4-Day Mulu Caves and Pinnacles (Deluxe): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 4 Days


tour highlights

  • Travel from deep within the earth to high above sea level
  • Witness some of the world's most spectacular cave scenery
  • Walk through Deer Cave, which has the largest cave passage in the world
  • Climb up Mt. Api and enjoy the view from the peak

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 not only home to the world-famous Mulu Caves, like Deer Cave or Clearwater Cave, but also to the Pinnacles, one of the world’s most spectacular limestone landscapes. The Pinnacles consist of a series of up to 45 metres high and razor sharp limestones that tower majestically above the surrounding forest. Various adventurous and challenging jungle treks lead visitors to and around the Pinnacles, with a chance of observing wildlife and exploring Mulu’s amazing flora.

Why choose this tour?

Mulu National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) is not only home to the world-famous Mulu Caves, like Deer Cave or Clearwater Cave, but also to the Pinnacles, one of the world's most spectacular limestone landscapes. The Pinnacles consist of a series of up to 45 metres high and razor sharp limestones that tower majestically above the surrounding forest. Various adventurous and challenging jungle treks lead visitors to and around the Pinnacles, with a chance of observing wildlife and exploring Mulu's amazing flora.
    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.

    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
    After a light breakfast, you will start to climb Mount Api. Even the trail is rather short, with a length of less than 3 km, this formidable steep mountain provides a real challenge. Take only the bare essentials and drinking water with you for this climb. Start your climb of 4 to 5 hours up to the top of Mount Api.
    At an altitude of 850 metres above sea level, the lowland limestone forest disappears and an enchanting realm of montane forest with pitcher plants and orchids takes over. Then the steepest part of the climb begins. A series of aluminium ladders have been strategically placed over the worst of the gaping voids.
    Once you have reached the top (1,710 metres above sea level), you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding limestone landscape with the famous Pinnacles, which are up to 45 metres tall and appear to stand out like huge knifes against the hardy trees that manage to get a foothold in narrow crevices of the limestone landscape.
    After a simple picnic, trek back to Camp 5. Relax or have a cooling bath in the river before dinner.

    Meals included:Breakfast
    After an early breakfast, trek back to Kuala Litut and proceed by boat downriver to the Clearwater Spring. After a simple picnic lunch continue by boat to Mulu 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


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


    • 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


    • Even if the package is booked on private basis, all land & boat transfers in Mulu 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 and a steep climb under tropical climate conditions, this tour is very strenuous and one is expected to have very 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. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Mulu and will be delivered to you at Mulu airport on Day 4 for your departure flight.
    • 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: electricity, pipe water from the river, toilets and bathroom. 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
    • Hand gloves for the climb of Mount Api
    • Leech socks (optional; the species of leeches that do occur occasionally cause harmless bites)
    Tour code: PKMCMD4A

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