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18 Land Beneath the Wind

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Days 1-2: London – Kota

Kinabalu, Borneo

Take a morning Malaysia Airlines flight from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur, arriving early the next day. Connect with your onwards flight to Kota Kinabalu and on arrival, transfer to your hotel. Experience the charm of Kota Kinabalu, a city

sandwiched between Palm Oil plantations and the sultry South China Sea. Early this evening you will have your welcome briefing meeting and meet your tour leader.

Day 3: Dusun Village

This morning we travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu to stay in the homes of the Dusun people, the ethnic group

Culture shock Physical

xplore a mystical land of headhunters and rare wildlife on our journey into Sabah. With its collection of exotic animals, ancient traditions, hot springs, tribal villages,

loveable orang-utans and incredible views, Sabah has something for everyone. Experience the very best of this part of Borneo – climbing Mt Kinabalu, watching elusive sea turtles lay their eggs, sharing laughs with local village hosts – every minute of this incredible adventure will stay with you for life.

of our guides on Mt Kinabalu. The Dusun are wonderfully warm and friendly people and whilst here, we learn about their spiritual, social and economic attachments to the mountain. The village we stay in is nestled amid picturesque hills in the shadow of the great Mt Kinabalu. We try to minimise our impact on the village, so please act responsibly in this community and listen to your group leader.

Days 4-5: Mt Kinabalu

Fuelled by fresh mountain air and stunning views, scale the slopes of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It’s a challenging climb but there’s no rush so take time and enjoy the region’s remarkable array of flora

and fauna including some 1,000 species of orchid and the extraordinary carnivorous pitcher plant. We stop at Laban Rata (3,272m) for the night, ready for the final ascent!

Days 6-7: Poring Hot Springs

We rise very early this morning in order to catch the sunrise at the summit of Mt Kinabalu (4,095m). It is a difficult walk, but you’ll feel a huge sense of achievement! Also, the view from the summit is stupendous – the jungles of Borneo in one direction, the South China Sea in the other, making every inch of the climb worthwhile. After the steep descent we continue on to Poring Hot Springs where we have time to soak our weary limbs in the famous thermal pools – sheer bliss! Poring Hot

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