Borneo Jungle Trek - 5D4N Maliau Basin (Sabah's Lost World)


REGION: Kota Kinabalu / Maliau Basin Conservation Area
DURATION: 5 Days 4 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Everyday (Pre-Book Needed)
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
PICK UP TIME: 06:30 Hrs
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
DROP OFF TIME: 17:00 Hrs
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

  • Jungle Trekking and exploration of Sabah's Lost World Maliau Basin
  • Discover untouched rainforest and changing forest vegetation bounded by escarpment reaching over 1,675M above sea level
  • Breathtaking views of Maliau rainforest in the morning
  • Visit spectacular 7-tiered Maliau Waterfalls
  • Experience Amazing Wildlife and Bird Watching
  • Jungle Night Drive or Night Walk

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu/ Keningau/ Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC)

  • 0630hrs: Meet and pick up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Depart for 2 hours drive to the small town in Keningau, passing by the scenic mountainous view of Crocker Range. 
  • 0830hrs: Arrive at Keningau Town. Visit local coffee shop for a coffee break or do some last minute shopping. 
  • 0930hrs: Continue journey to Sabah’s Lost World, Maliau Basin Conservation Area. 
  • 1330hrs: Arrive at the Shell Maliau Reception for lunch.  Visit the Information Gallery for an overall view and understanding of the Maliau Basin, Sabah’s Lost World. 
  • 1400hrs: Proceed to the Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC). Pygmy elephants and wild cattle (banteng) are frequently seen in this area. 
  • 1430hrs: Upon arrival, registration and check-in to the accommodation. Free and easy at your own leisure  until dinner time.
  • 1900hrs: Dinner at MBSC, followed by video presentation on introduction to Maliau Basin.
  • 2000hrs: Tonight (if weather permits), enjoy a night walk or night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife; species most often encountered are wild boar sambar deer, civet etc.
  • 2130hrs: Return back to MBSC for a good night rest.
Meals : Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC)

Day 2 - MBSC/ Agathis Camp/ Nepenthes Camp

  • 0700hrs: Breakfast and pack up
  • 0830hrs: Depart for Agathis Camp (1.5 hours drive) nestled in hill mixed dipterocarp forest. Agathis Camp is 8.82 KM away from Maliau Basin Studies Centre and located at the southern-most edge of Maliau Basin Conservation Area, about 20 KM to the north of the Security Gate and 500 Meters above sea level. Upon arrival, you may leave your main luggage at the store room of Agathis Camp and bring only the necessary.
  • 0930hrs: Let the Adventure begins! From Agathis Camp, trek through the rainforest for 7.5 KM to reach Nepenthes Camp. It is formerly known as Camel Trophy Camp as it was constructed by the Camel Trophy Expedition in 1993.  The trek from Agathis Camp to Nepenthes Camp will take about 5-6 hours of trekking over the rim of the Basin. The first 3 KM will be the most challenging uphill trek for this adventure. Rest stop as you consume your packed lunch and dwell in nature filled with rich vegetation. 
  • 1500hrs: Arrival at Nepenthes Camp, a two-storey building with basic accommodation such as bunk beds and limited electricity.
  • 1930hrs: Enjoy dinner in Nepenthes Camp and overnight.
Meals : Breakfast / Packed-lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Nepenthes Camp

Day 3 - Nepenthes Camp/ Takob Akob Falls or Giluk Falls or Fausi Falls/ Nepenthes Camp

  • 0700hrs: Breakfast. Visit the 33 Meters high Observation Tower, which provides a platform to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding forest canopy and observe birds at close range. 
  • 0800hrs: Pack up your stuff and collect the packed lunch. Proceed for another 2 hours walk to the beautiful Takob Akob Falls / Giluk Falls / Fauzi Falls. If time permits, you may be able to visit 2 or 3 falls. Relax and enjoy the surrounding rich vegetation or simply take a dip in the waterfall. Trek from the falls along the lowland Dipterocarp Forests to Nepenthes Camp. 
  • 1500hrs: Expected arrival at Nepenthes Camp. Free and leisure at your own time.
  • 1930hrs: Dinner & overnight at Ginseng Camp.
Meals : Breakfast / Packed-lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Nepenthes Camp

Day 4 - Nepenthes Camp/ Maliau Falls/ Ginseng Camp

  • 0600hrs: Breakfast. 
  • 0700hrs: Pack up your stuff and collect the packed lunch. Trek 12 KM along the lowland Dipterocarp Forests to Maliau Falls.
  • 1200hrs: Expected arrival at Maliau Falls. The awesome Maliau Waterfalls, the most famed and undisputed jewel in the crown of Maliau Basin. Maliau waterfall is a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall cascading over and over into Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28 Meters fall. Stop for lunch and rest.
  • 1300hrs: Proceed trekking for 5.5 KM back to Ginseng Camp.
  • 1600hrs: Expected to arrive at Ginseng Camp.
  • 1630hrs: Depart to Ginseng Falls.
  • 1730hrs: Trek back to Ginseng Camp.
  • 1930hrs: Dinner & overnight at Ginseng Camp.
Meals : Breakfast / Packed-lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Ginseng Camp

Day 5 - Ginseng Camp/ Agathis Camp/ Kota Kinabalu

  • 0700hrs: Breakfast and pack up.
  • 0800hrs: Depart Ginseng Camp and drop by the 4‐storeys Maliau Basin Observation Tower which offers a spectacular morning views of the rainforest.
  • 1300hrs: Estimated arrival at Agates Camp for your own lunch and proceed to the main gate.
  • 1700hrs: Estimated arrival at Kota Kinabalu and onward transfer to your hotel.
Meals : Breakfast / Packed-lunch

Meals 04 Breakfast, 01 Lunch, 04 Packed-Lunch & 04 Dinner
Includes Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Meals as Stated, 04 Nights Accommodation, Permits & Conservation Fees, User Fees (Campsite), VHF Radio Rental, Forest Ranger cum Radioman, English Speaking Guide
Accommodation Day 1: MBSC (Hostel - Bunk Bed) 
Day 2: Nepenthes Camp (Hostel - Bunk Bed)
Day 3: Nepenthes Camp (Hostel - Bunk Bed)
Day 4: Ginseng Camp (Hostel - Bunk Bed)
Excludes Porters (to carry personal belongings), Camera and Video fees, Personal Expenses, Any Items Not Mentioned

Personal Porter Service
Porter services can be engaged at guest's own personal account and to be settled in cash on the spot to the porter. Advance booking (1 week before trip) is recommended and subject to availability of porter. Personal Porter will assist guests and provide general help around the camp.

- Maximum of 12kg = MYR 100 Per Day Per Porter.
- Additional 5kg = MYR 40 Per Day Per Porter.
- Additional 6-10kg = MYR 100 Per Day Per Porter.
  • Quick Dry T-shirt
  • Trekking Pants
  • Comfortable Trekking Shoes/Boots
  • Leech Socks
  • Extra socks
  • Change of Clothes
  • Waterproof Backpack
  • Raincoat
  • Head Torch
  • Trekking Pole
  • Insect Repellant
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Person First Aid Kit
  • Personal Medication
  • Personal Toiletries (Non-Fragrance)
  • Porter Fees
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • All guests MUST provide the following information to us upon registration.
    i.    Full Name (as in passport)
    ii.   Gender
    iii.  Date of Birth
    iv.  Passport / IC No
    v.   Nationality
    vi.  Address

  • This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years old as it is much physical demanding during the tour.
  • All guests MUST purchase Personal Travel Insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation and submit to us a copy of the policy.
  • Guest MUST submit to us a latest fitness certificate confirmed by physician or doctor.
  • Special permission is needed and separate charges are levied for professional photography or filming.
  • Guest is to be accompanied by guide at all times and not allowed to wander on their own.

You Also Need to know:

  • You must have a very good level of fitness for this tour as you are required to be outdoors the entire time and be prepared to trek for up to 7-8 hours at each time.
  • The camp is very basic and you must be prepared to rough it out. However your meals will be well-taken care of.


  • This package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle.  Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee.  Please inform us when making the bookings.
  • The itinerary of the tour is subject to changes due to weather conditions, health & fitness conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • The tour can be done throughout the whole year. That being said, dry season is usually between March to October.
  • This trek is not suitable for the faint-hearted as there are four vertical ladders to traverse.
  • Humidity is high in the jungle, hence you must drink enough water to prevent dehydration throughout the trekking.