Borneo Jungle Adventure
Take on the challenge of a lifetime
10 days - one amazing adventure from 11 – 20 October 2019, for Willen Hospice! Trek through the rainforest, camp in remote villages, see amazing wildlife and even meet orangutans! This is one experience not to be missed.
Join us for our incredible adventure as you challenge yourself to complete an unique expedition into the jungle, exploring the rainforest, rivers, rubber plantations and paddy fields of Northern Borneo with a small team of fellow fundraisers and camp in remote villages, surrounded by amazing wildlife.
You’ll learn jungle survival skills such as identifying edible foods and making traps, and a deeper understanding of the complex rainforest ecosystem. We’ll also go on a river trip in search of the elusive proboscis monkey and visit an orangutan sanctuary.
Willen Hospice needs to raise £4.7million a year, that’s £9 every minute of the day to be able to provide specialist and compassionate end-of-life care to patients and their families in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. By taking on our Borneo Jungle Adventure, you will be helping us to continue. Your adventure starts here!
Day 1 – Overnight flights from London to Kota Kinabalu Intl. Airport
Day 2 – Kota Kinabalu
On arrival in Borneo, you’ll be met by your guide and taken by bus to the central hotel in Kota Kinabalu to relax before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 - Tambatuan Village to Lobong Lobong Village (12km, 6.5hrs trekking)
After breakfast, your trek begins from Tambatuan near Kota Belud, passing villages, farms and primary jungle as you gradually climb from 150m to 650m. You’ll walk through paddy fields, rubber plantations and fruit orchards and cross rivers to Lobong Lobong village where you’ll stay with the friendly villagers and cool off with a swim in the waters of a shallow river nearby.
Day 4 - Lobong Lobong Village to Nanuk Camp (9.5km, 6-8hrs trekking)
Your trek continues for 6 to 8 hours through fields and rivers, across bridges and past fruit and rubber trees before entering the primary jungle. Your guides will share survival knowledge, such as identifying edible fruits and plants as you ascend from 600m to 1080m and camp at Nanuk.
Day 5 - Nanuk Camp to Ehing Camp (6.5km, 5-6hrs trekking)
Day 5 begins with a challenging steep 45° climb to 1189m where you will enjoy amazing views from the top of a ridge over Borneo’s Crocker mountain range and across to the sea. In the afternoon you will learn about the incredible variety of exotic plant life before descending to 900m and your camp deep in the jungle.
Day 6 - Ehing Camp to Kiau Village (2km, 4-5hrs trekking)
After learning more jungle skills and how to make traps you’ll set off on the track used by Borneo’s earliest explorers which passes through primary jungle, pineapple and rubber plantations before arriving at the village of Kiau for your last night with your trek support team.
Day 7 - Kiau Village to Kinabatangan (2km, 2-3hrs trekking)
You’ll trek through the foothills of Kinabalu National Park and learn more about the unique ecosystem before travelling to Kinabatangan for a river journey in search of the elusive proboscis monkey and other wildlife, staying at a jungle lodge.
Day 8 - Kinabatangan to Sandakan
You’ll visit the world-famous Sepilok orangutan sanctuary to learn about these amazing animals and see them up close. You’ll then enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner, reminiscing about your amazing experiences in Borneo.
Day 9-10 – Return flights from Sandakan Airport to London
NB: We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but it may change due to circumstances outside our control such as unusual weather, the ability of the group, wildlife movements etc and we cannot be held responsible for this. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the group’s health and safety.
We’ve chosen Borneo as our destination because it offers incredible natural beauty, a genuine sense of remoteness and a trek which can be completed by anyone reasonably fit with some training, although it will be challenging.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is uniquely shared between three countries – the North of the island belongs to Malaysia, there is a small sovereign state of Brunei on the West coast and the South is part of Indonesia. The island nestles in the warm South China Sea, encircled by Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Our trek will take place in the state of Sabah, a land of incredible natural beauty and diversity. Rich green jungle, mangrove swamps, a striking blue ocean and dizzying craggy mountains make this a breath-taking destination. The diverse wildlife offers the opportunity to see elephants, proboscis monkeys, oran utans and exotic birds in their natural habitat.
Our adventure will include the vast Kinabalu National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of the most important biological sites in the world and home to the mighty 4,095m Mount Kinabalu which towers over the island and is the highest mountain in Malaysia.
Q: Who can take part?
A: The trek can be undertaken by anyone with a good level of fitness, who is healthy and determined. Please remember you are responsible for carrying your own kit.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: You must be at least 18 years old to participate on this trek unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.
Q: What does the trip include?
A: The trip includes:
- Return flights from the UK (including current taxes & fuel surcharges)
- All transfers & transport in Borneo
- Accommodation in 3 star hotels, basic shelters/tents and sleeping mats on the trek
- All meals
- Local guides
- Trek support staff
- Entrance fees
- Different Travel tour manager and Willen Hospice representative
It does not include:
- Visas (not currently required for British citizens)
- Travel insurance
- Tips (around £20-30pp)
- Personal trekking kit, etc
Q: Who will accompany us on the trek?
A: You will be accompanied by first aid trained English-speaking guides who have an excellent knowledge of hiking, culture and nature in the region. You will also be accompanied by a team of local support staff, a Different Travel Company UK tour manager and Willen Hospice representative.
Q: What is the terrain like?
A: The terrain varies greatly on this trek, from overgrown jungle paths to good open tracks and smaller paths. You can expect uneven and often slippery ground underfoot. There will be a number of steep ascents and long descents so you should arrive in Borneo fit and prepared. You must be prepared to climb over overgrown vegetation, tree roots and other jungle obstacles while carrying your own kit. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.
Q: Where will we sleep?
A: During the trek you will spend each night in jungle clearings set up as temporary camps, or small village community centres. In the jungle camps you will sleep on long bamboo platforms under tarpaulins. You need to bring a lightweight sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk), sleeping mat and a mosquito net.
Q: What is the food like?
A: Meals are cooked by your trek team and will comprise of various simple local dishes served with rice or noodles. Plates, mugs, cutlery and other equipment are provided for you and dietary requirements can be catered for if we are notified in advance.
Q: Is the trip ATOL protected?
A: Willen Hospice is acting as agent for The Different Travel Company, ATOL 6706. The flight-inclusive trip described on this website is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay your registration fee you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate and ATOL Confirmation Invoice. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Your deposit is non-refundable and covers various booking fees and costs involved in reserving your place on the trek.
If you need to cancel your place for any reason prior to departure, you will lose your registration fee (£400), and if the cancellation is less than 56 days prior to the departure date, you will also be liable for a part or all of the tour cost balance (£1,920).
- Up to 56 days before departure: Loss of Registration Fee only
- 55-49 days before departure: Loss of 60% of tour cost balance plus Registration Fee
- 48-42 days before departure: Loss of 70% of tour cost balance plus Registration Fee
- 41-28 days before departure: Loss of 90% of tour cost balance plus Registration Fee
- Less than 28 days before departure: Loss of 100% of tour cost balance plus Registration Fee
All trek participants are required to purchase their own travel insurance and there are certain circumstances where holiday insurance cancellation cover will pay out. For most policies, these will usually need to be genuinely unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from taking the trip which can be proven with evidence such as illness, injury and being called for jury service. Your insurance provider will be able to advise you of the terms of your cover.
You have the choice of three payment options - the more you contribute towards the trip costs, the less you will need to fundraise.
Extra Contribution To Trip Costs (to be paid by 19 July 2019)
For each of these options, 80% must be paid by 19 July 2019 with the balance due by the date of departure, 11 October 2019.
Willen Hospice is acting as agent for The Different Travel Company (ATOL 6706). The flights and flight-inclusive trip on this website is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk
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