MALAYSIA Borneo

Rainforest, Orangutans & Kota Kinabalu climb

Level

Moderate

Duration

12 days

Route

Kuala Lampur- Kuching- Batang Ai Reservoir- Mawang Rainforest camp- Kuching- Kota Kinabalu- Kinabalu National Park- Kota Kinabalu- Kuala Lampur

Sarawak lies in  the heart of Borneo in Malaysia, Southern Asia- one of the last four remaining rainforest regions in the world. If you dreamed of trekking virgin rainforests, exploring diverse tribal culture and  trekking in search of orangutans, Borneo is the answer.

Mount Kinabalu is the most dramatic feature in Sabah and the tallest peak between the Himalayas & the New Guinea. Towering at 4,095 meters (13,435 feet), Mount Kinabalu exerts a magical quality that is both indescribable and unbelievable. Mt Kinabalu is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer. It takes just two days and climbers don’t need any previous experience at mountain climbing. At sunrise, the views from the Mt Kinabalu’s summit at Low’s Peak are spectacular, making all the efforts worthwhile.

Facts:

Activities:

Trekking, Kayaking, orangutans spotting,  cultural interaction, nature/ bird watching.

Time to visit:

March to October are considered best months( dry season). The Monsoon season is from November to February.

Our operation:

Most of Rahhalah’s ground handlers and safari guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our local guides are highly experienced and nature simply has no secret for them. All of them have extensive knowledge and training in first aid administration and communication. We have first class drivers; the cooks are among the best in preparing delicious local and international meals.

Sustainability:   

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

Our adventure provides exciting opportunities for our guests while enriching lives and protecting habitats in The Malaysia Borneo.

We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kuching

Suggested flight

KUL – KCH MH 2504 ETD 0840/ ETA 1025hrs

Arrive in Kuching international airport in the morning. Meet and transfer to Basaga Holiday Residences for check in and overnight.

Day 02: Rainforest Kayaking (B, L)

0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching for a 1-hour drive to Bengoh, the starting point of your kayak adventure. Float down a meandering river through the limestone hills amongst the tropical rainforest. Peaceful flat water is punctuated with Class 1 to Class 2 rapids for a thrilling water ride. Take breaks along the way to savour the beauty of the jungle, visit a friendly Bidayuh Village and have a swim in the cold refreshing mountain water. Enjoy a light lunch snack by the sandy riverbanks. End the trip at the picturesque village of Semadang and then return to Kuching.

Drop off at Basaga Holiday Residences for check in and overnight.

Note: You may want to bring a spare change of clothes and a towel. We suggest a good sun block, hat and shoes that are not afraid to be wet. Any equipment that you may bring should be placed in a watertight plastic bag. A bottle of mineral water is included. Return to Kuching by about 1500 hour.

Day 03: Kuching – Nanga Sumpa (B, L, D)

0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way, stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours.  Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx. 1530 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have dinner. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Interact with the community; learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.    

Day 04: Mawang Rainforest Camp (B, L, D)

0800 hours – breakfast in Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Approx. 0900 hours, depart Nanga Sumpa and trek for 2-3 hours to Mawang Camp. The camp is located at an elevation of 195 metres. While the orangutans are only occasionally seen, their nests can usually be observed. Upon arrival, settle in and have lunch at Mawang Camp. After lunch go trekking on one of the trails to search for orangutans and their nests. Return to camp and have dinner. Overnight at Mawang Camp.

Day 05: Mawang Rainforest Camp – Orangutan Treks (B, L, D)

Breakfast in camp then go on a trek to search for orangutans. Return to camp for lunch. After lunch go trekking on one of the trails to search for orangutans and their nests. Return to camp and have dinner. Overnight at Mawang Camp.

Return to Kuching by a bout 15:00. Drop off at Basaga Holiday Residences ( or similar) for check in and overnight.

Day 06: Mawang Rainforest Camp – Kuching (B, L)

Breakfast in the camp. 0900 hours travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving around 1030-1100 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching with lunch enroute. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1630 hours and be dropped off at Basaga Holiday Residences for check in and overnight. 

Day 07: Kuching – Kota Kinabalu (B)

After breakfast, check out before transfer to airport for departure flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Suggested flight

KCH – BKI MH 2806 ETD 1240/ ETA 1410hrs

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to Jesselton hotel for check in.

Rest of the day, free at leisure or own activities.

Overnight at Jesselton hotel.

Day 08: Poring Hot Spring - Kinabalu National Park (B, L, D)

0830 hours pick up at hotel and depart on a 3-hours drive to Poring Hot Spring (126 km from Kota Kinabalu). En route, make a stop at Nabalu village to savour local fruits and shop for local handicrafts. Explore the many jungle trails and observe wildlife on the canopy walkway 100 feet above the forest floor. After lunch, take a dip in one of the soothing, steaming hot mineral springs set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Proceed to the World Heritage site of Kinabalu Park (39 km from Poring). With your guide visit the botanical garden, home to many species of orchids, pitcher plants, birds, insects and butterflies. The rest of the afternoon will be at your own leisure. Overnight stay will be at the Hill Lodge at Kinabalu Park (or equivalent).

Day 09: Laban Rata (B, L, D)

Following breakfast, proceed on the journey to the Power Station (15 minutes) by coach. Commence climb to Laban Rata with packed lunch. The climb will take approximately 4-5 hours. Check-in at the Laban Rata Guesthouse or the non-heated lodge. Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure. Have dinner and overnight (dormitory bunk-beds).

Note: All accommodation at the mountain huts is dormitory type with basic bedding & common bathroom.

Day 10: Mt Kinabalu Summit – Kota Kinabalu (B, L)

Wake up as early as 0200 hours and commence the climb to the summit by torchlight. The climb will take about 3 hours. Witness the beautiful sunrise at the summit at around 0600 hours. Descend to Laban Rata Guesthouse for breakfast, then to the Power Station. Transfer to the park’s restaurant (or equivalent) for lunch. Collect your climbing certificate before returning to Kota Kinabalu and check in at Jesselton hotel for overnight.

Day 11: Free Day (B)

Today is a free at leisure or own activities.

Overnight at Jesselton hotel.

Day 12: Departure. (B)

Free until transfer until transfer to airport for departure flight back home.

Suggested flight

BKI – KUL MH 2611 ETD 1325/ ETA 1550hrs

2,555 USD

per person in a group of minimum 4  pax. Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

upon request

Notes:

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • Domestic tickets fares are quoted on Jan 28 & subject to change at the time of booking. Actual fares will be charged accordingly upon issued.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

This includes:

  • All airport transfers
  • 3 nights at Basaga Holiday Residences, with breakfast
  • Full day Rainforest Kayaking Tour, with lunch (
  • 4 days 3 nights – Mawang Rainforest Camp, full board
  • 3 nights at Jesselton hotel, with breakfast (deluxe room)
  • 3 days 2 nights – Poring Hot Spring & Kinabalu Summit, full board
  • Domestic air tickets (KUL – KCH ; KCH – BKI ; BKI – KUL) fares quoted  on Jan 28 & subject to change. Actual fares will be charged accordingly upon issued.
  • Meals as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Guiding with English speaking guide

This excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa fees
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Single supplement
  • High season surcharge
  • Airport taxes
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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