Sandakan Trek 11 Days

Depart home Capital; Arrive in Kota Kinabalu.
Pick up at airport by Sandakan Spirit representative, transport to your 5 star Kota Kinabalu Hotel.
5 pm briefing at Hotel.
13 August – Overnight at your 5 star Le Meridian Hotel (B)


Day 01
Arrive Sandakan
Pickup from the airport and transfer to Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Sandakan.In the afternoon we visit theSandakan Memorial Park to pay our respects.
We will also visit significant locations in Sandakan including St Michaels church and Agnes Keith House.
Overnight in Four Points Hotel by Sheraton Sandakan
Day 02
Sandakan to Telupid
Today we visitthe World Famous Sepilok Orangutan Centre. After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Telupid.
Overnight atTelupid Hotel or Forestry Lodge
Day 03
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 7kms, walking time 5 hours
Today we trek Bauto Hill. This is the area that Death March survivorKeith Botterillwitnessed atrocities to Australian POW’s.Return to our Hotel for a well-earned refreshing shower.
Overnight at the Telupid Hotel or Forestry Lodge
Day 04
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 9kms, walking time 6 hours
The Sandakan Death March trek begins with an early morning walk up through a river before commencing our 450m climb up through the dense jungle of Gambaron Hill.We continue our journey along the track and break out of the jungle on our descent downtowards Telupid.
Overnight at Telupid Hotel or Forestry Lodge
Day 05
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 11kms, walking time 6 hours
Our start today is from Telupid, passing through cultivated land and forests as we trek toTaviu Village.
Overnight at Telupid Hotel or Forestry Lodge
Day 06
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 13kms, walking time 7.5 hours
From Taviu we walk onto Mungkadai Village and Miru Village. The route across to Miru is scenic as we walk through quaint Villages. The local kids and villagers are very excited tomeet us and are all smiles as we walk through their villages.We enter the Village of Miru with its towering hills and cliffs surrounding this delightful andtraditional village.
Overnight at Lodge
Day 07
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 4kms, walking time 2 hours
Our start today is up the Taviu Hill approximately 2 hours walk before driving to the villageof Nabutan and onto Sabah Tea.
Overnight at Sabah Tea in a long house or Hotel Lodge
Day 08
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 7kms, walking time 4 hours
Today we walk through forests and farms, and along a beautiful river to the village of Nalapak.We then trek up towards the Sabah Tea Gardens and onto Quailey’s Hill for a small serviceto commemorate the murder of POW Quailey near this spot.After lunch, we continue our trek to Muruk, which was also a major Japanese camp andPOW camp for the POW’s along the Sandakan Death March route; we then transfer back toSabah Tea Estate for overnight stay in a traditional long house.
Overnight at Sabah Tea in traditional longhouse accommodation
Day 09
Sandakan Death March
(B/L/D) Distance 12kms, walking time 5 hours
Transfer to Muruk village by bus before we commence a steep ascent up Marakau Hill, also known as Botterill’s Hill, named after Sandakan Death March survivor Keith Botterill. Botterill trekked up this hill 6 times lugging 20kg bags of rice to keep himselffit and also give him a chance to pinch some rice to help his escape.We then follow a short steep trek through jungle, before descending and crossing RanauPlain for lunch and pay our respects at the Ranau POW Camp sites 1 and 2.We then visit the magnificently restored Kundasang War Memorial to participate in a serviceto remember all those who gave their lives for Australia and those that lost their lives on theSandakan Ranau Death March. We have some time here to watch a video and reflect as wewalk through the various memorial gardens. We will then transfer back to the Le MeridianHotel for relaxation and celebration of amagnificent achievement.
Overnight at Le Meridien Hotel
Day 10
Fly to Labuan to visit Commonwealth War Graves, Surrender Point and then by boat back to Kota Kinabalu via the Liberation Highway.
Overnight Le Meridien Hotel
Day 11
After breakfast your tour ends
Depart for homeport.


Sandakan Harbour Side

Local Restaurant Cuisine

Sandakan POW Memorial

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Sandakan Death March Tour

Sandakan Death March Memorials

Sabah Tea Gardens

Labuan Commonwealth War Graves

Group discounts apply. Dates and itineraries can be varied to suit requirements.

B = full breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner