Explore Mulu National Park – Show Caves, Pinnacles & Headhunter’s Trail
Deep in the heart of Borneo lies Sarawak’s Gunung or Mount Mulu National Park, one of the most spectacular natural phenomenon on earth.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeJungle, Trekking
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
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 Headhunter’s Trail is a great way of entering or leaving Gunung Mulu National Park. The trek combines upriver travel, jungle trekking and an overnight stay at an Iban longhouse. The trail itself follows the route taken by Kayan headhunting parties who paddled up the Melinau River to Melinau Gorge. They then dragged their longboats through the forest for 3 km until they reached the banks of the Terikan River, where they launched headhunting raids against the people of the Limbang area.
- 1 night stay in Mulu
- 2 nights stay at Camp 5
- 1 night stay at Iban Longhouse
- Guiding fee (does not include compulsory one-off payment of RM50 pp)
- Boat transfers – to Clearwater, Long Litut & Longhouse
- Airport transfers – Mulu & Limbang
- Park entrance fee
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 Dinners
- Boat transfer from Kuala Terikan to Iban Longhouse
- Van transfer from Iban longhouse to Limbang airport/town
- Travel insurance
- Tourism Tax
- Gratuities for local staff (at your discretion)
- Any other items not listed above
Deer & Lang Caves
Upon an early arrival at Mulu Airport, your guide will meet you and escort you to your choice of accommodation. In the afternoon head to the Mulu National Park Headquarters for registration. Proceed for 3 Km along the plank walk to reach the Deer & Lang Caves. After exploring these caves, head out to the bat observatory to watch the bats’ exodus from the cave entrance at dusk (best during fine weather). Walk back along the same way towards your accommodation.
After breakfast check out of your accommodation. 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 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 the mostly, flat ground (8k) to Camp 5. Dinner is at Camp 5 which also offers, snack food and soft drinks for you to purchase. Accommodation for your overnight stay at Camp 5 is basic dormitory with shared 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 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 and take in the dramatic landscape before descending back to Camp 5. Enjoy a restful night and dinner at Camp 5.
After breakfast at Camp 5, commence your 5 hours trek through lowland forest to the Terikan River. After enjoying your packed lunch at the edge of the river, you will proceed by longboat down the Terikan and Medalam rivers to your overnight Iban longhouse stay. Dinner will be served at the longhouse.
Back to Limbang
After breakfast at the longhouse, jump into your standby vehicle and travel along the road for 2½ hours, back to Limbang airport for your departure flight.
Wear comfortable hiking boots/walking shoes; 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, your own drinking water for the duration of your stay.