Join Team Macmillan on an unforgettable jungle adventure and summit South East Asia’s highest mountain, Mt Kinabalu
Registration fee: £450Minimum sponsorship required: £3,950
Be amazed by one of the most unique and biodiverse islands in the world. Trek through dense ancient rainforest, wake up to the dawn chorus, and climb the mesmerising Mt Kinabalu on this unforgettable Indonesian adventure.
After 9 incredible days in the jungle our challenge culminates in a tough but magical ascent of Mt Kinabalu. Standing at a majestic 4095m, you’ll feel an incredible sense of achievement as you watch the sunrise over the stunning scenery below.
By taking part you’ll make a big difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
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You’ll need to pay a £450 registration fee, raise a minimum of £3,950 for this event and have at least £1,600 of this raised four months prior to the trek. Your total sponsorship amount must be with us within one month of your return from Borneo.Close
At least 60% of the £3,950 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. 100% of anything you raise over £3,950 will benefit Macmillan.
Macmillan is proud to have one of the best cost to income ratios in the charity sector, meaning more of the money you raise is spent on our vital services and not on trip costs.Close
We’ll provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You’ll also have the support of the Hiking Team as well as our extensive network of fundraisers throughout the UK.
If you don’t manage to raise £1,600 four months prior to departure, you’ll either have to forfeit your place on the challenge, make up the shortfall yourself or transfer to a later event to give yourself more time to raise enough funds.
If by one month after the event you have not raised the full £3,950 we will work with you to ensure you do raise this minimum amount. Whether that’s by advising on collections, providing ideas and materials for fundraising events, or by setting up a standing order for you to make a monthly contribution to pay off the outstanding amount.
It is imperative that everyone who takes part reaches the minimum amount of £3,950 to ensure that 60% of what you raise goes on funding Macmillan’s vital services.Close
The group will be made up of around 40 people - men and women - from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be over 18 to take part.
Though some people sign up with friends, most come on their own, so it's a great way to meet new people and form friendships as the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge.Close
Trekking time varies from five to eight hours per day. We hike through lush rainforest and traditional villages in the Crocker Range National Park before tackling the highest mountain in Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu at 4,096m.In the jungle the trails can be narrow and overgrown, and can get slippery. There will be numerous water crossings s; some have bridges, varying from planks to well-constructed rope bridges.
On the mountain the trek is on constructed stepped dirt paths through forest and moorland, to bare rock, with more steps. There is some scrambling involved, and a rope to assist with the steep gradient. Lower down it can be wet, muddy and humid; higher up barren and windy, and cooler. This is a challenging trek due to the varied terrain, long day and high altitude on the mountain. However our experienced leaders will be there to support you every step of the way on the challenge.Close
Here's what you'll be getting up to on this incredible Challenge...
We arrive in this bustling city, known widely as KK, and transfer to our hotel for dinner and a full trip briefing to find out what lies ahead.
Accommodation: Hotel(lunch not included)
We begin with an hour’s drive to the Crocker Range National Park – a stunning landscape of jungle-covered mountains teeming with fascinating wildlife. Our trek takes us downhill on jungle paths, passing native villages into primary rainforest with rushing streams and lush vegetation tangled with creepers. The atmosphere here is incredible, with insects buzzing and melodic bird-calls high up in the canopy. After a great first day of trekking we eventually reach our host village and enjoy a wonderful insight into the local people’s everyday lives.
Accommodation: Community Hall
Trek approx 5 hours
Today’s route takes us through more dense jungle, allowing us to experience this incredible and remote habitat close-up. We trek along old trading paths used by villagers to reach markets to sell goods.
We cross fast-flowing streams and climb jungle ridges as our route takes us up and down through the jungle.The paths get muddy and overgrown and, although the paths are not too steep, it’s hard work and a great warm-up for our Kinabalu summit climb.
Accommodation: Village house beside the river
Trek approx 6-8 hours
Our last day of jungle trekking takes us through more dense vegetation into secondary rainforest wherewe experience more breathtaking scenery, small villages and photogenic rice-paddies. We have lunch at the end of the trail, and then transfer back to our hotel in Kota Kinabalu for a well-deserved shower and comfy bed for the night.
Accommodation: Hotel. (Dinner not included)
Trek approx 6-8 hours
After an early breakfast we drive foraround 2 hours to Kinabalu Park, the gateway to the famous mountain. We complete Park formalities and begin our ascent from 1866m, initially on easy terrain. We continue trekking steadily up through lush vegetation, which provides welcome shelter from the hot sun.
The landscapegradually changes becoming sparser, steeper and more demanding. Kinabalu is one of the most biologically diverse spots on the planet and has World Heritage Site status. Incredible ferns and orchids and the rare parasitic Rafflesia provide a welcome distraction from weary legs.
We emerge from the the vegetation onto a clear rocky plateau at around 2500m wherewe can see the mountaintop.above us,it’s an impressive sight with waterfalls cascading down the bare slopes. We continue up to Laban Rata Laban Rata, where we will have time to relax before getting an early night.
Accommodation: Mountain Hut (3270m).
Trek approx 5-6 hours
Today we make the final push to the summit of Mt Kinabalu. We start in the early hours and ascend in the dark, using our head-torches to light the way. A series of steps cut into the rock takes us through low shrub, and out onto bare granite rock. It’s hard-going, especially if you are feeling the effects the altitude, so we trek slowly and steadily. Some parts are very steep but we can use the permanent rope bolted into the rock to help us along.
We cross a number of ridges and finally see the distinctive marker of the summit of Low’s Peak (4095m.) As we approach our goal a magnificent sunrise awaits us, and in clear conditions we can enjoy views which stretch for miles .Awell-earned reward for our efforts. We via the same route feeling triumphant, stopping for breakfast on the way back to Laban Rata and returning to the Park Gate and Kinabalu Park.
After the exhausting achievement of climbing Mt Kinabalu, we leave the park and drive to Poring Hot Spring. Here we can take a dip in one of the soothing, hot mineral springs set in beautifully landscaped gardens and take in the beauty of the rainforest canopy on a walkway 100ft above the forest floor. It’s a relaxing end to an incredible trek.
We then return to Kota Kinabalu for a celebratory meal to toast the end of the challenge and our wonderful achievements.
Accommodation: Hotel (Drive Approx 2 hours)
Today we say our goodbyes to Borneo with a huge sense of achievement and make the transfer to the airport for our early morning flight home via Kuala Lumpur.
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"It was a crazy, hard, emotional and amazing experience"
Zoe - Team Macmillan Hiker 2015
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