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4D3N Mulu Show Caves & Pinnacles

Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Duration

4Days 3Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Mandarin

Overview

Mulu National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in year 2000. Mulu’s limestone karst and isolated mountain peaks are home to numerous rare and endemic plants and animals. Whether you are looking for a tranquil escape in the rainforest of Borneo, the physical challenge of trekking summits and climbing through expansive cave systems or perhaps somewhere in between, Mulu will tantalize your senses and leave you wanting to discover more.

Deer & Lang Caves

  • A 3km almost flat walk on raised plank walks takes you to the Bat observatory (45 minutes to 1 hour).
  • Walk another 500m to reach one of the world’s largest cave passages, home to more than 3 million Wrinkle Lipped bats. A large number of swiftlets also roost in Deer Cave where the high cave ceilings (more than 100m in some places) provide a safe haven against predators.
  • Enjoy the sheer size of this limestone passage, an ancient riverbed, and see the force of water carving the scalloped walls.
  • Once you reach the green oasis of Garden of Eden you have walked 800m inside Deer Cave. Enjoy the unique shower head formations of Adam and Eve’s showers spouting columns of water 30m to the riverbed below.
  • Returning almost the same way, but with views from different angles, you will visit Lang Cave with wonderful limestone shawls, stalagmites and stalactites. Bats are easier to see in this smaller cave and you will be very close to the shimmering webs of thread worm larvae, another miniscule wonder of Mulu caves.
  • The tour is timed to coincide with the bat exodus which could start any time from after 17:00.
  • To walk to Deer cave to witness the Bat exodus is a FREE excursion, BUT you cannot enter Deer or Lang cave without payment beforehand and a guide (as is the normal procedure). Expect to be back at HQ by 18:30 to 19:00, should the bats fly.
  • A small kiosk at the Bat Observatory sells drinks and snacks until 17:30. PLEASE BRING YOUR EMPTY TINS/PACKAGING BACK WITH YOU TO HQ as per World Heritage prescription.
  • Toilets and designated smoking area available.

Clearwater & Wind Caves

  • Cruise up the Melinau river in a longboat and visit a Penan longhouse & market at Batu Bungan (market not open on Sundays).
  • 2nd stop at Cave of the Winds where you have to negotiate a long ramp and a few stairs.
  • 3rd stop Clearwater where the subterranean river emerges from the cliff face. Take 200 stairs to enter the cave to marvel at the Monophilia Pendula endemic to Mulu. Clearwater is one of the biggest cave systems in the world, measuring over 220km in length.
  • Swimming inside the cave is not permitted, however a cool down in the natural crystal-clear waters at the picnic deck is a must. Float with the fish and enjoy the rainforest around you.
  • The Park tour does NOT include any food & beverage, feel free to bring your own. 
  • PLEASE BRING YOUR EMPTY TINS/PACKAGING BACK WITH YOU TO HQ as per World Heritage prescription.
  • Toilets and a designated smoking area available.

The Pinnacles

  • This climb is not suitable for children 16 years and younger.
  • The Pinnacle climb is a high risk and extreme activity.
  • Camp 5 is a basic forest shelter that caters to visitors travelling on the Headhunter’s Trail and to those climbing the Pinnacles, providing accommodation for up to 30 guests per night.  As space is limited reservations are essential.
  • Camp 5 has 5 bedrooms built on raised timber platforms with a roof and half walls, NO windows, NO doors and NO insect screens.
    1. Sleeping mats are provided, but no bedding. Bring your own or pay a deposit for blanket, sheet and towel at HQ. Get a refund on returning the bedding at HQ.
    2. Mosquito net rental MUST be paid at HQ and can be collected at Camp 5.
    3. Camp 5 has separate showers (cold water only) and toilets.
    4. Eating facilities are self-catering with an equipped kitchen that provides gas and utensils for cooking and eating.
    5. Only basic snacks and drinks are for sale at Camp 5.
    6. Free filtered/boiled drinking water available to refill your bottles.
    7. No cell phone reception – only radio communication
  • The Pinnacle trail is regarded as an extreme climb (not a trek) on a natural route. Man-made assistance comes in the form of vertical steel ladders bolted into the rock faces and ropes. If you suffer from vertigo or fear of heights this is not for you. The visitors that were injured on this trail were people that underestimated the trail and their own fitness levels. These visitors were often not well equipped and did not adhere to the advice of their guides. Rescues are extreme (and costly) and even more so in the dark.
  • The park can help you to find an Independent Porter. A porter will carry maximum 17kg. Porter fees is RM150pp, but Park entrance RM15 and RM10/night accommodation on behalf of the porter must be paid to the Park.

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.
  • Torchlight in case you get caught in the dark. Again a headlamp is advisable to keep both your hands free for climbing.
  • A waterproof garment against cold
  • 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 upwards/downwards 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!

 

Tour Rates – Malaysian

HOTELTWIN / TRIPLESINGLE ROOMCHILD (W/O BED)
Mulu Marriott Resort & SpaRM1350RM1700n/a
Mulu Village / Park ChaletRM1200n/an/a

 

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Itinerary

Itenirary
Day 1: Mulu - Deer Cave - Lang Cave (L/D)
Meet & greet by our guide at Mulu airport on arrival and transfer to accommodation for check in. Afternoon, meet at hotel lobby and depart to Mulu National Park HQ for registration. Begin trekking for 3km plank walk to the Deer and Lang Caves. Late afternoon, observe millions of bats flying out from the vast of the Deer Cave which will be a memorable occurrence only during the fine Weather. Trekking the same plank walk to Park Headquarters and transfer back to your accommodation for overnight.
Itenirary
Day 2: Mulu - Wind Cave - Clearwater Cave - Camp 5 (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel and check-out, depart by longboat to Wind Cave, and then proceed by plank walk for 10 minutes to Clearwater Cave. Buffet picnic lunch will be served at the Clearwater Summer Hut. Continue the journey with longboat for 1 ½ hours boat trip along the Melinau River to Kuala Berar or Kuala Litut. If the water level is low, the boat has to be pushed over shallow sections so the trip will takes longer. Trekking for 3-4 hours through the primary rainforest to Camp 5 is a relatively easy 7.8km from Kuala Berar or Kuala Litut. The Melinau River in front of Camp 5 is crystal clear and ideal for swim after the trek. Dinner and overnight at Camp 5.
Itenirary
Day 3: Mulu - Pinnacles, Gunung Api (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast before you start your journey by climbing Gunung Api for three (3) hours to reach Pinnacles. Gunung Api steep slopes make the climb more challenging, filled with fun and excitement. The viewpoint area is made up of a number of pinnacles, rocks and vegetation and has excellent views of the silver-gray forest of stone that rises up from the surrounding vegetation. Packed lunch will be served at the peak. Descent back to Camp 5, Dinner and overnight at Camp 5.
Itenirary
Day 4: Mulu (B/L)
After an early breakfast, start trekking back to Kuala Berar or Kuala Litut for the boat ride to Clearwater Cave. Take a swim in the Clearwater Pool and have a picnic lunch at Clearwater Summer’s Hut before the transfer to Mulu airport for your flight.

Important Notice

The Pinnacles is a high risk and extreme activity and is not suitable for children 16 years and younger.

Additional Information

Flight time: MH3630 (Miri-Mulu) at 10:30 - 11:00 / MH3631 (Mulu-Miri) at 15:10 - 16:00

Included/Excluded

  • 1 Night Accommodation at Hotel
  • 2 Night Accommodation at Camp 5 (Jungle Hut)
  • Meals as stated
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour and Transfers
  • Air Ticket
  • Tipping
  • Excess Luggage
  • Personal and Baggage Insurance

Items to Bring

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Raincoat
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Slipper
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water Bottle
  • Hand Glove and Items of personal nature

Durations

4-6 Days

Tour's Location

Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

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