Mulu Caves & The Headhunters’ Trail | Sarawak, Borneo

Borneo, SarawakNature

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.

4 Nights
From SGD 960Per Person

Land Itinerary

Arrive Mulu airport in the morning and transfer to the park accommodation for check in. Free at leisure to explore the Mulu Park’s interpretation centre and have lunch (on own account).

Deer Cave is the world’s largest cave passage. Its scale its awesome and you are in no doubt how huge it is when you arrive at the cave entrance. The entrance of the cave is 150 m wide and 120 m high. Nowhere in this massive cave is the roof less than 90 m 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 Langs Cave. The stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave are representative of the very best limestone formations in the park.

After viewing the two 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.

08.45 depart the park HQ and 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 followed by a climb up approximately 250 concrete steps and you arrive at the entrance 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.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast

  • 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.

Land Cost

  • SGD 970 ~ Adult Twin
  • Single supplement charge will apply for a single person

Accommodation

Note

Accommodation for this is tour is a Longhouse Room at the Park HQ.

Accommodation upgrade

  • RM 25 per person per night for Garden Bungalow or Rainforest Lodge room.
  • RM 185 per person per night for Mulu Marriott.

If you arrive in the morning and are staying at the Marriott you will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. You will then be picked up from the hotel at 14.00 and transferred to the park HQ for the afternoon walk and tour of Deer Cave on Day 01. On Day 02, you will be picked up at the Marriott at 0830 hours.

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • Airfare to Mulu and transport 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

Recommended flights

Kuching to Mulu
There are direct flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays. Kuching (KCH) – Mulu (MZV) on MASWings MH3823 (Dep 1120, Arr 1255).

Miri to Mulu
There are twice daily flights. Take the morning flight. Miri (MYY) – Mulu (MZV) on MASWings MH3630 (Dep 0925, Arr 0955).

Kota Kinabalu to Mulu
There are 3 direct flights a week. However, the Kota Kinabalu to Mulu flight arrives too late in the afternoon for this small group tour. If you are coming from Kota Kinabalu you would need to arrive the day before to join this small group tour or take a private tour. If you arrive from Kota Kinabalu and take a private tour, you will proceed straight from the airport to the Park HQ and begin the walk to Deer Cave. The Deer & Wind Cave tour may be slightly rushed in order to arrive at the platform area for the Bat exodus.