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8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people



About this tour

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day trekking expedition deep into the heart of Borneo’s Sabah, Malaysia 🌿. Explore the majestic Maliau Basin, a hidden gem enveloped by lush forests, dramatic cliffs, and pristine waterways. 🏞️ Encounter rare orchids, majestic waterfalls, and vibrant wildlife as you trek through this restricted-access paradise. Enjoy a unique homestay experience in a historic village, immersing yourself in local culture, before venturing into the wilderness for a three-and-a-half-day trek. 🌺 Conclude your journey with a well-deserved night of relaxation in a comfortable hotel. Perfect for adventurers seeking an active escape amidst natural splendor and personal challenge.

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Kindly send us your email to: bookings@directflights.com.au 

Package expires at on 31st, August 2024


  • 🏞️ Explore untouched wilderness.
  • 🌺 Discover rare orchids.
  • đź’¦ Marvel at cascading waterfalls.
  • 🏠 Experience local hospitality in a historic village.
  • 🥾 Trek for three-and-a-half days in dense forests.
  • 🛏️ Relax in comfort at the trip's end.
  • Join us for adventure, nature, and personal growth!


  • Meals 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport Private mini van, on foot
  • Accommodation Hotel (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Dormitory (1 night), Camping under basic shelters (3 nights)
  • Activities Tambunan - Tambunan Rafflesia Center
  • Tambunan - Kampung Sunsuron village tour
  • Maliau Basin - Maliau Rim Observation Tower
  • Maliau Basin - Stargazing activity
  • Maliau Basin - Takob Akob Falls, Fowzi Falls & Giluk Falls trek
  • Maliau Basin - Trek to Maliau Falls & Ginseng Camp
  • Maliau Basin - Trek from Ginseng Station to Agathis Camp
  • Add on activities Maliau Basin - Trek from Agathis Camp to Nephentes Research Station - Free


Selamat Datang! Welcome to Borneo, Malaysia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. If you arrive early, you can immerse yourself in the history of this intriguing city between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea at the Sabah State Museum.
Special information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

You'll wake with excitement for your first full day of Intrepid adventure today. And, if it's the right time of season, we'll kick things off with a walk near the Tambunan Rafflesia Centre in search of the famous Rafflesia Flower, the largest flower in the world, with a local guide leading the way. Then, we'll bid farewell to the modernity of Kota Kinabalu and make your way to tonight’s homestay, located in the district of Tambunan. You'll arrive in Sunsuron Village and meet your Dusun hosts. While the government counts the Dusun people as part of the larger Kadazandusun indigenous group, they have a culture distinct from the Kadazan people. In the afternoon, you'll join a walking tour of the village and explore a local bamboo house and skull house. After some time discovering the sights here, you'll get a chance to cool off with a refreshing dip in a local river. This evening, feast on delicious home cooked treats.
Special information
The group will be split among multiple local homes, all within walking distance of each other. All rooms are twin share and each home has one to three bedrooms. As we are staying with locals, the style and facilities vary from home to home. Some rooms have en suite toilets while others are in the main house. Toilets may be either squat or sit down style.

After breakfast this morning, depart for the Maliau Basin Conservation Area by private vehicle. Today's journey is on the longer side, so it’s a good idea to have a book, podcast, or some questions ready for your leader about the history of the area to pass the time. Arrive in the basin in the late afternoon and settle in at the Study Centre, a research base where you will spend tonight in dormitory-style accommodation. Later head to the Maliau Observation Tower. From here you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the area you’ll spend the next several days exploring.
Special information
Today’s driving time is approximately 6-7 hours including lunch break. The next three days will be spent trekking through wilderness. Please note that the hiking will be strenuous, and you will need a high level of fitness in order to participate in this adventure. During the trekking portion of this trip you will sleep in basic camping huts on stretchers or bunk beds. Toilets will be squat style. Food on the trek will be simple and filling. Think rice, eggs, canned food and simple curries. Porters are available at extra cost during the trek, but this trip does not include porters in the price. You will be able to stow your main luggage at the study centre before you depart on your trek. Please bring a day pack suitable for hiking and carrying essentials. Please see the Packing List for more info on what to bring with you. All travellers who enter the Maliau Basin Conservation Area with the intention of hiking must have travel insurance that includes emergency helicopter evacuation.

After breakfast, make the drive to the starting point for your trek in Agathis camp and then listen to a briefing from a local trekking guide or ranger before starting the hike to Nepenthes Camp. Your trekking adventure begins with the most difficult portion, a seven-and-a-half-kilometre hike, uphill to the rim of the basin (elevation 1300 metres). Depending on the conditions, the time spent hiking today will be around 6 hours. You'll hike over dense detritus while surrounded by towering trees, looking out for the incredible insects, flowers and mammal species that live among them. Today you'll encounter your first set of metal ladders, there will be quite a few of these over the next couple of days. These are not for the novice trekker, you will need to have an adventurous spirit. These ladders are fixed to the ground, rock or tree trunks which help you to climb the steep terrain. Some ladders along the trail can be almost at a 90 degree angle. There are also fallen tree trunks used to cross the rivers. But don't worry, while the going will be tough, you’ll be rewarded by the immense beauty of the environment. If time permits, it may be possible to stop at terraced Giluk Falls or cascading Takob Akob Falls. You'll arrive at Nepenthes Camp in the late afternoon or early evening.
Special information
Today's hiking distance is about 7.5km long and will take between 5-6 hours to complete.

Today you’ll get the chance to check out not one, not two but three stunning waterfalls. And what's best is you’ll hike your way to each one, making the cascading reward at the end even more worth it. After about 2 hours of trekking you’ll reach the first falls, Takob-Akob Falls, which plunge 38 metres into the rainforest below. Next up, hit the trail towards Fowzi Waterfall where you’ll sit down for a picnic lunch and enjoy the views. Finally, you’ll discover Giluk Waterfall, with an easy trek to finish the day. This evening you’ll head back to your camp at Nepenthes Camp to relax and rest your weary legs before another big day on the trails tomorrow.
Special information
Today's hiking distance is about 10km long and will take between 6-7 hours to complete.

Today’s trek is to Maliau Waterfall, continuing to Ginseng Camp in the evening. This 10-kilometre hike follows a relatively gentle trail to the seven-tiered falls. Listen out for the calls of Borneo gibbons, which are plentiful in the area (though hard to spot). Depending on recent rainfall, you may hear the thunder of the falls before you see them. The highest tier is 28-meters-tall, with each section set a fair distance forward from the last, making this a captivating sight.
Special information
Today's hiking distance is about 16km long and it will take up to 10 hours to complete.

Set off in the morning and begin the final leg of the nine-kilometre trek to Agathis Camp (approximately 5—6 hours). Arrive at the camp hut at around 1 pm. Make the return drive by private vehicle to Kota Kinabalu and arrive at the hotel by 7 pm. Treat yourself to a shower, then choose whether to join your group for an optional final dinner together.
Special information
Today's hiking distance is about 9km long and will take up to 6 hours to complete. You will be reunited with your main luggage today, as our driver will bring them to the transport pick-up point. We recommend leaving a change of clothes in your main bag in case you want to change out of any wet clothes immediately. The first opportunity for a shower will be back at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast.


8 Days 7 Nights





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  •  17 Jun 2024 to 12Sep 2026

  • From AUD$2193 Per Person/Twin Share

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