Visit Malaysia with The Max Foundation

In July 2017, we are embarking on an exciting and meaningful excursion in Malaysia, which will be a wonderful opportunity for our friends and supporters to learn more about our work in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Together, we will raise awareness about the needs of cancer survivors while raising funds for their support!

The most adventurous part of this trip will be a fundraising climb to the top of Mt. Kinabalu (inspired by our friend Tony Leo’s cancer journey) together with guests from the US and Malaysia. As we climb the mountain and experience the local sights, culture, and food in Malaysia, we’ll share an incredible experience and make memories that we’ll take home with us.

Our travelers are fundraising to support The Max Foundation’s work in Malaysia, helping people face their cancer diagnosis with dignity and hope. The funds raised will:

  • Provide critical support and education programs for patients
  • Raise awareness of early diagnosis and treatment access
  • Develop and train leaders and patient advocates.

Where

Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

When

July 15-24, 2017

Cost per Passenger

$1,460

(based on minimum 10 passengers, prices subject to change until January 2017) 

Deadlines

  • $500 per passenger deposit due March 1, 2017
  • $500 per passenger deposit due April 15, 2017
  • $450 per passenger deposit due May 15, 2017

Including: all lodging 4* hotels (except July 17 and July 18 in-park lodging), ground transportation, breakfast each day, three dinners, three lunches, tour manager on-site throughout, in-country flight July 19, climbing permits, entrance fees to sites, all tips

Not Including: Additional meals, optional travel insurance (AWL Travel can refer to partners, prices vary between $50-$350 per person depending on age and coverage), international airfare USA-BKI; KUL-USA (estimated between $1300-$1650 per person roundtrip from Seattle), passport fees if new passport needed (no additional visa is needed for Malaysia)

Where

Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

When

July 20-24, 2017

Cost per Passenger

1,700 MYR

(based on minimum 10 passengers, prices subject to change until January 2017) 

Deadlines

  • 500 MYR per passenger deposit due at time of booking to confirm your spot
  • 1,200 MYR per passenger due May 15, 2017

Included: Airport transfer (if arriving as a group), all lodging (4* hotel July 20 and 23, park lodge July 21, in-park hut July 22), breakfast each day, two dinners, two lunches, tour guide throughout, climbing permits, entrance fees to park. 

Not Included: Airport transfer to hotel if arriving individually, airfare, travel insurance.

About Mt. Kinabalu

Mt. Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range (4,095 meters, 13,435 feet). It’s the fourth tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Papau’s Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora, and Puncak Mandala. As the 20th tallest mountain in the world, it’s been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is world renowned for its beauty and nature. Low’s Peak, which we will be climbing, can be climbed by a person in good physical condition and there is no need for mountaineering equipment at any point on the main route except a portion called Via Ferrata, at which point our local guide will supply all equipment needed. The weather will impact the difficulty of the climb and our ability to summit and each day is different. Our group will err on the side of caution as it pertains to the weather.

Fundraising

In addition to the cost of travel, attendees will be asked to fundraise or donate personally to support The Max Foundation’s work in Malaysia. Each attendee is responsible for giving or raising $2,000 or 2,000 MYR by July 1, 2017. This donated money will be tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Itinerary

  • July 19: Depart Kuala Lumpur for Kota Kinabalu. Afternoon exploration of Kota Kinabalu’s markets and beaches independently, dinner and overnight Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.
  • July 20: Tour Kota Kinabalu area including an evening dinner cruise with private banquet room for official welcome to all passengers. Overnight Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.
  • July 21: In the morning, we’ll get a first hand look at some of the work of The Max Foundation. We’ll begin the day with a visit and tour of a partner hospital and have lunch and tea with friends there. Then we’ll head toward Mount Kinabalu, visiting the Nabalu Handicraft Market and other panoramic stops along the way. In the afternoon we will have some time After dinner, we’ll overnight Kinabalu Park Grace Lodge.
  • July 22: In the morning, we’ll store any checked luggage with the park authorities and begin our ascent up the mountain. The climb will take most of the day. In the late afternoon, we’ll arrive at the base camp and check in to our overnight rest huts. We’ll have a hot meal provided on-site before retiring for an early night.
  • July 23: At 2AM, we’ll begin our climb for a sunrise summit. After spending some time at the top of the mountain at Low’s Peak, we’ll trek back to the base camp for breakfast. Then we’ll hike the remainder of the mountain to the Kinabalu Park Lodge and drive back to Kinabalu. Overnight Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.
  • July 24: Depart for USA, KL or other destination.
  • July 20: Tour Kota Kinabalu area including an evening dinner cruise with private banquet room for official welcome to all passengers. Overnight Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.
  • July 21: In the morning, we’ll get a first hand look at some of the work of The Max Foundation. We’ll begin the day with a visit and tour of a partner hospital and have lunch and tea with friends there. Then we’ll head toward Mount Kinabalu, visiting the Nabalu Handicraft Market and other panoramic stops along the way. In the afternoon we will have some time After dinner, we’ll Overnight Kinabalu Park Grace Lodge.
  • July 22: In the morning, we’ll store any checked luggage with the park authorities and begin our ascent up the mountain. The climb will take most of the day. In the late afternoon, we’ll arrive at the base camp and check in to our overnight rest huts. We’ll have a hot meal provided on-site before retiring for an early night.
  • July 23: At 2AM, we’ll begin our climb for a sunrise summit. After spending some time at the top of the mountain at Low’s Peak, we’ll trek back to the base camp for breakfast. Then we’ll hike the remainder of the mountain to the Kinabalu Park Lodge and drive back to Kinabalu. Overnight Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.
  • July 24: Depart for USA, KL or other destination.

FAQ

With help from The Max Foundation’s Development Officer, you will set up a fundraiser on our crowdfunding page at which can be personalized and shared through email or social media.

Once your page is active, you’ll be able to share updates about your training progress, write messages of thanks to supporters, and more. The Max Foundation will provide you with all the details you need about our work in Malaysia and what you are making possible through your support.

The Max Foundation (themaxfoundation.org) is a US registered non-profit 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Our Tax ID number is 91-1893957.

Upon receipt of donations, The Max Foundation will issue tax receipts to donors and thank them for their support.

This trip is fairly physically taxing. For this reason, passengers must be 16 years of age or older and in reasonable physical condition to participate in the climb. We can arrange optional activities during climbing days for those unable to participate.

Medical Recommendations

We recommend all travelers check with their doctor before the trip. If you have a medical history of any of the following, please mention these to your doctor as well and seriously consider attending the trip without participating in the climb: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epilepsy, Obesity, Chronic Asthma, Muscular Cramps, Hepatitis

Climb Day 1: We begin our climb at 5,131 feet (1,564 m) and climb to 10,375 feet (3,272 m). This is about a 6 hour hike all uphill.

Climb Day 2: We’ll climb to the peak which is at 13,435-feet (4,095-m) then descend back down the mountain to the base camp again which lies at 5,131 feet. This is about a 3 hour hike with a steep uphill grade and some necessary guiding rope work.

Leading up to the trip, our travel agent will send a comprehensive packing list for the whole trip. Listed below are the suggested climbing specific pieces of gear you’ll need, which we’ve listed to give you a sense of the seriousness of the climb:

  • Waterproof backpack to store items
  • Waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ideally, with ankle support
  • Warm Clothing – Long sleeve shirt
  • Waterproof Jacket and hiking pants
  • Small towel
  • Gloves
  • Winter Hat
  • Headlamp

We’ll send training materials to all travelers with a schedule to follow for the weeks leading up to the trip. We recommend focusing on cardio and leg exercises in months leading up to the trip.

Yes! Attendees are not required to climb the mountain to join us in Malaysia. We will have an alternate itinerary for the two days of the climb that non-climbing travelers can enjoy together.

If you would like to join us in Malaysia in July of 2017, contact us by email at info@themaxfoundation.org or by phone at 425-778-8660.

Within Malaysia, The Max Foundation partners with the government, industry, and physicians to enable treatment access in multiple disease areas. Our multi-sector partnerships have a single focus: the well-being of each cancer patient and their family.

We also organize patient support and educational events in partnership with Max Family Society Malaysia, the local patient support arm of The Max Foundation. Patient workshops include disease education by physicians, training on non-disease topics such as on exercise and nutrition, and creating networking opportunities among all participants.

Your donations help cancer patients by funding critical support and education programs for patients and healthcare providers, raising awareness of early diagnosis and treatment access, and helping to develop and train leaders and patient advocates. Some ways your donations provide support include:

  • $500 can support capacity building for patient leaders
  • $250 can support a public awareness campaign on early diagnosis and treatment access
  • $100 can support a support program for patients that helps patients understand and adhere to treatment
  • $50 can support patient education and disease awareness workshops