Borneo Mount Kinabalu climb holiday

“Spend time with the primates of Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre before climbing Mount Kinabalu at sunrise and taking a speedboat to your over-water villa on a tropical island. ”

Highlights

Kota Kinabalu | Sandakan | Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre | Sulu Sea | Lower Kinabatangan Delta | Kinabalu Park | hot springs | treetop canopy walkway | sunrise on Mount Kinabalu | potential wildlife includes: macaques, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and wild orang-utans | Optional visits can be taken to: the SunBear Centre, Rainforest Discovery Centre and the Marine Ecology Research Centre |

Description of Borneo Mount Kinabalu climb holiday

For all those adventure and wildlife enthusiasts out there this 14-day holiday will tick all the boxes. From the capital city of Kota Kinabalu depart for the Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia and home to a vast array of local wildlife. Discover many birds of prey, the rare rhinoceros hornbill, proboscis monkeys, saltwater crocodiles, pygmy elephants and some of the few remaining wild orangutan populations.
Continue to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, an important resource centre in the fight to preserve the orangutan communities of Sabah by rehabilitating injured or orphaned orangutans back into the wild. Watch the orangutans as they enjoy their meal - the juveniles can often be seen playing and don't forget to look out for the ever resourceful and cheeky macaques trying to steal the bananas!
After your wildlife experience it's time to start the big climb. Pass through various terrain and observe the varied flora and fauna (including rare pitcher plants) of this historic park and be rewarded with magnificent sunrise views at the summit. End with time to relax on nearby Gaya Island, a well-deserved treat after your energetic adventure.

**This holiday can also be booked to use the alternative 'via ferrata' route up the mountain for a supplement - please ask for details.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 2Land Kota Kinabalu and transfer to your hotel. The day is at leisure.
Day 3Today is entirely at leisure to explore the city with its waterfront parade and interesting handicraft stalls. (B)
Day 4Return to the airport and take a short flight across to Sandakan. Depart for Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for the morning orangutan feeding. Watch the animals come down to eat before returning to Sandakan. Board a boat and journey through the Sulu Sea and Lower Kinabatangan Delta, a true journey of discovery where wildlife is often seen in the trees. Lunch is taken en-route to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Enjoy a river cruise in the cool of the afternoon to search for macaques, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and hopefully wild orangutan. Overnight in the lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 5An early start today! Rise early to enjoy a cruise to the Ox Bow Lake to search for wildlife in the cool morning light. Follow this with a jungle trek around the lake. Return for breakfast and some time to relax on the riverside jetty. Enjoy a further afternoon river cruise to discover the wildlife once more. (B,L,D)
Day 6Drive back to Sandakan and head to the Sepilok Nature Resort. The afternoon is at leisure: enjoy a further visit to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for the afternoon orangutan feeding or maybe pay a visit to the SunBear Centre or the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has some great night walks. (B,L,D)
Day 7Depart this morning and head to the World Heritage site of Kinabalu Park. Stop en-route to visit the poring hot springs and experience the treetop canopy walkway. Take the afternoon to explore the mountain garden. Overnight in park accommodation. (B,L,D)
Day 8Enjoy breakfast followed by a day of ascending Mount Kinabalu. The trek averages 4-5 hours depending on fitness levels - the hike is an uphill plod rather than a technical climbing exercise. Arrive at the Laban Rata Resthouse for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9Rise at roughly 2am and start the final push to the summit,you should arrive in time for a wonderful sunrise, your just rewards! Descend and return to Kota Kinabalu. Take a speedboat across to Gayana Eco Resort for some well deserved relaxation time. (B,L)
Days 10-12The next few days are yours to be as active or relaxed as you wish. Don't forget to visit the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) to learn about the important work they are doing there. (B)
Day 13Return to the airport and take the flight back to the UK. (B)

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Good walking shoes are definitely required for Mt Kinabalu as is a reasonable standard of fitness. Make sure you feel comfortable on this 4-5 hour trek as the views at sunrise are amazing.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Luxury and wildlife.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate. Boat trips, tropical islands, wildlife trails and Mt Kinabalu.
Accomm:
2 nights hotel, 2 nights riverside lodge, 2 nights nature resort, 1 night mountain lodge, 4 nights luxury eco-resort (all with private facilities).
Included:
Accommodation, transfers and all tours with English speaking guides and drivers.
Meals:
9 brks, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Borneo Mount Kinabalu climb holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This tour visits Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. Founded in 1964, Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre was established to rehabilitate orphaned and often injured orangutans and rehabilitate them back into the wild. Located on the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, the facility provides medical care for orangutans and other wildlife species including gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and the occasional injured elephant. The Centre works like a halfway house for the orangutans: it provides a semi-wild haven in the protected reserve outside the confines of the Centre but twice a day meals are provided for those animals who feel the need for it. Entrance to the Centre for these feedings is chargeable and all funds go back to the Centre to help fund the important work they are doing here. The Centre is also an important education tool for visitors to learn about the orangutans and the Centre’s work and help promote it to possible future visitors.

The Resort is home to the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) which is staffed by a team of marine biologists and runs a programme focused on the rehabilitation and restoration of different forms of marine life. A key project is the propagation of giant clams which are on the point of extinction due to irresponsible fishing practices and over-harvesting. MERC is attempting to grow giant clams to re-populate the surrounding seas with a good success rate. MERC also runs a coral planting programme whereby guests are encouraged to plant a broken piece of coral collected from the seabed which will then be planted into a plaster base and transplanted to the seabed to help try and develop the coral reefs. There is even the chance to sponsor your piece of coral and receive regular updates!
MERC uses Biorock® patented technology uses a small amount of electrical current that charges a metal structure. Coral fragments that have been stabilized at the Marine Ecology Research Centre are attached to it. The electrical structure assists the coral to grow at a faster rate than normal to rebuild the coral colony vital for a large population of marine life.
MERC houses an extremely interesting educational display of giant clams and other marine life as well as a touch tank to allow guests to get up close to these ocean inhabitants and learn a little about these creatures. The centre also realises the importance of educating local fishermen on the long-term value of marine life to avoid damage to ocean communities.

Community

Our local Borneo ground agents employ only local guides and drivers thereby keeping all moneys paid to staff in the local community. Where possible, food served to guests at the lodges is sourced locally thereby providing a further income to local residents. The lunch stop on the Kinabatangan River is at nearby Abai Jungle Lodge which sources a lot of their fresh food from Abai Village located on the opposite riverbank.

In conjunction with Orangutan Appeal UK, for every booking to Borneo we adopt our chosen Sepilok orangutan, Gelison, in your names for a year. Orangutan Appeal UK works to support the orangutans of Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre which provides 24hr essential care for orphaned and injured orangutans with the aim to rehabilitate them into the wilds of the adjacent Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and beyond. Funds from the adoption costs go towards funding the Centre’s work providing food, medical care and a safe refuge for the orangutans as well as being an important educational tool for visitors.

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