Explore the Mulu National Park with its amazing caverns and spectacular wildlife, you will be able to challenge yourself with mesmerising caves to explore.
Day 1 – Arrival at Mulu, Lang’s / Deer Caves / Bat Exodus
To kickstart your adventure, you will be picked up from Mulu Airport before embarking towards Mulu National Park. After registration, there will be a 3km trek inland, passing by limestone outcrop, alluvial flats, and swamps. As we crisscross through the dense rainforest, take in the sights of clear jungle streams and even a Penan burial cave en route to the enormous cave. One of the largest cave passage in the world, the cave was once a safe haven for deers—thus named Gua Rusa, or Deer Cave, by the local Penan and Berawan people. Keep a look out for the cave inhabitants; swarms of bats, cave-dwelling snakes and a large population of insects, giving life to the inky and otherwise desolate environment. Located just a short distance away, Lang’s Cave is perhaps the smallest of all the show caves but boasts beautiful rock formations with well-lit stalagmites and stalactites. If the weather permits, you will be treated to a spectacular phenomenon—the exodus of more than a million bats exiting the caves to feed on insects. After that, we will call it a day and retire to the accommodation for the night.
Day 2 – Batu Bungan ‘Penan Settlement’ / Wind & Clearwater Caves / Departure
After a hearty breakfast, we will push off at 8:30 am for Batu Bungan—a Penan settlement—via a long-tailed boat. The settlement is just a pit stop before our main attraction, the Wind Cave. The journey takes roughly 15 minutes; take this opportunity to experience going upriver, surrounded by lush verdure on both sides. Follow the plank walk and you would arrive at the entrance to Wind Cave, so named because of the tangible cool breeze at narrow sections. As part of the Clearwater cave system, it is rife with incredible stalactites, helictites and stalagmites formations illuminated in the “King’s Chambers”. Continuing on, we will eventually arrive at the Clearwater Cave, swathed with an enchanting underground river—a perfect spot for shutterbugs and nature photographers.
After that, we will descend some steps to the picnic area set with a captivating clearwater pool, perfect for a relaxing dip. There, we will replenish our strength with lunch while enjoying the sight of dazzling butterflies fluttering near the edge of the riverbank. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Rajah Brooke Butterfly—discernible by its large brightly-coloured green wings—a rare birdwing butterfly that is indigenous to this region. Take in the rainforest scenery and enjoy the relaxing ambience before we call it a day.
Day 3 – Gunung Api / Pinnacles
After a fulfilling breakfast, we will proceed with trekking to Gunung Api to experience and explore the summit. Unbeknownst to many, the Api Chamber is the second largest chamber in Malaysia; discovered during the Benarat 2005 Caving Expedition. Adorned with exquisite limestone formations, its chamber is truly a sight to behold. Generally, it will take 2-4 hours to reach the peak, but for those who are physically fit, you will be able to reach the summit within 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to observe the gorgeous landscape; dotted with exotic orchids, beautiful limestone formations, rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants and elusive wildlife.
Upon arrival at the pinnacle, you will be rewarded with a magnificent 180-degree view of what Mount Api has to offer. Make sure to take pictures of the gorgeous view as your souvenir. After the trek, you will head back for a scrumptious meal to sate your gnawing hunger. Listen closely to the birds chirping as you bask in the serenity that can only be found in the rainforest.
Day 4 – Departure from Mulu
After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mulu airport for your flight home.