longhouse (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, plane, longboat, ferry, boat, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Watch the sun rise from Mt Kinabalu's summit
  • Explore Deer Cave
  • Trek to a mud volcano on the tropical island of Pulau Tiga
  • Keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey
  • Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre