Itinerary for 5D4N Maliau Basin Full-Loop Clockwise

Day 1: KOTA KINABALU / MALIAU BASIN SECURITY GATE / SKY BRIDGE / NIGHT DRIVE

  • Depart overland from Kota Kinabalu to Maliau Basin via Keningau (approx. 155 km: 5 hours).

  • Arrival at Maliau Basin Security Gate / Shell Maliau Basin Reception and Information Building (SMRIB).
  • Short Tour and Briefing At SMRIB (gallery).

  • Proceed overland To Maliau Basin Study Centre (MBSC) (approx. 27 km: 1 hour).
  • Arrival At MBSC.

  • Register and check In.
  • Proceed to Sky Bridge & visit Around Study Centre.

  • Dinner.
  • Video show (30 Minutes).

  • Night Drive or Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals (Optional and/or Dependent on Weather).
  • Rest and overnight at MBSC.

(Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2: AGATHIS CAMP / NEPENTHES CAMP / WATERFALLS

  • Breakfast.

  • Depart by road to Agathis Camp.

  • Agathis Camp is the first and closest access to the pristine tropical rainforest within the Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA), and lies at about 500 m above sea level and surrounded by hill mixed dipterocarp forest, with an abundance of majestic Agathis trees.

  • Trek to Nepenthes Camp, formerly known as Camel Trophy Camp (approx. 7.5 km: 5-6hrs).
    First 3 KM: Undulating forests and climbing steel ladders to reach the rim of the escarpment.
    Next 4.5 KM: From the rim is relatively flat and the walk will be easier.

  • Witness an array of Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes species) or locally referred to as “monkey cup” during the trek – Maliau is home to all 6 species of Pitcher Plants.

  • Arrival at Nepenthes Camp.
  • Nepenthes Camp is a two-storey research station/building constructed by participants of the Camel Trophy in 1993 – complete with bunkbeds, showers and solar electricity, which can accommodate up to 15 visitors.
  • Visit to Takob Akob Falls & Giluk Falls (Optional and Pending on Weather/Ranger Advice).
  • Trek to the Giluk Falls about 1 hour away and back to Nepenthes Camp. A dip in the pool is possible and/or walk to the spectacular Takob-Akob Falls about 100 metres in height (10-storey building), which is about 2 hours away and back.
  • Dinner.
  • Rest and overnight at Nepenthes Camp.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: NEPENTHES CAMP / GINSENG CAMP / GINSENG FALLS

  • Breakfast.

  • Trek to Ginseng Camp (about 7km: 4-5hrs).
    First 2 KM: Combination of rather varied up and down routes.
    Next 4 KM: Majority flat trail except for a steep decline about halfway in.

    Last 1 KM: Trail continue to decline and will lead to a suspension and log bridge.

  • Arrival at Ginseng Camp.
  • Ginseng Camp or research station was constructed in 2005 and can accommodate up to 20 visitors, and has hammock-style beds and toilets cum showers.

  • Walk around Ginseng Camp or Visit the nearby 27m high Ginseng Waterfall for a dip.

  • Dinner.

  • Rest and overnight at Ginseng Camp.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: GINSENG CAMP / MALIAU FALLS

  • Breakfast.

  • Trek to Maliau Falls (about 5.5km: 3-4hrs).
    First 0.7 KM: Rather steep incline to the Maliau Falls Intersection.
    Next 2 KM: Continue undulating up and down along the rim of the Basin to reach Lobah Camp.

    Rest at the Rim: Enjoy the panoramic full view of the Maliau Basin rim, which is about 25KM in diameter (slightly bigger than the Island of Singapore) at the Lobah Helipad.
    Last 2.8 KM: Steep and slippery trail decline to the Maliau Falls.
    To the Falls: Descent via wooden ladders, tree trunks and rocks assisted by ropes to get to the Falls.

  • Arrival at the majestic 7-tier Maliau Falls.
  • Trek back to Ginseng Camp.

  • Dinner.

  • Rest and overnight at Ginseng Camp.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: GINSENG CAMP / AGATHIS CAMP / DEPARTURE OUT

  • Breakfast.

  • Trek back to Agathis Camp (approx. 9km: 5-6hrs).
    First 1 KM: Steepest ascent.
    Next 2 KM: Still a consistent ascent.

    Next 3 KM: A much easier and descending trail.
    Last 3 KM: Undulating track.
  • Arrival at Agathis Camp.

  • Depart by road to Maliau Basin Security Gate.
  • Depart overland back to Kota Kinabalu via Keningau.
  • End of Tour.

(Breakfast & Lunch)


DEGREE OF ADVENTURE: Strenuous

LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS: One of the most demanding excursions – trekking over steep, rugged terrain in extreme wilderness. Excellent physical condition and endurance level is necessary.

NOTE: Above excursion can be arranged for ex-Tawau (starts and ends in Tawau); starts in KK and ends in Tawau, or vice versa.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:-
• Guest MUST submit a copy of their latest personal insurance policy that covers emergency Helicopter evacuation.
• Guest MUST submit their 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 a guide at all times and not allowed to wander on their own.

NOTE:-
• Porter Service (guests are encouraged to carry their own backpack) can be engaged at the Agathis Camp.
– Personal Porter will assist guests and provide general help around the camp.
– Maximum of 12kg Per Porter.
– RM100.00 Per Day.

PACKAGE INCLUSIVE OF:
– Guide
– Meals as per itinerary above (basic food provided)
– 1 Night Hostel accommodation at Maliau Basin Study Centre (MBSC)
– 1 Night accommodation at Nepenthes Camp
– 2 Nights accommodation at Ginseng Camp
– Return Transfer (overland)
– Ranger cum Radioman
– Rental of VHF Radio
– Conservation Fee & User Fee (campsites)

MALIAU BASIN
Checklist for Trekkers

1. A compass or Global Positioning System (GPS)-Maliau Basin map given upon request.
2. Personal First Aid Kit (anti malaria pills as a preventive measure)
3. Whistle and Pocket knife
4. Sleeping bag and Insect Repellent
5. Flaslight (spare bulb and extra batteries)
6. Camera (extra films and batteries)
7. Leech socks and extra socks
8. Hat and Rain Coat
9. Long Sleeved T-Shirts (Maliau is cool at night) and towels that can dry fast
10. Extra pants
11. Slipper, Trekker Boots or “Adidas” Shoes (useful when trekking on slippery trails)
12. Spare Plastic Bags (to store camera in case of rain and to pack clothing in plastic bags before putting it in inside backpack)
13. Drinking Water
14. Garbage Bag (useful protective shield from rain)
15. Heavy Duty Backpack-guests are encourage to carry their own backpack
16. Matches / Lighter and Candles
17. Personal Toiletries (tooth brush, paste, body soap, shampoo, toilet paper and etc)
18. Personal Items (plastic food container i.e. lunch box, fork, spoon and cup)
19. High energy snacks food e.g. chocolate nuts and etc

MALIAU BASIN
Do’s and Don’t’s
• No hunting is allowed. Fire arms are absolutely forbidden
• No collecting or trapping of any plant or animal specimens
• No slashing of vegetation or cutting of new trails
• No graffiti on rocks or trees
• All litter / rubbish must be brought out
• Visitors must only stay in the designated campsites
• Campfires can be lit only under the supervision of Rangers

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