Some weeks ago we had a two weeks semester break. So I went to Borneo with my friend Raphael, which is the third largest island in the world. The island lies on the northern and southern hemisphere and consist of Indonesian, Malaysian parts and the small country Brunei.
As Rapha and me wanted to escape from the tourism in Bali, we wanted to see as much nature and animals as possible. As our first stop we wanted to climb Mount Kinabalu, which is the the highest mountain in Indonesia with 4095 metres. When we started to inform about the prices to enter the Kinabalu nationalpark we recognized, that seeing nature in Borneo is much more expansive that we imagined before.
To climb the mountain you need to pay around 200 € including national park entry, climbing permission, insurance, a guide and a hostel, which is on the half way. There is just one company which provides the places to sleep, so they capitalize their monopoly and force you to pay 100 € for sleeping some hours on the floor before you start the second part of the walk at 2 in the night to reach the peak before sunrise.
I would like to show you the pictures from the stunning view over Borneo. But as some people know me and Raphael, we didn’t agree to spend that much money and push a monopoly company which exploit tourists who want to to hiking and see parts of nature. So we decided to do the trip on our own, although we have to break some rules and laws therefore.
We got in the compact rainforest 500 metres hight under the acutal park entry, so we were already exhausted when we were on the hight of the gate. There we had to sneak around the gate and climb at a sheer wall to get in on the regualar track. I can’t recommend to do that. One time I slided a little bit down and was scared of my life for a moment.
Anyways we got on the track and made our walk 3 hourse up to 3000 metres. Then we were running out of water and walked straingt into a ranger house. The guy was very surprised to see people without a guide, so he was asking for our hostel booking, the permission etc. He determined fast, that something is wrong and forced us to go down again and called the police. So we had to descend 2000 metres hight again accompanied by two guys who took care, that we did’t try to go up again.
Long story short: The bottom line is, that the police was waiting for us, but the stuff brought us the the park manager, where we had to pay a fee of 1oo € after discussion with the manager.
In details, this is one of the most adventurous things I experienced in my life and I was worthy to that for 100 €. But we didn’t make it on our first 4k mountain and saw the sunrise over Borneo.