Overview

Borneo School Adventure

The Borneo school adventure is a month long trip which is part of our school expedition series. It tends to attract smaller groups who are ready for a great challenge and a unique chance to visit an indigenous tribe in Sarawak and see how our charity is working with them to plant thousands of trees and provide advocacy against logging. Added to that, the trip includes a proper jungle survival course, a river safari, snorkelling on the tropical islands, climbing Mount Kinabalu, homestays in the Malay villages and white water rafting! It is a big adventure suitable for higher years at school and even at college or University. 

This trip directly supports our tree planting programme in Sarawak while living in the Penan villages and seeing how this amazing tribe lives. For any student interested in geography, climate change, the state of our forests and anthropology, this is a great opportunity to be guided safely on an adventure which is a real learning experience. 

Borneo School Adventure is a youth expedition which is a popular addition to our expeditions to the Himalayas and east Africa. It is a fascinating jungle adventure into the heart of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. We work alongside the villagers, where the team will contribute their efforts to a project that has been requested by the community, directly combating the effects of logging on the rainforest. 

A trek into the rainforest is an experience never to be forgotten. The Penan tribe have only recently begun taking in visitors with Adventure Alternative, and we are the only organisation going there, so this promises to be a unique, challenging and rewarding cultural exchange. Learning the lore of the jungle is a very special opportunity, but we do not wish to have any negative impact on the people who live in and off the jungle. We need to be respectful and careful of our ‘footprint’.

The tree planting project itself is subject to change depending on the needs of the community and the time of year, but it is presently setting up tree nurseries to rehabilitate forest which has been extensively logged, plus building structures to meet the needs of future visitors. This is exciting times for all involved, and the chance to experience a grassroots project in a beautiful location with welcoming hosts.

The Penan way of life is something we might only ever see on television, or in a magazine, but to physically be there and sleep a night underneath the jungle canopy in a hammock with a giant leaf covering you, and with the cacophony of jungle sounds as your music, is the stuff of dreams. 

Borneo school adventure staff

We use our own local guides in Borneo and also Western guides who have all worked and proven themselves to us over the years. Our western guides have years of experience organising teams in Borneo and can be trusted to not only give you a fascinating and fun insight into the various locations where we work but also to ensure that you are safe and well looked after. We fully comply with the British Standard 8848 for overseas youth expeditions, especially in terms of risk assessment and venture staffing. 

Borneo parks and life in the jungle

Sarawak’s rainforest is a nature lover’s paradise and boasts of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. The rainforest is a safe haven for uncountable species of flora and fauna as well as being a sanctuary to various species of wild animals, including the incredibly shy silvered leaf monkey which lives on flower and fruits. This expedition not only allows a unique opportunity to witness some of this rare and endangered flora and fauna, but also some of the hundreds of different species of mammals, birds, snakes, lizards and amphibians. With expert tuition this is an enjoyable and memorable experience, especially in Sarawak where you can meet the local people who hunt and make blow pipes and keep the old traditions alive. 

Itinerary

Borneo School Adventure itinerary

The trip is 30 days in total and visits Sabah and Sarawak using a variety of forms of transport including light aircraft, canoes, 4x4 and on foot! The itinerary follows the broad plan below, with plenty of time for travelling and spending time in each place to properly appreciate and enjoy the experience. 

Volunteering & Culture: Tree planting, village stay and trek in the Penan area in Sarawak, jungle survival course - 11 days
Adventure: River journey in Sabah, and staying in the Lupa Masa jungle camp - 6 days
Expedition: Trek up Mount Kinabalu - 3 days
Coast: Rafting, island snorkelling and beaches, and visiting the Orangutan rehabilitation centre - 6 days
Rest days, flights and travel days - 4 days

DETAILED ITINERARY
DayElevationTravel TimeInfo
1-2     Depart UK (usually on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur). Arrive in Kuala Lumpur the following day and transfer to a connecting flight to Kuching, in Borneo. Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, it is a charming city with a fascinating history surrounding it. Meet your Adventure Alternative leader at the airport and transfer to the guesthouse.
3     We will spend this morning in Kuching getting to know the city, preparing for the project and buying any supplies. In the afternoon we will transfer to our jungle camp to continue our acclimatisation and start to get to know the jungles of Borneo. The camp also has it's own private beach and there will be time to swim. We will be based here for the next two nights.
4     We will spend the full day at the jungle camp where we will have an introduction to Borneo and take part in a jungle course, to give us a good introduction to the wonderful rainforests of Borneo. Overnight at the jungle camp.
5     We will leave the jungle camp after breakfast and travel to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre for the morning feeding of the Orangutans. Semenggoh was established to care for and rehabilitate wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned or were previously kept as illegal pets. We will then take an afternoon flight to Miri and transfer to our guesthouse for the night.
6-8     Today we fly into the jungle in the interior of Borneo, to an airstrip near the village of Long Lellang. We will then begin our trek to the Penan villages which we will be staying in and where Moving Mountains works. This is a beautiful trek through one of the oldest rainforests on Earth. You will be guided by our Adventure Alternative leader and local Penan guides. We will travel self-sufficiently, using hammocks overnight en-route. Sleeping in hammocks under the canopy listening to the jungle around you at night is a fantastic, unforgettable experience. We will camp by rivers and streams overnight. Baths and showers will be in these rivers and streams and food will be similar to that in the villages; rice and lots of amazing jungle vegetables collected from the surrounding area. In the afternoon of day 8 we will arrive in the village of Long Kerong where we will be welcomed by our hosts. We will be staying here with the Penan people in their homes for the next four nights.
9-11     In the morning we will have an introduction to the village. The Penan people are considered the jungle experts throughout much of Borneo and rely on the rainforest for their daily needs. Over the next few days we will spend time learning about the way of life of the Penan people and their native skills and knowledge such as the vast array of medicinal and edible plants in the forest, and of course how to make the infamous blow pipes and poison darts. We will also visit the tree nurseries and other work Moving Mountains Trust supports in this area. Our time here is planned for maximum flexibility, so that we can get the most out of this experience. We can have the opportunity to assist in the planting of saplings in the forest, take walks into the jungle to swim in nearby waterfalls and simply relax in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature. Food is simple, healthy and organic. Expect lots of rice and wonderful jungle vegetables such as jungle fern and wild ginger flower. Baths and showers are often taken in rivers and waterfalls, however some houses may have a room for washing, with bucket showers. Your hosts are incredibly friendly and welcoming and you will be very comfortable and well looked after. The Penan people make some of the best quality and beautifully designed rattan baskets and mats in Sarawak,and as a memento of your trip there is no better place to buy.
12     After breakfast we will travel by long boats from Long Kerong to Long Sepigen. We will be welcomed by our hosts and have an introduction to the village.
13-14     We will spend the next two days in Long Sepigen. Over these two days we will continue to learn about the life of the Penan people, we will spend time visiting the Moving Mountains tree nurseries and projects in the area and will also learn how to build bamboo rafts and test these in the river!
15     After breakfast we will bid farewell to our hosts and begin the journey to Long Akah, from where we will fly back to Miri. We will leave Long Sepigen early and travel by long boats to the village of Long Suit. From Long Suit it is then about an hour and a half in 4 x 4s to Long Akah to catch our flight back to Miri. After landing in Miri we will fly to the coastal city of Sandakan in Sabah, on a connecting flight from Miri via Kota Kinabalu to begin the next stage of our adventure. After landing we will transfer to our guesthouse, near Sepilok where we can have a hot shower. We will spend the next two nights here so will have time to wash some clothes!
16     After breakfast we will visit the famous Sepilok Organutan Rehabilitation Centre for the morning feeding of the Orangutans before heading to the Rainforest Discovery Centre nearby where we can climb the impressive canopy walkway.
17     After breakfast we will travel to the jetty in Sandakan where we will take river boats to our homestay on the Kinabatangan river. Our journey takes us through the mangrove and nipa palm forests to the mouth of the Kinabatangan river and our homestay, in a village only accessible by boat. The local families are Muslim and have started a new homestay and tree planting program. Upon arrival you will meet your friendly host family before heading back out onto the river for a wildlife safari. We hope to spot the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Orangutan, the endemic Proboscis Monkey and rare bird species such as the Storm's Stork and Oriental Darter to name but a few.
18     This morning we will take a dawn river cruise to a lovely ox-bow lake as the morning river mist slowly lifts. After breakfast we will spend some time visiting and taking part in the tree planting program. Overnight in the homestays.
19     After breakfast we say goodbye to our host family and continue through the 80,000 hectare wetlands sanctuary. Our route will take us briefly out to the Sulu Sea before we head upriver to our next village and different tribe. This is a trip that the original Chinese traders made in the 13th century and little has changed. We will spend the next two nights at a river lodge in this village.
20     Today we will spend our day at the river lodge and in the surrounding area.
21     After breakfast we will transfer, by road to Poring Hot Springs. From Poring village it is a 30 minute walk through the forest to reach our jungle lodge, Lupa Masa, where we will stay for two nights. Our page on Lupa Masa can provide you with more information: http://goo.gl/xAIzK
22     We will spend today at Lupa Masa surrounded by primary forest, rivers and waterfalls, which are spectacular and very relaxing! We will start with a short introduction to the diverse flora and fauna that we can expect to see in the area. We then trek for around one hour to a private 30m waterfall, and simply relax and soak up the sights and sounds of the rainforest. At night we will head down to the river and watch the fire-flies dance in their search for a partner. We will also take a night hike surrounded by the chorus of the rainforest at night.
23     After breakfast we will walk back from Lupa Masa to the road at Poring where our bus will take us up to the cool mountain air of Mesilau resort in the Kinabalu National Park. At 2,000m Mesilau is the start of the next day's trek up the mountain. If time, in the afternoon there will be a chance to watch a short video about the park and view some rare orchids and pitcher plants.
24-25     The team will ascend the mountain by the Mesilau route. There is an excellent trail set in amazing countryside of montane forest, mountain streams and ridges. After 6-8 hours trekking we reach Laban Rata lodge at 3,200m. This will be a long and challenging day but with the local mountain guides to help we expect everyone to make it. Laban Rata provides dormitory accommodation with sheets and blankets, and a restaurant for dinner in the evening. From here there can be wonderful sunsets and fantastic views across Borneo and the South China Sea. Day 25 will see an early start at 2 a.m for our final climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (4095m) for sunrise. The first hour is usually the hardest but with effort and perserverence the summit is obtainable. From the top with luck an unforgettable sunrise and views across Borneo. We will spend maybe one hour at the top before returning to Laban Rata for a welcome breakfast. From there it is 5-7 hours to the main park h.q and our hostel for the night.
26-28     After breakfast we will transfer to a nearby beach for the next 3 nights. Here we can spend some time snorkeling and swimming in the crystal clear waters.
29     We will be picked up after breakfast and taken to the start of the rafting (optional). This is a safe grade 1-2 river in a beautiful setting and will take approximately 2 hours. There will be time for swimming and at the end a buffet lunch. From here we will transfer to Kota Kinabalu, for our final night.
30     Depart Kota Kinabalu. You can either depart back home, or we can provide any other optional add-on trips throughout Borneo.

The start date for the Borneo school adventure is the date you depart from the UK, making the arrival date in Borneo day 2. The end date is the departure date from Borneo so depending on the flight departure time you could arrive home on the same date or the following date.

We can adapt our standard programme to the requirements of groups and can also run similar trips tailored for adult groups, often parents of students who have come back from our trips with glowing reports! Mostly we tend to work with schools and colleges that adopt Moving Mountains as their charity of choice, and this trip enables young people to experience the reality of the work that an NGO is doing on the ground. 

Cost

School Expedition to Borneo cost £1,995.00

INCLUDES

  • Expedition guide and venture leader
  • Organisation and staffing from our office and the local Penan people, covering all of their costs for guiding, translating and hosting visitors in their homes
  • All food and meals during the trip, which includes any food eaten in homes in the village
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Longboats in the Penan area and all other river transport
  • Internal flights from Kuching to Miri, from Miri to the jungle airstrip by small light aircraft & return, and from Miri to Sandakan
  • 4x4 transport in the Penan area and all other road transport
  • Jungle survival course
  • Entry to Sepilok and Semenggoh Wildlife Centres
  • UK and Borneo office backup and support.

EXCLUDES

  • International airfare to Borneo, via Kuala Lumpur
  • Vaccinations and anti-malarials required
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Fundraising aim for the Moving Mountains tree planting project (min £250 pp)
  • Mt Kinabalu Climb (£200)


NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY

This trip works directly with the Penan people in Sarawak through the Moving Mountains Trust to protect and enrich their rain forest. This is a process of long-term sustainable community development. The school visit provides vital tourism income plus the money raised by the venturers is used to help fund the tree planting programme. 

Travel Insurance - you will need travel insurance for this trip. Normal holiday travel insurance is adequate as long as it covers trekking and rafting grades 1-3. We advise you to get this insurance early on, so that if you have to make a late cancellation for some reason then you will get all your money back.

LOCAL PROVIDER

Our local provider is Adventure Alternative Borneo. Adventure Alternative Borneo complies with UK tourism standards. Where we do use providers such as hostel and guesthouse owners and homestays these are people our Adventure Alternative Borneo staff have known for years, and spent time with to build up the trust between both parties. 

Fitness

Borneo School Adventure - fitness and terrain

The expedition element for the Borneo school adventure is moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a backpack. The effects of heat and humidity will also further tax your body. You will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape having exercised regularly over at least the 6 months leading up to the trip.

You do need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.

Rainforest

The rainforest is actually a very clean and pure place to visit. The canopy offers excellent shade from the intense sun and traps moisture, however it can be very humid and a lot of water will need to be continually drunk. We travel using trails and the rivers which have been the jungle arteries for the local native residents for hundreds of years. It is very unlikely that you’ll be off the beaten track with a machete. Sometimes the paths can be muddy and slippery, and there are logs to clamber over, streams to cross and it is always up and down.

Movement in the jungle is generally very slow, about 10km maximum per day, and it is easy to feel exhausted after just a few hours. Keeping rehydrated is paramount and looking out for natural dangers such as thorns or tripping over moss-covered rocks. It is unlikely you will see much wildlife while on the move, except for birds but if you keep very still and quiet you will find the jungle is full of wildlife! Just a short while spent listening and watching carefully will yield some tremendous sights of indigenous mammals like the red leaf monkey. Moving through the jungle you will begin to see how a completely green and seemingly impenetrable terrain is actually filled with ‘signposts’ and guides; the lore of the jungle is what you have come to experience.

Crossing streams is an ideal time to have a quick cooling down in the water, get some liquid on board and take a rest, however some of the streams become minor cataracts after a heavy downpour. You should buy locally made jungle shoes to walk in, these are rubber and they have moulded studs for grip on the muddy ground, some also have holes in them for aeration.

Mt Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is an oval-shaped granite dome which arose from volcanic and tectonic movements about 1.5 million years ago, which was followed by glacial erosion during the Ice Age, and this accounts for the smooth rock surface. The lower slopes are steep, but the path is well trodden with regular water stops and many wooden steps that meander ever upwards. There is no doubt that it seems never-ending, especially in the midday heat! As you trek through the vegetation zones, there are many view points to enjoy and lots of stops. A lot of people climb the mountain, so you are rarely alone, although you do feel very jealous of those coming down.

Above the hut at Laban Rata you pass onto the high plateau, from vegetation to rock, and the terrain is altogether different. It is utterly bare of plant life, just miles of granite and many peaks and spires. It is easy to walk across, except when it is raining. When the surface is wet you have to be very careful of slipping. When the cloud comes down it is very easy to get lost up on this plateau, so be very aware of the weather and stick close to your guides.

Coming down the mountain can be difficult too, with hundreds of steps to negotiate until your knees are complaining and your feet are sore. Again, it seems never-ending, but at least you are now passing people on their way up who are feeling jealous of you!

Camps used on the Borneo school adventure

In Kuching, near Sepilok and Kota Kinabalu we stay in small, family run guest houses. This are very comfortable with dormitory style or twin rooms, showers and western-style toilets. The jungle camp by the beach near Kuching is basic but comfortable. Nights are spent in simple jungle huts by the beach.

During our trek to the Penan area we will be using fly camps, and the expedition will be travelling self-sufficiently, using hammocks en route. This is one of the great experiences of the trip; sleeping under the forest canopy listening to the jungle around. In the villages we will be staying in home stays with the local Penan people. In the villages the people live in homes built from the jungle. Life in the villages follows an ancient rhythm of hunting, foraging, gathering and socialising. The pace is slow and the priority is the community itself. The house are comfortable and we will receive a very warm and friendly welcome. Some houses have bucket showers, but on some occasions baths and showers are taken in rivers and streams. Most of the houses have long drop toilets. Our home stays in the Bilit and Abai villages in Sabah will be a similar style to the homestays in the Penan area.

Accommodation at Lupa Masa is comfortable; with stretcher-type hammocks in traditional “sulaps”. In the bathrooms there are bucket showers, or an option which many guests prefer is to shower in one of the beautiful waterfalls or streams surrounding the lodge. Toilets are squat toilets. There is a kitchen and dining area, power supplied by the water and some lovely places to just sit and relax and watch the wildlife. 

Accommodation on Mt Kinabalu is in the Mesilau Resort and Laban Rata Hut and Sayat Sayat Hut, depending on which has the availability at the time. Mesilau is very comfortable with showers and western style toilets. Laban Rata is a comfortable hut with dormitory style bedrooms, toilets and showers. Sayat Sayat is a higher hut, just above the forest line with amazing views and options for a mountain hut or tents. 

On the beach accommodation is in dormitory style bedrooms and is basic but comfortable.

Experience needed for the Borneo school adventure

You do not need to have any previous experience for this expedition as our guides will show you everything you need to know. The Penan people will show you how to live off the jungle, how to make a plate out of a leaf for example and how to build hammocks, and how to travel efficiently in their environment.

Clearly this trip is quite challenging if you are expecting modern amenities, since there are none in the jungle, so the trip will require patience, teamwork and a willingness to work with Mother Nature! Sometimes the heat and humidity can be debilitating, and sap even the most positive of minds. Mental preparation and an open mind are essential.

The mountain challenge is a non-technical trek to climb Mount Kinabalu alongside the various other elements of the trip. You will need to be reasonably fit and any regular hill walker will find this expedition within his or her capabilities. A training programme should include regular hill walking with a small pack of around 5-10kgs, and regular visits to the gym or the swimming pool for the final two months before departure.

Adventure Alternative support

Adventure Alternative supplies excellent guides and where appropriate local porters, plus of course all the villagers who will be supporting you. Our leader has a lot experience of travelling in Borneo and will manage the situations and help teach you any skills which you may not already have, but in the village there will be no better support or teacher than the local people.

In the Penan area the expedition is self-sufficient and the leader will have satellite communication and a group first aid/jungle repair kit but there is no doubt that this trip requires common sense and teamwork. Getting out of the area in the event of an accident or emergency will mean doing the same journey in, in order to get out. This means potentially carrying somebody to the 4x4, and then getting to the light aircraft as soon as possible.

On Mount Kinabalu we will have porters to help with the bags, and also any tents, food, stoves and fuel. You will have to carry some personal clothing plus water, camera and sundry items amounting to no more than about 8 kgs.

Kit List

Borneo school adventure kit list

  • Rucksack with waterproof liner for the jungle and mountain section (there is a 10kg small plane allowance on internal flights)
  • Duffle bag for flying and keeping everything inside
  • Dry bags to keep clothes in
  • Sleeping bag liner made of cotton or silk
  • Sleeping clothes, light and long sleeved (cotton)
  • Sweater or light weight fleece as it can be cold at night
  • Trekking clothes -  either lightweight long trousers and shirt or t-shirt and shorts, plus a change of clothes (quick drying)
  • Rubber shoes which can be bought in Borneo
  • Sandals
  • Leech socks 
  • Trekking socks
  • Underwear and cycling shorts which are good for trekking in
  • Head torch
  • Sun hat, sun glasses
  • Ear plugs (forest is noisy)
  • Penknife and small repair kit, tape, cable ties etc
  • Bowl, mug, plastic cutlery, penknife, cable ties and small repair kit
  • Light rope to use as a drying line for wet clothes
  • Water bottle
  • AquaPure water treatment bottle (0.7 litre) or water purification tablets
  • Swimming stuff /shorts
  • Camera (and waterproof bag or case), spare battery/memory card
  • Personal medications
  • Washing gear, toothpaste, soap (environmentally friendly variety), lightweight towel, toilet paper in plastic bag
  • First aid kit, sun cream, talc, mosquito spray and anti-malarial tablets
  • Hammock (can be rented in borneo)
  • General clothes for travelling and sightseeing (lightweight, long sleeved)


Jungle travel for the Borneo school adventure

Travel light and compact in the jungle. The large holdall will carry everything on international travel and can be used to store anything that is not going in to the jungle, but once you start the journey into Sarawak you don't need much. Normally you have two sets of clothes, a day set which gets very damp from the humidity, and a dry set for the evening. At night you sleep in hammocks with a cotton sheet and a light sleeping bag, wearing a t-shirt. 

In the jungle you have to contend with the heat and humidity, so there are lots of water stops and plenty of opportunity to jump in streams and cool down. Insects are attracted to the sweat so wear lightweight long sleeved clothing and shorts, and no cotton underwear or anything which might chafe. Insect repellent is useful and you may want to consider a repellent for clothing. Leech socks are also useful, basically knee length socks that are very smooth so the leech cannot latch on as you walk past. They dangle of grass stems and branches and wait for you to brush by. They are not painful, in fact you have no idea they have landed on you until you see the blood. Apart from being a bit gruesome, dealing with leeches is not a big problem. Most people find it takes time to acclimatise to the humidity in the forest, but once this has happened after a few days most people love the experience of being under the canopy and travelling so light. 

There are many brands/types of water purification bottles and you can get them in good outdoor/travel shops and online shops. The Aquapure Traveller Bottle or something similar will work well in Borneo. Actually if you are using running water there are few problems to worry about, the water is from the rain and it's lovely and fresh. Sieving the water is useful in case of bits, and by all means use the chlorinated tablets that are common, or a water filter. 

The two main brand names for suitable hammocks are 'Hennessy Hammocks' and 'Nomad Travel' though if you end up getting the a Nomad hammock then remember that you will also need to get a mosquito net too, all suitable Hennessy hammocks have a mosquito net built in. A Nomad hammock and mosquito net should work out much cheaper than a Hennessy hammock. We do rent them out to people on trips, or you can buy one for yourself online.

Clothing should be lightweight cotton or synthetic (bear in mind that cotton is slow drying, a synthetic fabric like polyester or nylon will be much quicker drying) though no matter how quick drying your clothes are you should expect them to be damp at best throughout your time in the jungle!

Mount Kinabalu

This is a three day trek up and down a great mountain which is actually a batholith (a huge mound of granite) rising out of the oldest rainforest in the world. There are very easy paths to follow although they do go on and on! The walk takes you through the lower forest and up into the montane or alpine style forest, and if you're lucky and quiet you can see and hear a lot of wildlife. The paths are big rocky trails which can be pretty tiring on the leg muscles and knees, so it's important to stretch afterwards or else put up with a bit of hobbling the next day! The heat can be intense, so there are lots of water stops at the rest stations which are called pondoks. You'll meet a lot of people going up and down, it's a very popular activity for Malaysians and they come from far and wide. Wear good trekking boots, shorts, Tshirts and shirts and definetely take warm clothing for the night and waterproof jackets for when it rains. When it rains, it absolutely pours down. Tropical downpours are pretty common here so make sure everything is in dry bags inside your rucksack. 

You will need your sleeping bag plus the liner to keep warm, and sleeping mats only if we are using tents near the Sayat Sayat hut, but you can rent them locally. For the summit day itself you are up in the dark so bring a good headtorch, and negotiating the open rocky plateaux to get to the summit. It can be cold so warm hat, gloves, fleece and waterproof jacket are all important. You only need one of everything really because it's just a three day trek up and down, but make sure you keep it dry! 

Beach and other places

This is a tropical paradise so bring swimming stuff, sandals or flipflops, towel, sunglasses and cream, beach gear and Tshirt for swimming in. It's really easy to get a sunburnt back while snorkelling over coral reefs. Some people like to bring light neoprene gloves and socks for the snorkelling just in case you step on something or touch something that is sharp or stings. 

For sightseeing and just being around, keep it simple and light and remember that the sun can do a lot of damage to our fair skin. 

 

Personal Medical Kit suggestion
Paracetamol 
Ibuprofen 
Antiseptic Wipes 
Adhesive Plasters 
Blister Plasters 
Zinc Tape 
Insect Repellent 
Antihistamine tablets 
Sunblock Cream 
Water Purification Tablets 
Rehydration Sachets 
Personal Medication as required: 
  eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc 

Possible Additional Personal First Aid Items 
Lip Salve 
Throat Lozenges 
Latex gloves 
Crepe Bandage 
Hydrocortisone Cream 
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea) 
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required) 
Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required) 

Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.

Why Us

Borneo school adventure - why us?

  • Adventure Alternative financially supports the tree-planting project funded by Moving Mountains Trust, which is currently providing £10,000 per year to plant up to 15,000 saplings in logged areas. This trip asks for the members to raise some of this money, thus enabling the whole project to happen. 
  • We have our own local subsidiary company in Borneo and employ local guides and staff to ensure that revenue is retained in the host nation.
  • We have built up a great partnership and trust with the Penan tribe which has taken years of patience. We do not simply turn up, this trip happens only once a year and is at the request of the villagers. They love our visits and they love sharing their lives with us, and the programme has largely been designed by them. We really want them to benefit from tourism, and they are eager to attract people to their home so that others can see it's fragility and the importance of wanting to protect it. 

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Staff Review

Challenging adventure to experience the best of Borneoi, including jungle trekking in Sarawak to visit the Penan people and see the tree planting projects which are tackling the effects of logging, living in hammocks in the jungle and learning the ways of the indigenous tribe and how simple that life is. The trip also treks up Mount Kinabalu, goes white water rafting and snorkelling on the amazing islands nearby. Best for smaller groups and slightly older age group, great for students of geography and anthropology, and obviously lovers of adventure. No mod cons in the jungle or on the mountain, so this trip involves adapting to the environment. Food is fantastic, but no chicken and chips! 

Key Information
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Numbers 5-12
  • Max Altitude 4095m
  • Comfort Camping, homestay
  • Challenge Moderate