Trekking Borneo & Beyond

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Mount Kinabalu towers over the Sulu Sea and sweeping jungles of Borneo. In the east of the third-largest island on the planet, orangutans populate the trees of Sepilok, while on the Malayan Peninsula rivers gush through Taman Negara, cloud forests share the highlands with tea plantations and strawberry farms, and the modern capital is a melting pot of culture...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Explore the jungles of Taman Nagara
    • Meet the orangutans of Sepilok
    • Summit Mount Kinabalu
    • Enjoy a food tour of Kuala Lumpur

What's this trip about?

    Mount Kinabalu towers over the Sulu Sea and sweeping jungles of Borneo. In the east of the third-largest island on the planet, orangutans populate the trees of Sepilok, while on the Malayan Peninsula rivers gush through Taman Negara, cloud forests share the highlands with tea plantations and strawberry farms, and the modern capital is a melting pot of cultures. We peek behind the green curtain of primeval forests as we don hiking boots to trek Borneo and beyond.Trek through primeval jungles and up Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age range16 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityKuala Lumpur
End CityKota Kinabalu

Travel Themes

  • Hiking & Walking

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Malaysia

Attractions

  • Borneo
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Mount Kinabalu

Activities

  • Hiking

Trip includes

    • All accommodation
    • All breakfasts, five lunches and two dinners included
    • Free group arrival and departure transfers available
    • Tour leader throughout

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Start in Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, known by many simply as KL. You can arrive at the hotel at any time today, check in at the hotel is from 15:00. There is a welcome meeting with your tour leader this evening, a good chance to ask any questions you may have and to connect with the group. Accommodation: Santa Grand Signature Kuala Lumpur (or similar)

Day 2 Discover the culinary delights of Malaysia with a food tour of KL before visiting the Batu Caves

Malaysia is proudly diverse and this is reflected in the capital, KL, with its mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese traditions and people. One of the best ways of exploring this diversity is through a food tour of the city. We discover different neighbourhoods with distin...

Day 3 Ketumbar Hill trek; transfer to the Cameron Highlands and visit a tea plantation

We aim to check out of the hotel early this morning to drive about 30 minutes to the start of the trail on Ketumbar Hill, which is part of the Sungei Puteh forest reserve (a popular exercise spot). We follow a loop trail, which starts with a moderate climb up to about...

Day 4 Trek through the montane forests of the Cameron Highlands

Meeting our local guide at the hotel at 8.30am, we embark on a jungle trek through the highlands up to Gunung Jasar. The well-maintained trail gradually takes us up the side of a river valley on an undulating path with a fairly steep final ascent to reach the summit (...

Day 5 Transfer to Taman Negara; followed by exhilarating boat ride and canopy walk; optional night walk

Leaving the highlands, we drive (about five hours plus stops) to one of the oldest-remaining rainforests in the world. Within in Taman Negara National Park, these 130m-year-old primeval forests are home to rare animals, including Malayan tigers, Indian elephants and c...

Day 6 Teresek Hill and Lata Berkoh

Explore the primary forest of Taman Negara on a four to five-hour trek to Teresek Hill. We take the Bukit Teresek trail, which includes a mix of boardwalks and natural paths, and reaches an elevation of 1,095ft (334m), providing a scenic view of Mount Tahan. After, w...

Day 7 Return to Kuala Lumpur; fly to Sandakan; transfer to Sepilok

Leaving the rainforest, we transfer (four hours) to the urban jungle, KL. Depending on what time we arrive, we may have free time for lunch before we head to the airport to catch our flight to Borneo. Please note, there is a 33lb (15kg) restriction on checked baggage ...

Day 8 Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary

This morning, we visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary. Created in 1964, the 16.5sqmi (43sqkm) reserve of primary forest is the largest orangutan sanctuary in the world and rehabilitates orphaned or captured orangutans for release back into the wild. We vis...

Day 9 Follow the Sepilok Laut Trail through the rainforest

We have an early start and head out on the Sepilok Laut Trail. This walk, of around 5.5mi (9km), starts from the rainforest discovery centre, where we have a chance to do a canopy walk. From here, the trail journeys through primary forest giving us the opportunity to ...

Day 10 Transfer to Kinabalu Park with optional visits to Kundasang War Memorial and exploring the Kinabalu Park lower trail

We head towards the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu, at 13,345ft (4,095m). The journey takes five to six hours. Depending on time, we should have the opportunity to visit the Kundasang War Memorial (optional), which commemorates prisoners of war who...

Day 11 Start climbing Mount Kinabalu towards Laban Rata

Due to its great height, Mount Kinabalu has a several climatic zones. It has an enormous variety of plants and animals and is a naturalist’s paradise. There are rhododendrons, innumerable mosses, fungi and ferns, more than 1,200 orchid species and the largest flowerin...

Day 12 Summit Mount Kinabalu and return to the start; transfer to Kota Kinabalu

We wake around 2am to slowly make our way to the summit. The challenging climb from Laban Rata takes up to five hours, depending on fitness and the impact of altitude. Upon leaving Laban Rata, it is approximately 1,150ft (350m) through the treeline to some viewing dec...

Day 13 Free day in Kota Kinabalu; optional snorkelling or boat island hopping trip, wetland birdwatching or cultural village

Today you are free to enjoy some of the many activities Kota Kinabalu has to offer. A popular option is to visit one of the tropical islands in the marine park, a 15-minute boat journey from the city and with excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities. You can nev...

Day 14 End Kota Kinabalu

The trip ends today after breakfast. We bid a fond farewell and start our return journeys home. If you’d like a bit more time to relax, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.

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Malaysia Adventure!

I wasn't sure where I wanted to go away this year, but the itinerary of this trip just jumped out at me and certainly didn't disappoint! You get to experience two...

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Mar 2018

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To be honest its a bit of a task to sum up everything that we experienced on this one. We did and saw so much. And there really were no dull moments. We were told t...

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Mar 2018

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The holiday of a lifetime

If you're looking forward a holiday with a nice mixture of everything then I can't recommend this trip highly enough. We enjoyed the best part of two days and nigh...

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Trekking Borneo and Beyond

Although aged 80 I was probably at least 15 years older than anyone else, however this in no way spoiled my experience of this holiday. The group was fantastic, th...

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Jan 2018

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A brilliant experience

An amazing trip which I'll always remember. My personal highlights were seeing the orangutans and other wildlife in the rainforest. I highly recommend the 'optiona...

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It is all about adventure. That is what Exodus was founded upon and what the company is still all about. Discovering countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts and jungles; exploring this amazing planet we all live on.

At Exodus, we know what makes you tick when it comes to holidays. It’s a desire shared by so many others. A yearning to visit new places and come home with a real sense of what they’re all about. This means delving into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to its unique identity. At the same time, we always remember that we are only guests. So we travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise our impact, to ensure that every Exodus holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.

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Exodus started life on 4 February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.

All our office staff have a passion for travel and adventure, and between us we’ve notched up experience that spans 171 different countries. That’s not all. In their former lives, our team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus – so no-one is better placed to create tours that appeal to a wide range of specialist interests.

Their care in putting all the details in place really shines through too. Extensive planning, research, fact-finding and training are a sign of our commitment to providing a holiday where your enjoyment, value for money and safety come first. It’s a telling reason why we remain one of the leading worldwide adventure tour companies. It is no exaggeration to say that our tour leaders can make a world of difference to the enjoyment of your holiday – so we choose them carefully. The result is that, in 2013, 93% of our clients stated that their leader exceeded their expectations. Where possible, we train and employ local leaders because they can provide invaluable insights that enrich the trip. What’s more, this investment in local staff really helps us benefit both them and their community.

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Accommodation

7 days walking, some muddy terrain Altitude maximum 4095m, average altitude 1500m 7 nights hotel and 5 nights guesthouse, 2 nights mountain lodge. Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs Separate leader in Borneo and the Peninsula,There are six nights in hotels, five guesthouse nights and two nights in a mountain lodge. We stay in a range of accommodations on this trip from city hotels (in Kuala Lumpur) to dormitories in mountain huts (on Mount Kinabalu). Most accommodation has private bathrooms and mosquito nets are provided when necessary. The two nights spent on Mount Kinabalu (at the base of the mountain and at Laban Rata) are in dormitory-style accommodation with shared bathrooms. Depending on the gender make-up of the group, couples may need to be split, though we do our utmost to avoid having to do this.
Cancellation policy

The cancellation policies of this trip when booked through Travelstride are determined by the stated policies of the tour operator - Exodus Travels.

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel a confirmed booking you must notify Travelstride in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by Travelstride and will be effective from the date on which we receive it.

If You Cancel Your Holiday
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead name or your travel agent must be received at our offices. 

Since we incur costs in canceling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows (see also the exceptions below): 

  • More than 42 days - No cancellation fee. Deposit can be transferred to a new booking departing within 2 years of date of travel of original booking. Any remaining balance will be refundedThis excludes all non-refundable costs as set out in clause 4 above (for example international and domestic flights and local services).
  • Between 41 and 21 days (inclusive) - No cancellation fee. Balance and deposit can be transferred to a new booking departing within 2 years of date of travel of original bookingThis excludes all non-refundable costs as further explained in clause 4 above (for example international and domestic flights and local services).
  • Between 20 and 15 days (inclusive) - 80% of the holiday cost
  • 14 days or less; or failure to join the holiday (inclusive) - 100% of the holiday cost

Certain trips may involve different cancellation charges; you will be advised if this is applicable to your holiday during the booking process.For Polar holidays, the following cancellation charges will be made for all Polar holidays. Period before departure in which you notify us: 

Cancelation charge

  • More than 133 days - Deposit only
  • 133 days or less (or failure to join the holiday) (inclusive) - 100% of the holiday cost

Notes (i) Your deposit is non-refundable, even if the cancellation charge calculated is lower than the deposit amount paid; (ii) If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges; (iii) certain travel arrangements may be subject to higher cancellation charges and could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements from the moment the booking is confirmed.

If You Change Your Booking

If, after our Booking Confirmation has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the lead name or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of $60, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration (including those charged by third party suppliers who provide the component parts of your booking).  You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

You can transfer your booking to another person, who satisfies all the conditions that apply to this booking, by giving us notice in writing at least 7 days before departure provided that the new lead passenger accepts the transfer and these Terms and Conditions. Both you and the new traveler are responsible for paying all costs we incur in making the transfer. Please bear in mind that certain airlines and other transport providers treat changes as a cancellation and charge accordingly, up to 100% of the cost for that part of the arrangement. Where applicable these charges will be passed on to you.

If We Cancel Your Booking

Exodus reserves the right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants ,logistical problems, a Force Majeure Event (as defined in Section 8), or any other circumstances that may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of Exodus’s liability without any further obligation on Exodus’s part. Exodus is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including non-refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other trip-related expenses.

If We Change Your Booking

  1. Changes to the price. We can change your holiday price after you’ve booked, only in certain circumstances. Changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, or exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked.

  2. Changes other than the price. It is a term of your booking that we are able to make changes to any aspect of your booking. If the change is insignificant, we will ensure that you are notified about it. Examples of insignificant changes include alteration of your accommodation to another of the same or higher standard. If we are forced by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the main characteristics of the travel services that make up your package you will have the rights set out below.

    2.1 - We will contact you and you will have the choice of accepting the change or having a refund of all monies paid. You can also accept an alternative holiday, where we offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). We will tell you the procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification of changes carefully and respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking may be canceled.

    2.2 - If you choose to accept a refund then that is the only liability we have and we will not be liable for any further sums, compensation or otherwise and you are advised to adequately insure yourselves against cancellation for any reason

Please note that insurance premiums and amendments charges are not refundable in any circumstances. 

Once you have put down a deposit for a tour, you are unable to cancel and re-book within a promotional period and we reserve the right to amend the pricing on any new booking you make within that time. If you cancel a tour and book the same tour under a promotional code, we reserve the right to decline the booking.

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charge above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

Where possible, we will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have already paid to us.

For more additional details, see the booking conditions of TruTravels at the following web address: https://www.exodustravels.com/us/about-exodus/exodus-booking-conditions.

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Meals Included
All breakfasts, five lunches and two dinners are included. You should allow about 910-1,370 Malaysian ringgits (US$200-US$300) for food not included. If you fancy a few drinks then you may want to bring a little more as beer and other alcoholic drinks are similar to Western prices. Most meals will be basic, based around rice and noodles, although most accommodations offer a Western breakfast of beans, toast and eggs. In the bigger hotels and cities, the full range of Western and local foods is available. You can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. In Kuala Lumpur, we enjoy a food tour and have the opportunity to experience the diverse culinary heritage of the country. Vegetarians can be catered for but the choice may be limited outside the main cities. Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. In Borneo, the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat- or dairy-free, please be prepared for this – you may need to bring these from home.
Age Requirements
16 years and up
Additional Information
  • Six days of walking, some muddy terrain
  • Altitude maximum: 13,435ft (4,095m); average altitude: 4,920ft (1,500m)
  • Six hotel nights, five guesthouse nights, two nights in a mountain lodge
  • Separate leaders in Borneo and the Peninsula
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