Welcome to Borneo! TrovaTrip will greet you at the airport and arrange transportation to your hotel in Kinabalu. After you get settled into your room, you’ll join the rest of the crew for a welcome dinner and toast to the adventure-packed 8 days to come!
Overnight in Kinabalu
Arrival: Fly into Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI). TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.
Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner
Rise and shine! Rise and shine! We're off to Kiau Village! Here you will get to learn about traditional practices on an immersive village tour, sample fresh pineapple from a local farm and sip herbal teas in the jungle!
This evening, enjoy dinner local style with music and a Sumazau dance performed by your new local friends. Spend the night in homestays throughout the community to close out this magical day.
Overnight in Kiau Village
Included: Breakfast, Kiau Village Visit, Lunch, Dinner
Today is leg one for your trek up Mount Kinabalu! After a drive to the base, its time to put those feet on the trail and start heading UP! You'll stop for lunch along the trail before reaching the basecamp in the early evening.
You'll have a high altitude dinner before hitting the hay early and getting ready for tomorrow's big push for the summit.
Hike Duration: 4-5 hours
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Overnight on Mount Kinabalu
Included: Breakfast, Mount Kinabalu Trek to Basecamp, Lunch, Dinner
Today will be an early morning, but the views will make it all worth it! You'll start your summit bid at around 2 am and slowly make your way to the peak. This tough push will reward you with 360 degree views of the sunrise. After snapping some epic photos (and catching your breath), slowly make your way back down, stopping for breakfast on the way, before reaching the registration office to pick up your certificate of completion!
The crew will head to the next hotel, grab a hearty dinner before allowing yourself to crash after a big day.
Hike Duration: 6 hours to the summit, 4-5 hours down
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Overnight in Kundasang
Included: Breakfast, Trek to Kinabalu Peak, Lunch, Dinner
There's nothing better than a hot springs soak after two big days of hiking and thats just what you'll do today! After transferring from your hotel to Poring Hot Springs, take a relaxing dip in the water and give your muscles a break. Next, explore the area from the trees on the Poring Canopy Walk.
Grab some lunch at a local restaurant before starting the drive to Sabah. Check into your hotel, grab some dinner and get ready for another big day of exploration tomorrow.
Overnight in Sabah
Included: Breakfast, Poring Hot Springs Visit, Poring Canopy Walk, Lunch, Dinner
Wake up to the calls of wildlife in your jungle oasis! Today is full of immersive nature experiences kicking off with an early morning river cruise down the Kinabatangan River and onto the Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake in search of birds and animals. Weather permitting, take a jungle walk to experience the wilderness of Borneo up close before returning to the lodge for a full breakfast.
Enjoy the surrounding nature and villages on your own before hopping back on the boat this evening for a different route and new creatures.
The group will eat a group meal together this evening while sharing stories of the animals spotted earlier in the day.
Overnight in Sabah
Included: Breakfast, Morning River Cruise on Kinabatangan River, Lunch, Evening River Cruise on Kinabatangan River, Dinner
Now for the next highlight of the trip: orangutans!! Hop in the vans to make your way to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where, fingers crossed, you'll be lucky enough to spot some hungry orangutans during feeding time. Next, you're off to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about the incredible work the center is doing to protect sun bears.
Next you'll head to a local restaurant for lunch before briefly stopping for a tour of the Sim-Sim Water Village.
Check into your final hotel before meeting up with the crew one last time for the farewell dinner! Cheers to an amazing trip and new friends for life.
Included: Breakfast, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Visit, Sunbear Conservation Centre Visit, Lunch, Sim-Sim Water Village Tour, Farewell Dinner
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Until next time!
Included: Breakfast, Airport transfer
Optional: Flight from Sandakan Airport (SDK) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
Departure: Fly out of Sandakan Airport (SDK). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers on the last day.