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10 Days, Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu

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Revive your sense of adventure on this jam-packed tour. Hike rainforest trails and summit Mt Kinabalu to watch the sunrise. Our CEOs will provide nature lovers and photog read more...

    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), national park lodges/mountain huts (2 nts, multi-share)).
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (if climbing), 3 dinners (if not climbing).
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van, local bus, speedboat, plane, walking).
  • Internal Flight
  • Mt Kinabalu hike, including entrance, climbing permits, and guides.
  • Sepilok Orangutan Centre entrance.
  • Turtle Island visit.
  • Kinabatangan River cruise.
  • Sandakan POW Memorial Park visit.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 170-225 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Kota Kinabalu
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu
Day 3 Mount Kinabalu
Day 4 Mount Kinabalu
Day 5 Mount Kinabalu/Sukau
Day 6 Sukau
Day 7 Sukau/Sepilok
Day 8 Sepilok/Turtle Islands
Day 9 Turtle Islands/Kota Kinabalu
Day 10 Depart Kota Kinabalu
  • Start
  • Finish

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Places Visited
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Mount Kinabalu
  • Sukau
  • Sepilok
  • Turtle Islands
  • Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Kota Kinabalu

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

    Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Option to hike trails.

    In the morning, travel by bus to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park, check out the visitor centre or visit Ranau and Poring Hot Springs.

    In the evening, there is a short briefing about the next day's climb.

    Private Vehicle (Kota Kinabalu - Mount Kinabalu - 2h30m - 96km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Opt to enjoy some beautiful nature walks through lowland tropical forest on well marked trails or relax and prepare for the climb ahead.

    Optional Activities
    Poring Hot Springs Visit
    Poring Hot Springs
    Poring Hot Springs is near the base of Mt Kinabalu. Known for its healing hot springs, Poring is a perfect spot to relax. Try the canopy walk, trek to some waterfalls, visit a butterfly farm or soak in the hot springs. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Mount Kinabalu

    Head off to conquer Mount Kinabalu. During the first day's climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.

    Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way!

    Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level.

    Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.

    Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 1
    Mount Kinabalu 5h-7h Full Day 8km
    Begin at the Timpohon Gate and head downhill into the rainforest to start, before heading upwards. The well-marked trail is predominantly made up of steep steps that vary considerably in size.

    The first section of the hike is fairly moderate, but take it easy and save your energy for the more difficult push higher up on the mountain. During the second half of the day's trek experience a change in scenery and terrain.

    Accommodation for the night is near Laban Rata at 3,272m elevation. Accommodation is basic with only cold water, and blankets are provided. Tomorrow's hike commences very early, so get some rest. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Mount Kinabalu

    Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to HQ for lunch.

    Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 2
    Mount Kinabalu5h-7h
    Get an early start to make it to the summit for sunrise. This portion of the hike takes about three to four hours.

    Stop in at the mountain huts before continuing to the park headquarters for lunch. Be prepared-the descent can be tough on the knees and takes approximately five to seven hours. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Mount Kinabalu/Sukau

    Travel up the Kinabatangan River. Optional night time cruise.

    This is Sabah's longest river and home to an incredible variety of wildlife. We stay in the jungle and get to observe a vast array of insects, birds and animals in their native environments. Walking along jungle trails and travelling the river by boat you regularly see king fishers, hornbills, macaque, and proboscis monkeys. Very occasionally you may get lucky and see elephants, wild boar, otters, orangutans and other reclusive species.

    Private Vehicle (Mount Kinabalu - Sukau - 6h - 96km).
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Kinabatangan River Evening Cruise
    100MYR per person
    Cruise through the crocodile-infested waters with an expert boatman. While wildlife-spotting can't be guaranteed there's a good chance you will spot some monkeys, birds and the occasional saltwater crocodiles. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Sukau

    Enjoy free time in the area and an afternoon cruise to spot animals along the river.

    Kinabatangan River Cruise
    Jump into a boat and explore the muddy river; keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, birds, and crocodiles.

    Free Time
    Sukau Morning
    Explore the lush jungle bordering the Kinabatangan River with some free time in the morning.

    Optional Activities
    Kinabatangan River Evening Cruise
    100MYR per person
    Cruise through the crocodile-infested waters with an expert boatman. While wildlife-spotting can't be guaranteed there's a good chance you will spot some monkeys, birds and the occasional saltwater crocodiles.

    Jungle Night Walk
    70MYR per person
    Take a night walk on the trails near the Jungle Lodge and look for the unique creatures that are active at night. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Sukau/Sepilok

    Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

    Sepilok is one of the highlights of the trip where you'll get to meet the adorable 'wild men of Borneo'. Encountering orangutans and their human like features is a truly unforgettable experience. The centre is an excellent example of active conservation, re-introducing domesticated, injured and orphaned orangutans back into the wild.

    Private Vehicle (Sukau - Sepilok - 5h - 100km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Visit
    The orangutans at the centre were either rescued as orphans or from illegal domestication. Once rehabilitated, they are set free to live in the wild. Watch these creatures being fed or roaming the grounds along with other animals such as macaque monkeys. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Sepilok/Turtle Islands

    Boat trip and overnight on Selingan (Turtle) Island.

    Drive from Sepilok to the jetty for a boat ride to Selingan (Turtle) Island Park.

    Private Vehicle (Sepilok - Sandakan - 30km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Boat (Sandakan - Turtle Islands - 45m-1h)
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Free Time
    Turtle Islands Afternoon
    Snorkel, swim, explore the island, or simply relax on the beach.

    Turtle Experience
    Turtle Islands
    Visit the Island Discovery Centre after dark to learn more about these amazing creatures and the threats to their existence. Depending on the time of year observe turtles laying their eggs on the beach, follow the park rangers as they transfer the eggs to the hatchery, or stand on the shore and witness the release of baby turtles to the open sea. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Turtle Islands/Kota Kinabalu

    Visit Sandakan POW Memorial Park. Opt to visit Sandakan town.

    Afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu. With a little free time back in Kota Kinabalu, you can immerse yourself in history at the Sabah State Museum, visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village, home to a notorious head hunter, or explore the islands off-shore of Kota Kinabalu, excellent for swimming or snorkelling.

    Boat (Turtle Islands - Sandakan - 45m-1h)
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Plane (Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu - 45m)
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Optional Activities
    Sabah State Museum
    Kota Kinabalu
    15MYR per person
    The museum has a variety of exhibits. With interesting architectural designs, visitors can learn about the local history, archaeology and culture, as well as visit the botanical gardens.

    Monsopiad Cultural Village
    Kota Kinabalu
    160MYR per person
    The Monsopiad Cultural Village is a living museum on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. Highlights include the House of Skulls and theopportunity to watch dancing, singing and the making of traditional crafts. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Depart Kota Kinabalu

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 170-225 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. CAMERA FEES : Please note there are camera fees at Sepilok (RM10)

  10. ITINERARY - Subject to Change. The order of visiting places on this trip may change according to the availability of accommodation. This does not affect the activities included and travel times are only minimally altered.

  11. MT KINABALU WARNING : As advised by Sabah Parks Malaysia we need to warn you that they recommend that you should not climb Mount Kinabalu if you have a history of suffering from the following conditions.

    • Heart Disease
    • Hypertension
    • Chronic Asthma
    • Peptic Ulcer
    • Severe Anaemia
    • Diabetes
    • Epileptic fits
    • Arthritis
    • Palpitations
    • Hepatitis (Jaundice)
    • Muscular Cramps
    • Obesity (over weight)
    • Any other sickness that may be triggered by severe cold, exertion and high altitude.
      Please see days 3 - 4 of the trip notes for important notes for climbers on Mount Kinabalu.

  12. COMBO TRIP : Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

  13. LUGGAGE : There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with amaximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

  14. ACCOMMODATION : It should be stressed that the nature of the accommodation when compared with other areas of SE Asia, is sometimes of a lower standard than normally provided on G Adventures trips. This is often due to the location and type of activities involved (ie high on amountain and in remote jungle areas). Accommodation is always clean and usually makes up in character and location, what it mightnot provide in glamour and additional services.

  15. RAMADAN : Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 18th to July 17th, 2015. Please note that Ramadan is a month offasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunriseand sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan in Muslim areas, but generallyour tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important todisplay increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try toavoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

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