6D5N On The Road Less Traveled
Adventurous travellers looking to get off the beaten path, this itinerary is for you! The first part of this trip will take you to Sapulot to experience the hospitality of the Murut people, scale the impressive limestone pinnacle known as Batu Punggul and explore the mysterious caves and refreshing rivers the area has to offer.
Next you will head to the jungle for 3 nights in Maliau Basin, otherwise known as "Borneo's lost world" and famous for it's dense unexplored jungle and stunning waterfalls. Be prepared to trek for up to 8 hours per day and accommodation during this trip is in simple stretcher hammocks & jungle camps - no luxury option here folks!
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Day 1: Pick up from Kota Kinabalu and transfer to the Sapulot region, visit Pungiton caves & overnight at Pungiton camp (L, D)
Day 2: Transfer to Batu Punggul & ascend limestone pinnacle, overnight at Romol village (B, L, D)
Day 3: Drive & trek to Hidden Kabulongou Waterfall before continuing on to Maliau Basin Study Centre (B, L, D)
Day 4: Transfer to Agathis camp and trek to Ginseng camp for the night (B, L, D)
Day 5: Trek from Ginseng camp to Maliau Falls and return to camp for the night (B, L, D)
Day 6: Trek from Ginseng camp back to Agathis camp and transfer back to Kota Kinabalu (B, L)
DAY 1: Kota kinabalu - pungiton caves - pungiton camp
Morning pick up from your hotel or airport in Kota Kinabalu and begin the 2 hour drive to Keningau town to meet you guide and continue your journey to Labang Village by 4x4. Other starting locations also available- including Semporna/Tawau. From here it is a short boat transfer on the river to Pungiton Camp, interior Sabah. Refreshments will be served upon arrival, settle in and then embark on trip to discover the unexplored Pungiton Caves. Walk through a cave with an underground stream and wonder at the formation of stalactite and stalagmite. Return to the camp for a refreshing swim by the river. Enjoy dinner and watch the night sky from the eating area before falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
day 2: pungiton camp - Batu punggul - romol village
Early wake up for breakfast. Check out of the camp and transfer to Tataluan for your excursion to Batu Punggul, the 250meter limestone pinnacle, rising out of the jungle. For the adventurous, scramble and climb up to the top for a magnificent view of the jungle canopy below. Upon your descent, enjoy picnic lunch by the riverbank before your transfer to a Modern Village House at Romol Village. The longhouse sits above a valley, overlooking the forest and surrounding areas. Evening is spent feasting on Murut food, wine and local dancing.
day 3 - romol village - kabulongou waterfall - maliau basin study centre
Wake up early for breakfast. Get transferred to the Hidden Kabulongou Waterfall with some jungle trekking involved. Spend the morning swimming at the multi levelled waterfalls. Light refreshments will be served at the waterfall. Closer to midday you will set off for Sabahs lost world, Maliau Basin. Once you reach the Maliau gate, usually early in the afternoon, it is just another 30 - 40 minutes to reach the study centre, stretch your legs, check-in and have a brief orientation of the facilities. In the late afternoon, you will embark on an introductory walk of the area surrounding the centre and learn about some of the incredible biodiversity of this rarely visited part of Borneo. After dinner, you have the option to either join a night drive or night walk to spot nocturnal wildlife, both options included.
day 4: maliau basin study centre - ginseng camp
Wake up early to enjoy your breakfast and re-pack your bag, around 8 am you will head to Agathis camp to begin the trek to Ginseng camp. The trek to Ginseng camp is 9km, comprised of mixed trails, several gentle uphill sections and a journey time of around 5 - 6 hours. Lunch will be had along the way, and with some luck, you may get the chance to glimpse a variety of different animals including Borneon Gibbons or Redleaf Monkeys. Ginseng camp is nestled in very close to Ginseng falls, this is where you can choose to spend your afternoon and take a refreshing afternoon dip before returning to the camp for dinner and lights out.
day 5: ginseng camp - maliau falls - ginseng camp
After breakfast, you will pack your lunch and head for Maliau falls, the highlight of any trip to Maliau Basin! The trek is around 4.5km each way on a steep trail with ropes to assist you in places. It should take you around 2 - 3hours each way, so you will get plenty of time to swim, eat your lunch and enjoy the beautiful area surrounding the falls. In the early afternoon, begin your hike back up the hill to Ginseng camp for dinner and lights out.
day 6: ginseng camp - agathis camp - kota kinabalu
After you have finished your breakfast at Ginseng camp, begin 9km hike back to Agathis Camp to meet your driver. Today is around 9km and should take around 5 hours with time to have your final packed lunch along the way. Once you reach Agathis Camps, it's time to de-leech and begin the 5 - 6 hour drive back to Kota Kinabalu. Expected arrival back into Kota Kinabalu is around 7 pm.
Other start / finish locations also available - including Semporna/Tawau.
Please enquire for pricing
* No single supplement for solo travellers, tours will depart with minimum 2 people
* All accommodation is on basic / shared basis (jungle camps, homestay, stretcher hammocks etc)
* All participants must hold valid personal emergency evacuation insurance
Included: All land transfers, meals, accommodation, transfers and activities as mentioned in itinerary, guides, coffee & tea, drinking water, community fee.
To bring: Sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, toiletries, cash (no ATM), hat, trekking shoes, leech sock, headlamp, swimming attire, sandals or flip flops