3 Days 2 Nights Kampung Kiau Jungle Trek and Cultural Experience
3 Days 2 Nights Kampung Kiau Jungle Trek traces the Lost Trek of Sir Hugh Low through a scenic valley in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. Sir Hugh Low, a British colonial officer from Labuan, is the first person to reach the summit plateau of Mount Kinabalu in 1851.
Kampung Kiau or Kiau Village lies less than 1km from Kinabalu Park and falls in the boundary of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The natural beauty of the area is still preserved against the scenic backdrop of Mt Kinabalu which makes it a natural tourist attraction. At 900 metre above sea level, Kampung Kiau encompass 3 other villages – Kampung Kiau-Taburi, Kiau-Nuluh and Kiau-Bersatu.
Residents at Kampung Kiau, mainly are the Dusun tribe. The Dusuns who are Christians is one of the largest community staying at Kampung Kiau-Taburi whilst the rest are Muslims from other races. The villagers still practice their traditional custom and language inherited from the ancestors in their daily life.
With the visit to Kiau village, you are helping to make a difference to the local community and natural environment in North Borneo. The objectives are to ensure that the operations are based on economic, social and environmental sustainable principles. The projects will benefit the local communities through village stays that promote Eco-Tourism, with the objective to save their forest and tribal land.
Kiau village has just been introduced to tourism, therefore the villagers may be a little reserved but they are willing to communicate and welcome tourists to their village. Your visit to this village will contribute and enable the villagers to gain exposure through learning a real life encounter with outsiders to improve their quality of life through this project.
Itinerary For 3 Days 2 Nights Kampung Kiau Jungle Trek
DAY 01: Kota Kinabalu – Kampung Kiau
At 0800hrs, depart for a two-hour drive to the Crocker Range. Enjoy scenic mountain view on your way to Kampung Kiau. Located in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, Kampung Kiau is a home to about 750 Kadazan-dusun people; many of them work as mountain guides and porters on Mount Kinabalu.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the village homestay coordinator. Introduction to the village and history of the famous Sir Hugh Low Trail will be given before you are introduced to your host family. After that, you will be given some time to settle down and familiarize yourself with your host family.
In the afternoon, take a two-hour village walk through the scenic valley known through the Japanese trail. The trek takes you through forest interspersed by grassy fields, rice paddies, small fruit farms and jungle shelters. Following dinner lets the hospitable hosts entertain you with their cultural performances. Overnight.
Meals: Simple local dishes for lunch and dinner will be provided.
DAY 02: Kampung Kiau, The Trek Begins On Sir Hugh Low Trail
After breakfast, proceed for a short drive by local transport to the entry point of the trek. From here, we will trek for 4 – 5 hours to camp base where we will spend a night. There will be steep climbing both uphill and down, hot open trails and great shady sections making the trek both challenging and very satisfying. You will pass huge dipterocarp trees and strangler figs, dripping with lianas, orchids, pitcher plants and wild jungle fruits. Share the knowledge of the ecology and history of this area from the experienced villagers cum rangers and trail protector who will guide you. Along the way, guides will show you a variety of jungle survival skills and you will learn to identify and collect food for your evening meal.
Upon arrival after settling down, we will spend time at nearby river catching some fish and crab for our dinner tonight. Return to the camp base. Learn the skills of a jungle man by making equipment from bamboo. Try blowpipe used for hunting.
At night the forest comes to life with an amazing array of sounds. After dinner, we will go for a night walk provided the weather is fair. Keep a look out for insect, frogs and other nocturnal animals. Overnight.
Meals: Simple local dishes for breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner.
DAY 03: Kampung Kiau – Kinabalu National Park – Kota Kinabalu
Wake up to the early morning crisp fresh air of the tropical jungle. Trek back to the village for approximately two-hour. Lunch will be served upon arrival. Bid farewell to your host family as today you will be heading back to Kota Kinabalu.
We stop at Kinabalu National Park, the base of the highest mountain in Malaysia. Kinabalu National Park is a botanist’s paradise with over a thousand species of orchids, numerous Rhododendrons and pitcher plants as well as many species of birds.
Continue overland to Kota Kinabalu and we expect to arrive approximately at 1800hrs.
Meals: Simple local dishes for breakfast.
- Rain coat, hat, insect repellent
- Torchlight, binoculars
- Personal toiletries, cotton material clothing, swimming attire, towel
- Walking shoes with rubber sole, a pair of leech socks or thick socks
- Anti–malaria tablets and sunblock lotion
- Sleeping bag, camping gear
- Windbreaker, raincoat
- Drinking water
*Rate above is quoted in MYR (Ringgit Malaysia) and does not include the Goods and Service Tax of 6% (GST). Tax will be implemented in the official issued tax invoice.