The Challenge

This five-day trek in Sabah gives you an insight into Borneo's incredible natural beauty and biological diversity. You will spend the days trekking through primary jungle, encountering varied terrain and landscapes including paddy fields, rubber plantations, fruit orchards and rivers, to reach Kinabalu National Park. Along the way we'll learn about the incredible ecosystem of the area, and jungle survival skills such as making traps and identifying edible fruits and foods.


Day 1 (Friday 12th October 2018): London - Kota Kinabalu
Fly to Kota Kinabalu (flights via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore), arriving the following day.

Day 2 (Saturday 13th October 2018): Kota Kinabalu
Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer by bus to your central hotel in Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 (Sunday 14th October 2018): Kota Kinabalu - Tambatuan village- Lobong Lobong village
After breakfast we transfer by bus to Tambatuan village near Kota Belud where we start our trek. Today we will pass through villages, farms and primary jungle gradually ascending from 150m up to 650m for approximately 6.5 hours. Our route passes through paddy fields, rubber plantations and fruit orchards with a couple of river crossings along the way. This evening we will stay overnight at Lobong Lobong village in a local community hall; this is a great opportunity to interact with the local people or swim in the cool water of a shallow river nearby.

Day 4 (Monday 15th October 2018): Lobong Lobong Village - Nanuk Camp
Today we continue our trek for 6-8 hours through paddy fields and rivers, across bridges and past fruit orchards and rubber trees before entering the primary jungle and ascending from 600 m to 1080m to Nunuk Camp. Along the way our guides share their knowledge of jungle survival such as how to identify plants, edible fruits and foods.

Day 5 (Tuesday 16th October 2018): Nanuk Camp - Ehing Camp
We pack up after breakfast and continue our trek for 6-8 hours. There is a very steep 45 degree incline early on as we ascend quickly to 1189m but at the top of the ridge we enjoy amazing views over Borneo's Crocker mountain range and across to the sea beyond. This afternoon we pass along the edge of the Kinabalu National Park, learning about its incredible variety of exotic plant life before descending to 900m, where our campsite awaits, deep in the jungle.

Day 6 (Wednesday 17th October 2018): Ehing Camp - Kiau Village
This morning we will learn more jungle skills and a demonstration of how to make traps. We then set off on the trail for 2-3 hours following part of the track which dates back to Sir Hugh Low's early exploration of Mt Kinabalu; there are great views of the Crocker Range and Mount Kinabalu. You will trek through primary jungle and then into pineapple and rubber plantations before arriving at the village of Kiau, where we spend our last night with our trek support team, overnight at a community hall.

Day 7 (Thursday 18th October 2018): Kiau Village - Kinabalu Park - Kinabatangan
Bidding our support team farewell, we set off this morning for Kinabalu National Park, to enjoy a leisurely trek in the foothills and learn more about the unique ecosystem of this area. After lunch we travel to Kinabatangan where we check in at the lodge for the night. Later this afternoon, we will enjoy a river cruise in search of the long nosed Proboscis monkey and other wildlife, before dinner at the lodge.

Day 8 (Friday 19th October 2018): Kinabatangan - Sandakan
This morning we will travel from Kinabatangan to the world-famous Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary, where you will have the chance to see and learn about these amazing animals, as they are slowly reintegrated into the wild. You'll even have a chance to walk through the reserve and see the orang-utans up close. This evening you will stay at the Sepilok Jungle Resort and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 9-10 (Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st October 2018): Sandakan - London
Today we transfer to Sandakan airport our flight back to London (indirect), arriving the next morning.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from London
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Borneo
  • 3-4* hotels, sleeping platforms on trek
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Trek permits
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Personal trek kit

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Trip Dates

12th - 21st October 2018

Tour Price

Self-funded option
(inc £345 deposit)
plus £1620 sponsorship for Garden House Hospice

Sponsorship option
£345 plus £3800 sponsorship for Garden House Hospice

Trip Difficulty


This trip is graded as Challenging


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