4-Day Mulu – Adventure On The Former Headhunter’s Trail: group experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 4 Days


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

Tour the Mulu Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before embarking on the headhunter’s trail. The Mulu Caves are known for their multiple record-holding chambers, one of which could easily house 40 Boeing 747 jet airliners. Your first day will take you through the forest to Lang and Deer Cave, the latter of which contains the world’s largest underground passage. At sunset, you’ll see millions of bats exit the cave. The next day, you’ll visit more caves before reaching camp on the trail. The following morning, you’ll take off on a 12 km long trek through stunning rainforest, which was historically used by war parties during headhunting days. Once you arrive, you’ll travel by boat to an Iban longhouse. The next day, you’ll travel by water and road to Limbang airport.

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.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

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.

Overnight at Camp 5 (very simple accommodation).

Meals included:Breakfast
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 & chek-in.
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Overnight at Purnama Hotel, ROH.

Meals included:Breakfast
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


  • 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
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)


  • 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


  • 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 Mulu 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.
Tour code: MZVHOBAFH4J19

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