Trekking Borneo & Beyond

15 days
4.9 / 5 from 10 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
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Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Walking & Trekking
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Trek through the primeval jungles and up South East Asia's highest peak, Mt. Kinabalu

South East Asia’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kinabalu, towers over the Sulu Sea and Borneo’s sweeping jungles. In the east of the world’s third largest island Orang-utans populate the trees of Sepilok, whilst on the Malayan Peninsula rivers gush through Taman Negara, cloud forests share the highlands with tea plantations and strawberry farms and the country’s modern capital is a melting pot of cultures. We peek behind the green curtain of Malaysia’s primeval forests as we don our hiking boots and go trekking around Borneo and beyond.


  • The jungles of Taman Nagara
  • Sepilok's Orang-utans
  • Summit of Mt. Kinabalu
  • Food tour of Kuala Lumpur
  • Walks through the jungle

Key information

  • 7 days walking, some muddy terrain
  • Altitude maximum 4095m, average altitude 1500m
  • 7 nights hotel and 5 nights guesthouse, 2 nights mountain lodge
  • Separate leaders in Borneo and the Peninsula
  • Countries visited: Malaysia

What's included

  • All Accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single accommodation
  • Airport transfers for LO bookings
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Days of Walking & Trekking

Approximately 3-12 hours hiking per day


The trails are mostly flat, there are some hilly sections and the walks are often muddy and can be slippery. Paths can be strewn with rocks and roots. Some areas do have leeches (you can wear leech socks or football socks as protection).

Day by day breakdown
Day 34.0km/2.5miles
Day 47.0km/4.0miles
Day 63.0km/2.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles
Day 1011.0km/7.0miles
Day 126.0km/3.0miles
Day 1311.0km/6.0miles

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • During the trip, we visit local food stalls in locations such as Kuala Lumpur, which helps to sustain the local population.
  • In  Taman Negara & Kinabalu National Parks, locals are employed by the parks, thereby our trip helps to maintain their livelihood and communities.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • This particular trip visits & directly supports the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary which rehabilitates injured, orphaned and captured Orang-utans into the wild. At 43 square kilometers, Sepilok is the largest sanctuary of its kind in the world.
  • There is also the option during the trip to visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, which provides sanctuary to Proboscis Monkeys and strives to educate people on sustainable ways of co-existing with nature and its inhabitants.
  • Whist visiting Sepilok, there is the option to also visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation centre, a wildlife conservation and research centre for improving animal welfare and rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • The Exodus Travels Foundation has launched the Community Kickstart Project to help our destination communities recover and rebuild following the impact of COVID-19. In Malaysia, we’ve contributed to the Rainwater Harvesting initiative, more details can be found here.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about Exodus Travels’ Planet Promise here, including our rewilding and carbon compensation commitments for every customer who travels.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available at some accommodation and restaurants.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.

 Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
    • Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites such as the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur (i.e. legs, shoulders, and upper arms to be covered as well as a headscarf for women).
    • One should not show the soles of their feet or touch someone’s head, both are considered disrespectful.


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Kuala Lumpur
Kota Kinabalu
  • Day 1

    Start in Kuala Lumpur

    Those making their own way to Kuala Lumpur can arrive at the hotel at any time today. There will be a welcome meeting with your tour leader this evening.
    Capitol Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Discover Malaysia's culinary delights with a food tour of KL before visiting the Batu Caves

    Malaysia prides itself in its diversity and this is reflected in its capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL) with its mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese traditions and people. One of the best ways of exploring this diversity is through a food tour of city. We discover different neighbourhoods with their distinct sights, sounds, smells and, of course, delicacies.

    We start our journey at Masjid Jamek and learn about how city of Kuala Lumpur started. What better way to enjoy the day by sampling typical food that Malaysians enjoy at a local eatery. Wandering through the small streets of KL, uncover the cultures of the Chinese and Indian communities who came to KL to make their fame & fortune, but stayed on instead to add on another cultural dimension to the Malaysian cultural landscape. We also visit KL’s oldest Chinese and Indian temple to understand more about these communities.

    Our visit to Chinatown is rewarded by tasty noodles amongst the locals. After this, take a short ride on KL’s modern local transport system towards Brickfields. This is Little India for KL, and our senses will be assaulted by loud and colourful architecture, music and food as we walk through the Indian neighbourhood. We sample delicious Indian dishes served on banana leaf and seek out street vendors for snacks to end our food journey.

    This afternoon we use public transport and visit the Batu Caves. These limestone caves are a holy Hindu site and are guarded by a giant statue of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. This is the 2nd tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. Behind the statue are the 272 steps that lead to the caves, and large numbers of monkeys.

    Those wanting to have a drink with some amazing views may wish to go to the Heli Lounge Bar later this evening for 360' views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline light up at night.

    Capitol Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Apek Hill trek; transfer to the Cameron Highlands and visit a local tea plantation

    An early start to the day as we aim to check out of the hotel around 6:30am to drive about 30 minutes to the start of the trail on Apek Hill, which is part of the Sungei Putek forest reserve. A popular place with locals to exercise, we can expect to come across some locals on the trail. We will follow a loop trail which starts off with a moderate climb up to about 400m, where we pause to enjoy a packed breakfast before hiking down another trail back to the start (some sections may be a little slippery along the way if it has rained).

    We will then rejoin our minibus and transfer 5-6 hours to the Cameron Highlands with a lunch stop along the way.

    The Cameron Highlands is a British-era hill station and the nights are noticeably cooler here. The area is known for its strawberry farms and tea plantations. For those who are interested, there may be time to visit one of the local tea plantations or simply enjoy tea and scones. 
    Century Pines or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Trek through the montane forests of the Cameron Highlands

    Meeting our local guide at the hotel at 08:30 we embark on a jungle trek through the highlands up to Gunung Berembun. The well maintained trail gradually takes us up the side of a river valley on an undulating path with a fairly steep final ascent to reach the summit (1,840m). The Berembun range is protected primary forest and the air is generally cooler, though it can get very humid. There’s a lot of birdlife and, thanks to the altitude, lots of mosses and lichen.

    Reaching the peak we can enjoy views of the tea plantations below. We head back along a different route which can be steep in places and you may need to help your balance by grabbing on to tree roots. The trek ends close to the hotel. 
    Century Pines or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Taman Nagara, optional night walk

    Leaving the highlands we journey to one of the oldest remaining rainforests in the world in Taman Negara National Park (about 5 hours plus stops). These primeval forests, dating back 130 million years and covering 4,343 square kms are home to rare animals including Malayan tigers, Indian elephants and crab-eating macaques (though these animals are rarely seen). We should arrive mid-afternoon and settle into our jungle lodge. There should be time to relax or explore the grounds and watch the many monkeys who hang around the lodge. This evening there is the option to go out on an optional night walk in search of interesting insects and nocturnal animals.
    Mutiara Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Tabing Trek and Lata Berkoh

    Today we explore Taman Negara’s primary forest as we head deep into the jungle on 3-4 hour trek to Tabing. The trek itself is mostly flat and follows the meandering river. As we head further from the park entrance we get a better feel for this primeval forest, one of the oldest in the world.

    As we reach the end of the trail we are met by our boats which take us to Lata Berkoh (Cascade Waterfall) some 20 minutes away.  Here we have some time to enjoy our packed lunch.

    We eventually get back on the boats and head back to our lodge, 45 minutes away. We will be arriving back at the lodge mid-afternoon and the rest of the afternoon is free to either relax or go on some hikes independently along the boardwalks near the lodge.

    Mutiara Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Canopy Walk; Hike up Teresek Hill followed by exhilarating boat ride

    We spend today exploring the park from the canopy, ground and water. We start off by walking along boardwalks before taking to the treetops on a 300m long canopy walk rising up to 40m above the forest floor. The canopy walk is along a series of fortified rope bridges, these are perfectly safe but if they make you nervous it is possible to wait for the rest of the group at the bottom of the canopy walk. This gives us the chance to discover the forest from a different angle before returning to the ground.

    We then take a hike up Teresek Hill along boardwalks. Whilst only 350m high, Teresek Hill offers panoramic views of the oldest rainforest in the world!

    Later this afternoon we take to the park’s rivers and ‘shoot’ rapids. Boarding motorised canoes we have a trip along the river including through several sets of rapids. Whilst not quite like white-water rafting, it is still good fun to go down the rapids, Be ready to get wet! 

    Mutiara Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Return to Kuala Lumpur; fly to Sandakan; transfer to Sepilok

    Leaving the rainforest behind we return to the urban jungle, KL. The drive from Taman Negara to KL should take about 4 hours.

    Depending on what time we arrive back in Kuala Lumpur there may be a bit of free time for some lunch before we head to the airport to catch our flight to Borneo. Please note there is a 15kg restriction on checked baggage for the domestic flight, but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport or your leader can arrange this at the start of the tour.

    Malaysia is a country of two-halves, the Malaysian Peninsula on the one hand and Borneo on the other. This afternoon we leave the Peninsula and our first leader behind and head for the island of Borneo where our next leader will be waiting for us. The flight to Sandakan takes about 3 hours arriving in the evening, then transferring to our lodge in Sepilok.

    Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary

    This morning we visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary. Set up in 1964, the 43 sqkm reserve of primary forest is the largest Orang-utan sanctuary in the world and helps rehabilitate orphaned or captured Orang-utans back into the wild. We visit the informative park headquarters and go looking for Orang-utans during feeding time. As the ticket is valid all day you'll be able to return for the afternoon feeding if you wish. We may also watch young Orang-utans in the nursery section. There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby Sunbear Conservation Centre. Other options include visiting the rainforest discover centre and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
    Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Follow the Sepilok Laut trail through the rainforest

    Today we have an early start and head out on the Sepilok Laut Trail. This walk, of around 9.2kms, starts from the rainforest discovery centre where we have a chance to do a canopy walk. From here the trail makes its way through primary forest giving us the opportunity to experience flora and fauna of eastern Borneo's lowlands. The reserve we walk through is home to 350 species of trees, 90 species of mammal and 200 species of birds. The trek itself includes two fairly steep hills along with several smaller hills and can get particularly muddy during the rainy season. We also recommend wearing leech socks (which can be purchased locally) or tuck your trousers into football socks.

    The trek ends at the Sepilok Laut reception center where boardwalks allow us to explore a mangrove area filled with fiddler crabs, macaques and monitor lizards. We later take a boat for around 20 minutes to Sandakan Jetty before catching a 30 minutes transfer back to Sepilok.
    Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Transfer to Kinabalu Park with optional visits to Kundasang War Memorial and exploring the Kinabalu Park lower trail

    Today we head towards the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mt. Kinabalu. The journey will take 5-6 hours. Depending on time we should have the opportunity to visit the Kundasang War Memorial (optional) which commemorates Prisoners of War who died during the infamous death marches during World War II. The memorial is made up of four gardens, the Australian, English, Malaysian and the Contemplation Garden that represent the different nationalities. There are also a number of self-guided trails through the gardens at the base of the mountain.

    This evening we will have a briefing about the 2-day Mt. Kinabalu trek and we will need to pack our bags for the trek. Our main packs will be left behind. Porters are available to carry bags up to the hut we will be staying at tomorrow night, please ask your leaders about this. It is recommended that each trekker brings a rain jacket, warm hat, waterproof gloves, fleece, personal first aid kit, head-torch, sun cream, sunglasses, a change of clothes, toiletries, snacks, water and earplugs. Ideally you should have a 30-35L pack.

    Tonight we stay in dorms with shared bathrooms and depending on the gender make-up of the group couples may have to be split into separate dorms.
    Kinabalu Park HQ

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Start climbing Mt. Kinabalu towards Laban Rata

    Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia at 4095m. It is an impressive mountain with its lower slopes covered in thick vegetation rising up the huge granite walls.

    Due to its great height, Mount Kinabalu has a number of different climatic zones. It has an enormous variety of plants and animals and is a naturalist's paradise. There are half of the world's flowering plants on this mountain alone. There are rhododendrons, innumerable mosses, fungi and ferns, over 1,200 species of orchid and the largest flowering plant in the world, the Rafflesia. Particularly interesting are the carnivorous and insectivorous pitcher plants. There are many animals including badgers, monkeys, squirrels, flying lemurs, and deer. However the chances of seeing many of these on the mountain climb are rare as the trail is well trodden and frequently visited. We are more likely to encounter the many birds, snakes, and insects of the region.

    The ascent of Mount Kinabalu is not technically difficult but most people find it challenging so you need to be fit and prepared for a tough two days. The path is wide and clear so you can climb at your own walking pace. Obviously the altitude makes it tougher the higher you climb but it really only becomes harder on the summit day. The trek climbs up through a multitude of vegetation zones and cloud forest to reach Laban Rata Resthouse at 3,300m. The temperature is noticeably colder due to the altitude and really feels chilly, especially when it clouds over. There is a very eerie feel to the place with the huge summit cliffs looming up behind the mountain huts.

    We spend the night in dorms in the hut and make the summit climb very early the next morning. Note that, once again, couples may be split depending on the gender makeup of the group. 
    Laban Rata Hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Summit Mt. Kinabablu and return to the start; transfer to our beach resort

    We awaken around 2am to slowly make our way to the summit. The challenging climb from Laban Rata takes up to 5 hours, depending on fitness and the impact of altitude. Upon leaving Laban Rata it is approx. 350 meters through the treeline to some viewing decks before a section of wooden steps with handrails all the way to the summit. The path levels out as we pass through a boulder field and join Sayat Sayat, the last check point before the summit, where there are toilets. From Sayat Sayat a final rope marks the route to the summit  a distance of about 1.8km. Waterproof gloves are recommended to protect your hands from rope burn (as well as to keep them warm). A torch, waterproofs and warm layers are also essential. As the dawn breaks we will be close to the summit, Low's Peak. The momentous summit feeling is easily matched by the tremendous view stretching across this part of Borneo as the early morning unfolds. On clear days you can see as far as the southern islands of the Philippines. With a long way to descend and aching legs, we return to the base at Laban Rata to collect any belongings and have breakfast. We continue down the mountain back to the start where there is normally a simple afternoon tea (with fried rice and bread) for trekkers.

    Once we have returned to the bottom we will transfer to our beach hotel by bus, approximately 3 - 4 hours' drive. Arrival time will obviously be determined by what time we leave Kinabalu Park so this will be sometime in the afternoon or evening. 

    Beringgis Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 14

    Free day to relax by the beach

    This day is free to explore Kota Kinabalu, relax by the pool or have a massage to soothe aching muscles at a nearby spa. Alternatively you can take a short boat journey to one of the nearby islands to take advantage of the snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities or there is also the option to hire a kayak.
    Beringgis Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Kota Kinabalu

    The trip ends today after breakfast, those on the group flights transfer will be taken to the airport for their flight home via KL.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



A visa is not required for most nationalities including British, EU, US, Canada, Australia and NZ nationals. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Malaysian embassy.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

You should allow about USD 200-300 for food not included. If you fancy a few drinks then you may want to bring a little more as beer and other alcoholic drinks are similar to western prices.

Most meals will be basic, based around rice and noodles, although most accommodation does offer a western breakfast of beans, toast and eggs. In the bigger hotels and cities the full range of Western and local foods are available.

You can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. In Kuala Lumpur we will go on a food tour and have the opportunity to experience the country’s diverse culinary heritage.

Vegetarians can be catered for but please be aware that choice may be limited outside the main cities and inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Borneo the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.


Malaysia generally has a tropical climate which is fairly standard year round. Different parts of the country experience wet and dry seasons at different times of the year and you can expect to have sunshine and rain at any time. In the lowlands temperatures tend to vary from lows of 20’C to highs of 30’C whilst the highlands generally have lows of 15’C with highs of 25’C. Temperatures can get very cold on top of Mt. Kinabalu where it can even freeze at night.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded as Level 4- Moderate/Challenging

Whilst most of the trails are flat there are some hilly sections and the walks are often muddy and can be slippery. Paths can be strewn with rocks and roots and there may be times when you need to hold on to trees to help your balance. Some areas do have leeches (you can wear leech socks or football socks as protection) and the climate can be hot and humid (though it does get cold on top of Mt. Kinabalu and in the Cameron Highlands) The trip takes in some of Malaysia’s best walking areas both on the Malayan Peninsula and in Borneo and shows the diversity between highlands and lowlands. The walks are complemented with time to explore the vibrant capital city, Kuala Lumpur, go on boat rides and finish with time to relax after the hard push up Mt. Kinabalu. You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

TLM  departures 12 September 2021,17 October 2021, 28 November 2021, 20 March 2022, 27 March 2022, 3 April 2022, 10 July 2022, 7 August 2022, 11 September 2022, 16 October 2022 & 27 November 2022 update:

Please be advised all of these scheduled departures will be 1 day longer for flight inclusive group flight bookings due to airline scheduling. The flight Inclusive duration of these departures are 17 days (instead of 16 days). The group flight is now arriving back to LHR early morning on day 17 (FI duration) of the trip for these departures.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels, guesthouses & mountain lodges

7 nights hotel and 5 nights guesthouse, 2 nights mountain lodge. We stay in a range of accommodation on this trip from city hotels (in Kuala Lumpur) to dormitories in mountain huts (on Mt. Kinabalu). Most accommodation is en suite and mosquito nets are provided when necessary. The two nights spent on Mt. Kinabalu (at the base of the mountain and at Laban Rata) are in dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms. Depending on the gender make-up of the group couples may need to be split, though we will do our utmost to avoid having to do this.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed August 2019
    Victoria Gibbs

    A brilliant experience

    An amazing trip which I'll always remember. My personal highlights were seeing the orangutans and other wildlife in the rainforest. I highly recommend the 'optional' boat trip at the end - we saw proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and then sparkly trees full of fireflys under the twinkling stars. I also really enjoyed having a day in Kuala-Lumpur and having a nice glass of prosecco on the roof of the heli-bar to celebrate the start of the holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Falling in love with the hilarious orangutans but on the way to seeing them seeing the EXTENSIVE palm plantations and our destruction of their habitat. Never have I been so motivated to only use products with sustainable palm oil and donate to rainforest conservation charities.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wan in Malaysia was fantastic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes - the hikes are much more technically challenging than suggested on the trip notes. Quite a bit of clambering, scrambling (especially on day 1 hike) and hauling yourself up with ropes. You definitely need gloves for hand protection. And a head for heights for the final summit day.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Michael Walker

    Epic views, rainforest wildlife and tropical paradise adventure

    A truly memorable adventure, filled with activities, sights, tastes and sounds of the jungle. Starting in KL city, the food tour was a fascinating way to see the city and sample the local delicacies. Our guide Wan took us to the best haunts, showed us hidden sights and shared his knowledge of the city and culture. The section in Cameron Highlands was a bit more laid back, with one hike and plenty spare time, which we spent perusing the shops, enjoying a refreshment at the bar, or using the hotel's excellent facilities. Then on to Taman Negara, which was my favourite part of the mainland peninsula, deep in tropical equatorial rainforest, staying in wooden cabins and getting up close to the monkeys, wild pigs, lizards and insects. The hikes here were great and the river cruise absolute bliss. Then onto Borneo itself, where we found my favourite restaurant of the trip (The White House with 10 ringgit wine!) and our accommodation at Sepilok, a short walk from the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. There were plenty opportunities to see the Orangutans (and Sun Bears) and it was so beautiful to see them playing and feeding, and see the intelligence at work behind their soulful eyes. Although sad to leave Sepilok behind, the escape from the heat and humidity was a welcome relief as we arrived at Kinabalu park and prepared for the climb. Here the accommodation is more basic but still perfectly comfortable - the hike was hard and technical (particularly the second day) and it feels like much more of an achievement than any previous mountain I've hiked. The mountain's prominence over the valley and surrounding peaks below lends to some incredible views from above the clouds. The final days at the beach resort were the perfect way to recover, and we treated ourselves to a river cruise to see Proboscis monkeys and fireflies - bring the insect repellent to this one though!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In a sad way, seeing the sheer volume of Oil Palm plantations and how these are encroaching on the last vestiges of remaining rainforest in Malaysia and Borneo. It made it all the more precious to see the Orangutans while we still can, and really brought home to me the importance of sourcing sustainable palm oil goods and cutting back on consumption in general where we can in order to do our part to save the rainforests, and the last habitats of the orangutan before it is too late.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wan on the Malayan Peninsula, and Manuel in Borneo were both fantastic guides, happy to help and share knowledge of their country. They both went the extra mile to ensure that everyone on the trip had a great time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready for the heat and humidity - regular water consumption is essential. It's not a boozy holiday by any means, and while food is extremely cheap, alcohol is not. Be ready for some technical sections on some of the walks (which means scrambling, steep inclines and limited handholds in places), and the final walk was a test of fitness for most of the group. The food available is great, but choices are limited, particularly for vegetarians. If you have any snacks you can't live without, bring them with you
  • Reviewed December 2018
    Mark Levy

    Mountain s and jungles of Malaysia

    A very we balanced trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    At the top of my Kinabalu

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both good
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Irena Rattray

    Absolutely fantastic and unforgettable experience

    Every time we go on a trip with Exodus we don't think the next can compete but this was unique and wonderful in its own way and another trip we shan't every forget. Mount Kinabalu summit was tough but well worth it and we were lucky to be rewarded with wonderful views. I never expected that we would get to see as much wildlife as we did and the orang-utans and optional visits to sun bears and probiscus monkeys were just amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The orang-utan sanctuary was really quite emotional, and I felt inspired almost immediately to adopt an orang-utan, Bidu-Bidu to support the sanctuary. Submitting Mount Kinabalu was also incredible and showed me what the mind can help the body achieve when you are determined.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our group leaders in both Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo were brilliant. They clearly knew a lot about the country they live in and the wildlife and worked above and beyond throughout.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would take some thermals for the summit climb as these are thinner and easier to pack than a big coat. Also, definitely avail yourself of massage services in Cameron Highlands and at the Kinabalu resort as they were great value for money and so worth it. We used laundry services of several of the places we stayed in as well and these were really handy and would allow you to pack light.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Brenda Everett

    Amazing Trip

    This trip has a good mixture of sightseeing and hiking. The street food tour of Kuala Lumpur was a great start to the trip. I enjoyed the food and I learned about the cultural and religious diversity of the country. The good food and drinks continued throughout the trip. There were a good variety of hikes ending with Mount Kinabalu. Watching the orangutans and probiscus monkeys eating and playing was great fun. The accommodations were very good.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I have to pick two. One has to be Mount Kinabalu, reaching the summit and completing the descent. It was a tough two day trek. The weather cooperated for us to see a sunset at the mountain and a sunrise at the summit. The second is watching the orangutans. It was fun watching them eating and playing. In particular it was great to see the senior male orangutan take his time peeling and eating a bunch of bananas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our two leaders, Wye and Rony, were great. It seemed effortless for them to keep everything well organized. They shared lots of local knowledge. We ate at a good variety of restaurants. They made sure we had opportunities to eat local seasonal fruits. They made it possible for us to take in the optional excursions of visiting the probiscus monkeys and having cocktails over looking the Petronas Towers.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for Mount Kinabalu. It is not an easy trek. Be prepared for hot, humid and wet weather. Do not be scared off by the chance of being leeched.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No, just go and enjoy it!
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Alan Colgate

    Trekking Borneo and Beyond

    Although aged 80 I was probably at least 15 years older than anyone else, however this in no way spoiled my experience of this holiday. The group was fantastic, the best I have experienced over the last 20 years of trekking. It was certainly added to by the local 'guides' who were excellent and very friendly to all the group. I and 2 others were not able to get to the summit of Mount Kinabalu as we ran out of time although we had passed the last checkpoint. We should have left the Laban Resthouse earlier. We did not sleep anyway! The whole holiday experience was far better than I expected although I did need to buy a new camera in Kuala Lumpur (a waterproof one). The humidity and going through the 'rapids' on the river was too much for my old camera!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip was full of new experiences and I suppose the lasting highlight was the time at the end spent at the complex by the sea. I have never experienced such warm seawater!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As I have said above the 2 we had, the first at KL and the second on Borneo could not have been more encouraging and friendly to all the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Humidity and shooting the rapids is not good for cameras unless waterproof. I was not alone with the problem! Insects were not a problem even in the evening, in fact I don't think I got bitten at all - not like in the garden at home in the UK!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Lastly I did feel that the climb was more difficult than what I experienced 18 months earlier in Ethiopia although not so high. In Ethiopia there was plenty of time to get aclimatised whereas in Borneo there was none at all. Yet this was graded 4 and the climb of Ras Dashen in Ethiopia as Grade 5. The altitude there did not seem a problem as we reached the height of 4543m over a period not 2 consecutive days as in Borneo.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Natalie Penge

    Malaysia Adventure!

    I wasn't sure where I wanted to go away this year, but the itinerary of this trip just jumped out at me and certainly didn't disappoint! You get to experience two distinct parts of Malaysia - the Malayan Peninsula and Borneo - and this allows you to see its diversity firsthand. KL is a city that never sleeps and is a treasure trove of culinary delights; the Cameron Highlands, with its rolling hills and tea plantations is a real highlight, particularly the trek with Jason. Our next stop in the Taman Negara National Park, where we were surrounded by ancient rainforest, allowed us to live with monkeys all around us and to experience some real jungle trekking and river rapids too! Borneo, is simply teeming with wildlife. You will not get tired of watching the orang-utans eating, playing, squabbling and doing ridiculous acrobatics. This goes for the sunbears and striking proboscis monkeys too. The Mount Kinabalu trek to follow is tough but totally worth it, especially when you get up to the clouds...and setting off for the summit to catch the sunrise is a surreal and exciting experience. The hotel right by the South China Sea is the perfect R&R finish to a perfect holiday!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many....the Cameron Highlands trek really let us experience nature by day, the night jungle walk showed us how the place was teeming and humming with life after dark, the orang-utans, the proboscis monkeys, the clouds at Laban Rata, summiting Mount Kinabalu, relaxing by the South China Sea with new virtually everything then!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two group leaders....Jeremy on the Peninsula and Rony in Borneo. Both were fantastic. Jeremy recommended so much great food and was so enthusiastic, especially about creepy crawlies! Rony's love for his mountain and nature was inspiring!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry about the leeches...I didn't 'get leeched' but I'm told it didn't hurt, plus they are weirdly fascinating. Definitely bring toilet paper. Mount Kinabalu is challenging, but go at your own pace and you will be fine, and you can get a massage afterwards!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm still thinking about the trip and wishing I was there...if you're deliberating about booking this adventure, just do it :)
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Michael John


    To be honest its a bit of a task to sum up everything that we experienced on this one. We did and saw so much. And there really were no dull moments. We were told that we were the first group to try out the all new “Trekking Borneo & Beyond” trip and I reckon that none of it really needs any tweaking for future trips. It was all good. In fact better than good at moments.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The street food tour of KL gave a little flavour of the clash between the old and the new, of one of the fastest growing economies and cities in the world. Love that or hate it, KL is a wonderfully fascinating place. The jungle treks. In between moments of deep concentration, whilst scrambling over roots and humps, you could not help but realise that… “Yes.! I really am in the jungle.” Buzzing - literally - with life. Plants, trees and vegetation like you have never seen. I didn’t think that I would, but I actually began to really like the humidity. It kinda just went so well with the environment somehow. Then there was the amazing sight and experience of walking across the other worldly plateau that sits just below the summit on Kinabalu. It really was like… well, walking on another world actually.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two separate group leaders for this trip. They were both really good, but it has to be said that Jeremy really did go the extra mile whilst we were over on the Malaysian Peninsula.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Im still digesting it all really. Long lasting, fond memories that still resonate after the event. Thats what its all about. I reckon If you are thinking about Malaysia/Borneo and fancy a real adventure then this is the one
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Mark Billington

    The holiday of a lifetime

    If you're looking forward a holiday with a nice mixture of everything then I can't recommend this trip highly enough. We enjoyed the best part of two days and nights in the bustling and lively capital Kuala Lumpur where we sampled lots and I mean LOTS of different food and drink, Opium restaurant was delicious and the Sky Bar contained stunning views of the city at night. Elsewhere on the peninsula we explored the Cameron Highlands with its nearby tea plantations, even calling in for Tea and Scones, the weather was much cooler in the Highlands and nice and refreshing after the heat of Kuala Lumpur. We also spent 3 nights in Taman Negara in the jungle, the treks here were fun, especially the swinging canopy walkway one. Our second week was spent on the Island of Borneo, which contained the two highlights of the holiday for me. The Orangutan sanctuary at Sepilok was a fantastic experience, so much so I went twice in one day, it was just so fantastic to see these apes in their natural habitats. Towards the end of the trip the trek up Mt Kinabulu is a demanding one but a thoroughly rewarding one, we were lucky enough to see a glorious sunset at Laban Rata hut the night before and got the all important sunrise at the summit of Mt Kinabulu, ending the holiday at a beach resort for two days is the perfect tonic, beach, pool, sunshine and RELAX. The perfect holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting Mt Kinabulu, this was a new height for me and to share the moment with new friends was awesome.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two....Jeremy on the Peninsula and Rony in Borneo. Both were very good, and exactly what you'd want from a tour leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget your swimwear, lots of opportunities for swimming in rivers, swimming pools and in the sea.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Fred Thurbin

    Inexperienced travellers review

    I have no idea who to summarise something that had so many unique experiences and so much variety. It's like being asked to summarise a kaleidoscope. Firstly, if you enjoy trekking then yes. Book it. The street food in KL was great, Chuck - the guide for the day - was enthusiastic to share knowledge of the area and as much food as we could eat. Jeremy our guide for the peninsula was also a big foodie and food is definitely an abiding memory. So to is Jason our guide in the Cameron Highlands, a lovely and interesting guy and the Highlands are picturesque rolling hills and the sports bar there is were team bonding started. The rainforest was tiring hiking and challenging but in a way that left you feeling all the richer for the experience and the fact you step out of your lodge and there's monkeys in your face... was rather fun. In Borneo the urang utan and sun bears sanctuary was incredible. As was the probiscus monkey visit. This is one of Those experiences. One that you'll take away with you. The trek to the mangrove is a pleasant easy stroll before the big one. Kinabalu. Wow, stairs. Relentless, but take a steady pace and you'll survive. And it is worth it. But wow. Stairs. The ending is a wonderful beech hotel and totally worth it. It's a holiday that was epic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The monkey, apes and sun bears. Incredible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The two leaders were brilliant. Very different but perfect for the areas they cover.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't sweat the leeches. They don't hurt. Take toilet paper, there's plenty of loos just not paper. Good boots and socks. Breathe, there's a lot of walking but absolutely no rush.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've never done anything like this and was slightly scared of travelling alone and being away from home for 2 weeks. But the people, especially in Borneo are so wonderful. The trip eases you in and yes, the mountain is hard but no one expects you to find it easy. I got altitude sickness near the top (less than 200 meters but still about and hour away) and couldn't make it up but everyone was pleased for me for getting so high and told me not to feel dissapointed. The most important thing was I wasn't alone. Everyone found it hard and I knew I'd made new friends. That's a big moment easily worth 200 meters.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

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  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


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