8D7N SABAH'S HIDDEN TREASURES

Explore two of Sabah’s hidden treasures, Orou Sapulot and Maliau Basin! In Sapulot, you will experience Murut hospitality, where people drink bottomless rice wine from huge ceramic jars and have endless chats about their headhunting ancestors. Challenge yourself to scaling the 800-foot limestone pinnacle known as Batu Punggul, explore mysterious caves, and sleep on stretcher hammocks in a jungle camp perched high on a riverbank. Enjoy traditional Murut food and navigate rivers that run through pristine rainforest in traditional longboats. 

The second half of the trip will be in Maliau Basin, often referred to as “Sabah’s Lost World”. Situated in a remote Southern area of the state, Maliau Basin is almost completely encircled by insurmountable cliffs that have separated it from the rest of the world for centuries. Although some locals have known of the area, no archaeological record has been found establishing any permanent residency in this zone. A Maliau Basin expedition is for the truly geeky at heart when it comes to nature, and you also have to be prepared to walk five to eight hours daily with some extended, strenuous uphill sections throughout your time there. 

*This programme is a day longer than our standard programme. If you would like a shorter version of this trip, kindly search for the 7D6N Sabah’s Hidden Treasures programme under Our Adventures

Accommodation

• Maliau Basin 
Dormitory and satellite camps with shared bathroom & shower. At the satellite camps, you will be sleeping on stretcher hammock style beds and dormitory (no private options). 

• Pungiton Camp 
Basic camp with stretched hammocks perched high up on the riverbank. Equipped with western toilet & showers, eating area, and sleeping area. 

• Kabulungou Waterfall Cabin 
Basic wooden hut with sleeping mats and blankets located right next to the waterfall. Equipped with western toilet and showers, eating area and sleeping area. 

• Romol Modern Longhouse 
Family home, equipped with western toilet and showers. Sleeping is in communal room with mattresses on the floor with full bedding. •

Food

• Maliau Basin 
Buffet style; simple and basic meals 

• Orou Sapulot 
Delicious local food cooked by host family 

*Vegetarians and special diets catered for

Facilities & Services

• Maliau Basin 
Eating lounge (set time for meals, no additional order), electricity via generator 6pm-midnight. 

• OROU Sapulot 
Comfortable jungle and village accommodation. 

*information available upon request

Guides

*information available upon request

Accommodation

• Maliau Basin 
Dormitory and satellite camps with shared bathroom & shower. At the satellite camps, you will be sleeping on stretcher hammock style beds and dormitory (no private options). 

• Pungiton Camp 
Basic camp with stretched hammocks perched high up on the riverbank. Equipped with western toilet & showers, eating area, and sleeping area. 

• Kabulungou Waterfall Cabin 
Basic wooden hut with sleeping mats and blankets located right next to the waterfall. Equipped with western toilet and showers, eating area and sleeping area. 

• Romol Modern Longhouse 
Family home, equipped with western toilet and showers. Sleeping is in communal room with mattresses on the floor with full bedding. •

Food

• Maliau Basin 
Buffet style; simple and basic meals 

• Orou Sapulot 
Delicious local food cooked by host family 

*Vegetarians and special diets catered for

Facilities & Services

• Maliau Basin 
Eating lounge (set time for meals, no additional order), electricity via generator 6pm-midnight. 

• OROU Sapulot 
Comfortable jungle and village accommodation. 

*information available upon request

Guides

*information available upon request

Included

Transfer: Kota Kinabalu – Sapulot – Maliau Basin – Kota Kinabalu. 

OROU Sapulot: Return land transfers from Kota Kinabalu, meals, accommodation, local guide, drinking water, coffee & tea, snacks, activities and all land and boat connection within Sapulot, community fee. 

Maliau Basin: Accommodation in dorm at study center and stretcher hammocks at satellite camps, fullboard meals and snacks, coffee, tea & drinking water, entrance fees, return transfers from Kota Kinabalu, Sticky Rice Travel Nature guide, and Maliau Basin forest ranger with VHF radio.

Excluded

OROU Sapulot: Tips and gratitude 

Maliau Basin: Personal porter

What to Bring?

OROU Sapulot: Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, good walking/trekking shoes, personal toiletries including towel, personal medication, basic first aid kit, swimwear, and cash (no ATM). 

Maliau Basin: Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, high-energy snacks, water purification tablets, sunglasses, binocular, dry bag, swimwear, walking shoes, money (no ATM), comfortable trekking pack, water bottle, toiletries including towel, sleep sheet if you like, sweater for overnight use at some of the satellite camps – Nepenthes Camp 1005metre / Ginseng Camp 566metre or sleeping bag, light and quick-dry clothing for hiking, basic first aid kit.

Departure

Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure.

Responsible Traveler

Be aware that you will be in a reserve area and a sensitive environment. Consider your actions: 

• Cut out plastic – remove and recycle plastic packaging before coming into the area 

• Bring rechargeable batteries as disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals as they degrade in landfill, and recycling facilities are scarce in areas like the Malaysian Borneo 

• Bring your own metal water bottle – you can fill up at the eating area instead of purchasing bottled water

• If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground or in the forest – dispose of them in ashtrays or bins.

• During outdoor and nature activities, take your cues from the expert local guides. Follow their instructions when observing wildlife. Be aware that you may need to take extra care in these areas to respect the natural environment.

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