3 Days Bario Valley – The Kelabit Highlands Tribe

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Learn about the vibrant and unique culture of the Kelabit tribe
  • Visit remnants of the Kelabit's ancestors
  • Trek to a salt spring to watch the traditional Bario salt making methods
  • Interact with friendly locals in longhouses and homestays

tour details

Make your way up to the highlands of Northern Sarawak, the homeland of the indigenous Kelabit tribe. During your stay, you’ll familiarize yourself with some of the 17 villages. The entire region is known for its peaceful agricultural atmosphere. You’ll start off by visiting the Ulung Palang Longhouse, the Bario school, and the oldest longhouse in the region. You might see some older ladies with elongated earlobes, according to the old traditions. The next day, you’ll trek to a salt spring to watch the production of Bario salt. The next day, you’ll visit archeological remnants of the region’s ancient people. This includes the mighty Batu Narit Arur Bilit, which stands alone amid rice fields. Another megalith, the Batu Ipak Upai Semaring, is named after a local hero.

Meet on arrival at Bario airport and transfer to a lodge/ homestay.
After lunch, we will explore Bario valley, which brings us to Ulung Palang longhouse, the school in Bario and Bario Asal, the oldest longhouse in Bario which ancient timbers are darkened by the constant smoke of generations of cooking fires. Here you might still see a few ladies with earlobes that have been elongated with heavy brass earrings over many years, an old Kelabit tradition.
After touring the surrounding, we will walk back to the lodge/ homestay for dinner.

Overnight at the lodge/ homestay (simple accommodation).

Meals included: Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, we will take a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to Pa Umor (~20 minute drive). From here we will trek for about 30 minutes to the salt spring, where the famous Bario salt is produced. Witness how the spring water containing brine is boiled until all water is evaporated. Bario salt is considered an organic salt, which is rich in natural minerals and therefore has many health benefits.
After a local lunch, you will go to see the remnants of the megalithic culture once practiced by the Kelabit tribe. There are hundreds of ancient stone artefacts to be found throughout the Northern highlands of Sarawak, which were either incised, carved, erected or arranged to become impressive rock monuments. These megalithic practices were carried out during certain ceremonies and in Sarawak are unique to the Kelabit tribe. First you will visit the Batu Narit Arur Bilit. In the Kelabit language Batu Narit means engraved stone. This particular megalith with the name Arur Bilit sits right in the middle of a paddy field and depicts a human with both arms stretched upwards. The second site you will visit is Batu Ipak Upai Semaring, a stone formation created by and named after a legendary hero.
Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at the lodge/ homestay (simple accommodation).

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to your newly found friends.
Transfer to Bario airport for your flight departure.

Meals included:Breakfast

includes

Services Included:
-2 night accommodation in shared twin room with shared common sanitary facilities
-Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
-Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guides
-Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
-Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

    excludes

    Services Excluded:
    -Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
    -Optional tours
    -Surcharges for other language guides
    -Personal travel insurance
    -Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
    -Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
    -Drinks with meals
    -Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

      notes

      Notes:
      -MASwings currently flies daily from Miri to Bario and vice versa. The flights are operated on Twin Otter or ATR aircrafts and luggage allowance on these flights is limited (please refer to your flight ticket for exact information). If you overnight in Miri before and after this 3 days tour, your suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Miri. In case you just transit in Miri on the way to Bario and on the way from Bario to your next destination, we can arrange a representative of Diethelm Travel to meet you during your transit in Miri and store the luggage for you (not included in the package; charges depend on size and weight of luggage).
      -Even if the package is booked on private basis, transfers & activities in the homestay may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
      -Rooms at the lodge / homestay are private twin-share rooms. Toilets and bath rooms (dip & splash method) are on shared basis.
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