We have teamed up with our friends Adventures In Borneo to bring you an authentic Trail & Yoga experience of a lifetime. This 11 day / 10 night itinerary has been customised for the Maverick Family of runners. Taking you into the depths of the Malaysian state of Sabah on the north eastern side of the island of Borneo through paddy fields, jungle rainforest, ancient trading trails, pineapple plantations, mountain ridges, islands and beaches.
Our rest day from running mid-trip will see us getting up close and personal with the Wild Man of the Jungle - the Orang-utan, found only in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra
We begin at sea level on Sabah’s west coast in the small city of Kota Kinabalu and head out to the tropical islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman State Marine Park. We can’t visit this region without taking a look at what’s below the surface so we’ve added the opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive to help acclimatize after a long flight. A 10km trail run to Gaya Islands highest point at 300m will help prepare you for the humidity & jungle terrain to follow. We then exchange the ocean for rivers & waterfalls at the foothills of Mt Kinabalu (4,093m). Our final destination takes us to the Salt Trails in the Crocker Range Mountains. These jungle trekking routes were traditionally followed by village traders that journeyed to the markets, of towns on Sabah’s west coast to barter with their fresh produce for salt, as well as other goods. Although some of the easier accessible villages are connected by roads, the Salt Trails are still the only access route to some of the more remote villages in the area.
Leading our trail runs are strong local mountain runners. Themselves winners of the famously brutal 50K & 100K Borneo Ultra Trail Marathons BUTM & TMBT. Enjoy chatting with them, learning about their culture and the rich traditional tapestry of the communities we run through, steeped in mystery & belief.
Our Yogi is a traditional practitioner of Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga and her classes will focus on flexibility, strength, breathing, aromatherapy & wellbeing.
Putting this trip together for us is Joanne & Richard from Adventures In Borneo, an award winning adventure travel company and provider of Adventurous Training for the British Ministry of Defence.
We have chosen to run this trip right before the 2020 Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) so that anyone wanting to be fully acclimatised can stick around to join either the 30KM, 50KM or 100KM mountain run, ITRA points are awarded. This an additional cost and will include race entry fees, transfer to race start and 2 night accommodation. Borneo Ultra Race Director Claus Pedersen is working together with Adventures in Borneo to include some of the highlights of both the BUTM & TMBT routes including Pineapple Ridge, Kiulu River & Bukit Dallas.
This trip is designed to be fully inclusive so you only need to add on the cost of flights for which we may be able to get a group discount if we can get everyone on the same flights and we’ll have some options for that.
This Camp Requires 10 People minimum to go ahead, we require a 10% Deposit (£190) to hold your place. A full refund will be issued if 10 people do not sign before the 30th September 2019. If by choice you decide to pull out after the 10 person threshold is reached, this deposit is non-refundable.
We will then request two further payment to clear the remaining balance in October & January. These can be paid via BACS or Credit card. The entry to BUTM will also be payable with the final payment in January.
Borneo Trail Adventure & Yoga Retreat
All Sabah land/boat transfers & logistics
Full board meals as mentioned (10 breakfast, 9 lunch, 10 dinner)
All entrance, permits & entry fees
Accommodation as described
Activities as stated
Downbelow Expedition Leader & Running Guides
Specialised guides as required
Fully Risk Assessed (documents provided).
Option to run the BUTM (Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon) at the end of the camp.
Personal travel insurance
Alcoholic & Carbonated Beverages
Entry into the BUTM, addition nights accommodation and transfer to race start.
Day 1: Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and and transfer 20 minutes by coastal road to Downbelow Eco Lodge (DAL) for an overnight stay. Free at leisure in the evening. Overnight Downbelow ECO Lodge, twin/ triple / quad share room with communal bathroom. (D)
Day 2: Transfer to Gaya Island (10 minutes road & 15 minutes speedboat). The day starts with a Beach Yoga session followed by a trail run (2 hours) to the highest point of the island and snorkelling safari after lunch. At the end of the day, check-in at Manukan Island Resort for an overnight stay. Overnight Beach Suite Chalet (Twin/Double) with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)
Day 3: After breakfast enjoy a morning of snorkelling or scuba diving. After lunch, head back to the mainland and enjoy an afternoon run (2 hours) at the local park and waterfront. Overnight Downbelow ECO Lodge, twin/ triple share room with communal bathroom. (B,L,D)
Day 4: After breakfast embark on an adventurous journey to Kiulu in the foothills of Mt Kinabalu (4,093m) for a trip back to nature. Enjoy a trail run (2-3 hours) through jungle tracks, rivers & plantations. Tucked away in the countryside far from the bright city lights be enchanted by the wonder of the dark skies & bright stars, a clear milky way is often visible. Post run Yoga. Overnight twin en-suite rooms (B,L,D)
Day 5: Today is a big running day as we embark on a point-to-point trail from the Kiulu Hills towards Mt Kinabalu. Mountain ridges ascending to 1800m will challenge your endurance and thrill your adventurous spirit. Arriving in the homestay village of Labong Labong, local residents welcome us into their houses for a truly local experience - just beware of the Rice Wine! Overnight shared rooms, communal bathroom (B,L,D).
Day 6: After breakfast, explore the valleys of the Crocker Range Mountains, all the while Mt Kinabalu stands majestically watching over us, experience her awe-inspiring granite rock formations. Mt Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in the world not covered by snow due its close proximity to the equator. Homestay accommodation, shared rooms, communal bathroom (B,L,D).
Day 7: Enjoy an early morning 2 hour run before breakfast. Time to bid farewell to our new found friends and transfer 5 hours overland to Sepilok Jungle Resort on the east coast. One of the first accommodations in the area and located right next to the protected virgin rainforest of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which is home to rehabilitated Orang-utans. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon and evening yoga take the opportunity to walk around the beautiful lake searching for tropical birds and wildlife. There is a resort pool to cool off, enjoy a few sunset drinks and appreciate how the jungle comes alive at night. Overnight Sepilok Jungle Resort, twin share room with en-suite bathroom. (D)
Day 8: Wake up to the sound of wild Gibbons. After breakfast it's just a short 10 minute walk to visit the famous Sepilok Orang Utan and Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centres. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the work that is carried out at the centres. A forest area of 43km² was set aside and the Sepilok Rehabilitation centre was established to rehabilitate orang utans for reintegration into the wild. Today around 80 orang utans are living free in the reserve and there are about 25 juveniles and babies living in the nurseries at the center’s buildings.
What you will see here are the last stages of rehabilitation. The apes have been released but are either a little lazy or still a bit timid to find their own food, so they return to the feeding platform for an easy snack. The food supplied by the centre is purposefully designed to be monotonous and boring encouraging them to start foraging for themselves. Most animals eventually achieve total independence and become integrated into Sepilok’s wild orang utan population. After lunch we will visit the Sun Bears. The sun bear is the smallest, most arboreal and least studied bear. It is the second rarest bear species, after the giant panda.
The Rehabilitation Centre is the only one in the world. Here you will learn about the threats to this small species of bear and observe them during the rehabilitation process before their release into the wild. After this rewarding day its back to the jungle resort for dinner & drinks whilst soaking up the spirit of nature & adventure travel. Overnight Sepilok Jungle Resort, twin share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Early morning breakfast and 6 hours overland transfer to Penampang district for your next adventure. Enjoy the scenic view as you pass through the rolling hills, lush green trees and small villages before checking in at your next accommodation. After a short rest, enjoy an evening run followed by a sunset yoga session with stunning sunset views. Overnight Sinurambi, twin/quad share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)
Day 10: After an early breakfast, it's time to tackle the Salt Trails (4-6 hours) historical “Head Hunter” territory where ancient trails were made by villagers descending the hills to the beach to trade their home-made weaving produce for salt. End the day with an evening yoga and meditation practice. Overnight Sinurambi, twin/quad share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Time to chill, reward yourself with a massage (must be pre-arranged) and share a delicious breakfast before your transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. After which it is time to bid farewell to your new friends - until next time! (B)
We are however giving you the option to join the the BUTM on the 14th March 2020. We will put you up for an extra 2 nights in the Downbelow ECO Lodge and provide return transfers to the race on the Saturday. There are 3 routes to choose from, 100km, 50km and 30km. Additional costs below:
100km - £185
50km - £155
30km - £130
Flights home would need to be booked for the 15th March 2020.