Guide to the best Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays

Apr 11, 2016 BY Paul McWilliams

Three separate countries share the island of Borneo: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Malaysian part of the island is split into two provinces, Sarawak and Sabah. Both are home to extraordinary topography and wildlife. This makes the best Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays some of the most interesting and exotic worldwide.

Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays mount Kinabalu flickr image by Chris Wary

Best Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays

Experience a close encounter with the charismatic orang-utans, climb spectacular rock formations and marvel at wondrous UNESCO heritage sites on treks of a lifetime. This incredible island is home to special adventures, with Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays being some of the most memorable.

Mount Kinabalu

Standing at 4,095 metres and found in the Sabah province, this is South East Asia’s largest mountain and is reached by trekking through a range of stunning landscapes. At the summit you’ll find labyrinthine rock formations and scintillating views in every direction.

If you are fairly fit this peak is achievable over 2 days. Most of the trek is on will trodden paths with a few scrambles with ropes to help. You can see the worlds biggest flower and over 800 species of Orchid within the Kinabalu UNESCO heritage national park.

If you’re looking for the best Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays you won’t get much more impressive. Find out more about Mount Kinabalu trekking holidays.

Mulu NP – Headhunters’ Trail & The Pinnacles

Relive parts of Malaysian Borneo’s grizzly past by trekking what’s become known as the Headhunters’ Trail. You’ll hike through the incredible Mulu National Park and take in canoe trip up river to the headhunters old hunting grounds. It’s a great way of exploring this incredible part of the island.

In the midst of a vibrant and abundant rainforest you’ll find the spectacular caves at Mulu including Deer cave reputably the largest on the planet. The nightly exit of 3 million bats is a majestic spectacle that is worth hanging around to see.

Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays. The Pinnacles flickr image by paulwhitepics

Also rising out of the Sarawak jungle in Mulu national park are the Pinnacles. They are bizarre and mysterious limestone formations poking their way through the trees. To reach the viewing point the path is a combination of trekking and scrambling from camp 5.

Kuching and Bako

The historic charms of Kuching, the Sarawak capital, is another great destination for the Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays. Mainly due to its proximity to Bako National Park.

Bako National Park is only 37km from the city and is a great place to spot wildlife, visit secluded beaches and take in some of the 16 colour coded jungle trails. Walks range from under a km to nearly 6km and can be combined to make longer hikes with overnight jungle stays available.

Also highly recommended from Kuching is a trip up river to visit the Iban and experience longhouse life. Within this region there are multi day jungle treks available between longhouses. This is some of the best Malaysian Borneo trekking as you hike through the rainforest with the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna that make Borneo such an amazing destination.

Malaysian borneo trekking holidays: Iban longhouses

Borneo is loaded with pristine rainforest, unique rock formations and charming wildlife. which means the best Malaysian Borneo trekking holidays offer a diverse trip that will not disappoint.

Asia, Bako National Park, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu, Mulu National Park, Sabah, Sarawak, South East Asia
Hiking, Trekking
UNESCO (World Heritage Site)
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