Mulu and Mount Kinabalu

Malaysia - 7 Days

Level

Moderate

Duration

7 days and 6 nights

Route

Mulu; Kota Kinabalu; Kinabalu National Park; Laban Rata; Kota Kinabalu

Time to visit

March to August is considered best time ( dry season). The monsoon season is from November to February.

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak between the Himalayas & the New Guinea towering at 4,095 meters (13,435 feet), this majestic mountain exerts a certain magical quality that is indescribable. It is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer as it just takes two days and climbers don’t need any previous experience at mountain climbing. At sunrise, the views from the Mt Kinabalu’s summit at Low’s Peak are spectacular, making your climb worthwhile.

Our adventure trip starts on our arrival in Mulu where we will take a ride by longboat upriver to visit some of the most spectacular caves on earth and have the opportunity to swim amongst giant rainforest trees near Clearwater Cave. On day 3, we take a flight to Kota Kinabalu and relax for the rest of the day at the magnificent Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. During this journey to Kinabalu national park, we will witness some of world’s most breathtaking sceneries. We shall explore the park’s amazing sites with a guided nature walk led by a park naturalist. On day 5, our climb will commence: the eight-kilometer climb generally starts near park headquarters (1800m), with an overnight stay at one of the guest houses at Laban Rata (3273m), before pushing on to the summit early next morning. We should reach Mt Kinabalu’s summit in time to view the spectacular sunrise, before returning to Laban Rata for breakfast.

After collecting your certificate, you will be transferred to Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and have the rest of the day for relaxation and celebration.

Facts:

  • Mulu National Park near Miri, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thatencompasses caves and karstformations ina mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. The park is famous for its caves and the expeditions that have been mounted to explore them and their surrounding rainforest, most notably the Royal Geographical Society Expedition of 1977–1978, which saw over 100 scientists in the field for 15 months. This initiated a series of over 20 expeditions now drawn together as the Mulu Caves Project
  • Kinabalu Park or Taman Kinabalu in Malay, established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its “outstanding universal values” and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species.
  • Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago. Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival

A Rahhalah travel guide will meet you at Mulu airport and drop you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free for you to relax.

Overnight at Mulu Mariott Resort and spa or similar

Day 02: Caving/ swimming/ trekking (B, L)

You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 AM to make our way 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 and a climb up 250 concrete steps will lead you to the entrance of 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.

We will then enjoy a picnic at a swimming are near Clearwater Cave. Shaded by giant rainforest trees, this location if perfect to swim and relax before we return to the park HQ. From the park HQ, we will take a scenic 3 km plankwalk through the rainforest to the entrance of Deer Cave, the world’s largest cave passage. Its scale is awe inspiring, the entrance of the cave is 150 m wide and 120 m high. Nowhere in this massive cave is the roof less than 90m 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, we will make our way to the Bat Observatory outside Deer Cave.

On most evenings at sundown, a spectacular exodus of about 2 million of bats leave the cave in search of food, it’s quite a sight! Then, we will trek back to the park HQ by torchlight and return to our accommodation.

Overnight at Mulu Mariott Resort and spa or similar

Day 03: Transfer to Kota Kinabalu (B)

Transfer to the airport for departure flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight stay at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort.

Day 04: Kinabalu Park (B, L, D)

Today, we will take a 2 hour long journey through breath taking scenery to Kinabalu Park, 88 km from Kota Kinabalu. We will make a short stop at Nabalu market to savor the local fruits and buy local handicrafts made by the villagers.

On arrival at Kinabalu Park, we will check in at the park office and then take a guided nature walk with a park naturalist. After exploring the mountain garden (open from 3 pm till 4 pm), the rest of the afternoon is free for us to relax or explore the park surroundings on our own.

Overnight stay at the Hill Lodge at Kinabalu Park (or equivalent).

Day 05: Climb to Laban Rata (B, L, D)

Following breakfast, we begin our journey to the Power Station (15 minutes) by coach. We start our climb to Laban Rata with a packed lunch. The climb will take approximately 4-5 hours. Check-in at the Laban Rata Guesthouse or the non-heated lodge.

Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure. Have dinner and overnight (dormitory bunk beds).

Note: All accommodation at the mountain huts is dormitory type with basic bedding & common bathroom

Day 6: Summit Day (B,L)

Wake up at 2 AM hours to continue the climb to the summit by torchlight. The climb will take about 3 hours and we will reach just in time to witness the beautiful sunrise at the summit at around 6 AM.

We will then descend to Laban Rata Guesthouse for breakfast, and then head back to the Power Station. Transfer to the park’s restaurant (or equivalent) for lunch. Collect your climbing certificate before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Drop off at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort.

Day 7: Departure (B)

Pick up at hotel and transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for departure flight .

2,268 USD

per person in a group of min 2 pax.

Trip Dates

Open Dates

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This cost is valid till 15th Dec 2016
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • Tours & Transfers as stated above based on Private Basis
  • Meals as indicated (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • 02 nights at Mulu Mariott Resort (Standard Room)or similar
  • 02 nights at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort or similar
  • 3D2N Mt. Kinabalu Climbing package (01 night at Kinabalu Park ~ Twin Bed &  01 night at Laban Rata ~ Dormitory Bunk Bed)
  • Climbing permit, climbing certificate, climbing insurance, Mountain guide, transfer from reception to Timpohon Gate (vice versa)
  • Entrance fee (where applicable)
  • English speaking guide

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • All Domestic flights as below:
  • International airfare
    • KUL-MYY
    • MYY-MZV
    • MZV-BKI
    • BKI-KUL
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Increases of entrance fees or any new fees changes
  • Juices, carbonated and alcoholic beverages
  • fees (Camera or video cam fees)
  • Optional Tour / Additional Transfers / Extensions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Important:

  • Please note that we highly recommend to book the limited space for Mt. Kinabalu Climbing Package well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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