Borneo WW2 tours

Welcome to Borneo

Escape Trekking Adventures and its partners bring to you a tour that includes- Kuching, Labuan Island, Tenom & Beaufort, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and its famous memorial, Ranau. These places all link an Australian wartime tragedy. While the actual Sandakan death march route is by in large in assessable, built on or majority of the walking through palm oil plantation offering little scenic value we decided to cover the entire Borneo campaign that was a large scale Australian operated battles.

Click on our Borneo tour dates (tab at the top of the page) to see our small group set departure dates and all the information you require.

Trip Overview 
Trip Duration – 11 days
Grade-Easy
Activities – Walking, historical and tourist sight seeing and commentary, dining, memorial visits

About Borneo Tours
The Sandakan and Borneo historical tour is an 11-day programme, which is the right balance of time to traverse and explore this unique and beautiful country within which many Australians lost their lives as part of the allied counter offensive in the war against Japan. This tour will focus on the Australian wartime extremes of experience in Borneo.

History

Borneo the war years

The Japanese had captured Borneo in early 1942 as they pushed their way south expanding their empire. Most of the island was part of the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) but the north and northwest was British territory. During 1942 and 1943, many prisoners of war, including Australians, were sent to various locations on the island held in POW camps.

The Borneo Campaign of 1945 was the last major Allied campaign in the South West Pacific Area during World War II. In a series of amphibious assaults between 1 May and 21 July, the Australian I Corps, under Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, attacked Japanese forces occupying the island.

The Borneo campaign was criticised in Australia at the time and in the years following the war. Many men perished in these attacks. Modern historians have said that attacking these forces, already cut off from Japan, was a waste of resources. The decision by the Allies to invade Borneo in 1945 was in some ways a political game. It had only marginal strategic value in the pacific campaign. General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief of Allied forces in the South-West Pacific Area, planned the operation partly to alleviate concerns of the Australian government that its forces were being left in the rear of the main war offensive, as New Guinea had become. MacArthur had largely left Australian forces out of the significant operations of this stage of the war – as the Americans become the liberators of the Philippines and pacific at large. The invasion of Borneo was intended to put Australian forces in a strong offensive action and becoming visible in the press in the war against Japan.

Leaving the Japanese forces to weather on the vine while the allied forces blockaded them was deemed popular in Australia however MacArthur never favored this method of defensive/offensive action.

The campaign did, however, achieve a number of military and humane objectives, such as increasing the isolation of significant Japanese forces occupying the main part of the Dutch East Indies, capturing major oil supplies, and freeing Allied prisoners of war, who were being held in increasingly worse conditions (example, the Sandakan Death Marches and Batu Lintang camp) as the demise of the Japanese power and supplies continued.

Borneo Tour Itinerary

Borneo Tour Brief Itinerary

  1. Arrive Borneo/Sandakan and transfer to hotel – overnight Sandakan
  2. Historical activities, sightseeing inc Sandakan memorial – overnight Sandakan
  3. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Kundusang
  4. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Tenom
  5. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Labuan
  6. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Labuan
  7. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Kota Kinabalu
  8. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Kota Kinabalu
  9. Historical activities, sightseeing – overnight Kuching
  10. Free day – overnights, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching
  11. Kuching

Day 1:Arrive in Borneo at Sandakan

Please note that the itinerary is just a guide and can change for a number of reasons. Your guide will keep you informed of the daily itinerary should it need to change.

Your Borneo tour package starts when you arrive in Sandakan international airport, Borneo, Malaysia.

You will be met at the airport by our Escape Trekking Adventures representative, and be transferred to your Hotel for the first night.

Your guide will inform you of a briefing time and location at the first nights accommodation. You will be briefed on what to expect while on tour and what is expected by our travellers. If you have any questions, the guide will be more than happy to answer them for you. Your group will enjoy a good meal in pleasant surroundings (personal expense as are all Lunches and Dinners on the tour) and discuss the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Historical activities, sightseeing Inc. Sandakan memorial - overnight Sandakan

Today we explore the large town of Sandakan, plus visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where there are opportunities to photo these free ranging, engaging animals in their preserved jungle sanctuary.

 

We support the historical introduction, events and information with maps, diagrams and researched commentary, focusing today is on the wartime history including a visit to the Sandakan memorial site situated on the grounds of the horrendous wartime POW Camp with memorial, artifacts and interactive information display. It assists in the background to this terrible story that engulfed the POW’s in WW2’s Borneo.

 

The tour stops to inspect St Michael’s Church, which was an assembly location for newly arriving POW’s, plus the well organised Agnes Keith Museum House. Agnes Keith was an American author living with her husband at Sandakan when the Japanese invaded and interned her and her family. She was held at Kuching in Sarawak, along with the Sandakan POW’s selected for transfer by the Japanese. She wrote a popular trio of books about her experiences pre, during and post war.

 

During the closing stages of the war, prisoners from the Sandakan POW Camp were marched in a succession of groups, across the island to camps near Ranau. The sick (unable to travel with the groups) were murdered at the camp when the last of the groups had left for the center of the Borneo Island.

 

Tonight’s dinner at the English Tea Garden (own expense) – a wonderful setting.

Day 3: Historical activities, sightseeing– overnight Kundusang

Today we travel to Kundusang along many parts of the prisoners’ march – now modern highways – and inspect the War Memorial Garden. The gardens were established in 1962 – this being one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau and camps there also during war against Japan.

 

The Memorial also remembers the national people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs during the Japanese occupation.

 

The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens – the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool – to represent the different nationalities. The Kundasang War Memorial an ideal place to contemplate and remember the heroes of the war.

 

Tonight we will overnight at a mountain resort in a scenic setting.

Day 4: Historical activities, sightseeing - overnight Tenom

Today our travels take us to the POW Camp locations around Ranau area with commentary about events and identities of this area and the Death March.

 

On completion of the Ranau area we continue driving in Southerly direction to Tenom along the (now) highway, which was a vehicle supply route for the Japanese during the war.

On route we will have lunch and check in to our overnight accommodation in the early afternoon.

 

Tenom is the site of a nearby Agricultural Park, which has a world-class collection of orchids and other fine plant displays. Tenom is also the terminus for a prewar “colonial” era narrow gauge railway, which travels down of the mountainous area of Tenom to Beaufort and onwards to Kota Kinabalu (the capital of Sabah state). The railway line as a supply and transport medium had wartime importance and application including the strategic planning of the Australian operations later in the war. We will use this rail tomorrow to travel down from Tenom to Beaufort – if available at the time of our presence at Tenom. Otherwise we will travel to and beyond Beaufort by vehicle.

Day 5: Historical activities, sightseeing - overnight Labuan

Early this morning we depart for Beaufort by the scenic and quaint narrow guage light railway or by vehicle if the railway route is unavailable. We will travel to Weston which was the landing point and beach head for the Australians and their mainland arrival in wartime Borneo.

 

From Weston we will retrace the Australians’ advance to Beaufort – which you will find is a major regional center and, the final base of the Australians at war’s end in Northern Borneo. It is also the site of one of the last Australian won VC’s – Tom Starcevich. We visit this site. The Japanese area commander surrendered to Australian forces here at the cessation of hostilities.

 

Our lunch today is at Beaufort, alongside the local regional market place.

 

We travel to the marine ferry terminal at the small coastal port of Menumbok, and take a ferry across to the small island of Labuan.

Day 6: Historical activities, sightseeing - overnight Labuan

While on the island we can take advantage of duty free prices on many items. Labuan is a trade-free zone and tax-free haven and an International Offshore Financial Centre so you can expect some great deals on souvenirs.

 

During the morning we will spend a half-day sight seeing including Surrender point, Peace Park, chimney Museum, pocket battle area, old coal mines and the Brown beach landing area.

 

Over the course of the day the Australian landings and campaigning on the island are discussed and places of relevance visited – including the Surrender (of the Japanese) Memorial and, importantly, the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery. The located remains of those who died in the Sandakan Camp and Death March are buried here, along with other service people who died in the taking of Labuan and Northern Borneo in the closing months of the war. There are 3,908 graves of fallen soldiers who remain here. We pay our respects to those who died here.

Day 7: Historical activities, sightseeing - overnight Kota Kinabalu

A high-speed marine ferry takes us to Kota Kinabalu for a 2-night stay. While here we take an orientation tour and visit sites of relevance to Allied PW’s and local history including war time resistance against the Japanese.

 

Kota Kinabalu was destroyed by day and night Allied bombing raids over six months as part of the Borneo Campaign in 1945, leaving very few buildings standing after the Japanese surrender.

Day 8: Sightseeing, free day – overnight Kota Kinabalu

We spend a day free time exploring Kota Kinabalu and take a break from the tour timetable and historical stops.

 

Kota Kinabalu also features a large number of shopping malls to explore. These include Imago Mall KK Times Square, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Kompleks Karamunsing, Centre Point, Wisma Merdeka, Warisan Square, Plaza Wawasan, Kompleks Asia City, City Mall, KK Plaza, Megalong Mall, Suria Sabah and 1Borneo, which is the largest hypermall in Kota Kinabalu.

 

Kota Kinabula offers many temples, and markets to explore – many of these are vibrant night markets.

Day 9: Historical activities, sightseeing - overnight Kuching

This morning we will transfer to Kota Kinabalu domestic airport and fly onwards to Kuching.

 

The flight to Kuching (which is in the Malaysian state of Sarawak) is short and, after establishing ourselves at our accommodation, we take a half-day tour, which includes war relevant sites and locations. Most particularly we visit the combined POW and Internment campsite – now a Teacher’s Training College at Batu Lintang. Most officers from the Sandakan PW Camp were shipped to Kuching’s Batu Lintang Camp – along with known troublemakers from the Other Ranks following the Japanese discovery of the PW connection to the local Sandakan Resistance Movement. The ringleaders of the Resistance, both from the camp and outside, were also moved to Kuching for harsh treatment then execution. We visit locations used by the Japanese and explain events.

Day 10: Sightseeing, free day – overnight Kuching

Today is a free day of exploring and relaxing. There is much to do in Kuching, why not book a Sarawack river cruise, visit Fort Margherita built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, explore more markets or just soak up the culture food and drink relaxing the day away.

Day 11: Tour End Kuching

Today you will depart Kuching on our prearranged airport transfers or travel in an onwards journey to another tour/destination. (Please note if you choose not to take our airport departures transfer on the last day of the tour package, the inclusive transfer will be forfeited).

Whats Included In Your Borneo Tour

What’s Included

Escape Trekking Adventures Polo Shirt

10 nights Accommodation included-twin share basis (single share additional)

10 Breakfast included

All entry fees included

All land and marine transport included

Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching

Expert Australian guide and war historian included

Local tour guide at relevant locations

First aid trained guides

History of the North Borneo campaign and the entire Borneo PW experience (not just Sandakan death march)

Public Liability Insurance Cover (under written by Lloyds of London for 10 million)

Certificate of Completion

Transfers to and from hotel at beginning and completion of the tour

 

What’s not Included

Lunch and dinner arrangements (suggested locations each meal)

Medication & injections as recommended by your personal Doctor/The Travel Doctor

$15 postage and handling charge of your registration packs

International Flights

Personal Travel Insurance (must have)

Passport (must have more than 6 month validation on departure)

Single share supplement should you not be able to be paired up for a hotel room with the same gender

Optional Extras

Our optional extras for our Borneo tours include single supplement for the hotel component of the tour.

Single Supplement 

If you would like to have your own privacy in the hotel this luxury comes at a price of $425 for the entire trip. You can select this option while booking your tour or after the booking is made contact our office to arrange this optional extra.

Gear Required For Your Borneo Tour

Ensure you bring 4 changes of comfortable walking attire, trekking clothing used for warm weather adventure is generally comfortable to wear, dries quickly when washed and has a reduced odor if you tend to sweat a little.

 

We recommend bringing along a couple pairs of gym lycra tights to wear under your shorts to help prevent prickly heat or rubbing between the thighs.

 

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, trekking boots whilst a little heavy can be comfortable to walk around in, but sporting/walking shoes are a good option to use as they are light, breathable and will dry quickly in the if they do get wet (these are our preferred choice of shoe for this tour).

 

Please do not turn up with thongs or sandals as your only walking attire. Thongs are not that safely suited for walking about in the tour locations as not all surfaces are even (including pavements and footpaths). Walking shoes or light boots are a better option with, perhaps, robust sandals for “after tour hours” where dress standards allow.

 

You will need very little equipment for this tour however a good small day pack to carry around loose items for each day, a small first aid kit covering basics for a small graze etc. (Quality first aid kits can be obtained through us starting from a little over $20). An emergency sewing kit can come in handy from time to time and any medications prescribed by your doctor.

Visa Information For Borneo

No Visa is required for Australian tourist on a short stay basis in Borneo (below 90 days).

Below is details listed from http://www.borneo.com in regards to their visa requirements.

1) Check the validity of your passport. Make sure it is valid for 6 months from your departure date from Malaysia/Indonesia/Brunei.

2) Make sure your passport has adequate blank pages to stamp the visa, and other necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.

3) Certain countries may require separate transit visa if you are flying en-route Malaysia/Indonesia/Brunei to your desired destination.

4) Make sure that you have sufficient funds in your account to prove your financial stability. The consulate may ask for a copy of bank statement as a proof.

5) Carry a valid, confirmed return ticket, NOC letter from sponsor or company, two passport size photographs, confirmed hotel booking, photocopy of passport & return ticket, invitation letter from company in case of business visa.

6) Employed citizens should enclose a letter of employment, indicating their employment status.

7) Complete the arrival/departure card which is available at the airport or with travel agencies. You need to submit this to the concerned Immigration Officer on duty along with the passport or travel document.

What are the fitness requirements for a Borneo tour

This tour is graded 4 out 10 Easy grade (self assessed medical questionnaire required).

There is some sections of the tour where you will be standing or walking for a prolonged period while visiting the historical attractions.

Only a basic level of cardio is required to walk short distances over formed paths and good terrain to reach the sites and attractions.

Booking Information For Our Borneo Tours

So you have decided to choose Escape Trekking Adventures to facilitate your Borneo adventure, Great choice!

What are the processes to book, pay and complete your Borneo tour?

  1. Book online via our website selecting the tour date that you wish to join and filling out our booking form as part of the shopping cart. Alternately you can call or email us to make your booking.
  2. Pay a $700 deposit (non-refundable) in to our account either online through our secure website payment system, deposit money in to our bank account (contact us for details) or call us and make a credit card payment over the phone.
  3. Escape Trekking Adventures will send out our destination information packs containing destination information, forms (that are required to return to us), a medical questioner and a gear discount voucher.
  4. Book your flights
  5. Fill out our destination forms and return to us no later than 60 days prior to your adventure beginning.
  6. Pay your balance 60 days prior to your adventure beginning. (let us know if you need a little more time we are not unreasonable if you have paid for a majority of your tour already).
  7. Receive pre departure emails from us with advice and information.
  8. Your big adventure begins!

Escape Trekking Adventures booking term & conditions

Escape Trekking Adventures Terms & Conditions

(Booking Terms & conditions including cancelation policy)

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of this contract.

In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Escape Trekking Adventures ABN 71 827 095 874 and you. No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Escape Trekking Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Escape Trekking Adventures representatives” means tour leaders and staff of Escape Trekking Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

  1. How to Book. To reserve your place on one of the tours, you should complete the Booking Form and send it, along with a non-refundable deposit of $700 per person per trip to the nearest Escape Trekking Adventures office, or to your travel agent. Some trips require a non-refundable additional deposit or instant payment for a permit. In these instances refer to the individual trip notes for details.
  2. Travel Insurance. Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all of Escape Trekking Adventures travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. We also suggests it covers cancelation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of insurance to Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
  3. Evacuation, Withdrawal From Tour. In the unlikely event of an evacuation or withdrawal from any tour, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to pass on costs incurred, including transport, logistical support and communications. Clients should submit these costs to their travel insurance company as part of their claim. Clients who have to withdraw from the trek for medical or any other reason, will be required to return to Australia on the first available International flight. They will also be required to meet any personal accommodation, transport and medical expenses incurred during their time away from their nominal home and claim these against their personal travel insurance policy. Escape Trekking will Adventures not accept liability for any of these expenses.
  4. Personal Images. You agree that Escape Trekking Adventures may use images of you taken during the tour without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium it chooses.

If you do not want agree to Escape Trekking Adventures using these images, you must inform Escape Trekking Adventures in writing prior to the departure of the trip.

  1. Personal Information. In order to be able to supply our adventure service to you Escape Trekking Adventures will need to collect certain personal information from you. The information may be disclosed to, or collected on our behalf by our service providers to enable the services to be provided, but will not be used by them for any other purpose without your express permission.

6.Health & Fitness Requirements. You must be in good health and physical condition and are strongly advised to follow our pre departure fitness training recommendations, where necessary. For many of our tours you will be required to submit a medical questionnaire completed by you or your doctor as proof that you are fit enough to participate in the tour. If you have booked a tour graded 1-5 the only time that a medical questionnaire will be required by your doctor is where you have a pre existing medical condition, are over 65 years of age. This will be sent to you upon booking and you will be required to return the form completed and signed by your doctor 70 days prior to departure. If you have booked for a tour graded 6-10 you will be sent a medical form upon booking and you will be required to have your doctor complete and sign your medical questionnaire and return to us 60 days prior to departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. Tours take place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Evacuation, where necessary, can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be your responsibility. While we do not discriminate by age, due to the extreme nature of our mountaineering trips we strongly discourage participants over 60 years of age. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right in its absolute discretion to refuse a participant.

7. Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise Escape Trekking Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our tours. Escape Trekking Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Generally, we do not allow travelers under the age of 12 years. However we will occasionally make exceptions for under-18s traveling with their legal guardian or following discussion with parents or legal guardian. The decision for any person less than 18 years of age to travel on our scheduled itineraries is at the absolute discretion of the directors and guides of Escape Trekking Adventures. We reserve the right to;

You declare and warrant that

  • You are in good health and mental and physical fitness at the time of booking this tour;
  • You have disclosed to Escape Trekking Adventures every matter concerning your health and mental and physical fitness of which you are aware, or ought reasonably be expected to know, that is relevant to Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour;
  • Immediately upon any adverse change in your health or fitness that may be likely to affect Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour, you will notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing of any such adverse change;
  • Escape Trekking Adventures are permitted to disclose medical information to our consultant doctor.
  • Escape Trekking Adventures consultant doctor may exclude you from a tour if he/she deems it necessary. You acknowledge that the obligation to disclose under this condition continues from the time of booking the tour through to departure and extends for the duration of the tour.
  • You have taken the necessary precautions to immunise/vaccinate for the destination you are travelling to. If you fail to comply with the duty of disclosure in this condition and if Escape Trekking Adventures would not have permitted you to undertake the tour, or continue participation of the tour, had you made full disclosure under this condition, Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable, except to the minimum extent.

8. Tour Leaders. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this condition, ‘tour leader’ includes both the nominated tour leader and any other nominated person given at any time the task of leading or supervising any aspect of the tour. Escape Trekking Adventures tour leaders take their responsibilities seriously and if for any reason a tour leader believes, in his or her absolute discretion, that you should not participate in the tour, before your departure, even if you pass your medical, he/she may exclude you from the tour. In this event, but subject to condition 6, you will be offered the option of taking another tour considered suitable for you or a full refund. If for any reason during a tour the tour leader considers you should not participate further due to you committing an illegal act, or in the opinion of the nominated tour leader, your behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others, or your fitness or health is inadequate, he or she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the nominated tour leader’s instructions. In this case you will not be entitled to any refund. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to change, at any time, the tour leader of any tour. If that happens, Escape Trekking Adventures will try to ensure that the alternative tour leader has expertise commensurate with that of the tour leader. Any such change by Escape Trekking Adventures will not give rise to any right on your part to cancel the tour or claim any expenses, loss or damage which may be suffered.

9. Cancelation by Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancelations no later than 30 days before the tour departure date. If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure at any time. With any form of cancelation, Escape Trekking Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Escape Trekking Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

Force Majeure
Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancelation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Escape Trekking Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Escape Trekking Adventures and or its third party reserve the right either before or during the course of the tour to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the tour group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behavior.

10. Cancelation due to small tour numbers. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on a tour in which case you will be given a full refund of the tour price paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes). We require a minimum of 6 trekkers in a selected trek. If numbers fall to 6 or below, we reserve the right to cancel, or change dates of the trek or refer you to another existing trek. Trek numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancelations no later than 50 days prior to your selected trek.

If numbers for your selected trek decrease below 6 people, you may be required to pay a small group trekking fee should you wish to proceed with the tour. A $4-600 fee per person is required to be paid. This does not happen very often, so if you have any questions regarding this just ask.

11. Itineraries and brochures. Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Escape Trekking Adventures. The information contained in Escape Trekking Adventures brochures, itineraries, and internet site is, to the best of Escape Trekking Adventures belief, correct at the date of publishing.

12. Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to:

Cancel or modify any routes within the tour or objectives set out in the itinerary; or

Substitute different or equivalent routes within the tour in place of cancelled or modified routes, or

Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the tour) any such aspect of the tour if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the tour being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Escape Trekking Adventures. In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the tour price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves, in its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any tour due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. In this event, condition 4 applies as if you had transferred or cancelled the tour at the date that Escape Trekking Adventures cancelled the tour due to the governmental travel warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

13. Tour Prices. Package prices are per person based on ground costs, fuel prices, airfares, exchange rates and assumptions made at the time of printing the brochure. Escape Trekking Adventures tries its utmost not to increase tour prices, however sometimes increases are outside its control. The most current prices will be listed at www.escapetrekkingadventures.com.au so visit the website before booking. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to amend tour prices without notice at any time before and including the departure date. Amendments may be necessitated for many reasons including, but not limited to, exchange rate fluctuations, increased fuel costs, airfares, airport charges, increases in ground operator service fees, or the need to engage alternative air or ground operators. Any increase in tour prices must be paid prior to the departure date.

14. Proof of citizenship or information required to travel. It is your responsibility to obtain proper identification or proof of citizenship as required by the authorities of the destination to which you are travelling. You will not be entitled to a refund if you are denied boarding or entry on any basis, including without limitation, improper documentation or failure to provide information. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months beyond the date of your return home to your home country.

15. Airlines and other transport providers. Any material published by Escape Trekking Adventures, the Booking Form and these conditions of contract are not issued on behalf of, and do not commit any airline whose services are used or proposed to be used in the course of the tour. In the event that an airline’s proposed travel or fare schedule is amended or cancelled, such amendment or cancellation will not be considered a cancellation of the tour by Escape Trekking Adventures. Any flights or other transport forming part of the tour arrangements are subject to the conditions of the carrying airline or other transport entity, which in most cases limits the airlines’ or other transport entity’s.

16. Exclusions from tour price. Without limitation, the following items are excluded from the tour price:

Personal travel insurance;

Visa, passport and vaccination charges;

Departure, airport and airline taxes and on some tours internal domestic flights;

Extra meals, transport costs, accommodation costs, or other expenses not included in the itinerary; laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses & items of a personal nature; emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges;

Additional expenses caused by delay, accidents or disruption of planned itineraries;

Tips, onboard beverages and excess

17. Assumptions of Risk. You understand and will accept that your proposed tour may expose you to inherent dangers. Only people in good physical and mental condition should undertake this tour. Our tours are physically and mentally challenging you will be required to consult with your Doctor and ensure that your health is sound and you are able to undertake a rigorous training program as necessary to complete this tour. You must accept that you will be traveling through remote areas where external assistance may be delayed or unavailable if an unforeseen event occurs. This may be due to medical, weather or political situations and may affect you or other members of the group or our trekking crew. You must understand and accept that a medical emergency in this remote area may be life threatening and by completing your booking form you accept these potential adverse and unfavorable conditions and potential life threatening situations as your choice. You acknowledge and agree that:

By the very nature of adventure travel and trekking holidays, they are more challenging and demanding with a commensurately higher level of risk compared with conventional holidays, and involve potential exposure to injury and possibly death;

In the countries and regions in which adventure travel is undertaken, standards of accommodation, transport, health care, hygiene, safety and service provision generally are often not as high as those standards in your country of residence and may require flexibility and patience on your part;

The additional dangers and risks associated with adventure travel may include difficult and dangerous terrain; high altitude; extremes of weather, including sudden and unexpected changes; political instability; remoteness from normal medical services and from communications; and evacuation difficulties in the event of illness or injury;

The enjoyment and excitement of adventure travel is derived in part from the inherent dangers and risks associated with adventure travel and that those inherent dangers and risks are a reason why you wish to undertake the adventure tour, and

You have submitted your booking for the tour after giving due consideration of relevant travel information including, without limitation, any relevant information or advice given by the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the British Foreign Office and US Department of State and that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself that information or advice.

For the above reasons you therefore accept the inherent and increased dangers and risks associated with the proposed adventure tour and the accompanying risk of injury, death or property damage or loss.

18. No Liability. You acknowledge and agree that:

Where Escape Trekking Adventures acts as a booking agent for third-party tour operators it accepts no liability for the acts or omissions of those third-party tour operators and does not authorise any suppliers including hotel management to promise refunds on our behalf; and

Operational control of the tour may be in the hands of a third party and that your right of action in regard to any shortcomings of that third party’s performance is against the third party and not against Escape Trekking Adventures; and

Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any breach of any law by any person with whom you travel on the tour; and

You may not rely on any representations concerning the tour made by Escape Trekking Adventures, which are not contained in these conditions.

19. Release and discharge of Liability. To the extent permitted by law, by accepting the additional inherent dangers and risks associated with the tour, you release, waive and discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all claims, actions or losses for personal injury or death, property damage, loss of services, loss of profits, consequential, exemplary, indirect or punitive damages or otherwise which may arise

Out of or occur during your travel in connection with the tour or any activities conducted in conjunction with the tour unless caused by the reckless conduct of Escape Trekking Adventures representatives, or

In connection with any optional activities which you may undertake during the course of your tour but which do not comprise part of your tour itinerary and you accept that any assistance given to you by Escape Trekking Adventures representatives in arranging such optional activities will not render the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives liable to you in any way.

20. Australian Consumer Law Under the Australian Consumer Law, statutory guarantees apply to the supply of recreational services of the kind offered by these terms and conditions. “Recreational services” is defined as including activities that involve a significant degree of physical exertion or risk undertaken for the purposes of recreation, enjoyment or leisure. These guarantees mean that Escape Trekking Adventures, as the supplier, is required to ensure that the recreational services it supplies to you are rendered with due care and skill and are fit for their intended purpose. Under the Australian Consumer Law, Escape Trekking Adventures, as supplier, is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees will not apply to you. If you sign this form you will be agreeing that your rights under this agreement, if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not rendered in accordance with these statutory guarantees, are excluded, restricted or modified in the way set out in this condition. To the extent permitted by law, you hereby exclude, release and forever discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all liability for any and all claims, loss, damage, cost or expense arising from your death or your suffering physical or mental injury or any other condition, occurrence, activity, form of behaviour, course of conduct or state of affairs as specified in section 139A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (except in the case of liability arising from the reckless conduct on the part of the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives) and connected with your participation in the recreational services which comprise the tour.

22. Cancelation, Amendments, Quotations and transfers 

 

Deposit & Final Payment

The non-refundable $700 Deposit secures your place in the trek, and No bookings will be made until the deposit is paid. This may result in missing the opportunity to be involved, so we suggest you book early.

Once your deposit is paid, your trek place & price is secure.

Balance is due 8 weeks prior to your selected trek.

Quotations

Quotes are valid for 30 Days, after which we reserve the right to increase costs.

Note: Only due to changes beyond our control, such as the exchange rate between Australia and our international destinations /or unexpected increases in outsource services/ costs (charter, accommodation, transport, fees etc) and/or review of trek package and prices, will prices be increased.

If you need to have your quote reviewed please contact us.

Cancelation

If a cancelation is made:

  • Prior to 60 days departure if you select to cancel your trek you loose 100% of the $700 deposit.
  • Between 29 & 59 days prior to your selected trek, a $1600 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • Between 28 & 1 days prior to your selected trek, a $2800 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • (We can assist with travel insurance claim).

Please note the above is a guide and maybe dependent on what has been booked for your participation in the trek itinerary – So Cancelation fee may increase to cover these costs. The cancelation fee is in addition to the $700 deposit.

Should you require canceling your trek as mentioned above – You are able to keep your ETA polo etc. that has been sent to you. – Should you need to cancel your trek, remaining balance can be transferred to another trek less your cancelation fee.

At Escape Trekking Adventures we pride ourselves on offering SAFE, professional treks, led by experienced guides and friendly service, so if you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.

Terms

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of contract.

Transfers

If you wish to transfer from one tour to another, you must notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing. Once Escape Trekking Adventures receives your notice the transfer will take effect subject to the following. Transfers may only be made to another tour to commence within 12 months of your original departure date and the following transfer charges will apply: • If your notice is received more than 70 days prior to your original departure date a $100 transfer fee will apply. In addition, any increase in airfares or operational services will be payable by you: or • If your notice is received within 70 days prior to your original departure date up to 50% of your original tour price will be forfeited provided your notice is received at least 35 days prior to your original date.

Amendments

Additional charges will be applied to you if you add, adjust or change a service prior to, during or before the completion of a trek. The cost of these will be charged out at the full rate and may incur a surcharge fee of $80 to cover any additional logistic arrangements that may be required for this service. Examples of this service could be but not limited to change from twin share to single share accommodation, use of (additional) personal porter, excess luggage, room upgrade or airport transfer out side the itinerary.

22. Severance of conditions.

If any part of a condition is illegal, unenforceable or invalid, it is to be treated as removed from the conditions, however, the remainder of the conditions are not altered.

Why Travel To Borneo With Us

10 Reasons to trek with us

 

  1. THE LASTEST COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
  2. MEDICAL TRAINING TO ASSIST YOUR FIRST AID REQUIREMENTS
  3. GUIDE TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
  4. DISCOVER THE ENTIRE BORNEO CAMPAIGN (not just Sandakan)
  5. FULLY LICSENCED & INSURED
  6. BEST LOGISTICAL ARRANGEMENTS IN BORNEO
  7. DEDICATED STAFF THERE TO PLEASE YOU
  8. HOLISTIC HISTORICAL INFORMATION SUPPLIED
  9. COMPASSION AND CARE TO OUR CLIENTS NEEDS IS OUR PHILOSPHY
  10. BEST VALUE FOR MONEY OPERATER IN BORNEO

Australian Tour Leaders

Frank Taylor has been contracted to deliver this 11-day programme in high level of historical detail he is renowned for with his Kokoda Trail, Thai Burma and Western Front tours.

Working with Escape Trekking Adventures Franks Training in military tactics and the understanding of the battles and inhumane actions that took place there compliments Escape Trekking Adventures philosophy of adventure travel with highly trained guides delivering historical and culturally exciting tours.

Shane & Frank desire to keep this important part of Australia’s history alive and fresh in Australians memories for years to come.

Health Information for Traveling To Borneo

If you are looking at touring Borneo it is essential that good health and preparation with regard to your health is the first and foremost task. As with all adventure travel outside of your usual environment you will need to be prepared for the activity.

Immunisations

The required immunisations  for every destination around the world could change on a daily basis and as a result you will be required to check with your Doctor what you should be protected against.

The general major risks to your health while traveling in Borneo can be but not limited to :

Hepatitis A

This is a viral disease of the liver which is transmitted through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. it is the most common vaccine preventable disease that occurs in travellers to less developed areas of the world. It is strongly recommended for travel to Sabah.

Hepatitis B

This is a viral disease of the liver that is transmitted via blood, blood products or bodily fluids. It is vaccine preventable and now part of the childhood immunisation schedule. Many adults may have missed this important vaccine and travel is a good reason to get up-to-date. It is highly endemic in Sabah.

Typhoid

Typhoid Fever is caused by a bacteria found in contaminated food and water. It is endemic in the developing world and vaccination is recommended for travellers to areas where environmental sanitation and personal hygiene may be poor.

Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Diphtheria

Tetanus is caused by a toxin released by a common dust or soil bacteria which enters the body through a wound.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the throat and occasionally the skin. It is found world wide and is transmitted from person-to-person by coughing and sneezing.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is a highly infectuous respiratory infection responsible for 300,000 deaths annually, mainly in children.

Because many adults no longer have immunity from childhood immunisation it is advised that travellers to less developed countries have a tetanus, dihtheria and pertussis booster.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Childhood immunisation coverage in many developing countries is not good. As such, travellers under the age of 40 years should have their MMR immunisation completed. Those over the age of 40 years are most likely to have long term immunity from previous exposure as a child.

Because many adults no longer have immunity from childhood immunisation it is advised that travellers to less developed countries have a tetanus, dihtheria and pertussis booster.

Chickenpox

This very comon infectious disease can now be prevented through immunisation. Many people miss the disease in childhood only to have a significant illness as an adult. If you do not have history of immunisation, a simple blood test can show whether you are at risk.

Influenza

Individuals intending to travel out of an Australian winter might consider the current flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. exposure to illness in airports and commuter transport is common and exposure may ruin a much needed break.

Dengue Fever

Dengue (pronounced den-gee) Fever is a viral disease with flu like symptoms that is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccine for dengue fever and prevention is based upon insect avoidance via repellents, nets and insecticides.

Malaria

Malaria is transmitted by a night biting mosquito. Insect avoidance measures should be followed throughout the trip. Which drug is recommended depend on individual circumstances and needs to be discussed with an experienced travel doctor. It is also vital to continue with the medication for the recommended interval on return to Australia. Upon return, any flu-like illnesses should be investigated by a travel health specialist. Malaria is a year round problem in rural areas of Sabah

Cholera

Cholera is a severe diarrhoeal disease caused by a bacteria. It is common in developing countries and is associated with conditions of pverty and poor sanitation. Cholera can cause rapid and severe dehydration. Travellers to Peru who follow the rules of eating and drinking safely will minimise their risk. There is also an oral vaccine available for cholera which may be recommended in certain circumstances.

Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

JE is a mosquito borne viral disease prevalent in rural areas of Asia and Indonesia that can lead to serious brain infection in humans. Risk is usually greatest during the monsoon months. A vaccine is available and is particularly recommended for adults and children over 12 months of age who will be spending a month or more in rice growing areas of countries at risk. Insect avoidance should be considered the primary means of defence.

Travellers' Diarrhoea

Up to 40% of tourists may develop diarrhoea wihtin the first week of travel. A variety of germs can be responsible and a Traveller’s Medical Kit containing appropriate therapy can rapidly improve the symptoms. It is also important to follow the rules of healthy eating and drinking to minimise risks.

The Kokoda Trail, Everest Base Camp & Kilimanjaro are amazing adventures but prior to the trip you can feel a little under prepared for your journey and wish to seek a little advice. The below videos are intended to take away some of the confusion so that you are better prepared.

 

First Aid Kits & what they should contain.

When trekking in Remote area’s you should always be mindful of what items you may require to treat any aliments that may occur as if you are on the Kokoda trail or Kilimanjaro you will not be able to purchase any such items. Everest Base Camp treks (and Nepal lodge trekking in general) you can buy some supplies but these are mainly limited to the large Sherpa villages so it is best to carry the right things with you.

If you suffer from heyfever, sinus, reflux or any such medical condition you should bring medication to treat this, plan for the worst case scenario and be prepared.

Some items that are worth your consideration include but are not limited to;

Anti-inflammatory tablets and gel (as prescribed by your doctor, remember voltaren and the like take up to 48 hours to relive symptoms so a fast acting tablet such as ibuprofen is great to start with), antibiotics for treating diarrhoea (as prescribed by your doctor), gastro stop, antibacterial gel, betadine liquid (Betadine can also treat your water for purification as a emergency back up if required), blister packs, one roll of broad elasticated bandage, roll of strapping tape, antihistamines, anti sickness tablets, painkillers such as Panadol Forte/Aspirin tablets/capsules, Codral cold and flu tablets, sunscreen, pawpaw cream along with one pack of a general use antibiotics.

 

Items you should carry in your day pack

This video details the items you should carry in your day pack as overloading your self will bring excess strain on your self.

Packing and sorting your gear will always be a personal preference however there are many such items you should carry that will be required throughout the day and avoid constantly digging through your main pack for in search of the particular item you require.

 

Sorting and packing your gear for trekking

The following video explains how to separate your gear into different packs of various sizes and colours.

I personally try to use one colour dry bag for each category I separate the items into, allowing the item you are looking for to be easily identified.

You should try to group things into to medications, toiletries, clothing, sleeping gear, general use items, spare batteries, dirty or wet clothing, first aid kit and snacks in to several separate bags for identification.

Avoid using one large dry bag as this means the entire contents will need removal to find the item you are looking for as well when you pack your bag it will need to be inside the backpack to fit the gear in correctly. Trust me I have been through all of these issue in the past.

 

Cold climate trek gear for Everest Base Camp and MT Kilimanjaro explained

This video will walk you through the items you require to trek in cold climates at altitude.

Simply using ski field clothing will not suffice and will be very uncomfortable whilst trekking, you will require items to keep you warm and safe. Being cold at altitude can lead to altitude sickness such as AMS, HACE and HAPE.

Layers is still the best clothing configuration for these treks and surprisingly enough you will require lightweight items that breath, high altitude trekking be quite warm during the day one minute to freezing cold blistering winds the next, so you will need to be able to regulate your core temperature according.