Borneo Expedition: Maliau Basin - Sabah's Lost World Trek

06/21/2023 through 09/11/2024
06/21/2023 through 09/14/2024
Intrepid Travel

Borneo Expedition: Maliau Basin – Sabah’s Lost World Trek

Deep in the heart of Borneo’s Sabah lies a land so wild, rugged and isolated that its beauty has been seen by few people. Welcome to the glorious Maliau Basin, a circle of lush forest and waterways rimmed on all sides by steep cliffs and embankments. Our 8-day trekking expedition takes you into this protected, restricted-access area to discover wild orchids and cascading waterfalls set in forest so green it seems to glow. With a homestay in a historic village and a well-earned night in a hotel bookending a three-and-a-half-day trek, this trip is for people seeking active adventure, natural splendour and a personal challenge.


  • Tambunan – Tambunan Rafflesia Center
  • Tambunan – Kampung Sunsuron village tour
  • Maliau Basin – Maliau Rim Observation Tower
  • Maliau Basin – Stargazing activity
  • Maliau Basin – Takob Akob Falls, Fowzi Falls & Giluk Falls trek
  • Maliau Basin – Trek to Maliau Falls & Ginseng Camp
  • Maliau Basin – Stargazing activity
  • Maliau Basin – Trek from Ginseng Station to Agathis Camp


  • Spend three-and-a-half days trekking in one of the most pristine self-contained environments on earth, parts of which are still yet to be explored.
  • Begin your adventure with a homestay with a Dusun family in Tambunan, including a local village tour to a house filled with headhunter skulls.
  • The myriad waterways that flow into the basin’s Maliau River have created dozens of known waterfalls. Take in their hidden beauty during your trek, including the seven gorgeous tiers of Maliau Waterfall.
  • Wonder at the bizarre flora that has adapted to this environment, like ‘ant plants’ that survive and grow by feeding on the waste of the ants that live on them.
  • Tourism to the basin is restricted, which means after this trip you’ll be part of a very exclusive group of people to have experienced the majesty of this wilderness.


Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
Day 2 Tambunan
Day 3 Tambunan - Maliau Basin Conservation Area
Day 4 Sabah's Lost World trek
Day 5 Sabah's Lost World trek
Day 6 Sabah's Lost World trek
Day 7 Sabah's Lost World trek - Kota KInabalu
Day 8 Kota KInabalu

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