Overview

Explore the sea, forest and the peaks in this unique tour. Starting at the spectacular city of Kota Kinabalu (the land below the wind), the tour takes you to Mt Kinabalu soaring 4,059 meters above the wild jungles of Borneo. The views are spectacular, to say the least. The journey is rewarding as you pass by a vibrant local market to see the local produce sold by the tribesmen of the area. The possibility of spotting the endemic Nepenthes Rajah growing wild is real on this trip. Visit the Botanical Gardens for more on the local flora and fauna. We now head to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to relax, swim or snorkel. A river cruise is next starting from the town of Beaufort, search for wildlife & marvel at the beauty of fireflies congregating on the tree canopies. We now head to Mulu and visit the marvelous limestone caves here. This site is known for holding many records in terms of cave height, width, and length. We visit Deer Cave, Wind Cave, and the Clearwater cave and spring. We watch millions of bats fly out of the caves and marvel at natures unique creations. Once again, we start a climb up a steep mountain to get a bird’s eye view of the Pinnacles. Mt. Api. is a great place to climb and for great views of the rock formations standing like knives against the hardy mountain trees. A great tour which covers many experiences in a short time.

6 Nights 7 Days 14 Dec, 15 Dec, 16 Dec, and more Kota Kinabalu Airport
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • The tour covers 1-nights AC accommodation in a shared twin room that has a private bathroom
  • During our trek 2 nights will be in a hut at the Church Camp, the sanitary facilities are shared
  • We will enjoy 3-nights of hotel accommodation based on lead in room
  • Detailed literary talks of the meals covered in the tour
  • All your transfers and tours will be with a local English-speaking driver/guides
  • English Speaking guides will be available on-site as well
  • Transfers and tours will be in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees where ever applicable as per the program
  • Drinking water will be available on your vehicles
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Air-travel, domestic or international to/from Malaysia, this can be quoted separately by us on request
  • Any optional tours you take
  • Charges for arranging guides for other languages if requested
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications – including phone bills, postage, gratuities and the likes
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals and bottled water
  • Porter charges, certificate, and the likes
  • Hotels may charge for early check-in and late check-out, this can be covered only if it is explicitly mentioned in the program
  • Any request for luggage storage or any porter fees will be charged as per the rates applicable
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Explore the city of Kota Kinabalu, take a bird’s eye view of the surrounding jungle from Mt Kinabalu
  • Spot exotic flora and fauna including Nepenthes Rajah in the wild
  • Take a river cruise, explore local products at the city market
  • Witness some of the world's most spectacular cave scenery
  • Walk through Deer Cave, which has the largest cave passage in the world
  • Trek up to Mt. Api form great panoramic views from the peak
Itinerary
Day 1: Kota Kinabalu Arrival
  • A courteous English-speaking guide will be at the Kota Kinabalu Airport for facilitating your arrival, transfer by AC vehicle to your hotel of choice and hotel check-in. The rest of the day is designed to give you some time to get used to the tropical climate and to relax away any jet lag that you may experience. Night stay at the hotel.
  • Meals included: None
Day 2: Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring
  • We enjoy breakfast at the hotel and take the road through the ridges of the Crocker Range to the Southern end of Kinabalu Park.
  • At Poring, we will join a jungle trail that will take us to the extremely pictures canopy walk made of a series of bridges built about 40 meters above the ground. The Canopy bridge provides a bird’s eye view of the ancient rainforests. The hot springs are famous for the therapeutic value of the sulfur baths if time permits do take a rejuvenating dip in the hot waters. 
  • We now break for lunch and proceed to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Your guide will take you to the exquisite Mountain Garden in the park. You will be able to see a large collection of rare orchids and plants endemic to Borneo in this garden.
  • After completing the park visit we return to the city and relax at the Hotel.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Island Free and Easy – Mangrove River Cruise
  • After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we reach the Jetty for a 20 min boat ride that takes us to one of the coral islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The islands have shallow reefs and pristine beaches, spend the day swimming in blue waters or snorkeling amongst the corals or just relaxing on the beach. We have a simple box lunch for the day and after a quick shower return to the mainland in mid-afternoon.
  • We will start our journey for the river cruise at 14:30hrs – This starts with a 2-hour long drive to the town of Beaufort. The drive will take us through the beautiful countryside while we pass through small towns and native villages to reach the Klias Wetlands and Mangrove Forest Reserve.
  • We stop for some light refreshments and then start on our exciting river cruise where we go searching for wildlife. We can possibly spot the long nose Proboscis monkeys, long tail macaque, silver leaf monkeys, and birds. As the evening sets in and the sunsets, the spectacle of fireflies gathering at the tree canopies gives the appearance of glittering Christmas lights, the sight is spectacular, to say the least (may be difficult to see if full moon or raining).
  • Enjoy a local Malaysian dinner at the riverside restaurant before returning back to the luxury of your hotel. Night stay at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu.
  • Please note that all boat transfers and always on a shared basis.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 4: Kota Kinabalu Departure - Mulu Arrival – Mulu Caves Tour
  • Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and sometimes at leisure at the hotel before a transfer to the airport is arranged. Take your departure flight to Mulu where you will be received at the airport. A quick transfer to your designated hotel follows.
  • Once settled in comfortably, change into your trekking gear. We now move to the Mulu National Park Headquarters for registration. Lunch is arranged at the park’s canteen.
  • We start our adventure with a 45 min walk to the first set of caves. This walk is on narrow forest paths made of wooden planks that take you through riverine and lowland forests on limestone cliffsides. The first cave we reach is the Lang’s cave which has an exquisite collection of stalagmites and stalactites. You are observing nature at its creative best, we recommend carrying a good camera for some stunning pictures.
  • The next cave we visit is the Deer cave, this is famous for its passage which is the largest for any cave in the world. The Deer cave is also famous for its large (as many as 3 million) populations of bats. These caves are designated as world heritage by UNESCO.
  • Once the exploration of the caves is done we move to the bat observation platform. The site of millions of bats coming out of the caves in the dusk is simply mesmerizing. It appears like black streams emerging from the caves. You will require a good camera as the light is low when the bats finally decide to venture out in the evening.
  • We return to the park headquarters for a transfer to the hotel.
  • Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Mulu Caves Tour – Camp 5
  • Breakfast is followed by check out from your hotel.
  • The day’s adventure begins with a half hour long boat ride. Our first shortstop is at a Penan settlement. This is your chance for understanding the old nomadic lifestyle of the people and indulge yourself in the local handicrafts market. The boat ride then takes us to the wind cave. A plank walk leads from the riverbank to the entrance of the Wind Cave. This cave is so named because of the cool breezes which you can feel at the narrow parts of the cave. This cave is part of the Clearwater system and has many impressive stalactites, stalagmites, flowrocks, helitites and rock corals. Some of these are illuminated in the ‘King’s” Room. A short walk takes us to the Clearwater springs, we take a short break here. 200 steps lead up through the forest to the mouth of Clearwater Cave. Clearwater is a fascinating cave system to scroll around, it has its own underground river system. Plank walks, paths and small floating bridges make this an easy and enjoyable experience. There are excellent photo opportunities for those who are bitten by the photography bug.
  • We now climb down the steps to the picnic area for a quick lunch.
  • We now take a one-hour long boat ride to Kuala Litut, this is the starting point for our trek to camp 5. The 2-hour trek will take us to camp 5 which is a large shelter located at the base of Mount Api. Camp 5 is really basic, and you have to carry your own sleeping bag as well. Night stay is arranged at the camp shelter.
  • Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 6: Pinnacles
  • We have a light breakfast and start our climb to Mount Api. Although this is a short distance, it will still take us 4-to-5 hour as this is a steep climb. We recommend that you carry very little (Only essentials) with you along with ample water for the climb. The flora changes with altitude, at about 850 meters you will notice a distinct change in the vegetation. The limestone lowland forest now gives way to the montane forest with pitcher plants and wild orchids. We have now reached the steepest part of our climb. Some metallic steps are placed to help climbers move over the worst of the gaping voids. 
  • The summit is 1710 meters above sea level and once you reach it you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The famous pinnacles are everywhere, they are about 45 meters high and appear as huge knives against the trees that form the backdrop. The forest trees are a miracle in themselves, they hold on in between narrow crevices of the limestone landscape. A simple picnic lunch follows.
  • We now trek back downhill to camp 5. There is just enough time for a relaxing bath in the mountain river before we have dinner and pack for the day. Night stay will be at Camp 5.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 7: Camp 5 – Mulu Departure
  • We take an early breakfast and start our trek back to Kuala Litut. This is where we shift to a boat for the for the downstream ride to Clearwater Springs. We stop for a simple lunch at Clearwater Springs. We now continue our boat ride to Mulu. A transfer is waiting to take us to the airport for a flight to our next destination.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Notes

  • Due to fluctuations in demand hotels can be changed without prior notice. We do assure you that any substitution will be within the offered category
  • The tour detailed itinerary may change due to unforeseen events - we will cover all that we have stated here only the program by day may change. For example, if our program states a city tour on Day 1, it may be postponed to Day 3 instead. This is mostly a last-minute adjustment and will be without any prior notice
  • Some package can be booked on a private basis, but certain services may be on a shared basis only. This is to minimize impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so. These services include all land & boat transfers in Mulu may be on a shared basis
  • The tour involves overnight camping and steep climbing, we suggest traveling light when on this tour, as you will have to carry your own bags during the trekking. Your hard luggage can be stowed at the hotel in Mulu and will be delivered to you at the airport at the time of departure.
  • This is a true trekking tour where long hours are coupled with steep climbs that too under tropical climate conditions. The tour is an effort to complete and would require high levels of fitness and good stamina. Be prepared for some hard day’s work on the tour.
  • Always carry some high-energy snacks for the trekking.
  • The trek will have night stays at Camp 5. This place has very basic facilities, be prepared for some discomfort. The camps have simple sanitary facilities, you will have to carry your own towel and sleeping bags as this place has no mattresses or beds.
Pickup point
Directions.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia View on Map