Overview

Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge 

The Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge is an unforgettable ten day adventure holiday spent seeing the best of tropical Borneo on an active and mountain biking tour through Borneo!

What is the Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge?

Arriving into the tropical heat an sun of Kota Kinabalu, the trip starts with cycling through the rainforest on tracks up to a high point in the Crocker Range and then towards Mount Kinabalu for a trek to the summit, and then cycling and rafting back to the South China Sea. There will be some wonderful overnights in village homestays and beautiful remote bike rides on excellent paths with lots of wildlife to see if you watch and wait. 

There is also quality time spent in the spectacular Lupa Masa Jungle Camp deep in the forest, where you can go on night treks to see the wildlife and sleep in hammocks enjoying the sounds of the forest around you. At the end of the trip there is time for rest and relaxation and a visit to the orang utan sanctuary.

 

Dates & Bookings

Bespoke Dates

Itinerary

Borneo Bike and Hike Itinerary

Arrival & Preparation - 1 day
Cycling - 2 days
Jungle eco lodge - 1 day
Trekking up Mt Kinabalu- 3 days
Cycling via mountain village to the coast - 2 days
Kota Kinabalu - 1 day

This neatly fits into a two week expedition when the international travel is included. The theme is of a journey from the sea to the summit of Kinabalu and back to the sea. This is a circular route encompassing highland jungle roads, rainforest trails, the rock summit of Kinabalu, river rafting, mountain villages and finally the beautiful Indian Ocean coast.

This trip is mostly bespoke for small groups of two or more, but it can work for larger groups too.

Day Elevation Programme
1 Sea Level Arrive Kota Kinabalu, transfer to guesthouse, introductions, resting, briefings.
2 1400m Transfer by vehicle up to the start of the first cycle stage at a mountain pass at 1400m. Cycle downhill for around 30-45 minutes then up and down for 2 hours before we make reach the hostel near a 30m waterfall on the back road to Poring. Approx 40km with 1100 m of descent and 200 m of ascent at the end.
3 600m Cycle to Poring Hot Springs area on back road. This is likely to take between 4 and 6 hours depending on cycling speed. En-route stop and visit the memorial commemorating the final camp site of the allied prisoners of the infamous WW2 Sandakan Death March. Approx 75km with around 200m of ascent. It goes down to about 400m via two good hills and then up at the end to 600m We spend the night in the park hostel, chance to relax the legs in the hot tubs
4 600m After breakfast trek 30 mins through the forest to spend an exciting day and nights in a jungle camp with clear rivers and waterfalls to relax in. We can also take short hikes out into the rainforest. We sleep on mattress or in hammocks in the camp shelters.
5 2000m Trek and Cycle from Lupa Masa to the Mesilau Resort at the foot of Mount Kinabalu. This will be a combination of cycling and walking as some short portions of ascent are not practical for most people on a bike. Approx 40km with 1450m of ascent ending at 2,000m.
6 3200 Today we begin our climb of Mount Kinabalu using the Mesilau Route on the South East side of the mountain. The climb up to the Laban Rata hut will take around 5-7-hrs as it is a steep ascent from 2000m to 3250m.
7 4095 Today we climb to Mt Kinabalu summit then descend via the regular route to Timpohon Gate, the Park HQ then a quick transfer to the nearby lodge. This will be a long day of around 12-14 hrs with 700m of ascent followed by around 2300m of descent.
8 2000m After our long day yesterday we use 4x4 vehicles to send us to the start of our mostly downhill (4-5 hours) trek to reach a small mountain village. Here we will enjoy the fabulous fresh Kampung food and infamous rice wine. Our legs may be tired after our recent cycling and climb so we will take our time on the trek.
9 sea level Today we take a short trek to make the short downhill journey to the Kiulu River where our downhill progress is continued in white water rafts on the grade 1-2 water. After around two hours in the rafts we will get changed and have some lunch before getting on our bikes one last time to continue for another 2 hrs or so mostly flat to the coast for an optional celebratory dive into the South China Sea. We then have the rest of the day to relax on the beach or in the comfort of our beach hotel.
10 sea level

Today we will enjoy our surroundings on the shore of the South China Sea and also visit the local Orang-utan sanctuary to get up close to Borneo's most famous residents. 
Depart KK or optional activities which can be added to this holiday. 

 

Cost

Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge cost £1495.00

Based on minimum 2 people. This price would decrease if there were three or more and would be individually invoiced according to any tailored preferences or additions. 

INCLUDES

  • All internal transport travel
  • All meals and accommodation
  • All National Park fees
  • Bike & Helmet hire
  • 4x4 back up for luggage
  • Guide for the biking and mountain park guide

EXCLUDES

  • Return flight to Kota Kinabalu (~ £650)
  • Travel Insurance (~ £55+)
  • Travel vaccinations (~ £45)
  • Meals in the city

Payments

We make payments as flexible as possible and give you control over what you pay and when you pay it. A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. Therefore you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

Fitness

Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge Fitness

How fit do I need to be for the Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge?

This trip is relatively demanding in physical terms. The distances and ascents that we tackle are not huge but it must be borne in mind that Borneo is hot and humid and some of the route is at a moderate altitude.

It is important that you arrive on the trip healthy and in good physical shape. Ideally you will have done some training specific to cycling and trekking for a number of hours at a time. Good cardiovascular fitness will be important as will leg strength and endurance.

If you have any questions about the physical demands of this trip and suggestions on training then do get in touch with us.

Kit List

Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge Kit List

The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm/cool, dry, protected from the sun, able to move around efficiently and able to remain comfortable in the evenings and night. There is a detailed list in the menu to the right but the main points to cover are:-

  • BAGS - Large duffle ~90L (to stay in vehicles or accommodation) + Medium Daypack ~40L (carried by you on the climb) + Optional Very Small Daypack ~20L (to take on the bike so that you can carry snacks, camera, money etc)
  • SHELL - Hard-shell jacket and Bottoms to keep off/out any tropical rain storms on the trek. Possibly an additional lightweight water-resistant jacket for the cycling stage.
  • INSULATION - Some warm layers for higher elevations or at night, body hands & Head
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away sweat and cover up from sun or mosquitoes without getting too hot.
  • CYCLING - Thin, light and usually fairly tight fitting layers to minimise wind-flapping! Cycling shorts with some padding can be useful.
  • FEET - Light trainers or cycling shoes for the cycle, Supportive boots for the treks, comfy shoes for travel and flip flops/sandals for the beach and hot conditions
  • SLEEPING - A sleeping bag (or liner) and bedroll to get a good nights sleep in hot or cool conditions while camping
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - To allow you to wash and maybe stave off a headache or blister
  • OTHER - Documents, electrical devices, diary, book and water bottle

Why Us

Borneo Bike and Hike Challenge - Why Us?

We have our own in-country offices, staff and trip leaders in Borneo who can be trusted to not only give you a fascinating and fun insight into the various locations where we visit but also ensure that you are safe and well looked after.

Our Adventure Alternative director Tom Hewitt, originally from the UK, has led a life of travel and adventure before settling in Borneo. Tom is very knowledgeable about the environments and people of rainforests and mountains of south east Asia and passionate about their protection. He has worked in rainforest protection and enrichment projects and has been able to practice what he preaches in setting up and running the Lupa Masa eco camp, where we will stay, close to Poring Springs.

We also employ local guides who speak excellent English and who provide specific care in certain areas like on the mountain and in the jungle.

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Open trips or tailor made dates at no extra cost. 
£250 deposit and the balance in instalments.
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Staff Review

An excellent two week activity holiday combining mountain biking beautiful forest trails which are rarely visited and staying in village homestays, trekking up Mount Kinabalu and relaxing at the Lupa Masa eco lodge and then the beach. For the cycling enthusiast the Borneo trails are great fun, and not many people on them either. Make sure you are nicely fit and ready for the humidity and heat. 

Key Information
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Numbers 8 - 12
  • Max Altitude 4095m
  • Acommodation Homestay, camps, hotels
  • Challenge Moderate