Destination: Sarawak and Mulu National Park
Essence of the trip:
A trek through the pathless wilds of the Borneo rainforest, the oldest jungle in the world. Here you will spend time living with and learning from semi-nomadic Penan tribe before concluding your trip by summiting the majestic, jungle-clad peak, of Mount Mulu.
This trip will give you:
Experience of living in some of the wildest jungle in the world, where few westerners have visited.
The opportunity to trek through the oldest rainforest on the world and through areas so untouched that trails don’t exist. You will be carving your own paths through the intoxicating landscape.
The experience of living with and learning from the Penan tribe, famed hunter gatherers who live off the jungle and will teach you how to do so also. This will be key for the completion of the trip.
The opportunity to summit the majestic Mulu Peak after 12 days of wild and extreme trekking with one of the last truly ancient tribes.
To enjoy a travel experience that only a handful of people have ever done. In short, undertake an epic Jungle trip.
Arriving in Miri, Sarawak, you will take a small light aircraft across swathes of the oldest rainforest in the world and land in Long Seridan to begin your trek the following day.
You will begin the start of the first day with a two hour trek to Long Meraan, a Penan village where you will meet your guides and porters and prepare your kit for the commencement of your entry into the jungle on the following day. Early next morning you will set off on a six to seven day trek towards the Mulu World Heritage Park on the Brunei border which is set in primary rainforest and is home to a number of the remaining semi-nomadic Penan.
Over the course of the next six days you will trek through dense and stunning sections of rainforest, where you will witness an incredible array of wildlife and spend time with the semi-nomadic tribes who you will meet as you pass through the forest. The trek will require you and your guides to carve out your own trails due to the remoteness of the area and by night you will set up expedition hammocks to sleep in above the jungle floor. As part of the experience of the trek, the Penan will teach you how to live off the jungle and your ability to learn off them will allow you to source additional supplies for the trek.
At the end of this week’s trek you will arrive into the incredible Mulu National Park. Here you will spend time exploring the park and its giant caves that feature regularly in television documentaries on the natural world.
The accommodation provided at the World Heritage Site is comfortable and offers a welcome respite after the week of living in the jungle. Following time exploring the park, you will begin your journey towards the summit of Mulu Peak. It starts with a trek to Camp 3; a beautiful but tough climb of 11 km reaching a noticeably cool 1,300 m. After overnighting you will trek the following day to Camp 4. This climb is a further 7 km through a mesmerising landscape and will take you to 1,800 m above sea level. On Day 13, you will begin the final ascent with an early start as you aim to summit the 2,376 m peak before sunrise, where you will have the pleasure of watching dawn break over the oldest rainforest on Earth. A truly life-enhancing experience.
The descent can be broken up with a stay at Camp 3 or Camp 1 depending on your pace and on the following day you will return to Mulu National Park Head Quarters for the conclusion of this intrepid and inspiring rainforest journey.
If you are interested in taking this trip and would like to discuss it in more detail with our team of experts get in touch here or call us on 0207 426 9899 (UK) or 1-888 341 9663 (US) to start planning your trip.