Springboard Borneo Challenge 2019

Springboard Borneo Challenge 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the the unique cultural, historical, bio diversity and local indigenous communities of Borneo
  • Sojourn the Sepilok Orang Rehabilitation centre
  • Visit the Sunbear Conservation Centre
  • indulge in a Canopy walk at Poring Hot Springs
  • Enjoy snorkeling safari
  • Summit Mount Kinabalu 4095m
  • Service program and tree planting at the MESCOT initiative
  • Enjoy some downtime on Pulau Tiga "Survivor Island"

Trip Summary

This unique and exclusive, activity based itinerary has been created for the students of Queen Anne High School to highlight the many aspects of Borneo with a service focus. From London we fly to Sandakan which offers the ideal base for exploration of indigenous cultures, jungles, forests and an array of wildlife including the famous Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre. Our adventure begins with activity based adventures including a snorkeling safari, cycling, jungle survival skills and a summit of Mount Kinabalu whilst engaging with the local communites and taking part in a community service project side by side with the locals. We then ascend high above the jungle canopy on a guided canopy walk gaining a greater understanding of this fragile environment. We then drive across the island to Sepilok Jungle where we then turn our attention to conducting environmental service by spending a day at the Sepilok Forest Reserve and the Borneo Sunbear Conservation Centre where we work alongside the carers and vets to lend a hand to support the important conservation work these organisations provide. We finish with a journey to the survival island of Pulau Tiga for some snorkelling, mud volcano and relaxation time.We will meet the local indigenous communities living in the longhouses of the region. Our days will be spent travelling by boat up the longest river in Sabah and one of the best places in South East Asia to see wildlife in it's natural habitat. It is unlikely that you could find a trip with more diversity and adventure.

Itinerary

Meals:  Nil

Upon arrival the World Expeditions team will be waiting for you to whisk you to the group Adventure Lodge accommodation for the night located very close to Kota Kinabalu’ s time square. A trip briefing will take place (venue and time TBC upon arrival) and then we will be invited to feast on a scrumptious Malaysian welcome to country dinner. There may be some free time after dinner to explore the bustling markets; malls and you’ll soon notice its friendly locals, breath taking fiery sunsets, blossoming arts and music scene, and a rich culinary spectrum spanning street food to high end restaurants. This may be a city on the move with the 21st century, but its old-world charm and history are very much alive. Overnight in the adventure lodge (Dorm Style – exclusive use for Springboard guests)

Meals:  D

Today we have an early start at 07:30am. We need to transfer (approx. 130kms/ 3 hours) to the Poring Hot Springs. Here we will take a warm trek to see Sabah’s highest waterfall which stands at 100m high. The total trek is approx. 7KM (3-4 hours). Poring Hot Springs has been declared a World Heritage Site. En route, you will make a stop at Nabalu village to savour some local fruits or to purchase beautiful handicrafts. Poring Hot Springs is the name given to a large area of the park that is home to the hot springs baths. Located about 40km from Kinabalu National Park HQ in the surrounding lowlands where humidity is slightly higher than that of the rest of the park, visitors can appreciate its diverse flora & fauna including rare and endemic species of orchid, pitcher plants, birds, insects and butterflies. Furthermore, there are a variety of activities that guests can enjoy. There are two waterfalls, one a short 350m from the areas HQ standing 10M high. The other a moderately challenging 3.5KM hike which stands 100m high and is the highest waterfall in Sabah (included in the itinerary). There is also a fascinating canopy walk-way through the tree tops at 40M. A butterfly garden and if you venture slightly away from the tourist hub you can find the original small hot spring which is a popular resting place for a variety of birds. Checking into your accommodation at 2pm, the rest of the afternoon will be at free at leisure. *Entrance fees to the activities within Poring Hot Springs that are not included in the itinerary are extra charges (approximately MYR 5-15 per person/ per entry to the Butterfly Garden & Private Bath Tubs). *(NB: Porters for the Kinabalu climb can be booked on arrival at Kinabalu Park. Cost is MYR60-100 per porter per person (until Laban Rata Guesthouse) with maximum weight carried of 10 kg per porter, and every additional kg is charged at MYR6 per kg. This is to be paid directly to the porter. Costs are subject to change without notice) Overnight: Variety of mountain lodges at Poring Hot Springs within the UNESCO World Heritage site, dormitory or twin rooms with shared communal areas.

Meals:  B,L,D

Early morning transfer approx. 1 hour to Timpohon Gate for Mt Kinabalu climbing ascent. Check-in for your climb. You will meet our mountain guides and transfer to Timpohon Gate at the Power Station (approx. 20 minutes). From this spot is where you will commence your climb to Laban Rata and along the way enjoy a delicious packed lunch. The climb should take approximately 6 hours, we advise taking 6 hours so your body can acclimatise to the elevation commencing at Timpohon Gate (1800m), the trail ascends steeply, deep into the forest, with gnarled tree-roots and orchid covered trees surrounding the paths. As you ascend the vegetation begins to change and on reaching Layang at 2740m it is possible to see the famous pitcher-plant. The edge of the tree line is reached at 3350m and it is possible you will notice the reduced oxygen in the air. You should reach the Laban Rata guesthouse by early afternoon. The remainder of the day can be spent exploring the surrounding area or just relaxing and resting in preparation for your early morning ascend tomorrow morning. Overnight: Laban Rata guesthouse (accommodation is very limited and will be in multi-share rooms with dormitory bunk beds.)

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up at 2:30am for final mountain ascent. Trek for approx. 2 hours to 4,095M a.s.l for sunrise. Descend Mt Kinabalu aiming to arrive at Kinabalu Park by 2-3pm, road transfer approximately 3/4 hours to overnight homestay. It should take no more than 4 hours to reach the summit by sunrise; however you will need to wake at (2.00am) to ensure you make it to the top. You will commence climbing by torchlight (we recommend purchasing a headlamp) and as you ascend the terrain becomes less vegetated, and on the steep are ropes, ladders and handrails ropes to assist you with your climb. The final stages crosses bare granite slabs before a steep section up to Lows Peak and the highest Mount Kinabalu at 4,093m. As the sun rises over Sabah the most extraordinary view unfolds (weather permitting). Contrasting with the pink tinged granite is the deep green of the forest below, the fertile croplands and beyond to the island dotted South China Sea. You will return to the Laban Rata guesthouse (approx. 2 hours to descend) for a well-earned breakfast before continuing the long descent to Park Headquarters (approx. 4 hours) in time for a late lunch. Here you can collect your climbing certificate. After a late lunch at 15:00hrs its time to drive approximately 3 hours east to the village of Lohan. Passing through the township of Ranau, which means paddy fields in the local Dusun language. At 1,176m above sea level Ranau stood witness to the infamous Sandakan Death marches of World War II. We will arrive at our homestay in time for a local dinner. A good nights sleep is in order for your next adventure. Overnight in Homestay Accommodation (multi-share) *(NB: It can be very cold with strong winds at the summit. On many days clouds could obstruct visibility)

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up and enjoy breakfast with a 6am departure. You will be the only foreigners in the area, drive through quaint villages and paddy fields for an exceptional drive 5 hour drive with frequent rest stops to appreciate the stunning valley and river views. At the point where our vehicles can no longer pass, we take to our feet and trek for approximately 11km / 4-6 hours of trekking with an estimated 900m total ascent (600 a.s.l) to reach the build project location at Kg Garung. You will pass through small rural communities where the local people will be delighted to greet you, life is simple and friendly here where farming, plantations and forestry work is their lifeline. The trek follows a beautiful river with local wooden suspension bridges, you can expect small river crossings. The trail peaks and troughs along the route and you will find it very hot, expect up to 80% humidity and 35 degrees. Overnight sleeping all together in the community hall on camping mats (volunteers to bring their own sleeping bags, mosquito nets & pillow)

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next 3 days you will be working alongside the local community of the Dunsun Sungai tribe. Surprisingly the village does not currently have a school building, yet a curriculum & teacher is in place to start lessons as soon as they find a sponsor to build a school for them. The closest school to the community is in the village of Ranau which is a good 220km away which would involve staying there for the whole week to attend. The Garung community was gazetted an official village they are very proud of their 100% self-sufficient living but they would like the children to have an education and experience something of the outside world. There is no electricity, no internet and there are no showers at the village instead they rely on gravity water and the river for showers and washing. There are porta-toilets offering some privacy. Whilst we work alongside the locals you will really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere in this very friendly but isolated community. Sabah parks in Borneo (a government department dedicated to preserve areas in Sabah that contain outstanding natural values) are working towards extending the boundaries of the current UNESCO world heritage site of Kinablau Park to include this area. You will be amongst the first adventurers to set foot in the village. On the final night there will be a big celebration and a hand over ceremony with the local community. After we have erected the first school in the area the next steps are to provide equipment and revenue opportunities for the community. Kg Garung borders the Lingkabau forest reserve, a restricted area of Borneo that is under the management of the Sabah Forestry Commission, permits are required to enter the region which will be obtained for you, very few people have trodden this path. During your stay at the village, for those that are keen we will take you into the reserve through protected primary & secondary jungle with an exceptional array of naturally functioning ecosystems of rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest that is still home to wild orang-utans & gibbons. Although seeing them is practically impossible because they are extremely shy it’s an amazing feeling to know you are sharing the same area and you may hear them if you are lucky during your jungle experience, you might even spot an Orang-utan nest if you keep a sharp eye to the sky. Overnight sleeping all together in the community hall on camping mats (volunteers to bring their own sleeping bags, mosquito nets & pillow)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a big trekking day and promises to give you an experience of Borneo jungle that you will never forget. You will be trekking through a restricted area of Borneo that is under the management of the Sabah Forestry Commission, permits are required to enter the region, very few people have trodden this path. At 8:00am leaving your friends in the village, you trek for 15KM along plantation trails and jungle rainforest. The trails ascend and descend approximately 1000m. Expect a high level of humidity, 80% and above, 30 degrees temperatures and if its been raining you will no doubt encounter some leaches, fear not they are harmless and add embellishment to the dinner party stories you will share on your return. This is the real deal. You will be challenged and feel accomplished when you reach Overnight in Homestay Accommodation (multi-share) * You will need to carry with you and overnight bag for this part of the trip as there is no vehicle access. The rest of your luggage will be transferred from Kg Garung back to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we say farewell to our newfound friends in (TBC). You will be very pleased to see our drivers come and collect you. Now we drive approximately 4 hours on a 2WD un-sealed road following a river system to Kg Lohan. Once you join the main road transfer another 45 minutes back to the entrance of Kinabalu Park where we will stop for lunch then another 2hours by tarmac road back to Kota Kinabalu (KK) so that we can enjoy a celebration dinner together to mark the end of the challenge. Friendly locals, breath taking fiery sunsets, blossoming arts and a funky music scene awaits. KK has a rich culinary spectrum spanning street food to highend delicacies. Alongside swanky new malls and expensive condos, old KK, with its markets stocked to the gills with sea creatures, pearls, and busy fishermen shuttling about the waterfront, happy endures. This may be a city on the move with the 21st century, but its old-world charm and history are very much alive. Overnight in the adventure lodge (Dorm Style – exclusive use for Springboard guests)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today there will be some free in the morning for you to relax, shop or maybe go treat yourself to a massage before we will leave KK around 1400pm to check in for the flight to Brunei (leaves at 1710). Upon arrival in Brunei you will be whisked to 4* Mulia Hotel where you will have rooms, a swimming pool, gym and spa at your disposal to relax for a few hours before the final flight home to the UK. The hotel is located a short 10 min drive from the airport. Around 2300 you will be collected (exact time and location provided at drop off at the hotel) so that you can check in for the flight that leaves at 0015 Overnight on Royal Brunei airlines with a meals, snacks, soft drinks and on-board entertainment provided

Meals:  B

Arrival in London Heathrow at approximately 0650am T4. Sadly our trip has concluded but we can’t wait to see you next year for the 2019 Springboard Challenge - stay tuned on our website for further details!

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • International airfares ex London
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners plus refreshments for the football match
  • Expert guide (English speaking) throughout plus additional expert local guides for specialist commentary and medic throghout the program except in Pulau Tigra
  • All land transfers required within the program in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All activities including entrance fees to sites as listed in itinerary.
  • All accommodation in dormitory or lodges based accommodation (Dorm/triple/and twin share)
  • visits to the Borneo Sunbear & Sepilok Orangutan centres
  • Three teachers from Queen Anne School travelling with the group
  • Pre Departure Information kit and evening meeting to help you prepare and pack.
  • All snorkeling equipment or snorkel safari
  • All cycling equipment
  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu with all entrance fees/permits / insurance / certificate and experienced mountain guides
  • Sleeping bag rental included
  • Support vehicle on standby
  • 24/7 support from World Youth Adventures / World Expeditions
  • Detailed risk assessments / emergency evacuation plans and crisis management plans

What's Not Included

  • Bottled water and aerated drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, email, laundry, etc.
  • Tips & gratuities for guide and drivers (discretionary)
  • Visa Fees (if applicable: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malaysia/entry-requirements) British Nationals get 3 months on arrival
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Additional meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:13 Days
Countries:Malaysia
Starting Point:London
Activities:Service Learning
Wildlife Safari
Snorkeling
Trekking
Cycling
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5518