The natural splendour of Borneo’s Eastern Sabah region and towering peaks of Mt Kinabalu, all on one adventure? Where do I sign up?” Right here, friend. This incredible 11-day tour delivers ample time in Malaysia’s jungle playground (including a life-changing encounter with orangutans at a rehabilitation facility) before three days in the shadow of mighty Mt Kinabalu – the tallest peak in this part of the world – climaxing with a sunrise hike to the mountain’s peak. Prepare to be amazed.
Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Kota Belud (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Tambatuon village and meet the local community. Visit a local farm and gather fresh ingredients for an included cooking class. After lunch, trek to a nearby river, exploring the landscape surrounding the village along the way. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner with your hosts.
Day 3 Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest. After settling in head out for a river safari. After dinner, opt for a guided night walk through the jungle.
Day 4 Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D)
Begin the day with a river safari in search of wildlife. After breakfast, visit the nearby oxbow lake with a professional guide and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons. Enjoy another boat cruise along the river to spot more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Day 5 Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok (1B)
Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre.
Day 6 Sepilok/Pulau Libaran (1B, 1L, 1D)
Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island by boat. Take a guided tour of the island’s turtle hatchery and learn about the turtle conservation program. Opt to go snorkelling or kayaking with some free time.
Day 7 Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu (1B)
After breakfast, depart Libaran Island and travel back to the Sandakan jetty. From the jetty, transfer to Sandakan airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 8 Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1D)
Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Opt to hike the nature trails, or enjoy an excursion to Poring hot springs and a canopy walk with some free time.
Day 9 Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head off to conquer Mt Kinabalu. During the first day’s climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.
Day 10 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.
Day 11 Kota Kinabalu (1B)
Depart at any time.
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