Explore Mulu National Park – Show Caves & Pinnacles Independent Tour
Deep in the heart of Borneo lies Sarawak’s Gunung or Mount Mulu National Park, one of the most spectacular natural phenomenon on earth. Over millennia the flow of water draining off the slopes of Gunung Mulu to the sea has carved deep gorges through the Limestone Mountains forming a complex network of vast caves.
The Mulu National Park covers an area of 52,864 hectares of Borneo’s primary tropical forest containing a high diversity of species including many of Borneo endemics and threatened species. The large cave passages and chambers also become a platform for an impressive wildlife spectacle as millions of cave swiftlets and bats take flight in wonderfully organized formation as they exit their daytime roost in search of food as dusk falls.
The famous Pinnacles’ at Mulu consist of a series of 45-meter high, razor-sharp limestone spikes that tower above the surrounding vegetation, mid-way up the slope of Gunung Api. Although the trek to view them is one of the most popular in the park, trekkers are duly warned that the Pinnacle Summit Trek is a tough and challenging one. The trail itself is very steep (near vertical parts) and requires a high level of fitness.
- 1 Night stay in Mulu
- 2 Nights stay at Camp 5
- Guiding service to 2 show caves and the Pinnacles
- Boat transfer during the tour only
- Park entrance fee
- All meals & drinks
- Travel insurance
- Tourism Tax
- Gratuities for local staff (at your discretion)
- Any other items not listed above
The Treetop Tower
Upon arrival at Mulu Airport, make your own way on foot (1k/15 mins) to your choice of accommodation. Local taxi/transfers will cost RM5 pp for this transfer. After settling into your accommodation, proceed to the Mulu National Park Headquarters for registration. After registration, you are free to explore the park.Self – guided tours that might be available to you depending on your time of arrival are, The Treetop Tower, Pku Waterfall, Mulu Botanical Heritage Trail and The Paku Valley or Kenyalang Loop. Lunch and Dinner are at your arrangement. Mulu NP Cafe opens at 7:30 am and closes at 8:30 pm.
The Clearwater Cave
After breakfast (own arrangement) check out. At 9:15 am your adventure will begin, via a Longboat. You will visit The Clearwater cave and The Cave of the winds where you will take your packed lunch. After lunch (own arrangement) continue on a 40-minute Longboat ride to Long Litut. The Boatman will leave you there at the start of the trail to Camp 5 and return in 2 days time. From here you will start your 3 hours trek along mostly flat ground (8k) to Camp 5. Upon arrival at Camp 5, you will be met by your guide, who will brief you on the next few days events. Dinner is at your own arrangement at Camp 5 which offers cooking facilities, some snack food and basic dormitory accommodation for your overnight stay with common toilet facilities. Camp 5 forest shelter is situated along a clear the banks of a clear stream which is an ideal spot to relax after your long walk.
An early start is called for to start today’s trek up to the Pinnacles so take your breakfast (own arrangement) early. At 7 am start your 3 – 5 hours arduous climb of Gunung Api to view the stunning Pinnacles. During the climb, you will get to see the many species of plants and insects within this verdant rainforest. Towards the end of the trail, you will be using ropes and ladders as the last part is also the most vertical. At the viewpoint, you will have your packed lunch (own arrangement) and take in the dramatic landscape before descending back to Camp 5. Enjoy a restful night and dinner (own arrangement) at Camp 5.
After breakfast (own arrangement) trek to Long Litut and transfer via Longboat to the Clearwater rest hut for a refreshing swim before continuing your river journey towards Mulu Airport for your departing flight. Please ensure your departure flight is in the afternoon.
Comfortable hiking boots/walking shoes; leech socks (available at BEX @ Singgahsana Lodge); light clothing; still or video cameras (preferably waterproof or in a waterproof case) swimwear;,small bath towel, change of clothes, suntan lotion, hat, insect repellent, torch,spare batteries, light blanket, first aid kit, toiletries, your own drinking water and food for the duration of your stay.