Expedition Borneo experience new via Ferrata!

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Downbelow’s highly successful Expedition Borneo program will experience the new via Ferrata now the Timpohon trail is open!

Since September 1st, Mount Kinabalu has opened its trail as far as Laban Rata to Sabah visitors, and it’s been an awesome ‘comeback’ for the iconic national landmark! Recent group from Denmark, with 10 participants, arrived in Kota Kinabalu at the perfect time to climb to the 3,272.7m plateau in our 2D1N standard climbing program with ‘via Ferrata teaser’. On the morning of their second day, the 10 adventurers’ will descend a basic, 50-metre, via Ferrata route for an extra adrenalin thrill! Climbing Mount Kinabalu is one of their many adventure activities while they explore Sabah in their 1-month itinerary, and visiting the World Heritage Site is one of the most special experiences!

Contact us for more information on programs our travel experts can create to suit your travelling groups’ interests.

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Ecotourism is fast becoming a popular choice amongst travellers, and our travelling groups are no exception who choose Expedition Borneo to preserve Sabah’s history!

Expedition Borneo is a highly popular 30-day program, which includes the very best attractions of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, and each adventure activity is focused with some education. When our groups visit Sandakan and the Kinabatangan River, on the east coast of Sabah, the week-long trip involves all operators who also believe and practise ecotourism in their own operations.

In Sandakan, Expedition Borneo groups will tour the Sandakan War Memorial Park to better understand the rich history of Sabah. The park is a protected area and continues to be preserved through people visiting its grounds. The biological diversity of the World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, is also protected and preserved through visitors coming to gain an appreciation of the incredible nature of the vast area in the Crocker Range, such as Poring Hot Springs!

Get more information on our various programs to contribute your adventure to protecting and preserving Sabah, Borneo!

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Wildlife spotting in Sabah is exceptional on the eastern coast of the state, and is an experience always best in the wild!

Downbelow’s Expedition Borneo program, for our adventurers’ who have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu not even a week ago, is a 30-day experience program in which time they will gain an appreciation for the natural beauty in Sabah, Borneo. Ecotourism is our chosen form of responsible travel and tours, and each of the adventure activities of our Expedition Borneo program, are conducted with this as a priority for our clients to appreciate their global footprint is reduced as much as possible!

Along the Kinabatangan River, participants have the opportunity to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, and if they are incredibly lucky there are Bornean pygmy elephants (though a very slim chance, because of their low population!)

Boats used for the river cruises do not have a roof, so when Sabah Travel Centre Manager Alice delivers the presentation on their wildlife safari activity, they are encouraged to visit our KK Dive Shop (only next door!). They are advised to invest in a rashguard in particular, which they can use for ALL of their activities – from learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to climbing Mount Kinabalu!

Get more information on a program we can personalise for your travelling adventure group to explore Sabah, Borneo, when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

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As part of our Expedition Borneo program, our group went ziplining through the Borneo jungle canopy on a day trip just outside of Kota Kinabalu!

The group thoroughly enjoyed their day, which was not only fun, but increases their fitness. Sometimes, health and fitness may not be given enough attention when travelling, which is understandable, although travels are less likely to be disrupted by unforeseen illnesses. It can really dampen the mood of any frequent globe-trotter, even if struck with an inconvenient flu or cold, and distract you from enjoying your adventure!

To avoid the adventure turning into a nightmare, we prepare packing lists, general precautions and FAQs for all our groups to maximise their enjoyment!

Before climbing Mount Kinabalu, participants are surprised to see such a short list of items to pack for a 2 day 1 night program, but they’ll know why as soon as they’ve climbed about 1km! Lighter is better, as with the physiological effects of altitude causes 1kg to seem as if it weighs about 20kg!

Get more information on the various activities you and/or your travelling group can experience and what preparation is needed beforehand, when you contact our Sabah Travel Centre in Kota Kinabalu!

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