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4-Day Mulu – Adventure On The Former Headhunter’s Trail (Deluxe): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 4 Days

English

tour highlights

  • Witness some of the world's greatest cave scenery at the Mulu Caves
  • Learn about the region's history as you follow in the headhunters' footsteps
  • Admire the riverine forests of the region
  • Learn about the processes that created the Mulu Caves

tour details

Mulu National Park lies in the interior of Sarawak’s rainforest, about 100 km east of Miri. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the world-famous Mulu Caves, like Deer Cave or Clearwater Cave. Different adventurous jungle treks lead visitors through this stunning national park, with a chance of observing wildlife and exploring Mulu’s amazing flora. One of these treks is the famous Headhunter’s Trail. This route was used in the old days during the tribal wars by the Kayan tribe, who came by boat from Baram area via the Melinau river. The Kayan war parties then carried or dragged their boats overland along this trail to Terikan river, to attack and raid the tribes in the Limbang area.
The Headhunter’s Trail leads through riverine forest for 2 days and some parts of the way have to be travelled by boat – a perfect blend of adventure and nature!

Why choose this tour?

The famous Headhunter's Trail was used in the old days during the tribal wars by the Kayan tribe, who came by boat from Baram area via the Melinau river. The Kayan war parties then carried or dragged their boats overland along this trail to Terikan river, to attack and raid the tribes in the Limbang area.
The Headhunter's Trail leads through riverine forest for 2 days and some parts of the way have to be travelled by boat
  • a perfect blend of adventure and nature!
10:00 hours
Arrival at Mulu airport and transfer to your hotel. Proceed to the national park headquarters for registration and lunch at the park's canteen.
After lunch, you will take an approximately 45 minutes' walk along a wooden plank path through riverine and lowland limestone forest leading to Lang's Cave. Explore this beautiful cave with its stunning stalagmites and stalactites, followed by the Deer Cave with the largest cave passage in the world. This cave also houses an estimated 2 to 3 million bats, so be prepared for the stinging smell of guano.
After the exploration of these two amazing caves, you will proceed to the bat observatory platform. If weather permits you will witness the bats emerging from the cave in spiralling black streams.
Walk back to the park's headquarters the same way and return to your accommodation for overnight.

Meals included:Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel & check-out.
Embark on a 30 to 40 minutes' boat ride (depending on water level). During a short stop at a Penan settlement, you can learn about their formerly nomadic lifestyle and visit a small handicraft market.
Then proceed by boat to Wind Cave. Climb up a few stairs to the cave entrance. Inside the cave you will sometimes feel a slight breeze, which gave this cave its name. You will also find the beautiful King's Chamber with its astonishing rock calcite formations. After exploration of this cave, take a 10 minutes' walk to the Clearwater Spring, where you will take a short break.
In order to reach the entrance of Clearwater Cave, you need to climb 200 steps. Inside the cave many more steps await you. But it is worth it, as this cave is probably the most impressive amongst all.
A simple picnic lunch will be served at the Clearwater Spring.
Proceed to Kuala Litut on another 1-hour boat ride (depending on water level; during dry season boats need to be pushed at very shallow spots). A 2 hours' trek will lead you from Kuala Litut to Camp 5, a big shelter, located at the foothills of Mount Api.
A simple dinner will be served at Camp 5.


Note: Very basic accommodation at Camp 5. Guests need to bring their own sleeping bag, as there are no beds or mattresses provided.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, you will venture on the 12 km long Headhunter's Trail (~5 hrs. trek) to Kuala Terikan. Follow the footsteps of the former headhunting war parties!
From Kuala Terikan continue for about 2 to 3 hours by boat (depending on water level; during dry season boats need to be pushed at very shallow spots), traveling on the Terikan and Medalam rivers, to an Iban longhouse.
Proceed on another 30 minutes' transfer on an air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Limbang. Transfer to your hotel & check-in.
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a stroll to the local market and discover the native products on sale, before your transfer to Limbang airport for the flight to your next destination.

Meals included:Breakfast

customise the tour

  • Extension to Kuching to learn the culture of Iban and History of White Rajah
  • Extension to Kota Kinabalu for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Kinabalu Park
  • Visit Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary to search for Orang Utan, Pigmy Elephants, Proboscis Monkey

includes

  • 2 nights' accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • 1-night accommodation at Camp 5 with shared 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

excludes

  • 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
  • Luggage storage or porter fees

notes

  • MASwings currently flies daily from Miri to Mulu and vice versa and daily from Miri to Limbang and vice versa. The flights are operated on ATR aircrafts and luggage allowance on these flights might be limited (please refer to your flight ticket for exact information).
  • This tour package can also be arranged vice versa, starting in Limbang and ending in Mulu.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, all land & boat transfers in Mulu and Medalam may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
  • Due to tough trekking for long hours under tropical climate conditions, this tour is very strenuous and one is expected to have high fitness level and good stamina.
  • Please travel light for the overnights at Camp 5, as you will have to carry your own bags during the trekking. If you overnight in Miri before and after this 4 days' tour, your suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Miri. In case you just transit in Miri on the way to Mulu and on the way from Limbang 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). Should you not transit in Miri or choose to continue from Limbang overland to Brunei, you will have to bring along your entire luggage. If porters are needed, this has to be booked in advance (not included in the package; charges depend on size and weight of luggage).
  • We advise guests to bring some high-energy snacks for the trekking.
  • Due to basic living conditions at Camp 5, be prepared for some discomfort. Following basic facilities are available at Camp 5: temporary electricity (solar powered), pipe water from the river and simple sanitary facilities. Guests have to bring their own towels and sleeping bag, as there are no beds provided.
  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
  • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS including passport details. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change.
  • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
  • This is a quotation only and reservation for services has not been made nor has availability been checked.

    What To Bring
  • Backpack
  • Loose-fitting summer clothing
  • Long pants and long-sleeve shirt for the cooler nights
  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat/ cap & Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Flat walking shoes with good grip & water shoes or sandals that may get wet
  • Raincoat
  • Torch or flashlight
  • Sleeping bag
  • Towel
  • Energy food & drinks
  • Refillable drinking bottles
  • Leech socks (optional; the species of leeches that do occur occasionally cause harmless bites)
Tour code: PKMCME4A

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