Maverick Camp Endeavour Borneo 2022

March 8 - 18 2022 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
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Maverick Camp Endeavour Borneo 2022

March 8 - 18 2022 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Following the success of Camp Endeavour Borneo in 2020, we are excited to be back for 2022. The camp is first and foremost a once in a lifetime adventure. However, it also provides a superb opportunity to familiarise and acclimatise to the jungle trails for anyone wishing to take part in the Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM). In 2020 all our Maverick runners finished in the top 10 of their category with 6 taking podium positions.

Our 11-day/10-night itinerary takes you into the depths of the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is on the North-Eastern side of Borneo. The planned running routes will take you through; paddy fields, jungle rainforest, ancient trading trails, pineapple plantations, along mountain ridges, onto remote islands and secluded beaches.

The well-earned rest days from running - mid-trip - will see us getting up close and personal with the Wild Man of the Jungle - the Orangutan. They are found only in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. If we’re lucky we might also catch a sighting of the Bornean Sun Bear, the smallest bear in the world.

Continue reading below to find out how our Camp works.

Limited to 20 spaces.


Kota Kinabalu International Airport, 88740 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia


Recommended travel
Your choice of airport, please see below for more info.


£1990 per person
(flights not included)
Secure your place with a £100 deposit


Our Borneo adventure begins at sea level on Sabah’s west coast in the small city of Kota Kinabalu. We then head out to the tropical islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman State Marine Park. Here we have added the chance to snorkel and scuba dive to help wind down and acclimatise after a long flight. A 10km trail run to Gaya Islands highest point at 300m will help prepare you for the humidity & jungle terrain to follow. We then exchange the ocean for rivers & waterfalls at the foothills of Mt Kinabalu (4,093m).

We have added in an Epic point-point. Trailblazing 30km with a 2km vertical ascent we will be the only group to run this route passing through remote villages, paddy fields and pineapple plantations. Criss-crossing iconic routes that form parts of the Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) and The Most Beautiful Trail (TMBT) this experience is something not to be missed.

Our final destination takes us to the Salt Trails in the Crocker Range Mountains. These jungle trekking routes were traditionally followed by village traders that journeyed to the markets, of towns on Sabah’s west coast to barter with their fresh produce for salt, as well as other goods. Although some of the easier accessible villages are connected by roads, the Salt Trails are still the only access route to some of the more remote villages in the area.


Leading our trail runs are strong local mountain runners. Themselves winners of the famously brutal 50K & 100K Borneo Ultra Trail Marathons BUTM & TMBT. Enjoy chatting with them, learning about their culture and the rich traditional tapestry of the communities we run through, steeped in mystery & belief. 

Our Yogi is a traditional practitioner of Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga and her classes will focus on flexibility, strength, breathing, aromatherapy & wellbeing. 

Putting this trip together for us is Joanne & Richard from Adventures In Borneo, an award-winning adventure travel company and provider of Adventurous Training for the British Ministry of Defence. 

This trip is designed to be fully inclusive so you only need to add on the cost of flights, a couple of evening meals and alcohol.


1. All Sabah land/boat transfers & logistics
2. Full board meals as mentioned (10 breakfast, 8 lunch, 8 dinner)
3. All entrance, permit & entry fees
4. Accommodation as described
5. Pick up from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to the accommodation (provided you arrive at the airport between 9am and 4pm)
6. Activities as stated for runners (2 sessions of either snorkel safari or scuba diving sessions, 6 yoga sessions, 7 trail run sessions)
7. Activities as stated for non-runners (2 sessions of either snorkel safari, scuba diving or sea kayaking, 6 yoga sessions and 3 guided treks)
8. Visit to Sepilok Orang-utan & Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centres
9. Downbelow Expedition Leader & Running Guides
10. Specialised guides as required
11. Fully Risk Assessed (documents provided).


International/domestic flights (one domestic flight will be needed if you are participating in the BUTM and want to fly there. This costs around £30.00 per person. Alternatively, you can also travel by land on day 9, which takes around 9 hours.)
Personal travel insurance
Meals not stated as included.
Carbonated and alcoholic drinks.
Optional Wildlife Safari to the Kinabatangan River with 1 Night River Lodge Accommodation on Day 8 £190.00 per person. 

Please note the camp does not include flights or additional drinks.


Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and and transfer 20 minutes by coastal road to KK Times Square Hotel for an overnight stay. Free at leisure in the afternoon with an evening get-together and briefing over dinner. Overnight KK Times Square Hotel, twin/double share room with en-suite bathroom. (D)


Transfer to Gaya Island (10 minutes road & 15 minutes speedboat). The day starts with a 10KM run to the highest point of Gaya Island (300M) to stretch out those legs and help you acclimatise to the jungle trails. Non runners can enjoy a snorkel safari, go scuba diving or sea kayak to isolated bays. After lunch we will take a 10 minute speedboat ride to Manukan Island Resort. Afternoon at leisure followed by sunset yoga on the beach. Overnight Beach Suite Chalet (Twin/Double/Tripple) with en-suite bathroom. (B,L)


After breakfast, meet at 9am pool-side for a morning of snorkelling safaris or scuba diving (anyone scuba diving can not run in the afternoon due to the increased risk of decompression sickness). After lunch, head back to the mainland and enjoy an afternoon run (1-2 hours) at the local beach / non runners can relax or visit the local shops, bars & cafes. Overnight KK Times Square Hotel, twin/double share room with en-suite bathroom. (B)


After breakfast embark on an adventurous journey to the Kiulu Valley for a trip back to nature. We’ll be taking on a 9KM trail run (2-3 hours) through jungle tracks, rivers & plantations.  Non-runners can stroll along the river & suspension bridges, learn about the traditional rice wine, blow pipes & headhunting tribal ancestry. Post run Yoga at 5-6pm. Tucked away in the countryside far from the bright city lights be enchanted by the wonder of the dark skies & bright stars, a clear milky way is often visible. Overnight camping, equipment provided & good facilities on-site (B,L,D)


Today is our epic point-to-point. Trailblazing 32km with a 2.3km vertical ascent we will be the only group to run this route passing through remote villages, paddy fields and pineapple plantations. Local villages will play host to our rest stops. Criss-crossing iconic routes that form parts of the Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) and The Most Beautiful Trail (TMBT) this experience is something not to be missed. Non runners can have a relaxed morning by the river then take a leisurely land transfer to meet the runners at the end-point. Overnight with local families in mountain village homestay twin/ double rooms (B,L,D).


Wake up to amazing mountain views and let's stretch out those aching legs with yoga practice. Today we have a slow 14KM run/hike to help recover. Stopping for lunch at Kg. Kiau, home of the mountain guides. We return to our remote village homestay for dinner with only our own conversation & each other for entertainment. Non-runners can hike the same trail with our guides, we can reduce the hike to 6KM. Or stay in the village to learn local cooking skills and swim in the river. Overnight with local families in mountain village homestay twin/ double rooms (B,L,D).


We start the day with Yoga before bidding our new found village friends goodbye. Today we land transfer 5 hours to Sepilok with a lunch stop en-route. Spend the evening surrounded by the sounds of primates, cool off in the resorts swimming pool and enjoy some well earned fizz! Overnight Sepilok Jungle Resort, twin/double share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)


Wake up in natures paradise at Sepilok Jungle Resort. Take a 10-minute walk to the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre. What you see there are the last stages of rehabilitation before the orang utans and sun bears get released to the wild. In the afternoon we’ll take you to see the city of  Sandakan where time has stood still. A tiny city of only 200K population and the previous administration centre for colonial North Borneo. We’ll visit the Sandakan Death March Memorial, temples and markets. Overnight Sepilok Jungle Resort, twin/double share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)


After an early morning breakfast we’ll transfer you 30 minutes by road for your 45 minute flight back to Kota Kinabalu and on to our last retreat. After a short rest, enjoy a short evening run (1 hour) followed by a sunset yoga session overlooking the ocean & mountain. Massage & aromatherapy healing sessions available (additional cost). Overnight Sinurambi, twin/tripple/ quad share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)

DAY 10

After breakfast, enjoy the challenging stretches of the Salt Trail approx 14KM (4-6 hours) historical “Head Hunter” territory where ancient trails were made by villagers descending the hills to the beach to trade their home-made weaving produce for salt. Non-runners can enjoy a day relaxing at the swimming pool and taking some short hikes in the area. End the day with an evening yoga and meditation practice. Overnight Sinurambi, twin/triple/quad share room with en-suite bathroom. (B,L,D)

DAY 11

On your last morning its time to share a delicious breakfast together before your transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. After which it is time to bid farewell to your new friends - until next time! (B).


We have chosen to run this trip right before the 2022 Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) so that anyone wanting to be fully acclimatised can stick around to join either the 9KM, 30KM, 50KM or 100KM mountain run, IRTA points are awarded.  Borneo Ultra Race Director Claus Pedersen is working together with Adventures in Borneo to include some of the highlights of both the BUTM & TMBT routes including Pineapple Ridge, Kiulu River & Bukit Dallas.

You will need to Sign up for the BUTM or TMBT yourself.

Accommodation approximately per person per night £45

Transfers to Race approximately £30 per person

100km - £100
50km - £70
30km - £40
9km - £30

Prices are approximate and were correct at the time of publication. These may vary depending on the exchange rate between MYR to GBP.

Flights home will depend on if you are doing the BUTM and what distance. We will be more than happy to advise.


Booking your flights

London (Heathrow LHR or Gatwick LGW ) -  Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) | Approx. 12 Hours 40 Mins

Connecting Flight

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) - Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) | Approx. 2 Hours 35 Mins

Ideally, you need to arrive at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) by 4pm at the latest so you can rest and join the evening meal and get-together. Malaysian Airlines have flights leaving London at 10 am (approx) daily so you could book the flight departing London on 7th March. This will give you a 3 hour transit time in Kuala Lumpur before getting the flight to Kota Kinabalu, which should arrive around 12 to 1 pm.

Please make sure your insurance policy covers Covid related flight cancellations. Your camp place is 100% refundable or transferable if we cancel due to covid, but this doesn't include your flights.


During our traverse of Sabah, Borneo we will be staying in a range of accommodations from smart hotels to mountain homestays, full-service camping and a luxury retreat. Accommodation is based on twin share, if you require a double room please let us know. Single rooms are available upon request and subject to availability and a small additional cost.

What you get

Free Parking
Free Parking
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Free Parking
PH sweat test
Free Parking
Event Photography
Free Parking
Camp kit & goodie bag
Free Parking
Planned courses
Free Parking
Camp momento
Essential Items



• Flights / travel to the camp

• Passport

• Travel insurance (that covers being in the mountains up to 2500m)

• Cash in the correct currency

• Mobile phone

• Running shoes in good condition (recommendations will be made)

• Rain jacket, base layers, gloves

• Running pack - please pack light

• Head-torch

• A running vest with the ability to carry 2L of fluid

• Any vaccinations: we would suggest Typhoid and Hepatitis A

• Sun Cream

• Any personal Hydration plans

Please note you will need to organise your own covid travel documentation and requirements


• A 2nd pair of shoes

• Any specific dietary requirements

• Any other medicines your require

• Insect repellent

• Sunglasses

• A cap / hat

Please be aware that it will be very hot with high levels of humidity.

How to stay hydrated

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Bring your own cup

In an effort to keep our trails clean and preserve the nature around us, we’re aiming to keep out outposts cup free. Please bring a cup or bottle to re-fill.

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Maverick Camp Endeavour Borneo 2022

Malaysia·March 8 - 18 2022·10 nights



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