Trekking Challenge :  Mount Kinabalu Jungle to Mountain

8 Days / 7 Nights


Venture into the jungle at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu on a two-day jungle trek before taking on the mighty Mount Kinabalu on a further two-day climb. Be welcomed by the local Dusun Tribe with overnight homestays and be immersed in jungle life.

Trip Highlights

Trekking Challenge :  Mount Kinabalu Jungle to Mountain

Trek the foothills of Mount Kinabalu

Warm-up on a trek to explore the jungle against the backdrop of the mighty mountain.

Summit Mount Kinabalu

Ascend Malaysia’s highest peak and enjoy a stunning sunrise and panoramic views.

Homestay with Dusun Tribe

Learn about the local and jungle life on homestays with the people of the Dusun Tribe. 



Kota Kinabalu, Arrival

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu airport to Kota Kinabalu Hotel (9.1km): 20mins 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


Kota Kinabalu – Tambatuon Village

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

Depart Kota Kinabalu at 09:00 for a 2-hour drive to the Eco Village of Tambatuon located in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu in a beautiful valley by the Kedamaian River. Arrive at traditional Dusun Village and take a glimpse into the life of the villagers. Overnight at simple accommodation in private rooms with communal toilets and showers.

Stop enroute in Tamparuli to visit the Wednesday morning market. Take a walk over Tamparuli Bridge, famous for it’s local song. Arrive at the Wednesday Market, held to encourage the rural areas to join in on selling local supplies, fruits, vegetables and traditional medicine. Take a stroll and watch the locals mingle and try unique delicacies.

Settle into the accommodation by the banks of the river. The traditional longhouses are equipped with dorm rooms and a few private rooms. There is a common area and spacious verandah facing the mountain. Wander through the quaint village before lunch.

This afternoon has a mixture of activities on offer. Walk over hanging bridges, practise rubber tapping, bathe in the river or take an optional short walk to a nearby viewpoint.

In the evening, enjoy a communal dinner cooked by local Dusun family.

(Please note: It is required to carry personal luggage for the upcoming 3 days of trekking in the jungle. The rest of the luggage for Mount Kinabalu will be transported to Kinabalu Park.)

Overnight in Tambatuon Village

(Please note: Accommodation at Tambatuon Village is in dorms with shared bathrooms. Double rooms are limited and are available on request. Accommodation is very basic)


Trek Tambatuon Village to Lobong Lobong Village

Trek from Tambatuon Village to Lobong Lobong: up to 6 hours 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 is through the valley between the two villages. Trek through rice paddies, farmland and some jungle trails with the majestic backdrop of Mount Kinabalu.

Enroute, stop for a packed lunch.

Reach Lobong Lobong Village late afternoon and be warmly welcomed by the villages. Settle into the designated families’ homestay (twin rooms with communal toilet and showers). Enjoy light snacks served by family.

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

Overnight in Lobong Lobong Village.


Lobong Lobong Village – Tanak Nabalu Jungle Camp

Activity Distance: Trek up to 4-5 hours (5km) Difficulty: Medium/Hard

Take an early breakfast at the homestay before a sitting-in for a Trail Safety Briefing to the backdrop of mighty Kinabalu. Todays trail is an exploration deeper into the jungle towards Mount Kinabalu covering four peaks where the views of the mountain give a glimpse of the mountain climb ahead.

Say goodbye to the villagers and depart with a short trek through the village and plantations before the climb into the jungle for a 5 – 6 hours of trek to Tanak Nabalu Jungle Camp.

Trek up and over 4 ridges to the backdrop of Mount Kinabalu. At times the trail will be steep and slippery and can be covered with the aid of rope. Stop for snacks enroute before arriving at the base camp.

(Please note: There will be 2 river crossings to get to camp. Shoes with toe coverings must be worn when crossing the rivers.)

Lunch at the base camp before an afternoon of learning  local fishing techniques of the jungle inhabitants. Set fishing traps before dinner.

Overnight at Jungle Camp

(Please note: the jungle camp is a basic shelter, sleeping on simple mats on the floor on a raised platform. Mosquito nets will be provided. Sleeping bags are not provided.)


Tanak Nabalu Jungle Camp - Kinabalu Park

Trek from Lobong Lobong Village to Guas Nabalu: up to 5 hours Difficulty: Medium Transfer from Guas Nabalu to Kinabalu Park (20 km)30 minutes

Breakfast at the jungle camp. Set-off on a steep jungle trail in search for Rafflesia and local herbs before trekking 3-4 hours back to Tanak Nabalu Homestay for a late lunch.

Lunch back in Lobong Lobong Village before departing for Kinabalu Park.

Say goodbye to the village. Pick-up by the air-conditioned vehicle and drive for 30 minutes on a mountain road to Kinabalu Park. Settle in the accommodation in Kinabalu Park before an evening meal at Liwagu Restaurant.

Overnight Kinabalu Lodge – ROH (ROH is for Hill Lodge, Liwagu Suite and Nepenthes Lodge)

(Please note: Porters are available at the National Park Headquarters and is arranged directly via cash payment of MYR13 / 1kg. A walking stick can be of great benefit for the climb (particularly on descent) and can be rented locally for MYR10 per stick.)


Kinabalu National Park - Mt Kinabalu

Hiking to Laban Rata: 5-6 hours Difficulty: Medium

Wake up early for breakfast (recommended at 07:00) and walk down to the National Park Headquarters to meet the mountain guide who will assist with the registration for the climb and assigning of a National Park Trekking Guide by Sabah Parks..

(Please note: Ratio of 2 children (under 16yrs) to a National Park Guide. For example, 2AD & 2CH will require 2 Local Guides).)

Transport to Timpohon Gate is by shuttle

(Please note: Gate closes to climbers at 10.00. It is recommended to commence the climb no later than 08:00. Best approach to this climb, is to take it slow and steady and break periodically at the rest stops – not just to rest but to engage with the stunning surrounding scenery that often changes as one gets closer to the overnight resthouse of Laban Rata, at 3,270m.

A packed Lunch is provided for the climb.

Dinner will be a simple buffet at Laban Rata Guesthouse.

Overnight Laban Rata Guesthouse.


Mt Kinabalu / Kinabalu National Park / Kota Kinabalu

Hiking to the Mt Kinabalu summit: approx. 3-4 hour Difficulty: Medium Descending to Timpohon Gate: approx..4 hours Transfer from Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu City: (85KM) 1.5 hours

01:30 Wake up and have an early morning breakfast. Dress warm and prepare daypacks for the long but exciting day ahead.

Get the head torches ready and start hiking by 02:30 to the summit by torchlight with the aim to catch the sunrise on Low’s Peak at 05:45. The trail this morning takes up to 3 hours. Climbing 800 metres on subalpine terrain and be challenged by several steps and a final leg to the summit with the assistance from a rope.

Watch the day dawn from the peak (4,050m) before descending to Laban Rata for breakfast. (Sunrise is between 06:00 – 06:30)

Slowly descend the mountain, perhaps taking a Ginger Tea at Laban Rata to celebrate the achievement (own account). Return to Timpohon Gate for the shuttle transfer back to the National Park Headquarters. Take a simple local lunch at Balsam Café.

Meet the Driver and return to the Kota Kinabalu Hotel.

Dinner at a local restaurant.


Kota Kinabalu, Departure

Check-out of the hotel and be transferred to the airport for an onward flight.

Important Information

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
  • English speaking local Mountain Guide (Max 5 Pax in a group for every guide) (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Daily drinking water
  • Mt. Kinabalu Insurance
  • Mt. Kinabalu Climbing Permit
  • Mt. Kinabalu Certificate

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Borneo)
  • Visa for Malaysia
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Tourism Tax

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