Mulu Caves & The Headhunters’ Trail | Kuching, Sarawak
Our 2 or 3 day Mulu tours focus on the main show caves. We also organise a number of adventure treks that enable visitors to experience the rainforest. These include the Gunung Mulu Summit Trek, the climb to see the Pinnacles of Gunung Api and the Headhunters’ Trail which combines river travel, trekking and a stay in a longhouse.
Gunung Mulu National Park is justifiably famous for its limestone karst formations, some of the most spectacular caves on earth. Mulu is home to world’s largest underground chamber (the Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave). Four “show caves” can be visited as day trips from the park HQ. These are accessed by jungle trails, plank walkways or pathways through the caves.
The Mulu experience is not confined solely to its caverns. The park’s biodiversity is as impressive as its caves with Mulu containing 15 different types of forest – including mixed dipterocarp, heath, peat swamp, moss forest and montane vegetation – and thousands of species of ferns, fungi, mosses and flowering plants. Mulu is also home to a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish and insects and other invertebrates.
Arrive Mulu airport in the morning, and transfer to the park accommodation for check in. In the afternoon enjoy a scenic 3km plank walk through primary rainforest to the entrance of Deer Cave, the world’s largest cave passage. Its scale is awesome and you are in no doubt how huge it is when you arrive at the cave entrance. The entrance of the cave is 150m wide and 120m high. Nowhere in this massive cave is the roof less than 90m high. The cave has a moon-like landscape and from one vantage point, a perfect profile of President Lincoln can be observed.
Next to Deer Cave is Lang Cave. The stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave are representative of the very best limestone formations in the park.
After viewing the 2 caves, proceed to the Bat Observatory outside Deer Cave. Most evenings at sundown, a spectacular exodus of about 2 million of bats can be observed as they leave the cave in search of food.
Then trek back to the park HQ by torchlight and return to accommodation.
In the morning, proceed by longboat upriver to Wind Cave with its impressive ‘King’s Chamber’. Here, stalactites and stalagmites with delicate lace-like patterns are found. A short walk along a plank walk next to the limestone cliff leads to Clearwater Cave. Like most caves in Mulu, Clearwater Cave provides a habitat for unique species of plants. One of these, the one-leafed plant can only be found at Mulu. Photo-sensitive algae grow on certain rocks and produce needle-like formations that point towards the source of light. Near Clearwater Cave there is a wonderful swimming area shaded by giant rainforest trees. Enjoy a simple picnic or packed lunch.
After lunch proceed to Long Litut (1-hour boat ride).
Start trekking to Camp 5 (3 hours) through a mixed dipterocarp and riparian forest.
Overnight at Camp 5 which offers basic dormitory accommodation with basic common toilet facilities.
Following 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.
Trek to Kuala Terikan (5 hours). Proceed down river by boat to Rumah Penghulu Sigah Iban longhouse. The journey takes 2-3 hours, depending on the water level.
Overnight in the Iban longhouse.
Depart from the longhouse by boat (1½ hours) to Nanga Medamit. Then proceed to Limbang Town (1 hour) by van.
Drop off in the early afternoon at Limbang airport for departure flight.
- Camp 5: Basic dormitory accommodation with common toilet facilities.
- Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
- Single person: Surcharge will apply, please contact us for more information.
Getting from Kuching (KCH) to Mulu (MZV)
- *MH2802 KCH/MYY 07.00/08.00
- ▴MH3630 MYY/MZV 09.30/10.00
There are direct flights on Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays,
- ▴MH3752 KCH/MZV 10.50/12.25
Getting from Limbang (LMN) to Miri (MYY)
- ▴MH3477 LMN/MYY 16.50/17.20
- Fly to Kuching the following day
* indicates flight by Malaysia Arlines
▴ indicates flight by MASWings
- Airport arrival/departure transfers in Mulu and in Limbang,
- Land/boat transfers
- Tours as mentioned with entrance fees
- 01 night in Longhouse Room in Mulu National Park HQ
- 02 nights at Camp 5 (dormitory-style with bedding with mosquito nets provided)
- 01 night in Iban longhouse
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Guided touring with local English-speaking guide
- Airfare to Mulu and from Limbang
- Table drinks including mineral water & alcoholic beverages
- Optional activities & tours
- Camera/Video fees
- Tips & gratuities for guide & driver/boatman, etc.
- Travel insurance covering emergency transfers is mandatory