P2 - Prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.
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T2 - Consider this a trek, although there may be occasion to use hands for short sections of easy scrambling. No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary.
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Date & Prices
Pics & Vids
Mount Kinabalu (4,095m), Borneo’s highest mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an area of immense biodiversity with over 5,000 plant species including more than 800 different orchids alone. 326 individual species of bird also occupy the national park.
Low’s Peak, named after Hugh Low, a British colonial administrator who first climbed to the summit plateau in 1851 (but ironically not actually reaching the summit itself), sits at 4,905m. The mountain can actually be climbed reasonably quickly if you begin at the park gate, however, we like to make this much more interesting and more of a challenge by starting far further back in the jungle. We spend 3 1/2 days trekking through the rainforest, following rivers, climbing in and out of gorges and along ridge tops. By night we stay with local villagers enjoying barbecue suppers. We then reach the park gate to commence the 2-day ascent to the summit.
The trek will be challenging; the humidity and temperature lower down, and the altitude gain will test people’s fitness and determination, but the summit is within reach of most. Fully supported by local guides and a western guide you can savour this once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience whilst they take care of logistics and safety. This spectacular expedition will come to an end with a visit to the Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary, one of the highlights of Sabah and a river safari across Malaysia’s second longest river Kinabatangan.Find out more
Date & Prices
We currently have no scheduled dates for this expedition, however if you give the office a call on 0207 1834 360 it would be easy for us to get this up and running.
- International flights
- Local guides and a 360 guide (depending on group size)
- Internal flights
- Airport transfers
- Vehicle transfers
- Park/conservation fees
- 1 nights hotel accommodation in Kota Kinabalu on day 8 (based on twin occupancy)
- 2 nights air-conditioned accommodation at River Lodge in Sukau Kinabatangan (based on twin occupancy)
- All camping and group equipment
- All meals on the trek and those detailed in itinerary
- All safaries
- Malaysian Visa (not required for UK nationals)
- Personal equipment and excess baggage
- Tips for local and western guides
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry,
room service, etc.
- Alcoholic drinks and snacks
- Any unforeseen increase in park/safari fees
- Single supplement charge
- Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets
Pics & Vids
DAY 1 : Depart UK
Today we will depart the UK from London Heathrow airport.
DAY 2 : Arrive Borneo
On arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport we meet our local team and are taken by bus to the Kiulu Valley, 45 mins from the airport. To get warmed up there’s the option of a short trek into the jungle to explore our local area. Alternatively kick back at our river camp in a hammock or take a refreshing swim in the jungle river before our BBQ dinner prepared by the villagers.
DAY 3 : Kampung - Sinansag
We start the day with a short bus ride upstream of our camp, climb into rafts and run the this grade 2 river back towards our camp. Freshly invigorated after our morning’s power wash, it’s time to strap on our boots and head back upstream for a different perspective of the river. We walk for a couple of hours before stopping for lunch, continuing in the afternoon up a steep climb up the side of the canyon onto the ridge top where we find our village for the night. Our hosts – the Dusun tribe – prepare dinner for us and we have the opportunity to learn about their traditional culture.
DAY 4 : Kampung Rungus Mahaba
Today we trek through remote villages, forests and steep rice fields as we progress towards Kinabalu. We start by climbing out of Sinansag before a 2 hour descent to the river valley and village of Moingob where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we then have a long climb back out to finally reach the small village of Kampung Rungus Mahaba, where we camp for the night.
DAY 5 : Pekan Nabalu
We need to be up early this morning as we’re walking on open track or rough, dirt road which will be hot and exposed to the sun. Our goal today is the village of Pekan Nabalu. To reach it we have some steep climbs and descents to overcome as we cross a series of ridges to gain 480m of altitude. The views from the ridges on a good day are superb. When we reach Pekan Nabalu a bus transfer takes us to the Mesilau resthouse within the Mount Kinabalu National Park.
DAY 6 : Mount Kinabalu, Timpohon route
Today we begin our main ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the traditional Timpohon route. (The Mesilau trail is closed indefinetly, should it reopen, this is our preferred route). The path through the forest is steep but the pace is kept slow as we progress into altitude. We pass by a number of waterfalls where the air is refreshingly cooler, making a pleasant change from the humidity of the jungle. We stay at a mountain hut where there are showers and bunk beds. If the weather is clear, this is a stunning place to spend the evening with amazing views.
DAY 7 : Summit Day (4,095m)
Very early start today, we’ll be woken with a cup of tea to start trekking at 3.00am in order to make the summit of Mount Kinabalu by sunrise. The going will be deliberately slow at this altitude as we cross the huge granite slabs that lead to our final goal. As the skies lighten and the sun finally rises over the Sabah jungle illuminating the vast canopy below us, the feeling of elation of reaching our objective after days of effort will be palpable. We spend a little time in the freezing temperatures enjoying the view and getting the classic summit shot before we finally turn ourselves around and head back to the mountain hut for breakfast. Bags packed we descend to the park headquarters to sign out, find our minibus and head for Kota Kinabalu where we check into a small beach hotel with a pool.
DAY 8 : Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan
We have an early start this morning, our flight to Sandakan is at 7am! However this gets us to the famous Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in time for the morning feed. After enjoying time with these amazing primates, we head to Sukau Kinabatangan. It’s a beautiful 21/2 hour drive, at the end of which we check into our river lodge. We’ll then have several opportunities for river safaris but in the afternoon and at dusk, each revealing different wildlife.
DAY 9 : Kinabatangan
We stay another day in this amazing aquatic jungle environment, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells. There will be options for more river safaris, or head out on foot into the jungle (accompanied of course) The nocturnal safari is particularly highly recommended.
DAY 10 : Gomantong caves, then depart Borneo
After an early breakfast we leave the lodge punctually in order to reach Gomantong caves, famed for the winged residents – swifts and bats, the nests of the former prized for the culinary uses. From there we return to Sandakan airport for our flight to our hub airport (most likely Kuala Lumpar) and our onward flight home.
DAY 11 : Arrive UK
Today we will arrive back at London Heathrow.
These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.
Bags & Packs
A 80-120L duffel bag to transport kit. A duffel bag is a strong, soft, weather resistant bag without wheels but with functional straps for carrying. Suitcases and wheeled bags are not suitable
Approx. 40L capacity. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials, fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt
Waterproof rucksack cover
To protect rucksack from rain
Nylon rolltop bags (or even just large plastic bags) that keep fresh clothing and other important items like passports and iPods dry in the event of a total downpour that seeps into your kitbag. Good for quarantining old socks
Small kit bag or light bag
This is for any kit you intend to leave at the hotel and could even simply be a heavy duty plastic bag
For use on your kit bag for travel and on the expedition plus your hotel bag
4 Season sleeping bag
You should get a sleeping bag rated to -10C and choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature. A silk sleeping bag liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights
Sleeping bag liner
Silk is best for keeping the bag clean and you a little warmer
This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head
Wide brimmed hat
Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck
Essential for protection from the sun and dust
Worth spending money on good UV filters. Julbo is our preferred supplier
Essential for protection from the sun
Sun cream will not work on your lips and they are very susceptible to burn without proper protection
This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion
These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack
A light weight trekking T shirt is advisable for this expedition as some of the days can be hot
Optional – A great low volume additional layer to keep your core warm, whether down, primaloft or fleece
Light insulated jacket
A lighter jacket such as a Primaloft or lightweight down which can be worn at lower to mid altitudes is a great addition to your kit offering greater flexibility with layering
Soft Shell (optional)
Optional – These should be windproof (not all are) and insulative. They are mostly made of soft polyester and sometimes resemble a neoprene finish which makes them very mobile and comfortable to wear. While offering a degree of weather repellence, they are not waterproof
These jackets are thin, highly waterproof and windproof and worn over all other items of clothing. You’ll find these made of Gore-Tex or other proprietary waterproof yet breathable technology. Inexpensive hard shells that aren’t breathable will prevent evaporation, making you sweat intensely and are not recommended
Generally made using feathers, these are the ultra-warm and insulated layer that are used when at camp or in extremely cold environments. Those with a windproof outer fabric will provide the best insulation. Ask advice in the shop (or from us) when buying the jacket and mention you want it rated to -10C and the assistant will recommend the correct fill for you
Consider liners or a light polartec pair for lower altitudes and evenings, and a thicker waterproof pair like ski gloves for higher altitudes
These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts
Windproof or thermal lined trekking trousers for higher altitudes and the summit phase. Thermal leggings can still be worn underneath if necessary
Like the jacket, an essential piece of kit to stay dry and should also be Goretex
Merino or wicking material, not cotton. How many pairs you take is entirely up to you
3 season walking boots that are well broken in with mid – high ankle support
Start with lighter socks lower down, working up to thicker pairs for higher up as it gets colder. Some people like a clean pair every day, others are happy to change every other day – that’s a personal choice
Just in case
Trainers for camp and town, saves stomping around in heavy boots for the entire day
Water bottles / bladder
2L capacity either in a combination of bladder and Nalgene bottle or just Nalgene bottles
Purification tablets are better than any other system. Highly unlikely to be needed. Always good to have in your bag
Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!
Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect
These are great for washing when modern shower facilities become a thing of the past
A must have for good camp hygiene
For protection against the inevitable snorers!
For early stages and once back down
Provided on the mountain but a spare in your daysack may be useful if you need to hide behind a rock between camps
Nappy sacks or dog poo bags
Only needed to bag your toilet paper if you are caught short in between camps and for keeping your rubbish tidy in your tent
Personal first aid kit
Blister patches, plasters, antiseptic, painkillers etc.
Keep this in your daysack
Bring spare batteries
These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill
Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards
You will be fed very well and given snacks each day however we advise bringing a small selection as a little bit of comfort. For summit night it’s always good to have a few extra chunky bars for that extra boost. Energy gels and protein bars are not suitable
iPod, book, Kindle etc.
Don’t forget this! Your passport should have at least 6 months validity. With your passport expiry date at least six months after the final day of travel.
Copy of passport
Just in case
Passport photos x 4
Dental check up
We recommend you have a dental check-up before your trip. New fillings can be an issue at altitude if there is an air pocket left in the gap
We recommend you take around $350 with you in small denominations. This will allow for tip money plus any extras such as satellite phone calls and emergency funds. Small denominations are recommended as it may be difficult to obtain change and it will be easier to divide tip money
Copy of own travel insurance details. And relevant contact numbers.
We have a partnership with True Traveller and would recommend that you contact them when looking for travel insurance for your trip with 360. However, it is vital that you ensure that the insurance cover they offer is suitable for you, taking your personal circumstances (items to be insured, cancellation cover, medical history) into account. Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.
Food and Water
What is the food like on the trek?
All meals on the mountain are fresh, nutritious and varied. We try to ensure that dietary preferences are met and that local ingredients are used. You’ll be amazed what can be produced on a kerosene stove!
The underlying aim is to provide balanced, nutritional meals packed with carbohydrates to refuel hungry bodies and to replenish stores for the next day of activity. On top of well balanced meals you are provided with coffee, tea and snacks upon arrival into camp. The morning wake-up call is usually accompanied with a cup of tea or coffee in your tent. Do bring along any of your favourite snacks and goodie bags from home if you want. Concentrate on high energy food-stuff to give you that little boost on an arduous day.
I have food allergies, can these be catered for?
Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergiesor intolerances and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the trek.
Where does the drinking water come from?
For the first day bottled drinking water will be used. At higher camps we will use locally sourced drinking water from streams or springs. These are usually fresh being topped up from melt water above or by rainfall but we treat the water with purification tablets and boil it to be on the safe side. We always ensure that our drinking water is 100% bug free.
How often is fresh water available for replenishing during the day?
Before leaving camp in the morning you will fill your water bottles or camel bladder. If this runs low you will have ample more water to replace it with. For most walking days water can be replenished at the lunchtime site.
What will the accommodation be like?
Most altitude related symptoms manifest themselves at night. We therefore recommend tent sharing from the onset of all our expeditions. Tent share is always organised according to sex and where possible age groups. Obviously if trekking with a friend or partner then you will be able to share tents.
If you have joined the team by yourself then it is highly likely that you will be sharing a tent with your pre-assigned room buddy unless prior arrangements have been made. We use high quality 3 man tents to be shared between 2 people to provide extra space for your comfort. In Kota Kinabalu you will be staying in a small beach hotel whilst in Sukau Kinabatangan you will be staying in a characterful river lodge.
Will the camp be set up or will we be staying at fixed camps at set sites on the way?
Our local camp crew will set up the tents for you each night. We send them ahead of the group to secure the best site and to get the site prepared before you arrive. Bear in mind that these guys are also porters and when our walking days are shorter we might get to camp before them. If this occurs then have a cup of tea in the dining tent and wait for your tents to be ready.
Will the toileting facilities will be “Au naturel”, or pit latrines?
We bring along our own toilet tents with Portaloo units. This allows us to maintain the best possible levels of hygiene without contributing to the toilet and subsequent health problems that can happen at some camps.
Health and Safety
Am I likely to suffer from altitude sickness on this expedition?
There are different types of altitude sickness. Although our acclimatisation regime ensures that everybody enjoys the best possible chance of getting high on the mountain, altitude related problems can happen. The most common of these is acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Symptoms for this generally include:
In all this sounds quite dramatic but generally this is just the process your body naturally goes through to adjust to the higher altitudes and the reduced partial pressure of the atmosphere. For some people the acclimatisation process is a little longer and harder than others.
For our leaders this is all part and parcel of ascending high into the mountains.
What should I do if I start suffering from AMS?
AMS might sound frightening but our leaders are fully trained (and experienced) in helping to relieve your personal symptoms and provide advice on how to best proceed. Reducing the chances of AMS can be helped by following some simple yet effective guidelines:
- Drink lots of water
- Walk slowly
- Stay warm
- Eat well
Please don’t fear AMS, it is part and parcel of climbing mountains of this nature. Learn to respect it and to know how to deal with it but importantly tell your 360 Leader how you feel.
What happens if there is a problem in the mountain?
All our guides are in communication with each other by phone and radio. In the vast majority of cases of emergency rescue the problems can be attributed to altitude and if so the solution is immediate descent to lower altitudes. Our local trekking crew are all experienced in dealing with problems that could arise. Our guides are either doctors or qualified with the highest standard of wilderness first aid qualifications and can handle an emergency to the highest level of competency, in the vast majority of cases without national park assistance.
You advocate taking a small first aid kit, what should it contain?
We advocate a little bit of self-help on the trek. If you have a blister developing for instance then please stop, take off your boot and treat it before it becomes a problem.
Your own first aid kit should contain: a basic blister kit, plasters, antiseptic, high factor sun-protection, your own personal medication (sometimes the mules might get to camp after you and if one is carrying your medication you may not be able to take it according to the regime you are used to), basic pain relief (aspirin and Ibuprofen), a personal course of antibiotics if prone to illness. Foot powder in your socks every morning is great for preventing blisters.
Generally the best approach to take when packing your first aid kit is to include such basic medications as if you would on a family or personal holiday.
Your 360 expedition leader carries a very comprehensive first aid kit which contains a wide range of supplies and medications. He is fully trained to use whatever is needed for any emergency that may arise. We advocate keeping this in mind when packing your own first aid supplies and keeping your own FA kit as compact and light as possible.
Do I need to take Malarial drugs?
The Malaria protozoa generally does not survive over an altitude of 1,500m so Malaria should pose no threat. We recommend that you visit your doctor or travel clinic before departure to get the latest advice.
What vaccinations do I need?
Please see your GP Surgery or travel clinic for information on the latest recommended vaccinations and to ensure you are up to date on any necessary vaccinations.
Is it possible to rent equipment before I go?
It is possible to rent kit in the UK. While we recommend the use of personal equipment whenever possible if you will be doing many more expeditions, the cost of equipping yourself can be a big deterrrent and hiring (or borrowing) is a worthwhile economy. Should you wish to rent any equipment, please take a look at www.outdoorhire.co.uk and then the 360 kit lists under “Partners Kit Lists”.
What clothing should I wear on this trek?
Think about the time of year, and how high you are going. While you may swelter at the bottom of the mountains, it can get surprisingly nippy at altitude.
Both long sleeve tops and trekking trousers are recommended rather than shorts. Long sleeves and trousers are recommended as a deterrent to insects, scratches from bushes and to act as sun protection. Equally, if you wish to bring short sleeve tops or shorts, that’s fine, just be careful. Keep an eye on sunburn. The prevailing conditions of the day will dictate what you feel like wearing. And the layering system never fails. If you’re cold, put a layer on, if you’re hot, take one off.
Are down jackets necessary?
They are highly recommended, our guides wear them every evening. A layer system comprising of several layer of base layers, fleeces, jumpers and a jacket will suffice on most nights but nothing beats the efficiency of a good down jacket (especially when topped with a water proof layer).
Will I need to bring waterproofs?
As much as we’d like to guarantee eternal sunshine, we can’t fix the weather for you. You should bring waterproofs and they should be accessible. It is quite possible to be caught out in an afternoon rainstorm low down on the mountain. Once you get wet and your core temperature drops slightly, it becomes very hard to warm up and dry out your clothing. Waterproofs should be breathable Goretex material or similar to save you drowning in your own sweat. Additionally they can be used as an invaluable wind shield to protect you against the effect of wind-chill when a strong wind blows.
What is the best type of footwear to use?
Because of the huge variety of terrain encountered when ascending these mountains it is very important to wear the right footwear. Boots should be sturdy, waterproof, insulated against cold temperatures and offer adequate ankle support.
In addition it is highly recommended that your boots are well worn in to prevent the formation of blisters. A wide range of suitable boots are on the market and further advice as to which brand names are available can be found online or at your local outdoor store. The leather / Goretex combinations are endless and each with their merits.
When in-store try lots of boots on, use the ramps in the shops to test their traction, make sure they are comfortable as you will be almost living in them for days on end and they are very important. Once you’ve found a pair you like, you think they’re comfortable, and will be for several hours a day, buy them. It is not necessary to buy technical boots with crampon clips as crampons are not used for climbing this mountain. But you may enjoy wearing lighter trekking shoes on more gentle days.
What sort of bag should I have for this trip?
Duffel bags are ideal for this sort of trip. North Face are among the toughest, but Mountain Equipment make one similar that is often very good value in Cotswold Outdoor. Whatever bag you go for make sure they are robust and have a large capacity. As one goes higher in altitude it becomes harder to pack the bag and some people struggle closing their bags due to bulky sleeping bags and other pieces of kit. It will be far better having a large capacity bag with extra room (after all air doesn’t weigh much) than having a bag too small and finding problems packing your kit. A 100 litre plus duffel bag is not too large.
Pack no more than you would want to carry yourself: 15kg is the limit for the trek and the muleteers (and mules) will not take kindly to heavy bags. Any extra weight such as spare clothes etc can be left at the hotel before you head for trek.
What should I carry inside my daysack?
A daysack is worn at all times during the trek. The content of this is mandatory and should include: a fleece (if we take a break later in the day when it has cooled down or weather changes), lightweight waterproofs (primarily to act as wind protection), sufficient water for the day, snacks, camera equipment, personal medication and a head torch.
How much should my daysack weigh? What size does that equate to?
Your daysack should weigh no more then 3 – 4 kg and a pack of around 30L capacity will more than suffice. This rucksack can be filled to brim with extra stuff when you check in at the airport. It is important that this bag has an adjustable waist belt to transfer the weight of your daily load onto your hips and from here onto your legs so that your strongest muscles do most of the carrying. It’s important to go as light as possible as weight makes a huge difference at altitude. You will be carrying your daysack so think twice before putting too many hipflasks in.
How warm does my sleeping bag need to be?
It should be rated within the -10 C comfort zone. From the first camp upwards it is not unusual to experience frosty nights and a good night’s sleep is important to giving you the best chance to complete this trek. Ensure you get a sleeping bag that has this temperature rating as its comfort zone, not extreme zone. Our guides take sleeping bags rated to well below -10C to ensure that they are warm at night. 3 season sleeping bags can be enhanced by using an inner silk sheet (or similar).
The idea is to be as comfortable and warm as possible for the night and henceforth to ensure plenty of sleep for the arduous days ahead. It is important to remember that down sleeping bags work by your own body heating the down that’s inside the bag. Once you have warmed up the bag the down will retain the heat and ensure that you sleep at a temperature that’s your own body temperature.
For best results it is best to wear as little as possible when inside your sleeping bag. Our guides will often only wear a set of thermals in their bag. It is important for the bag to trap the heat. By wearing multiple layers of clothing your clothing will trap this heat and your bag will not function properly.
What clothing is suitable for when we come back from the trek?
Shorts and T-shirts are fine to wear during the course of the day. Evening wear generally tends to be casual with long trousers and casual shirt being appropriate for all hotels and restaurants.
Malaysia is predominantly a Muslim country. Please be aware of this when packing. We highly recommend modest clothing for this expedition.
How out of my comfort zone will I be?
On a day to day level remember that you will be camping at altitude. You are likely to be cold, washing and toilet facilities will be limited, your appetite may be affected by the altitude and as you get higher on the trek you are likely to suffer shortness of breath and many people experience difficulty sleeping.
Remember that everyone on the trek is likely to be experiencing exactly the same symptoms: physical and mental.
How hot or cold can it get?
During the day, temperatures can be warm even in the mountain region with temperatures reaching the mid 20C’s. In the evenings temperatures drop and are much cooler. Rainfall is high due to the surrounding rain forests. As you will be trekking in a mountain environment, the weather can also change rapidly for the worse so you need to be prepared for all conditions.
What if I arrive early or depart late? Is there a single room option on this trip?
If you would like to arrive early before the trek or stay out for a few days then let us know and we can make arrangements for you. There is a single room option when we are city-based, again, contact the office for more details.
When will you let me know my flight times?
360 will send you a flight schedule as soon as we have booked your flights. Final confirmation will be sent to you about three weeks before departure.
What happens if I need to leave the expedition early?
If a trekker needs to leave early arrangements can be made with the assistance our 360 Guide. Additional Costs (transport, hotels flights etc.) will be incurred by you but our guides will be able to assist in every detail of your departure.
Do I need special travel insurance for the trek?
You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.
Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. 360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.
Entry into Country
Do I need a visa to get into Borneo?
British nationals do not require a visa to visit Borneo. If you are not a British passport holder please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.
How can I best train / prepare for this trek?
Obviously the best way to train for any expedition is to recreate the conditions of the climb as closely as possible. This is going to be difficult depending on where you are based geographically and we appreciate people have busy lives with work and family commitments.
Personal fitness is important for this trek, if you are struggling from day one then you will not enjoy the rest of the trip. Physical preparation does not have to be Herculean: concentrate on cardio-vascular exercise during the week by taking short runs when time allows and try to spend at least 2 weekends a month going on long walks (a decent six hours or 12 miles) carrying a rucksack of around 5kg in a reasonably hilly environment. Not sure what 5kg is? Put 5 one litre bottles of water into it.
This kind of regime will not only prepare your body for carrying minor loads but will harden your body against the big days on the trek itself. In addition it will help break in your boots and get you used to your equipment.
When is the money due for this expedition?
Generally speaking deposits (which are non-refundable) are due upon booking, particularly if we are handling your flight bookings. The full amount should be paid 4 months prior to departure. However having said this our aim is to get you into the mountains and we understand that personal financial situations can vary. Please contact our friendly office crew to discuss a suitable payment plan. We have after all been in your shoes and go by the motto of where there’s a will there’s a way.
If you are doing this for charity, your chosen charity will have particular requirements that they will communicate with you.
What currency is used in Borneo?
Borneo uses the Malaysian Ringgit. (around 1.00 GBP = 5.40 MYR.) However, you should keep an eye on the changing exchange rates. ATM’s are widespread in more urban areas. Please note your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
What additional spending money will we need?
The amount of money you will need depends on how many presents you wish to buy or how much you wish to drink when you come off the hill. As a basic rule of thumb $200 USD should be more than adequate for any post expedition spending.
Borneo is a relatively cheap place and when indulging in the local custom of haggling then goods can be very good value for money. Your 360 leader will be happy to point out the relative bargains and the suitable prices plus where to get the best value for money.
How much do we tip our local crew?
Our local crew work extremely hard to ensure that your expedition runs well. While tipping is not compulsory, it is very much ingrained in the Peruvian culture. Once someone sees the hard work the crew provides and realises the small amount of money they get paid relative to your own income, tipping will seem the least you can do to say thank you. As a guide we suggest around $120 – $150 per trekker for the entire local crew to be shared amongst them.
Tipping the 360 Leader is entirely at your discretion, although it is their skill, effort and dedication that can make an expedition a success.
What is your cancellation policy? What is your refund policy?
Please read our terms and conditions carefully before you depart for details on this. 360 Expeditions highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions as we must adhere to a stringent cancellation policy.
Do we need a travel adaptor for the plug sockets in the hotel or are they the same as UK?
Borneo uses the British three-pin (rectangular plug). The voltage is 220-240.
Is there mobile phone reception in the trek?
Mobiles will work sporadically.
Will I be able to charge my phone or camera out in the trek?
Opportunities to charge your batteries may be limited. If you can get hold of a lightweight solar battery charger this is probably the best option.
Will my valuables be safe?
While we will do everything we can to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times. As with travel in any foreign country, you need to look after yourself and your possessions, and this is no different.
Who will I be talking to before departure?
We’re all here to answer any questions you may have, but you will mostly likely be talking to Marni about the trek, and Helen about any flight, invoice or financial queries. If you do have any queries, whether it’s about medical concerns, you’re unsure about certain things on the kit list, or you want to add a few days onto the expedition at the end to relax a bit, we encourage you to get in touch with us and Marni really loves to talk! The better informed you are, the more likely you are to take on your expedition with confidence, and thus reach your objective.