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   (Discover Mulu) 5D4N Headhunters Trail

5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS MULU HEADHUNTERS TRAIL

 

SPECIAL RATES FOR MALAYSIANS ONLY!

Minimum 3 DAYS advance booking

 

 

Below is a animated Map of Mulu National Park Route

 

 

 

One of the best trek in Borneo! When head-hunting was at its height, a hundred years ago, Kayan war parties from the Baram made their way through the Mulu area to attack the Murut longhouse and Chinese farmers along the Limbang River. Paddling their war canoes up the Melinau River to the Melinau Gorge, they dragged them 3km overland to the headwaters of the Terikan River. The "Kayan Road" a 4 m wide trail with poles laid acrossit to facilitate dragging the boats.

Today we called it "Headhunters' Trail".

 

What do you need to take?

ESSENTIALS FOR CAMP 5

  • Insect repellent
  • Personal Medications
  • Toiletries
  • Torch Light- HEADLAMP ADVISABLE
  • Spare batteries
  • Bedding (light blanket, sheet & towel)
  • Pillow (inflatable) - optional
  • Enough food for 3 days (supplies can be bought from the Cafe/Gallery at HQ providing stock last)
  • Mosquito net (MUST be paid for at the Park Office upon check in and to be collected at Camp 5 with a voucher)
  • Sandals for bathroom - optional
  • Some cash (mini tuck shop)

 

ESSENTIALS FOR THE PINNACLES

  • ABOVE AVERAGE FITNESS & EXCELLENT HEALTH
  • A carry pack (waterproof is recommended) with 2 straps (a sling bag will be in the way and may obstruct your vision towards your feet.) You need both hand free at all times.
  • Shoes with grip and flexible sole that allows your ankle to move (stiff soled mountain boots are not ideal). The Adidas kampong rubber shoes have been proven to be the best shoe for a wide spectrum of climbers. For sale in Mulu Gallery*
  • Sufficient water – 3 LITRES MINIMUM (1 is left at the halfway point for you to use on the return journey)
  • Light lunch and an energy snack.
  • Headlamp in case you get caught in the dark.
  • A rainproof garment, preferably not a poncho (the incline is so steep that shorter individuals step on their poncho’s) if you do use a poncho, cut/trim the lower part.
  • A personal First Aid Kit
  • Gloves to help you cope with the rope sections as well as the sharp rocks on the way down. For sale in Mulu Gallery*
  • COMMON SENSE: Listen to your guide (abandon the climb when heavy rain falls and don’t get caught in the dark), listen to your body, stick to the cut-off times and focus on your foot placement ALWAYS. Keep re-hydrated. Do not stand too long at the view point – going down is tougher than going up!

   *Pending availability

 

MUST READ!

 

THE PINNACLES IS A HIGH RISK ACTIVITY!

WHY?

  1. The steep gradient - 2.4km ascending to 1200m above sea level. (Descending is more challenging than ascending and takes longer!)
  2. Descending in the dark. (Very challenging during daylight – more so when dark)
  3. Slippery surface & sharp rocks. (Some of the limestones literally cuts like a blade!)
  4. Tiredness/unfit (you lose concentration where to place your feet)
  5. Very difficult to rescue a totally immobilized person (even more so when dark)
  6. Dehydration (drink & carry sufficient fluids)
  7. Never climb alone.
  8. RESCUES: The Park has rescue protocols in place but it is not free. Please check the indemnity form!
  9. Please keep this in mind and adhere to your GUIDE’S advice. Your guide is your best safety device!

Day 1: Mulu - Deer & Lang's Cave

This morning we fly to Mulu on MASwings. Upon arrival in Mulu, proceed straight from Mulu airport to Park HQ and take the plankwalk to visit Deer and Lang's Cave ( 45 mins walk)

We then proceed to visit the largest cave passage in the world – Deer Cave and Lang's Cave. The enormous chambers of Deer Cave are home to over 3 million bats! At dusk we witness the amazing spectacle of these creatures emerging from the gaping mouth of the cave, as they head out into the forest in search of food. We return late in the afternoon to Park HQ and transfer by van to Benarat Lodge. (**Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 2: Mulu - Wind & Clearwater Caves - Camp 5

This morning we go by boat to the source of the Clearwater River. We visit Wind and Clearwater Cave. We then have lunch at the Clearwater Spring. Hence we proceed by boat to Long Lutut. We trek through the lowland forest to camp 5 (3hrs trek) where we put overnight. Camp 5 is a very basic accommodation. It is possible to hire simple mats at Camp 5. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 3: Pinnacles Climb

Early breakfast and we ascend Mt Api to the Pinnacles (1200m). As we climb the forest of big trees give way to bushes and rhododendrons. At the top there is a magnificent view across the Pinnacles and Brunei Bay. Packed lunch provided at the view point. We descend to Camp 5 for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 4: Headhunters Trail

This morning we follow the ancient path of the headhunters, crossing two rivers to meet the boat at Kuala Terikan. Descend down the river to the Iban longhouse. Here, we spend a night as guests of our Iban hosts. Please don't expect any comforts and be prepared for the fact that the living conditions in the longhouse are extremely basic – this night is designed to give you a first-hand taste of how the Iban people live and also provide an insight into their unique customs. We will be sleeping on the ground, on simple mats and it is highly recommended that you bring your own sleeping sheet. The Iban are generally very reserved people unless, of course, they get on to their home-brewed rice wine! In the evening, share a glass of "Tuak" (rice wine) with the Ibans and join in their music and traditional dances. The white-men's version of the headhunters' dance is always the most amusing!. We overnight at longhouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Limbang

This morning we farewell our Iban friends and continue our journey by boat to Medamit. Tour end in Limbang. (Breakfast)

 

*Please send us an email at info@BorneoTropicalAdventures.com if you need us to arrange flight from Limbang to Miri or arrange for transport (boat or flight) to Kota Kinabalu 

 

 

Inclusive of:

  • ONE WAY air-ticket to Mulu

  • 1 night Benarat Lodge / 2 nights Camp 5 / 1 night Longhouse & Meals (4B/4L/4D)

  • Excursion Show Caves of Mulu/ Climbing Gunung Api – Pinnacles/Headhunters’ Trail with Nature tour guide

  • Boat fee, entry permit and fees

 

Excluded:

  • Guide Tipping RM 50 per pax per tour

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal items

 

* Please click "Book Now" and select whether to stay at Benarat Lodge OR Mulu Park (Longhouse) OR Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, and choose whether to fly from Miri, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu

** No lunch on Day 1 if flight arrives in the afternoon.

*** Dinner on Day 1 will be at Sg. Pala Restaurant for Benarat Lodge & Mulu Park. For Mulu Marriott, dinner will be at Mulu Marriott in-house cafe.

**** High season surcharge will be during July to Sept 2019.

***** CAMP 5 may be full. Please check with us first.

 

Tips for the trip: You need to bring along your raincoat, mosquito repellent, torchlight and good trekking shoes for the Show Caves. Also bring along your swimming suit if you wish to swim at the Clearwater Spring.

 

For the Show Caves you need to bring along your raincoat, mosquito repellent, torchlight and good trekking shoes. Bring along your swimming suit if you wish to swim at the Clearwater Spring.

 

NB: 

1) Camp 5:

RM25 per nite for mosquito net and RM25 per nite for blanket can be rented from Camp 5. If you wish to save a bit, you may also use your towel as blanket and bring along a long sleeve shirt to wear during the night. Do bring along mosquitoe repellent as well. 

 

2) Tourism Tax: 

 In accordance to the newly implemented Malaysian Tourism Tax Act 2017 (Act 791), please be informed effective 1 September 2017, all foreign guests will be required to pay a mandatory Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTx) of RM10.00 per room per night.

The TTx is to be paid when we had confirmed your tour. Kindly note that the package price listed does not include TTx.

 

Malaysians or permanent residents residing in Malaysia are exempted from TTx and is required to present a valid identification upon check-in for the exemption. 

 

Validity Date :4/1/2019 ~ 3/31/2020

Minimum Person :2

Adult Price: MYR 1,670.00

Child Price: MYR 1,670.00

Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights

* All amount quoted above will be charged in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR)

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