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World Heritage Sites of Borneo, Mulu and Kinabalu National Parks

6 Days / 5 Nights
, Malaysia

Overview

Go wild with a fabulous adventure through Borneo’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the remarkable caves and exotic wildlife that fill Mulu National Park. Then lace up the hiking boots for a challenging hike up Mount Kinabalu, being rewarded with spectacular views from the ‘top of Borneo’.

Trip Highlights

World Heritage Sites of Borneo, Mulu and Kinabalu National Parks

Summit Mount Kinabalu

Take an overnight hike on Mount Kinabalu to reach the top in time to watch the sun rising over Borneo.

Go caving in Mulu National Park

Explore the limestone formations and incredible chambers of Mulu’s famous cave system, including Deer, Lang, Wind and Clearwater caves.

Admire Borneo’s ecosystems

Walk with a naturalist guide through Kinabalu Park, where more than 2/3 of the world’s flora can be discovered. 

Itinerary

1

Mulu, arrival

Mulu Airport to Hotel (Join in Transfer with Mulu Marriot) (5 km): 10 mins HQ to Lang & Cave (by foot, boardwalk – 3km) EASY

Arrive at Mulu Airport from either Kota Kinabalu or Kuching and be escorted to the luxurious Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa for a two-night stay.

Depending on the arrival time, there is a variety of free activities to take part in  prior to meeting the guide in the afternoon. These include a wander around Tree Top Tower for views across the roof of the national park, a stroll along the boardwalk to Pukau Waterfall or a hike along the Nature Heritage Trail.

After lunch, depart for Mulu National Park Headquarters, for a 3.5km elevated plank-walk to Lang Cave -the longest cave passage in the world (2,161 metres long) – which adjoins Deer Cave. Explore Lang Cave with its magnificent stalactites and stalagmites before proceeding to Deer Cave, where the biggest attraction is a colony of thousands of free-tailed bat. At dusk, witness an amazing spectacle of nature as thousands of these bats emerge from the cave in formation to forage for insects in the rainforest.

Experience night trekking through the jungle to the park headquarters. From luminescent fungi to blinking fireflies, the jungle comes alive at night time and this is a fabulous opportunity to view creatures not visible in daylight.

Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening relaxing in tropical ambience.

Please Note: If staying at Mulu Marriott check-in will not be until 3pm. Upon arrival it may be necessary to go straight to Mulu National Park to start the day’s activities before having access to the room. Please be prepared with a packed day bag and walking attire for the day upon arrival.

Overnight at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.

2

Mulu – Wind & Clearwater Caves

After breakfast, which is accompanied by  the sound of the jungle’s morning chorus, take a 15-minute longboat ride up the Melanau River to experience two more of Mulu’s ‘must-see’ limestone caves: Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. These form part of the Sarawak Chamber - the largest connected cave system in the world. If water levels are low, it’s also possible to get there along a beautiful a 4km hike. Explore the ‘King’s Room’ before proceeding to Clearwater Cave. Walk on plank walkways that were built on the sides of limestone cliffs leading to Clearwater Cave. Then, climb up steep steps that were carved into the side of the hill to get to the entrance of Clearwater Cave. Inside the cave, check out the details of its various features and limestone formations.

Picnic lunch before returning to the national park headquarters.

This afternoon, traverse the local canopy walk for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area just as the jungle’s nocturnal inhabitants begin stirring into action.

Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.

Please note: All tours indicated are operated on a joint basis and led by Mulu Park heritage guides.

3

Mulu, departure - Kota Kinabalu, arrival

Mulu to Kota Kinabalu (300 km): 50 min (non stop) Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Hyatt Regency Hotel (8 km) : 20 min

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for an onward flight to Kota Kinabalu, or ‘KK’ as it is affectionately referred to. Be picked up from Kota Kinabalu International Airport by the guide and receive a private transfer to Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

Check-in and spend the day at leisure exploring the bustling city centre. When evening falls enjoy the lively night market and stop at one of the spots for dinner.

Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

4

Kinabalu National Park

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu City to Kinabalu National Park: (85KM) 1.5 hours Botanical Gardens walk time up to: 2 hours

Featuring some of the most important biological diversities in the world and ranked the 20th most prominent points, climbing Mt Kinabalu is a must-do for many. This massive granodiorite mountain is an impressive climb and achieved with a steady focus and determination.

At 09:00 this morning, transfer to Mt Kinabalu National Park with a warm up walk through the Sabah Parks Botanical Garden.

Have lunch at 13:00 at a local restaurant before checking in to the national park lodge (check in time is 14:00). On arrival, the guide will assist with national park registration and mountain guide allocation for the following day.

Spend this afternoon at leisure and wander the trails in the park.

Tonight, dinner is included at the Liwagu Restaurant.

NB: Porters are available from the national park headquarters and to be arranged directly via Cash payment MYR13 / 1kg. A walking stick can be of great benefit during the climb (particularly on descent) and can be rented locally for MYR10 per stick.

Overnight Kinabalu Lodge – ROH`

5

Mt Kinabalu Climb

Hiking to Laban Rata: 5-6 hours

This morning, at 07:00, rise early for breakfast and walk down to the national park headquarters and meet the mountain guide who will assist with the registration for the climb, Sabah Parks will allocate an experienced national park trekking guide.

 (NB: Ratio of 2 children (under 16yrs) to a national park guide. For example: 2 Adults & 2 Children will require 2 local guides).

At 08:00, take the shuttle to Timpohon Gate (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 dramatically changes as one moves closer to the overnight rest house of Laban Rata, at 3270m.

A packed Lunch is provided for the climb.

Dinner will be a simple buffet at Laban Rata Guesthouse.

Overnight Laban Rata Guesthouse.

6

Mt Kinabalu Climb – Kota Kinabalu

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

At 01:30, wake up and have an very early morning snack. Dress warm and prepare the day packs for the long but exciting day ahead.

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

At 06:30, watch the sunrise from the peak before descending to Laban Rata for breakfast. Descend slow and steady with a choice to take a break and sip on some ginger tea at Laban Rata (own account) to celebrate the achievement!

Return to Timpohon Gate and be transferred by shuttle back to the national park headquarters. Tuck-in to a simple local lunch at Balsam Café.

Then, meet the guide  and driver and be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu.

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)
  • English Speaking National Park Registered Guide (for other languages, an additional Guide must travel to Mulu, pricing on request)
  • English speaking local Mountain Guide (Max 5 Pax in a group for every guide) (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Legislation requires a Guide from 7+ people.
  • 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 Malaysia)
  • Visa for Malaysia
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Tourism Tax 10MYR per room per night

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