Borneo, West to East full recce

Come with us on a true exploration!

Difficulty: Recruit

Borneo, West to East full recce

Come with us on a true exploration!

This expedition is truly special it doesn’t get much more cutting edge than this, the plan is to fly to Kuching cross the boarder into Indonesian territory and insert up the river systems heading east and attempting to cross as much area as possible mapping the route along the way, this is true exploration and will be a genuine first!

Upcoming Dates

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Requirements & Technicality

This operation is a true recce, you will be part of a team of military personnel and veteran exploration experts.

You must understand if you are selected as part of the team we will have to adapt to each day, possibly encountering unpredictable terrain. This is an off the beaten path genuine exploration.

Throughout the build up towards departure we will have a number of mandatory training weekends; if you do not undertake a certain number you will lose your deposit and your place. This is not negotiable.

We will start on the Indonesian side of Borneo West coast. Our initial plan is to insert via small boat up one of the river systems, this is a very open adaptable plan due to flood waters, landslides and other uncontrollable factors.

From here we will be making our way through primary jungle, expect dense foliage vines, routes and swamp. We will be using hammock systems to sleep in, keeping off the ground. You will be taught how to cope with the wet dry situation of each day, this is the daily grind.

You will be put through your paces training to a high level of professionalism, going over personal kit maintenance, admin, psychological & physical alignment, navigation, basic medical training, survival training, and communications.

The first weekend introduction

Meeting the team, explaining in more detail the objectives of the expedition and helping you understand the environment you will be travelling through. This will be a relaxed day where you get the chance to ask as many questions as you like and to also get to know the others.

The objective of the introduction evening is for us to get to know each other and understand what you think of the project, how you are going to react to the physical and mental strains of such an expedition and fundamentally see if you will fit in with the team. This is our chance to see who stands out as applicants.

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This expedition/exploration does not have a strict itinerary the reason for this is because we cannot determine what terrain we will encounter, river crossings for example will slow the team down, jungle density or swamp/wet areas will effect how fast we will travel.

We will travel with all the equipment needed to operate day by day helping us to travel effectively, you will be taught how to use all the equipment used & how to navigate before departure, so when you arrive will be physically and mentally prepared for the coming days in the bush.

In a straight line West to East across Borneo you are looking at over 500 miles our objective is to recce as much of the route as we can enabling a possible clean crossing for future teams, this is uncharted terrain and you will be making history in the process.

Safety is paramount to us with all our expeditions this is no exception! our staff are veteran explorers and active military personnel  this combined with the best equipment on the market we operate a well oiled machine enabling us to offer some of the most rarest expeditions.

“See you on the field “


Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia. At the geographic centre of Maritime Southeast Asia, in relation to major Indonesian islands, it is located north of Java, west of Sulawesi, and east of Sumatra.

The island is divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south. Approximately 73% of the island is Indonesian territory. In the north, the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak make up about 26% of the island. Additionally, the Malaysian federal territory of Labuan is situated on a small island just off the coast of Borneo. The sovereign state of Brunei, located on the north coast, comprises about 1% of Borneo’s land area. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

Flights & Travel Information

Ascent Explorers understands what adventure travel is all about, which is why we are proud to partner with a specialist team of travel consultants for great deals on flights to all destinations. We work hard to bring you the best flight routes and tickets, accommodation, travel passes, tours, volunteer placements - the works. Quite simply Ascent is your travel agency; you can shoot any question to our dedicated travel manager and we'll be sure to steer you in the right direction. Along with all the advice that we can offer; there are a few other reasons to book with us:

  • Unrivalled product knowledge and expertise.
  • Passionate about travel – we will do everything they can to create your perfect travel experience.
  • We promise to offer you the best airfare solution to suit your needs.
  • 24 hour emergency assistance helpline.
  • Access to 'Travel Butler', a service which offers you support whilst you are travelling by providing:
    • One point of contact – we provide your very own Personal Travel Advisor wherever you may be.
    • Free help and advice on ticket date and reschedule changes (free of charge revalidation of ticket where possible).
  • Part of a $12billion organisation that offers you security and utilises global buying power to save you money.

To book your flights or to discuss your requirements, please call our dedicated flight account manager, Ellie Gilmore on 0808 260 9953.

Expedition Checklist

Services Included

  • Satellite phone access
  • (PLB) personal location beacon system for the group
  • Transportation to & from Kuching
  • Hotels
  • Local support
  • Transportation on the rivers
  • Expedition dried meals/food

Services Excluded

  • Personal kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Food & Drink before & after expedition
  • Flights to Borneo

Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £1950 and a deposit of £350 is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

Need help? Call: 0208 500 3323 or 07967 589289 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm GMT)

Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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