THE HEADHUNTERS TRAIL 5D4N
THE HEADHUNTERS TRAIL 5D4N
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Day 01: Arrive Mulu – Deer & Lang Caves
Pick up from the airport and transfer to Gunung Mulu National Park and check in to your accommodation.. 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.
Day 02: Wind & Clearwater Caves – Camp 5 (B/L/D)
0845 hours 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 plankwalk 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. Photosensitive 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 hr boat ride). Start trekking to Camp 5 (3 hrs) through a mixed dipterocarp and riparian forest. Overnight at Camp 5 which offers basic dormitory accommodation with basic common toilet facilities.
Day 03: Gunung Api / Pinnacles (B/L/D)
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.
Day 04: Camp 5 – Kuala Terikan – Iban Longhouse (B/L/D)
Trek to Kuala Terikan (5 hrs). 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 longhouse.
Day 05: Nanga Medamit – Limbang Airport (B)
After breakfast depart the longhouse and travel by road (2½ hrs) to Limbang. Drop off at the airport for departure flight.
BBA-50 THE HEADHUNTERS TRAIL 5D4N
5 days / 4 nights
From Mulu Airport
Return transfer, 1 night longhouse at park HQ, 2 nights at Camp 5, 1 night longhouse entrance fee, full board meals & guide services.
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