An adventure full of experiences and hiking. You climb Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia before embarking on a challenging hike in Banjaran Crocker National Park. Farmstay and then end at the sea.
A tailor-made trip with adventures, nature experiences and memorable hikes. During the trip you visit small paradise islands where you can enjoy the sandy beaches, swim, snorkel and explore underwater life. Live on a Malaysian farm and get to know the locals. See business and economy of Malaysia on ebizdir.
The journey takes you to the top of one of Southeast Asia’s largest mountains, Mount Kinabalu, and in Banjaran Crocker National Park, an unforgettable hike on easy trails awaits. This adventurous journey ends on Borneo’s soft sandy beaches.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
Day 2: Arrival in Kota Kinabalu
Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel. You spend the rest of the day on your own.
Day 3: Kota Kinabalu on your own
Kota Kinabalu is named after the mysterious mountain Kinabalu with the high and inaccessible peaks in the city interior. It is a relaxed place with a lovely view of the islands off the coast, especially when the sun goes down and forms enchanting play of colors over the water. The day can be spent in the city on your own. ( F )
Day 4: Hike through the mangrove forests on the island of Gaya – visit the island of Mamutik.
After breakfast, take a boat to Gaya – one of the most beautiful islands in the bay. It is located near Kota Kinabalu. Together with the guide, you follow the nature trails through the mangrove forest and can get a glimpse of the wild animals on the island. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the bearded pig. Gaya is also known for its population of island Malays, whose villages are built on stilts in the water. You continue to the island of Pulau Mamutik, which is surrounded by fantastic coral reefs. After lunch you have the opportunity to explore them. Late in the afternoon you will return to your hotel. ( F , L )
Day 5: Kiulu Valley – farmstay
The day begins with an approximately 45 minute drive through the lush landscape. You make a short stop at a market and there are several scenic viewpoints to admire along the way to the Kiulu Valley. After arriving at the village Kg. Mantob is welcomed by the farm staff who show you around. Afterwards, a delicious lunch is served before setting off on a hike in the local area. In the late afternoon you can go for a swim in the Kiulu River or spend some time on your own before dinner. If you are hungry for more adventures, many activities are offered, such as buffalo riding and cultural tours. You spend the rest of the day on your own. ( F , L , M )
Day 6: Farmstay – quad bike – Kota Kinabalu
Today you wake up to the first rays of the sun in the often chilly and foggy Kiulu valley. The valley will soon be warmed by the sun. After breakfast, get out and ride a quad bike. A security review will be offered before you leave. After receiving this information, a nerve-wracking adventure begins through fantastic landscapes in the scenic valley. On the way you pass rice fields, plantations, forests and small villages. You will have lunch on the excursion, before returning to Kota Kinabalu and spending the night in the city. ( F , L )
Day 7: Kota Kinabalu – Mount Kinabalu
This day begins in peace and quiet, so you are alert for the upcoming hiking challenge – a two-day hike on one of Southeast Asia’s highest mountains, 4,095 meters above sea level. After breakfast you drive through rural villages and an incredible mountain landscape. The journey takes two to three hours. You have the opportunity to stop at the Nabalu Market, where you can taste local fruits and other delicacies from Borneo. You can also visit a training center and a nice rock garden before you arrive at your accommodation in Kundasang. Here you live in a shared dormitory. The rest of the day is at your own disposal in the city. It can be chilly in the evenings and at night at the foot of Mount Kinabalu. ( F , M )
Day 8: Mount Kinabalu – hiking from 1,828 meters to 3,261 meters
Today begins your hiking trip on Mount Kinabalu and the excursion to the top is both challenging and fascinating. From the starting point at the foot of Mount Kinabalu and up to the top of this picturesque mountain, you stay in varied vegetation and can enjoy an outstanding view of large parts of Malaysian Borneo. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the most important biological sites on earth, due to the special flora and fauna that hides on and around Mount Kinabalu. There are many special plant species along the hiking trail. The excursion begins at an altitude of 1,828 meters, at Timpohon Gate. After 4-6 hours of hiking, you arrive at Laban Rata, located 3,261 meters above sea level. Here you will sleep in a shared dormitory. There is a simple restaurant in the hotel. The price is excluding camera fee, carrying aid for your bag, and English-speaking guide. Winberg Travel recommends that you bring only the essentials on your hiking trip. (F , L , M )
Day 9: Try to reach the top of Mount Kinabalu (4,095 meters)
Your hike to the top starts already at 03.00, so you have a good chance of reaching the top of 4,095 meters before sunrise around kl. 06:00. Here you can look forward to a magnificent experience as the sun rises over Mount Kinabalu. You then hike down and reach the foot of the mountain in the afternoon. From here you drive straight back to Kota Kinabalu. You arrive late to Kota Kinabalu. ( F , L )
Day 10-11: Kota Kinabalu on your own
You spend the days in Kota Kinabalu just the way you want. Among other things, you can experience the city on your own, enjoy the beaches west of Kota Kinabalu, or stay on the islands outside the city. The centrally located market is also wonderful to visit. The market is most lively in the morning, when fishermen come with their catch and the women from the mountain villages sell fruit and vegetables. It is also interesting to stroll around the city of Kampong Ayer, next to the sea. If you want to know more about this community, the city museum and the city mosque are worth a visit. The city museum is built in concrete, but in the style of the traditional longhouses. Here is a nice collection of cultural treasures from different tribes of Borneo. ( F )
Day 12: Kota Kinabalu – Hiking in Banjaran Crocker National Park
This day begins with a short drive before we take you on a very challenging and not least adventurous hike in Banjaran Crocker National Park. Since 1984, this has been Borneo’s largest national park and it is covered by forest along the mountain range that stretches in a southwesterly direction from Mount Kinabalu towards Sabah and to the border with the state of Sarawak. Previously, there were no roads from the Banjaran Crocker mountain range to the coastal towns. The only connection of the isolated villages to the coast was for a long time via simple paths for horses. The trails have become known as the “Salt Trail” and it is precisely along these narrow walkways that you will hike in the next few days. It is important that you are aware that this hiking trip is not for everyone, as it largely goes along simple and inaccessible paths on the Banjaran Crocker mountain range. However, it is worth the effort – the reward is that you get to experience wonderful countryside, untouched forests and villages where you work with agriculture. You walk seven to eight hours this day in very hilly terrain (about twelve to thirteen kilometers). You spend the night in a simple house. (F , L , M )
Day 13: Hiking in Banjaran Crocker National Park
Today you continue hiking in the national park and enjoy magnificent forests and mountain sides. You walk about six to seven hours during the day (about six kilometers). During the excursion you cross roaring rivers and see several indigenous villages and beautiful rice fields. You spend the night in a simple house in another rural village. ( F , L , M )
Day 14: Hiking in Banjaran Crocker National Park
Wake up to the sound of the village’s roosters and chickens, and enjoy the village’s everyday life before continuing your walk along the park’s riverside. Here you can take a refreshing dip in the cool river water. You have lunch by the river and then stroll back to the village where you spent the night before. You walk about six to seven hours a day (about twelve kilometers). You spend the night in a simple house. ( F , L , M )
Day 15: Hiking in Banjaran Crocker National Park – Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
After breakfast, spend your last day in the tropical forest. Today you will walk for about five hours, along rice fields and rainforests. The journey goes to the edge of the park and then via Kota Kinabalu to Langkah Syabas Beach. You will spend the night at Langkah Syabas Beach Resort. ( F , L )
Day 16-17: Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
Here, wonderful and relaxing days by the water await after some very challenging days on Mount Kinabalu and in Banjaran Crocker National Park. You will spend the night at Langkah Syabas Beach Resort. ( F )
Day 18: Langkah Syabas Beach Resort – Kota Kinabalu – Scandinavia
Today you will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport in Kota Kinabalu. ( F )
Day 19: Arrival in Scandinavia
When you land in Scandinavia, you have unforgettable memories in your luggage, not least of all the nature experiences and exotic beaches on Borneo.
Sixteen nights in a hotel / guesthouse / farm stay / lodge