Trekking Borneo & Beyond

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Trip code: 
TLM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Trek through the primeval jungles and up S.E. Asia's highest peak, Mt. Kinabalu

S. E. 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 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.

Highlights

  • The jungles of Taman Nagara
  • Sepilok's Orang-utans
  • Summit of Mt. Kinabalu
  • Food tour of Kuala Lumpur
  • Canopy 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.
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Separate leader in Borneo and the Peninsula

What's included

  • All Accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • London flights (of booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single accommodation
  • Airport trasfers for LO bookings
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 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.

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Pace:

Approximately 3-12 hours hiking per day

Terrain:

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 49.0km/5.0miles
Day 59.0km/5.0miles
Day 77.0km/4.0miles
Day 813.0km/8.0miles
Day 129.0km/5.0miles
Day 146.0km/3.0miles
Day 1511.0km/6.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Start in Kuala Lumpur.

    Those making their own way to Kuala Lumpur can arrive at the hotel at any time today. The scheduled group flights are due to arrive early evening.
    Metro Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    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 (or KL for short) with its mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese. One of the best ways of exploring this diversity is through a food tour of city. As we follow our stomachs around town we discover different neighbourhoods with their distinct sights, sounds, smells and, of course, savours.

    Following a ride on the LRT monorail to Bangaar, we start our 3-hour tour exploring hidden back alleys on foot and learning about Malaysia’s wonderful street food traditions.

    Wandering through the Indian influenced neighbourhood of Brickfields our senses are assaulted by loud and colourful architecture, music and food. We sample delicious Indian dishes served on banana leaf and seek out sweet vendors for sugary morsels such as banana fritters, sticky, sweet gulab jamun or the local favourite, cendol (shaved ice, plum sugar, kidney beans and coconut milk jelly).

    We then take to KL’s sky-high local transport system and are transported from the colour of India to the bustle of China. Exploring the city’s vibrant China Town we tuck in to wonderfully tasty noodles and sample refreshing lime juice whilst taking in the fast pace action all around us.

    Our food adventure ends with a coffee at an old-school coffee house where we can see the evolution of KL through charming photographs of days gone by.

    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.
    Metro Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Broga Hill sunrise trek; transfer to the Cameron Highlands and visit a local tea plantation.

    A very early start to the day as we aim to watch the sun rise over KL from nearby Broga Hill. Checking out of the hotel around 4:30 we drive about 1 hour to the start of the trail. A popular place with locals to exercise, we can expect to come across some of them on the trail. Remember to bring head-torches as we start our hike in the dark. The trail starts with a gentle rise which gets steeper in the middle portion and, eventually, gets steeper still, with ropes to assist you to balance your weight, as we reach the first summit. From here we can enjoy a boxed breakfast as we watch the sun rise over the city sprawling beneath us. Depending on how we’re doing with time we will then continue on towards the second peak which is a little steeper but has sweeping views.

    Returning to the start of the trail the same way we went up, we rejoin our minibus and transfer 3-4hrs to the Cameron Highlands.

    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. Total hiking (to the first and second summit) approx. 5hrs; 9kms
    Century Pines or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    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. The mountain top is the resting place of a World War II RAF bomber that crashed on a mission in 1945. The remains of the plane were discovered by Orang Asli (local indigenous people) in 1996 and the crew recovered for a proper burial.

    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. Hiking approx 4-5hrs; 9kms.
    Century Pines or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    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. These primeval forests, dating back 130 million years and covering 4,343 sqkm are home to rare animals including Malayan tigers, Indian elephants and crab-eating macaques (though these animals are rarely seen). We settle into our basic jungle lodge before having the option to go out on an optional night walk in search of interesting insects and nocturnal animals.
    Mutiara Resert or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 taking to the treetops on the world’s longest canopy walk at 530m, and rising up to 40m above the forest floor. This gives us the chance to discover the forest from a different angle before returning to ground.

    Next we hike up Teresek Hill. Only 400m high but with panoramic views over the jungle, this is an easy walk mostly along boardwalks.

    We then take to the park’s rivers and ‘shoot’ rapids. Boarding motorised canoes we have a trip along the river including through up to 7 sets of rapids. Whilst not quite like white-water rafting, it is still good fun to go down the rapids and it is likely to get wet! Walking approx 3.5hrs; 7kms.
    Mutiara Resert or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Follow the Kuala Trenggan Trek through primary rainforest.

    Our longest trek so far, we head on the Kuala Trenggan Trek. Whilst mostly flat, the 12.5km trail does have one steep ascent of about 500m. Less well travelled than the trails close to the park headquarters, we can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the rainforest and may even see or hear barking deer, monitor lizards or elephants.

    We aim to have lunch in a shelter by the river where we can enjoy a refreshing dip before returning to the trail. Our trek ends at Kuala Trenngan where there is another opportunity to go for a swim in the river before catching a boat for the 1hr journey back to the headquarters. Walking approx. 6-7 hrs; 13kms.
    Mutiara Resert or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Return to Kuala Lumpur; this evening go for a drink at the famous Trader's Bar.

    Leaving the rainforest behind we return to the urban jungle, KL. The drive from Taman Negara to KL should take about 3 hours leaving the afternoon free to explore more of the capital.

    This evening we will head for the Skybar with its grandstand views of the twin Petronas Towers. A nice spot to enjoy a sundowner.
    Metro Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Fly to Sandakan in Borneo; transfer to Sepilok, visiting the Orangutan Sanctuary on the way.

    Malaysia is a country of two-halves, the Malaysian Peninsula on the one hand and Borneo on the other. Today 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 3hrs (and there is a 15kg weight limit for checked-in luggage). Upon arrival we transfer the short distance to our jungle lodge at Sepilok. Whilst it may still be too early to check-in, we’ll drop our bags and head to the world-renowned 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. Should we miss the morning feeding we will return for the afternoon feeding. 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. There will later be a briefing about the Borneo section of the trip.
    Sepilok Jungle Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

  • Day 11

    Fly to Sandakan in Borneo; transfer to Sepilok, visiting the Orang-utan Sanctuary on the way.

    Malaysia is a country of two-halves, the Malaysian Peninsula on the one hand and Borneo on the other. Today 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 3hrs (and there is a 15kg weight limit for checked-in luggage). Upon arrival we transfer the short distance to our jungle lodge at Sepilok. Whilst it may still be too early to check-in, we’ll drop our bags and head to the world-renowned 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. Should we miss the morning feeding we will return for the afternoon feeding. 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. There will later be a briefing about the Borneo section of the trip.
    Sepilok Jungle Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

  • Day 12

    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 you should wear 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 20mins to Sandakan Jetty before catching a 30mins transfer back to Sepilok.
    Sepilok Jungle Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Transfer to Kinabalu Park with optional visits to Kundasang War Memorial and exploring the Botanical Gardens

    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, Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 14

    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 airy feel to the place with the huge summit cliffs looming up behind the mountain huts.

    We spend the night in dorms 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. Trekking approx. 5-6 hours; 6kms.
    Laban Rata Hut, Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    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 will be sometime in the afternoon or evening. Total trekking time 9-12hrs; 11kms.
    Beringgis Resort or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 16

    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 excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. There is also the option to hire a kayak or to join a fishing trip for the day.
    Beringgis Resort or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Fly to London

    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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Essential Info

Visas

Malaysia

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.

Vaccinations

Malaysia

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 and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a.

Eating and Drinking

You should allow about US$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.

Weather

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 moderate/challenging (grade 4). 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: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels, guesthouses & mountain lodges

7 nights hotel and 5 nights guesthouse, 2 nghts 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 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 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

  • 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 friends...so 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

    Mike

    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.

Pros Cons
  • 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. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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