5D4N HEADHUNTERS' TRAIL

Discover the showcaves of Mulu National Park, climb the iconic Pinnacles, and trek the historic Headhunters’ Trail for the ultimate adventure at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Headhunter’s Trail is a great way of entering or leaving Gunung Mulu National Park. The trek combines upriver travel, jungle trekking, and an overnight stay at an Iban longhouse. The trail itself follows the route taken by Kayan headhunting parties who paddled up the Melinau River to Melinau Gorge. They then dragged their longboats through the forest for three kilometers until they reached the banks of the Terikan River, where they launched headhunting raids against the people of the Limbang area. This trek offers an excellent introduction to the rivers and rainforests of Mulu, with the added attraction of the Pinnacle climb and longhouse stay.

Accommodation

• Deluxe Garden Bungalow at park HQ. Double and Single Bed in each room. All rooms have comfortable bedding, ensuite bathroom and air conditioning. There is an option to upgrade to Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. 

• Camp 5 
Basic dormitory accommodation with bedding and mosquito nets. Provides electricity and shared bathroom with cold shower. 

Please note that guests are expected to bring their own towel, sleeping sheet or bag 

• Rumah Penghulu Sigah Iban Longhouse 
Basic accommodation at the longhouse. Bathroom facilites are shared and communal with your host family.

Food

Local delicacies will be served

Facilities & Services

• Longhouse at Park HQ 
Restaurant (breakfast included in accommodation package), gift gallery, discovery centre, wifi (purchase at the park gallery) 

• Camp 5 
Kitchen (pots, pans, utensils and gas cookers are provided), drinking water 24/7 

• Rumah Penghulu Sigah Iban Longhouse 
As this is a homestay, facilities will be limited to what is offered by the host family.

Guides

You will be accompanied by a nature guide during this trip. We can also accommodate specialist guide eg. Birding guide requests.

Day 1

Arrive at Mulu airport in the morning and transfer to the park accommodation for check in. In the afternoon enjoy a scenic 3 kilometers plankwalk through primary rainforest to the entrance of Deer Cave, one of the largest cave passages on Earth. The entrance of the cave is 150 meters wide and 120 meters high – nowhere in this massive cave is the roof less than 90 meters high. The cave has a moon-like landscape and from one vantage point, you can see a perfect profile of President Lincoln. 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. A spectacular exodus of about 2 million of bats can be observed at sundown as they leave the cave in search of food. Then trek back to the park HQ by torchlight and return to your accommodation.

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Day 2

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. Walk along a plankwalk next to the limestone cliff and climb up approximately 250 concrete steps to reach the entrance of Clearwater Cave. Like most caves in Mulu, Clearwater Cave provides a habitat for unique species of plants such as the one-leafed plant which can only be found at Mulu. Photo-sensitive algae grows on certain rocks and produce needle-like formations that point towards the source of light. 

Nearby 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 which is an hour boat ride away. Start trekking to Camp 5 for approximately 3 hours through a mixed dipterocarp and riparian forest. Overnight at Camp 5.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3

After 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.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4

Trek to Kuala Terikan for approximately 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 at the longhouse.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

Depart from the longhouse by boat to Nanga Medamit for approximately 1.5 hours. Then proceed to Limbang Town by van in an hour long journey. Drop off at the airport for departure flight.

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Included

Transfers in Mulu and Limbang, accommodation, meals, activities and nature guide.

Excluded

Air tickets to Mulu and from Limbang, additional carbonated or alcoholic drinks, optional activities, tips and gratuities.

What to Bring?

Comfortable hiking backpack including raincover, head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, swimwear, good walking/trekking shoes, flip flop, personal toiletries including towel, sleep sheet, personal medication and first aid kit, electrolytes (hydration salts), light clothing for trekking.

Departure

Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Single supplement applies for solo travellers.

Recommended for

Adventurous travellers looking to experience the indigenous culture and lifestyle of Sarawak including river travels and extensive daily hikes of up to 5 hours daily. Travellers who do not mind roughing it out in basic jungle camp shelters in order to fully experience the rainforest.

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