We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed website!

Our business is growing and so is our website.We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.

Visit us at our new web address www.downbelowadventures.com.

We wanted to make the latest website faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly with plenty of information.
We hope that you enjoy our new website and that you find it easy to navigate and pleasant to use.

 

Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, Danish Adventure Group, News

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Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing is given before beginning ascent to the Laban Rata plateau.

As part of their safety briefing, the experienced guides cover: the trail from Timpohon Gate to the plateau at 3,272.7m altitude, the differences in environment, pit stops, drinking water, toilets, and general health and climbing pace too!

Our Expedition Borneo group D will be both climbing to the plateau, as well as participating in the basic via Ferrata ‘teaser’, so their mountain guides also inform them that they will be given advice on pace to reach the plateau in time for the safety equipment briefing.

Get more information on climbing Mount Kinabalu when you contact our Downbelow Travel Centre experts!

The road to Laban Rata on Mount Kinabalu!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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The road to Laban Rata on Mount Kinabalu is around 4-6 hours, and offers amazing scenic views of Sabah’s Crocker Range mountains!

Arne and Laurens, from Belgium, climb to the Laban Rata plateau with their experienced mountain guide Bonnie. Along the Timpohon trail, the 3 reached the plateau with plenty of time to relax and explore the area at the 3272.7-metre altitude before their dinner at the Laban Rata resthouse. In their 2D1N climb to Laban Rata program, our Sabah Travel Centre experts recommended that they make the journey with walking poles to assist them on the ascent, and especially descent!

Discuss a suitable itinerary for your climb with our experienced and helpful travel experts when you contact us, and receive pre-trip preparation.

First via Ferrata teaser climbers from Downbelow!

Monday, September 7th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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On the 1st of September (re-opening of the Mount Kinabalu trail), our very first via Ferrata teaser climbers from Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures are Victoria and Russell!

As our first clients to climb the iconic Mount Kinabalu, now that the Timpohon trail has been re-opened after being closed for 2 months, it’s a very special time for everyone involved in Victoria and Russell’s experience. They climb the mountain as part of our 3D2N climbing program, and their via Ferrata teaser activity on our promotion too! The 2D1N climb Mount Kinabalu to Laban Rata with the ‘via Ferrata teaser’ activity promotion created by our Sabah Travel Centre will be available until the end of November!

Contact us for more information on our promotions to include visiting the World Heritage Site in our ‘Land Below The Wind’!

Mount Kinabalu: New limits tested after earthquake.

Friday, August 14th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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On Saturday 8th August, Mount Kinabalu’s new limits are tested after the June 5th earthquake by a group of 88 climbers, who are mostly Sabah Park’s staff, rangers, mountain guides and some members of the media too.

It’s been 2 months since the 5.9-magnitude earthquake, and the climbing group will be testing out the challenges of the new trail after the extensive repairs, with the aim of reaching the Laban Rata plateau at 3,333m altitude.

Sabah’s state Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun, reports: “We have repaired the damaged routes and built new paths…This may not be the final trail but whatever we end up with will likely be more challenging [than] the previous route.”

Masidi also went on to disclose the alternative route will be half the capacity of the previous summit trail, which means the number of climbers would be limited to less than 100 a day.

Dr Jamili Nais, Director of Sabah Parks’, commented this alternative route will only be a day climb with a ‘cut-off’ time of 2PM. Climbing to the summit is closed and still under review because there are still extensive safety measures that need to be met. Recommendations of the worlds’ mountain experts from Canada, Italy, Spain and Japan, concerning the ascent from Laban Rata to the summit, are being given great consideration for the necessary action.

Contact us for more information about climbing to the Laban Rata plateau come September, and follow our Facebook and Twitter for the next update on Mount Kinabalu.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu? Don’t forget your sunglasses!

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu? Our Sabah Travel Centre suggest you don’t forget your sunglasses…for real!

Jose, our Portugese client, was truly thankful to have his sunglasses at hand when he was descending via Ferrata – the Lows Peak circuit. As soon as the sun rose over the horizon and lit up the Crocker Range valleys, the sunshine continued, and all the way throughout Jose’s mountain climbing activity.

He definitely worked up a sweat as the wind was so mild! Comforts are maximised due to our Sabah Travel Centre’s exceptional customer service, as we refer all climbing guests to our ‘Preparation and FAQ’, where a list of highly suggested items to pack is available to view.

Our Expedition Borneo groups are also offered such packing lists so they are prepared for any eventuality in each and every one of their adventure activities during their 30-day program exploring Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

In our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop, our Supervisor orders, the variety of adventure gear stocked, based on our clients needs and enjoyment.

Get more details when you contact our Sabah Travel Centre to create a suitable itinerary for your mountain climbing activity and any other adventure or experience program in Sabah!

‘Game enough’ to reach Lows’ Peak for our clients!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News, Sabah Travel Centre

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Sabah Travel Centre Manager Mag and senior travel expert Lulu show they’re ‘game enough’ to reach Low’s Peak for our clients!

Sponsored by Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, the ladies completed our very popular 2D1N standard mountain climbing program to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu at 4,095.2 metres!

It’s an astounding achievement for anyone to do this, and it’s believed to be one of the toughest challenges in all of Sabah – physically, mentally, emotionally.

When communicating with our travel experts on preparing for the itinerary, we offer plenty of advice, such as partaking in some exercise for a few months (or at least a few weeks) prior to climbing. This is why its important for our team to climb regularly in order to have firsthand and up to date experience to share with their clients to benefit their success in reaching Low’s Peak!

For more information on our 2D1N package, or any of our other programs to explore the World Heritage Site, contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

To Malaysia’s highest point: Lows Peak, Mount Kinabalu!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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Ken Sun Ng and Yee Min Ng made it to Malaysia’s highest point: Lows Peak, Mount Kinabalu!

The adventurous couple are from West Malaysia and are on a holiday to explore their neighbouring state, Sabah! Mount Kinabalu is famous worldwide (not just in Malaysia!) for its iconic national landmark status. Not only is it one of the ‘biggest’ attractions of the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, but is also where the Guinness World Records highest via Ferrata!

Via Ferrata is an incredible thrill for any visitor to Kota Kinabalu to experience – although, all participants must be at least 16 years old and also participated in the safety briefing conducted by the experienced via Ferrata trainers based at the Laban Rata Plateau.

From the Laban Rata accommodation, via Ferrata climbers can be seen completing their descent on the Lows Peak circuit via Ferrata, which is located on the Panar Laban rockface.

Throughout the whole mountain climbing activity, via Ferrata trainers will be guiding climbers at all times during the approximately 6-hour circuit for their health and safety.

Our Sabah Travel Centre will advise for our climbing guests to read our climbing preparation and FAQs, once they have committed themselves to an itinerary personalised to their travelling needs.

Planting in Sabah for rainforest conservation!

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Before returning to Kota Kinabalu city centre, our Expedition Borneo group receive another practical lesson about tree planting in Sabah for rainforest conservation!

Their itinerary is filled with the very best adventure activities and ecotourism-based attractions found in Sabah, which will offer the young adventurers’ a greater appreciation for the natural environment.

For 30 days, the unique educational programs are conducted under practical experiences, such as planting young sapling trees that are endemic to the Kinabatangan River and Bilit Village area! Eventually, the terrestrial biodiversity will thrive!

One epic challenge, which is probably the toughest in Sabah, is climbing to Mount Kinabalu’s Low’s Peak at an altitude of 4,095m! Before they begin each activity, they will receive a briefing of what to expect in a comprehensive presentation delivered at our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where its location is right next door to our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop. This suits our participants very well, as they may purchase items they may have forgotten to pack.

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre, where our experienced experts will be delighted to assist in creating a personalised itinerary for a travelling group of any size to experience beautiful Sabah, Borneo!

Sabah Travel Centre prepares you for Mount Kinabalu!

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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Expert Stephanie, from Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures’ Sabah Travel Centre prepares client, Karen, for Mount Kinabalu!

Karen from the US will be climbing to Mount Kinabalu’s Lows Peak, as well as descending via Ferrata. And the following day, after her mountain climbing program, she may visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for a day of leisure diving! It’s not a problem to ascend to altitude before scuba diving, however the other way around will be putting health and safety at risk.

Karen didn’t have to think to much about that though because our Sabah Travel Centre experts are experienced in the rules of recreational scuba diving.

There’s more preparation to climb Mount Kinabalu’s summit trail than timing though! Our dedicated website to our mountain climbing packages references lots of advice and FAQs, as well as important information, for our clients to successfully achieve their goals!

Contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ and we will create a personalised itinerary for your journey in Sabah to include all the adventure activities you would like to experience!

Learn to Dive with PADI Scuba diving courses for divers visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Borneo.
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