MOUNT KINABALU & TREKKING > Maliau Basin Trek (5 days / 4 nights)

There is a good reason why the Maliau Basin is also known as the Lost World of Sabah. This very remote conservation area of primary rainforest in the heart of Sabah is currently being nominated for World Heritage Status. It is extremely rich in flora and fauna which makes a wonderful trekking environment. This 588 km² basin is almost the same size as Singapore yet it is untouched virgin primary rainforest.

This trek into the famous Maliau Falls is challenging but well worth the effort. The forest is pristine and you will truly feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

While this entire region is rugged, the saucer-shaped Maliau Basin is distinguished by its almost circular perimeter, sharply delimited on all sides by cliffs or very steep slopes, making it insurmountable on foot from most directions. The highest point is on the north rim, at over 1,675m in elevation, but has yet to be accurately surveyed. Resembling a volcanic caldera, the 25 km diameter basin is in fact a sedimentary formation comprised mainly of gently inclined beds of sandstone and mudstone.

The basin was first discovered in 1947, and in 1981 it was designated as a conservation area for the purpose of research, education and training. In 1988, the first major scientific expedition was organised and in 1997 the basin was upgraded to Protected (Grade one) Forest Reserve. It now has a well-equipped Studies Centre and there are permanent camps set up within the basin.

Itinerary

(Timings to be used as guidelines only)

Day 1 (Lunch and Dinner)

You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30am and driven 3 hrs to Keningau where there will be a lunch stop. We then continue the drive down to Maliau arriving at Agathis camp by approximately 4.30pm. Dinner is served at 6.30pm. After dinner (if weather permits), we can go for a night drive or trek in search of nocturnal animals. Agathis camp has basic facilities (dorm style).

Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

After a 7.30am breakfast, we depart for Camel Trophy Camp at 8.30am. This morning is a challenging trek uphill and over the rim of the basin. Once inside the basin, the trekking and forest is outstanding. We will stop and have our packed lunch en-route, arriving at Camel Trophy Camp around 2pm. At 3pm we will trek to Giluk waterfall (1 hour) or the spectacular 100 metre high Takob Akob Falls (2 hours) unless you would prefer to simply relax at camp. Dinner is served at 6. Overnight at Camel Trophy Camp (dorm style).

Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

After breakfast we trek through the lowland dipterocarp forests for about 6 hours to the majestic 7-tier Maliau Falls, stopping for lunch along the way. From Maliau Falls we continue our trek to Ginseng Camp, our accommodation for the night, dinner is at 7pm.

Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

We leave Ginseng at 7am and trek for 6 - 7 hours back to Agathis Camp arriving at approximately 3pm. The rest of the afternoon is for relaxing at camp.

Day 5 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

This morning we chack out of camp and drive to the watch tower and sky bridge at Belian Camp before leaving Maliau and heading back to Kota Kinabalu.

NOTE : There is an option of adding another day to this itinerary at a bargain rate. The above itinerary is a guideline and it can be modified.

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