Highlights of Sabah & Mt Kinabalu
11 days from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu
From $ 2229
Duration11 days

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.

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  • Duration: 11 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Kota Kinabalu
    Physical Grading: Demanding
  • Ends in: Kota Kinabalu
    Ages: 12+

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Kota Belud

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Learn more about the typical lifestyle in the village by taking part in seasonal activities such as rubber tapping, fruit harvesting, and rice planting.
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.

End place: Kota Belud

Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan

Start place: Kota Belud

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.

End place: Sungai Kinabatangan

Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Sungai Kinabatangan

Start place: Sungai Kinabatangan

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. Later, visit a nearby cave and, with some luck, spot a wild orangutan. Enjoy another boat cruise along the river to spot more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner.

End place: Sungai Kinabatangan

Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok

Start place: Sungai Kinabatangan

Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre.

End place: Sepilok

Meals: B
Day 6: Sepilok/Pulau Libaran

Start place: Sepilok

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.

End place: Pulau Libaran

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Pulau Libaran

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.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B
Day 8: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea.

In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre.
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.

End place: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: B, D
Day 9: Mount Kinabalu

Start place: Mount Kinabalu

Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way!

Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level.

Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.
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.

End place: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Mount Kinabalu

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.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B, L
Day 11: Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Depart at any time.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Hands-On: Cooking Class, Kota Belud
  • Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris
  • Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan)
  • Cave visit (Kinabatangan)
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Turtle Island stay with turtle hatchery visit
  • Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Private vehicle, Plane, Boat, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), Jungle lodge (3 nts), Permanent tented camp (1 nt), Mountain lodge (2 nts, multi-share)
  • Meals

    10 breakfasts,
    6 lunches,
    6 dinners

Dates & availability: Highlights of Sabah & Mt Kinabalu

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DepartingSun, 06/24/2018 FinishingWed, 07/04/2018 Catalog Price $ 2229 Sale Price $ 2229 -
DepartingSun, 08/26/2018 FinishingWed, 09/05/2018 Catalog Price $ 2229 Sale Price $ 2229 13
DepartingSun, 09/16/2018 FinishingWed, 09/26/2018 Catalog Price $ 2149 Sale Price $ 2149 -
DepartingSun, 10/07/2018 FinishingWed, 10/17/2018 Catalog Price $ 2149 Sale Price $ 2149 11
DepartingSun, 10/28/2018 FinishingWed, 11/07/2018 Catalog Price $ 2149 Sale Price $ 2149 12
DepartingSun, 11/25/2018 FinishingWed, 12/05/2018 Catalog Price $ 2069 Sale Price $ 2069 13
DepartingWed, 12/19/2018 FinishingSat, 12/29/2018 Catalog Price $ 2069 Sale Price $ 2069 14
DepartingSun, 01/20/2019 FinishingWed, 01/30/2019 Catalog Price $ 2069 Sale Price $ 2069 15
DepartingSun, 02/17/2019 FinishingWed, 02/27/2019 Catalog Price $ 2069 Sale Price $ 2069 15
DepartingSun, 03/10/2019 FinishingWed, 03/20/2019 Catalog Price $ 2069 Sale Price $ 2069 15

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