5 Days Mulu Caves, Pinnacles & Headhunter’s Trail

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Tour type

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • See the world's longest underground passage in Deer Cave
  • Be awed by the bizarre limestone formations of the Pinnacles
  • Follow the headhunter's trail and learn about tribal wars of the olden days
  • Learn about the beautiful endemic species of the region

tour details

Make your way to the heart of dense forest to find the Mulu Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves are some of the highest, longest, and widest in the world, in addition to being extremely picturesque. On the first day, you’ll trek through forest before visiting Lang’s Cave and Deer Cave, which houses the world’s longest underground passage. At sunset, you’ll see millions of bats stream out of the cave. The next day, you’ll visit more caves before making your way to Camp 5, ready for the ascent of Mount Api. At the peak of this challenging climb, you’ll enjoy panoramic views including the knife-like Pinnacles themselves. Then, you’ll trek 12 km through lush rainforest, following in the footsteps of the headhunters.

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).

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 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 crevice of the limestone landscape.
After a simple picnic, trek back to Camp 5. Relax or have a cooling bath in the river before dinner.

Overnight at Camp 5 (very simple accommodation).

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.

Overnight at Purnama Hotel, ROH.

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

includes

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

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 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. If you overnight in Miri before and after this 5 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: MZVHOB5DMPP18

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