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Gunung Mulu National Park


Head Hunter Trail Mulu National Park

Pinnacles @ Mulu National Park
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Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

The Headhunter's Trail is a great way of entering or leaving Gunung Mulu National Park. The trek is organised by travel operators and combines upriver travel, jungle trekking and an overnight stay at an Iban longhouse. The trail itself follows the route taken by Kayan headhunting parties who paddled up the Melinau River to the Melinau Gorge. They then dragged their longboats through the forest for 3 km until they reached the banks of the Terikan River, where they launched headhunting raids against the people of the Limbang area.

The basic trail route is as follows. First take a boat from the park HQ to Kuala Berar and then trek for 2-3 hours to reach Camp 5. From Camp 5 follow the 11.3 km trail to Kuala Terikan, a 4-5 hour trek. Either rest and spend the night in the accommodation units at the ranger station at Ng. Mentawai (about 15 minutes from Kuala Terikan), or travel by longboat for 3-4 hours (depending on boat engine and water level) to reach the longhouse (Rumah Bala Lesong). After an overnight stay the journey continues by boat downriver to Nanga Medamit. From there it is possible to travel by road to Limbang.

The Headhunter's Trail can also be done in reverse, starting from Limbang and ending up at the park HQ. Either way the trek offers an excellent introduction to the rivers and rainforest of Mulu and the added attraction of a longhouse visit.

Head Hunter Trail in Mulu National Park Itinerary

Day 1

Deer and Lang Caves - Estimate Time of Arrival 1230hrs (L / D)

Meet at KLIA or Miri Airport and transfer to Mulu N/P via air. On arrival transfer to your accommodation for check in. In the afternoon, take a scenic 3 km plank walk through primary rainforest to Lang & Deer Caves. At sunset observe spectacular exodus of million of bats leaving the cave. Return to Park HQ by torchlight. Overnight at your accommodation.

Day 2

Wind and Clearwater Caves - Camp 5 (B, L, D) - trail map (for Pinnacles)

In the morning, proceed by longboat upriver to Wind Cave and Clearwater cave. After caving proceed to Long Litut (1hr boat ride). On arrival at Long Litut, lunch, and start trekking to camp 5 (3hrs) through a mixed forest. Overnight at Camp 5.

Day 3

Gunung Api / Pinnacles (B, L, D)

After breakfast, start to scale Gunung Api for the limestone pinnacles. The climb is very challenging and taxing and will take about 4-5 hours. Arrive at the pinnacles' viewpoint in time for a packed lunch. Descend back to Camp 5 and overnight.

Day 4

Camp 5 > Terikan > Mentawai > Medalam Longhouse (B, L, D) - trail map

Depart Camp 5 (after breakfast), Jungle trekking of 11.4 kilometers to Kuala Terikan. Proceed by longboat to Mentawai Headquaters. Packed lunch will be provided. Depart by longboat to Medalam Longhouse. Dinner and overnight at longhouse.

Day 5

Medalam > Limbang (B / L) - Estimate Time of Departure to Miri 1710hrs

After breakfast at Iban Longhouse. Depart to Nanga Mendamit by longboat. Then by road to Limbang Town, Packed lunch with be provided and/or lunch at local restaurant at Limbang Town. Tour end on arrival at airport or Limbang town.

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Tour Code: Headhunter

Price in Ringgit Malaysia (Land cost only, ex. Miri or Mulu Aiport & pick from other destination can be arrange.)

Price will be quoted in Ringgit Malaysia

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General Info

Difficulty - Leisurely to Challenging (suitable for children age 16 and above)

Duration - 5 days

Experience - It will be to your advantage if you have some previous Mt. Climbing experience.

Transport - Air/Van/Boat & On Foot

Package includes: air-tickets & airport tax (Miri to Mulu only), all land & water transfers in Mulu N/P, all fees in Mulu N/P, meals as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), English speaking guide, insurance (PA), accommodation (basic room - fan & tolet)

Package excludes: personal expenditure & others which are not mentioned in itinerary.

Optional - from Limbang, we can arrange for transfer to Miri (by Air) or Kota Kinabalu (by Express Boat)

Start/End Point - (ex. Miri / Mulu or Kuala Lumpur Airport)
Guest must reach the Miri airport by 11AM to catch the 12.30PM flight into Mulu N/P

Requirements (for permit/insurance use)
Full Name, Age, Nationality, Sex, Malaysian Identity Card/Passport No (foreigner)

Accommodations - Dorm or Basic Room and mountain hut are provided at Mulu (upgrades available upon request to Chalet or Resort at Royal Mulu)

What to Bring: change of clothes, towel, shoes, torchlight, slippers, personal toiletries, waterproof camera (optional), and don't forget to bring sense of adventure / fun / humor / enthusiasm and a flexible attitude!

What to Wear: Wear comfortable, loose-fitting long trousers, tights or a tracksuit.





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