What better way to start day 5 of Trek Borneo than with a 6.5km expedition into the depths of the jungle.
Today, the team will tackle a steep 45° incline as they ascend quickly to 1189m where an incredible view awaits them at the top of the ridge. They’ll rest their legs whilst looking out over Borneo’s Crocker mountain range and out to the sea beyond, before continuing their journey. This afternoon our trekkers will pass along the edge of the Kinabalu National Park, learning about its incredible variety of exotic plant life before descending to 900m, where the campsite awaits, deep in the jungle.
We had a very long night again - with broken sleep. The wild life noises were off the scale. We were indeed deep in the jungles of Borneo. The bird song was amazing.
We saw another creature this morning which was a giant cockroach but still no orang-utans. We had hearty porridge and beans for breakfast and a strange banana potato type fruit but this wasn’t popular!
Before heading off we posed for lots of photos, all praying for an easier trek day ...and was it easier- no of course not! Straight onto a very steep decline that was about 2mm wide with a sheer drop- good old adrenaline got us through and we smiled through the fear (it was pretty cool on reflection).
We had a huge incline that was tricky but on the whole easier than yesterday’s - again pulling ourselves up by tree roots we discovered an unusual sharp thorny tree planted every so often. Borneo is an unforgiving climate but beautiful.
The guides graded today a 2, yesterday was a four. We graded it 3-4! Again, a very tough day. We walked across rivers, slipped on stones splashing our way across. Then we enjoyed a scenic flat route where we made good progress that lasted about 2 minutes at least. Straight back to tough terrain- we then walked through stunning jungle with very tall trees and a mixture of deep emerald under growth - the ground below was riddled with roots and rocks making us watch where we walked.
We abseiled down a very slippery rock and mud face for about 50 m, we really enjoyed it. We decided we are all adrenaline junkies. We then crossed a rickety rope bridge to what we described as paradise...it’s was a side-less wooden hut with somewhere to rest our aching bodies and boy did they ache, you could call us the Nurofen crew!
A magnificent view of mount Kinabalu and waterfalls and gushing river greeted us. The sunshine was glorious and we could see beautiful clouds descending on Mt Kinabalu. We felt so happy and the laughter rang out. Then we opened our lunch boxes and really squealed with delight as we had potato and noodles ... we really enjoyed our lunch.
We then set off up a very steep incline but we had the promise of a swim in the next river to spur us on... we were told it was a couple of hours away and on we went. We arrived down a very steep incline of rocks and tree roots to what we could only describe as the most beautiful sight in the world - and this is where we are staying tonight, a luxury wooden cabin (meaning it has sides and Lino floor)
We had a cup of tea and a biscuit after our dip in the river. The flow was brilliant, we had to catch Liz as she shot past. Lisa was speechless as she tried to tell Anna she had a giant tadpole stuck to her leg. Murray thought it amusing to tell Lisa she did too! Keiron nearly fell in when he took some selfies - it was great fun when we told him how warm the water was…it was freezing. Des wins the award for most leech bites as he saw to his nine on his feet!
We have had an amazing few days and know we will be friends for life
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Are you looking for a new challenge for 2019?
We are VERY excited to announce our 2019 overseas challenge…Journey Through the Sahara. The challenge will be running 26th October - 2nd November 2019, including a 3 day trek stopping overnight to camp under the stars of the Sahara, the third largest and hottest desert in the world, as well as assisting a local community project in Marrakech. For for more information please call the Fundraising Team on 01462 679540