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Overview

Venture into the jungle at the foothills of the 4,095m tall Mount Kinabalu. Home to the Dusun people, trek through farmland, rice fields and jungle against the backdrop of the mighty mountain.  Be welcomed by the locals with overnight homestays topped with local entertainment.

Trip Highlights

Trek In The Land of The Dusun

Trek the foothills of Mount Kinabalu

Explore the natural landscape and jungle on the foothills of the mighty mountain.

Learn about local life with the Dusun Tribe

Homestay with the local Dusun people, interact and learn about their way of life.

Local music and dancing with the villagers

Immerse in the cultural practices on a night of traditional entertainment. 

Itinerary

1

Kota Kinabalu, Arrival

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu airport to Kota Kinabalu Hotel (10km): 30mins Cycling Distance up to: 12kms Difficulty: Very Easy

Arrival at Kinabalu Airport, meet the guide and transfer to Kinabalu City Hotel for check in.

Meet the guide at the hotel lobby at 17:30 for an easy casual sunset walk along the waterfront. Take in the city of Kota Kinabalu as the sun sets and the waterfront comes alive at night. Pass through a fresh fish market where the guide will point out the catch of the day. Move through the Filipino market before you take a seat for fresh Seafood Dinner. Continue to the lively waterfront strip for a sunset drink (at own expense) or return to the hotel.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu

2

Kota Kinabalu – Tambatuon Village

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu to Tambatuon village (71km): 2 hours

Depart Kota Kinabalu at 09:00 for the 2-hour drive to the Eco Village of Tambatuon located in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu in a beautiful valley by the Kedamaian River. Simple Accommodation in private rooms with communal toilets and showers. This is a traditional Dusun village which will allow you to take a glimpse into the life of the villagers.

Stop on route in Tamparuli to visit the Wednesday morning market. Take a walk over Tamparuli Bridge, famous by it’s local song, to the market. The Wednesday Market is held to encourage the rural areas to join together to sell local supplies, fruits, vegetables, traditional medicines. Take a stroll area, watch the locals mingle and try its unique delicacies.

Settle into the accommodation by the banks of the river in a longhouse equipped with Dorm rooms and few private rooms, a common area and spacious verandah facing the mountain. Wander through the quaint village before lunch.

The Afternoon brings a mixture of activities. Walk over hanging bridges, practice rubber tapping, bathe in the river and an optional short walk to a nearby viewpoint.

Enjoy an evening communal dinner cooked by local Dusun family.

Please note: You will be required to carry your luggage for the upcoming 2 days trek. Main Luggage will be transferred to the final Homestay or can be left in the Kota Kinabalu Hotel.

Overnight in Tambatuon Village

(Accommodation at Tambatuon Village is in Dorms with Shared Bathrooms. Double rooms are limited and are on request. Accommodation is very basic.)

3

Trek Tambatuon Village to Lobong Lobong Village

Trek from Tambatuon Village to Lobong Lobong: up to 6 hours (12km) Difficulty: Medium

Early breakfast at Tambatuon Village before saying goodbye to the local villagers for the first day of trekking.  Depart the village around 09:00 for the 6-hour trek to Tanak Nabalu Homestay situated in Lobong Lobong Village at the base of Mount Kinabalu. Today’s trek will take you through the valley between the two villages. Trekking through Rice Paddies, farmland and some jungle trails to the backdrop of Mount Kinabalu.

Stop for a packed lunch on route.

Reach Lobong Lobong Village late afternoon to a warm welcome from the villages. Settle into the designated families’ homestay (twin rooms with communal toilet and showers). Light snacks served by family.

Dinner will be served before meeting in the communal hall for evening entertainment of local music, dancing and cultural show.

Overnight Lobong Lobong.

4

Trek Lobong Lobong Village to Guas Nabalu Village

Trek from Lobong Lobong Village to Guas Nabalu: up to 5 hours (7kms) Difficulty: Medium

Breakfast at Tambatuon Village before saying goodbye to the local villagers for the first day of trekking.

Depart the village for the second day of trekking following the path of the Kedamaian River. Today’s trek is tougher than yesterdays, starting the day with a 680m ascent.  Start by crossing the village suspension bridge to cross the river before trekking a horseshoe ridge with magnificent views of the valley below. Trek to the height of over 1,000m to enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Kinabalu and the Dusun Villages and farmland below.   Continue through rubber plantations and to a pineapple plantation to stop for a packed lunch before continuing onto Guas Nabalu village, Foot of Kinabalu Village. Today’s trek will take approx. 4- 5 hours.

Arrival at Guas Nabalu late afternoon.

Evening of Rice Wine making activity and Dinner with Homestay community.

Overnight Guas Nabalu.

Please note: If there is no availability at Guas Nabalu then you can continue the trek along the horseshoe ridge and take another 5km back to Lobong Lobong to stay a second night at the village.

5

Guas Nabalu – Kota Kinabalu Departure

Breakfast at the homestay before the 1.5-hour transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

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Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Local English-speaking Adventure guide throughout
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels
  • Local Trekking team
  • Entrance fees where stated

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