4D3N Add-on Trip toClimb Mount Mulu
This is a four day three night add-on trek and climb of Mount Mulu. At 2376m, this climb is especially memorable for the virgin rainforest views, prolific orchid and pitcher plant diversity, interesting fauna, and spectacular views along the trail and from the summit. This is a near 50 km round trip and one of Borneo’s toughest treks, harder than Kinabalu and more adventurous.
Mount Mulu, or Gunung Mulu is the highest peak in the Mulu National Park which was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005. Several attempts were made to reach the summit in the 19th century, but the first person to reach the summit was a rhino hunter called Tama Nilong who ‘discovered’ the south-west ridge in the 1920s. In 1932 Tama Nilong led Lord Shackleton and an Oxford University Expedition to the summit and the very same route is still used today.
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Mulu Park is perhaps the number one tourist attraction in the entire province of Sarawak, however the summit is rarely reached and usually only by seasoned hikers or scientific researchers. The trail is challenging due to the heat and terrain however the toughest day is generally regarded to be the first and the trek is 26km each way. We start close to sea level (25m), and there are lengthy sections of trail on Day 2, during which (annoyingly) you lose elevation that you’d previously gained. For those that are up for the challenge, the reward is well worth the effort with outstanding views and a truly fascinating experience in an environment that few visit.
This trip can be added onto the beginning or end of any of our Borneo trips: