It’s day 6 in the jungle. This morning the trekkers set off on a trail for 2-3 hours following part of the track which dates back to Sir Hugh Low’s early exploration of Mount Kinabalu, taking in breathtaking views of the Crocker Range and Mount Kinabalu.
Journeying through primary jungle and pineapple and rubber plantations, they’ll arrive at the village of Kiau, where our team of 11 will spend the last night with the trek support team, overnight at a community hall.
We all had a good sleep in our new home for the night, waking up feeling euphoric, still buzzing after our mega few days. This morning we learnt skills like trap making and making cups out of wood. We got to drink water from a real bamboo tree. All of us stated “oooh it tastes like water”. The guides looked on amused.
It was soon time to head off for a light trek to meet the rest of the group - we were so looking forward for our easy light trek today as we had so many aching muscles and joints.
Yes you are right it wasn’t light and easy ... we were again deep in the jungle on the usual steep inclines, steep declines and small rivers to cross, waterfalls to climb. Yet today the difference was we got to see real high up views - it was spectacular, the photos would never convey the beauty of what we could see.
We have bonded as a group really well, all laughing, having fun and pulling each other’s aching legs. We reminisced about Des’ nine leech bites and how Murray flicked two off his leg which landed on poor Des.
Today we travelled high across narrow ledges with a sheer drop. Lisa has discovered this week she had a huge fear of heights and found this challenging. Tim and Liz made good progress today and seemed to run up the mountains, they kept the group motivated.
Keiron led the way keeping a good pace, Des worked smoothly and efficiently (and looked like a hells angel in his kit!) Murray again kept morale going at the back and the raucous laughter was loud as he shared his WHOLE joke range with his new pals! Gill was a trooper she has grit and determination and powered up the inclines today - with her jolly smile. Anna showed so much grit and determination we feel so proud of her, as her back has been giving her pain.
Today we saw rice paddy fields, pineapple plantation- with the promise of a fresh pineapple at the summit. Our guides were likely scrumping as we didn’t get one as the farmers were all about! Today we saw views that you see in brochures, it was amazing. From the top of a very tall mountain we could see a church, this was our meeting point with Angie, Jane and Tracey, we could see the girls in the distance. We were nearly there, the thought of a shower at the church spurred us on. We knew we all smelt bad and made regular jokes about our hygiene levels.
We walked down a long concreted pathway (concrete now looked weird to us). We could see Angie, Jane and Tracey all cheering and waving - we all hugged and were greeted with beer and cola! Oddly the talk of beer kept us going all week but we all opted for sugary coke. It was great to be reunited with our trek buddies.
We sat in the sun, reflecting on the amazing achievements we have all made, sharing our life changing moments. We are finally showered and enjoying being clean. Tonight we are dining with our guides as we plan to say goodbye to our walk porters and marshall’s tonight, with another special show courtesy of the local school.
We had a farewell dinner tonight and enjoyed cooks (Asmine) sumptuous fairs. He had a go at making us KFC...So we dined on fried chicken and beer! That was when we saw our first poisonous critter, the largest fattest spider we have ever seen, who is part of the Tarantula family!
We ended the evening with emotional speeches by all. Lisa distributed the groups grateful tips to our guides and cook, we then toasted each other.
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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