Maliau Basin Adventure
5 Days / 4 Nights

Kota Kinabalu - Maliau Basin - Kota Kinabalu

The Maliau Basin or “Borneo’s Lost World” as it is often referred to, is a largely untouched and protected area in the interior of Sabah. It is a spectacular and captivating environment with an immensely rich plant and animal life including pygmy elephants, Bornean gibbons, hornbills and orangutans. Those prepared to make the effort to take on the challenging treks will be left in awe by the natural beauty of the diverse ecosystems found in this pristine forest.

The 5 day adventure suits adventurous travellers who enjoy the outdoors and are comfortable with basic camp like accommodation. The treks are challenging and a good level of fitness is required.

From $1699 per person based on 4 people travelling

Your itinerary

Day 1

Maliau Basin Entrance

Your adventure begins with a drive from Kota Kinabalu to Sook and the entrance to Maliau Basin Conservation Centre (MBCA). From there it’s a 30 minute drive through the conservation area to the Maliau Study Centre where you will spend your first night. As you enter this world of largely unspoilt beauty, you will have a good opportunity to spot some wildlife during this last part of today’s journey.

Accommodation: Maliau Study Centre

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2

After breakfast and storing your luggage, you will be dropped off at Agathis Camp to begin your trek into Borneo’s lost world.  Today’s trek is approx 7.5 km long with some steep sections. Don’t forget to stop frequently and look up as you pass the iconic Agathis trees which can reach an impressive height of 55m. Once you reach Nepenthes Camp, enjoy some simple refreshments at the camp while relaxing your muscles. If time allows there is an option to trek a further 3 km to Giluk Falls and Takob-Akob Falls, the highest falls in the Maliau Basin. Here you can swim and relax (subject to time and weather conditions) before returning to Nepenthes Camp for your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Nepenthes Camp (basic)

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner

Day 3

Today’s trek is approximately 6.7 km long to Ginseng Camp. It will take you through a noticeably different type of forest. The trees are not as enormous allowing a lot more light to filter through and create a natural wonderland of pitcher plants, mosses, and orchids. As you descend, the trees grow taller again and the refreshing sound of the nearby stream tells you the campsite is close. Arrive at Ginseng Campsite, relax and swim in the cool forest waterfall (subject to time and weather conditions)

Accommodation: Ginseng Camp (basic)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

Today you will visit spectacular Maliau Falls, undoubtedly the highlight of a visit to Maliau basin. The trek is approximately 4.8 km long each way with a steep descent into the basin. With 7 tiers it’s the most spectacular waterfall and an impressive display of nature’s force as the water makes its way down. The strength of the water fall depends on the amount of rainfall received upstream. If conditions allow, you can enjoy a refreshing swim before making your way back to camp.

Accommodation: Ginseng Camp
Meal: Breakfast,  packed Lunch & Dinner

Day 5

After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and leave Ginseng Campsite for the 9 km trek to Agathis Camp which completes the loop. There are some steep sections that will have you going up and downhill. Much of this trek will take you past giant trees and you will be accompanied by the unmistakable call of the gibbons. They are elusive, fast moving monkeys and difficult to spot but you will be in awe simply knowing they are watching you. Reflect on your amazing experiences during your transfer back to Maliau Study Centre; and your subsequent drive back to Kota Kinabalu.

Drop off will be at your city hotel late in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner

For those not under time pressure we highly recommend an additional night at Maliau study centre at the conclusion of your trekking adventure. This will allow you to take your time during the last day of trekking and enjoy the stunning forest environment.

The Highlights

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Off the beaten path
  • Sunrise over the tree tops
  • Visit spectacular Maliau Falls
  • All transport and meals

5 Day/4 Night package

from $ 1699

Tour includes all transfers, meals, accommodation and activities as stated in the itinerary.

All prices are per person / minimum of 4 people

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