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Kelabit Highlands Trek

Where you cannot wisely carry a dragon jar, you cannot fairly call it a Kelabit way of going.

− Tom Harrisson : World Within

Bario Food Festival Extra

If you are free to travel at the end of July, you can combine your Kelabit Highlands trek with the amazing Bario Food Festival.

Kelabit Highlands - Bario Asal
Kelabit Highlands - Borneo Beads
Kelabit Highlands - Borneo by Night
Kelabit Highlands - Extended Ear Lobes

INTRODUCTION

The isolated Kelabit Highlands lie deep in the interior of Northeast Sarawak at an altitude of over 1,000 metres (or 3,300 feet), and are accessible only by air, a 12-hour 4WD journey from Miri or a 2-week trek from Marudi. The local Kelabit people grow a delicately flavoured variety of irrigated rice (Bario Rice) that is famous throughout Malaysia, and are superb cooks, creating culinary masterpieces with the fresh local ingredients. Although devoutly Christian, they practice many ancient traditions. Kelabit women are renowned for their elaborate beadwork, and some of the antique beaded caps they wear would cost more than a new car. They live in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and a trek through their heartland will convince you that this is truly Sarawak’s Shangri-La.

Tour Details

Itinerary - Bario & Surroundings - 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning around the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show off their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Stroll to the nearby Bario High School to enjoy the commanding view, then visit the art gallery at Ulung Palang longhouse, featuring the work of Kelabit artist Stephen Baya. Return to the Ngimat Ayu House for a late dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – Bario – Salt Springs (B L D): After breakfast, walk to the natural salt springs (2 1/2 hrs), passing the pretty village of Pa Umur along the way. This source of iodized salt was very important for the Kelabit in the past, as it allowed them to maintain their economic independence and was also a valuable trade item. Even nowadays, two or three times a year a group of people will visit the spring to process salt. Walk back to Bario, stopping to admire giant pitcher plants along the way. We arrive back at the Ngimat Ayu House in time for a late lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore Bario and its surroundings or simply relax and enjoy the house’s beautiful setting. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 3 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

RM840 – Book Now !

Please quote Product Code ISW-003-32A

Itinerary - Bario Valley - Pulong Tau National Park Discovery - 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Stroll to the nearby Bario High School to enjoy the commanding view, then walk back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Pulong Tau National Park (B L D): After breakfast, hike up into Pulong Tau National Park through the pristine primary rainforest of the Merariew Valley. Keep an eye open for pitcher plants and wild orchids along the way, as well as occasional wildlife including rare and exotic birds. Enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the spectacular view over the valley. After lunch, descend via the trail on the other side of the valley and follow the Ukat River to the Kelabit village of Pa Ukat.  Visit the Pa Ukat longhouse for tea or coffee with the residents, then take a 4WD trip back to Bario  for dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 3 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

RM1245 – Book Now !

Please quote Product Code ISW-003-32B

Itinerary - Bario Valley Discovery - 4 Days 3 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Stroll to the nearby Bario High School to enjoy the commanding view, then walk back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Salt Springs (B L D): After breakfast, take short 4WD ride to the trail head to walk to the Keramut natural salt springs, passing the pretty village of Pa Umur along the way. This source of iodized salt was very important for the Kelabit in the past, as it allowed them to maintain their economic independence and was also a valuable trade item. Even nowadays, two or three times a year a group of people will visit the spring to process salt. Then walk back to the trail head stopping to admire giant pitcher plants along the way. Back in Bario, visit the pineapple garden and pick some fresh pineapples to accompany  lunch at the Ngimat Ayu House. The rest of the day is free to explore Bario and its surroundings or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 3 – Bario Valley – Prayer Mountain (B L D): After breakfast, trek up the Prayer Mountain (1.30 – 2 hrs), passing through scenic Arur Dalan Village, to enjoy the panoramic view of rolling hills over Bario Valley. From here you will get the best possible view of the fertile rice fields that produce the famous Bario Rice. Then return down the hill by a slightly different route, arriving at the Ngimat Ayu House in time for lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore Bario, do a spot of pond fishing for your dinner or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 4 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

RM955 – Book Now !

Please quote Product Code ISW-003-43A

Itinerary - Bario Valley - Pa Lungan Discovery- 4 Days 3 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Stroll to the nearby Bario High School to enjoy the commanding view, then walk back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Pa Ukat – Pa Lungan (B L D): After breakfast, begin trekking to Pa Lungan (5 hrs) along the buffalo trail, passing the hamlet of Pa Ukat along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of jungle-covered mountains and sparkling green paddy fields. As you pass through the kerangas forest, pitcher plants & orchids border the way. Your trekking guide will reveal Kelabit legends and folk-tales as you pass ancient stone megaliths. Arrive at Pa Lungan, a small and unspoilt village of only 200 people, in time for lunch. After lunch, explore the village and its surroundings, including a group of ancient megaliths known as Batu Ritong, Sarawak’s mini-Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in the village homestay with the host family, who like most Kelabit speak fluent English and are keen to tell stories of the highlands.

Day 3 – Pa Lungan – Bario (B L D):  After breakfast, we walk to the nearby Debpur River and board a native longboat for the trip back to Bario. The boat passes through pristine jungle scenery and makes a brief stop for photos at the idyllic Kelabit village of Pa Umor, home to around 40 families. We arrive back in Bario at the Ngimat Ayu House in the late morning (see Note). After an early lunch, the rest of the day is free to explore Bario, do a spot of pond fishing for your dinner or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House. Note: If you prefer, you can take a packed lunch and spend the morning fishing on the Debpur River, arriving back in Bario by mid-afternoon. Please advise your guide the day you arrive if you wish to select this option 

Day 4 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

RM1,166 – Book Now !

Please quote Product Code ISW-003-43B

Itinerary - Bario Valley - Cuisine, Culture & History- 4 Days 3 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Meet on arrival in Bario via  MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Then take a short 4WD ride to the trail head to walk to the Keramut natural salt springs, passing the pretty village of Pa Umur along the way. This source of iodized salt was very important for the Kelabit in the past, as it allowed them to maintain their economic independence and was also a valuable trade item. Even nowadays, two or three times a year a group of people will visit the spring to process salt. Walk back to the trail head, stopping to admire giant pitcher plants along the way. Visit the pineapple garden and pick some fresh pineapples to accompany dinner at the Ngimat Ayu House. Enjoy an informal cooking class and learn how the Kelabit ladies prepare local dishes on a traditional fireplace in their homes. After enjoying the resulting feast, overnight at Ngimat Ayu House

Day 2:  Bario –  Pa’Lungan – Batu Ritong  (B, L, D): After breakfast, trek to Pa Lungan (5 hrs) along the buffalo trail, passing the hamlet of Pa Ukat along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of jungle-covered mountains and sparkling green paddy fields. As you pass through the kerangas forest, pitcher plants & orchids border the way. Your trekking guide will reveal Kelabit legends and folk-tales as you pass ancient stone megaliths. Arrive at Pa Lungan, a small and unspoilt village of only 200 people, in time for lunch. After lunch, explore the village and its surroundings, including a group of ancient megaliths known as Batu Ritong, Sarawak’s mini-Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in the village homestay with the host family, who like most Kelabit speak fluent English and are keen to tell stories of the highlands.

Day 3: Pa’Lungan – Bario (B, L, D): After breakfast, walk to the nearby Debpur River and board a native longboat for the trip back to Bario. The boat passes through pristine jungle scenery and makes a brief stop for photos at the idyllic Kelabit village of Pa Umor, home to around 40 families. We arrive back in Bario at the Ngimat Ayu House  in the late morning. After an early lunch, the rest of the day is free to explore Bario, do a spot of pond fishing for your dinner or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House. 

Day 4: Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

RM1,166 – Book Now !

Please quote Product Code ISW-003-43C

Itinerary - Ba Kelalan - Mount Murud Discovery - 4 Days 3 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Ba Kelalan via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Ba Kelalan Airport and transfer to Tadem Homestay for lunch. In the afternoon, get to know Ba Kelalan, an isolated but extremely friendly settlement surrounded by glistening green rice paddies, with buffaloes pulling ploughs and sledges. It is inhabited by the Lun Bawang, close relatives of the Kelabit, graceful and elegant people who make their living as rice-farmers. Many of the older generation still have pierced, elongated earlobes, and wear traditional hats of rice stalks. Dinner and overnight at Tadem Homestay.

Day 2: Ba Kelalan – Lepo Bunga – Mt Murud Church Camp (B L D): After  breakfast, pick up by 4WD from the homestay for a 90-minute off-road experience along jungle roads to Lepo Bunga, a remote shelter previously used for orchid research. From here, trek upwards through Puloung Tauh National Park, keeping your eyes open for wildlife in the densely forested foothills of Mount Murud, at 2,424 metres Sarawak’s highest mountain. Enjoy the spectacular views as you ascend, stopping for a picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at the Church Camp, located on the lower part of the mountain’s ridge.

Note: Mount Murud is a sacred place for all local communities. Smoking and consumption of alcohol are strictly forbidden from the moment you start to ascend the mountain until you return to the valley afterwards.

Day 3: Church Camp – Murud Peak – Ba Kelalan (B L D): After a very early breakfast 0400 hrs), start climbing to the peak of Mount Murud to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding rainforest, which is often cloaked by layers of dense cloud in the valleys below. Return to the Church Camp for an early lunch, then trek down the mountain and along local buffalo trails back to Lepo Bunga, for pick-up by the 4WD. Return to Ba Kelalan. Dinner and overnight at Tadem Homestay.

Day 4: Ba Kelalan – Transfer Out (Miri/Lawas) (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Ba Kelalan for an hour or two before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only) or Overland 4WD transfer to Lawas.

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Itinerary - Bario - Ba Kelalan, Heart of Borneo Discovery - 5 Days 4 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. During lunch you will be given a short briefing on your itinerary After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Walk to the nearby Penan settlement at Arur Dalan, then stroll back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Pa Ukat – Pa Lungan (B L D): After breakfast and a short 4WD trip to the trail head, begin trekking to Pa Lungan (5 hrs), passing the hamlet of Pa Ukat along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of jungle-covered mountains and sparkling green paddy fields. As we pass through the kerangas forest, Pitcher plants & orchids border the way. The trekking guide will reveal Kelabit legends and folk-tales as you pass ancient stone megaliths. Arrive at Pa Lungan, a small and unspoilt village of only 200 people, in time for lunch. After lunch we will explore the village and its surroundings, including a group of ancient megaliths known as Batu Ritong, Sarawak’s mini-Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in the village homestay with the host family, who like most Kelabit speak fluent English and are keen to tell stories of the highlands.

Day 3 – Pa Lungan – Long Repung (B L D):  After breakfast, trek for 5-6 hours  to Long Repung through the primary and secondary forest. Overnight at jungle shelter at Long Repung, sleeping in comfortable hammocks with mosquito nets. Experience the nature and if you are lucky you may see some wildlife. Lunch and dinner will be prepared by your guide, although you can try your hand at river fishing for your own dinner too. 

Day 4 – Long Repung – Ba Kelalan via Indonesia (B L D): After an early breakfast, start trekking through the scenic countryside and cross the border to the Indonesian Kelabit village of Long Midang, renowned for its natural salt springs. After lunch in Long Midang, trek back across the border to arrive in Ba Kelalan by late afternoon. Ba Kelalan is an isolated but extremely friendly settlement surrounded by glistening green rice paddies, with buffaloes pulling ploughs and sledges. It is inhabited by the Lun Bawang, close relatives of the Kelabit, graceful and elegant people who make their living as rice-farmers. Many of the older generation still have pierced, elongated earlobes, and wear traditional hats of rice stalks. Dinner and overnight at a lodge in Ba Kelalan.

 Day 5 – Ba Kelalan – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast we will be free at leisure to explore Ba Kelalan for an hour or two before driving to the airport for our departure flight to Miri (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only).

RM1,930 – Book Now !

Please quote Product Code ISW-003-54

Itinerary - Bario - Pa Berang - Kelapang Loop, Kelabit Highland Discovery - 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. During lunch you will be given a short briefing on your itinerary After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Walk to the nearby Penan settlement at Arur Dalan, then stroll back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Pa Berang (B L D): After breakfast, trek for around 3-4 hours through gentle undulating terrain to the Penan settlement of Pa Berang. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of jungle-covered mountains and the precarious crossing of the Debpur River by a single log bridge. Look out for pitcher plants & orchids border the way. Arrive at Pa Berang in time for a late lunch with the Penan headman then explore the settlement and its surroundings, helping your hosts to gather jungle produce for dinner. Dinner and overnight in the village homestay with the host family.

Day 3 – Pa Berang – Ramudu Longhouse (B L D):  Rise at dawn to the sounds of the jungle and experience a morning in the life of the Penans – hunting and plant gathering, and processing the wild palm tree to extract sago, their staple food. Bid farewell over lunch then tTrek 5 hours along a bumpy trail to Ramudu, a Kelabit Longhouse, crossing Pa Ngerurun stream 14 times! Dinner and overnight in the longhouse.

Day 4 – Ramudu Longhouse – Pa Dilih (B L D): After  breakfast, stroll slowly through the countryside visiting the various megaliths and stone carvings that abound here. Arrive at the Kelabit village of Pa Dilih in time for lunce, then spend the afternoon exploring the area for more megaliths and salt springs, climb the Ruan Luang Ridge to enjoy the spectacular view, or swim in the Kelapang River. Dinner and overnight at the village homestay run by the headman and his family.

Day 5 – Pa Dilih – Bario (B L D): After  breakfast, trek for 3-4 hours to visit more megaliths and ancient stone carvings, then arrive at the trail head for an exciting  4WD trip back to Bario (2 hrs approx.) along rugged jungle trails. The rest of the day is free to explore Bario and its surroundings or simply relax, then Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 6 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

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Please quote Product Code ISW-003-65

Itinerary - Bario Valley - Pulong Tauh - Kalimantan, Heart of Borneo Discovery - 8 Days 7 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. During lunch you will be given a short briefing on your itinerary After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Walk to the nearby Penan settlement at Arur Dalan, then stroll back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Pa Ukat – Pa Lungan (B L D): After breakfast, begin trekking to Pa Lungan (5 hrs) along the buffalo trail, passing the hamlet of Pa Ukat along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of jungle-covered mountains and sparkling green paddy fields. As you pass through the kerangas forest, pitcher plants & orchids border the way. Your trekking guide will reveal Kelabit legends and folk-tales as you pass ancient stone megaliths. Arrive at Pa Lungan, a small and unspoilt village of only 200 people, in time for lunch. After lunch, explore the village and its surroundings, including a group of ancient megaliths known as Batu Ritong, Sarawak’s mini-Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in the village homestay with the host family, who like most Kelabit speak fluent English and are keen to tell stories of the highlands.

Day 3 – Pa Lungan – Long Repung (B L D):  After breakfast, trek for 5-6 hours  to Long Repung through the primary and secondary forest. Overnight at jungle shelter at Long Repung, sleeping in comfortable hammocks with mosquito nets. Experience the nature and if you are lucky you may see some wildlife. Lunch and dinner will be prepared by your guide, although you can try your hand at river fishing for your own dinner too.

Day 4 – (Indonesia) Pa’ Rupai – Long Midang – Long Bawan (B L D): After  breakfast, trek through Pulong Tauh  National Park then Indonesia’s Mantarang Forest Reserve to exit at Pa’ Rupai, then a short walk to Indonesian Kelabit village of Long Midang, renowned for its natural salt springs. After lunch at Long Midang, visit the Army post to register your entry into Indonesia before taking a 4WD ride to Long Bawan, capital town (large village actually) of Krayan Nunukan Regency, to process your temporary pass at the immigration office. Dinner and overnight at  Long Bawan Homestay.

Day 5 – (Indonesia) Long Bawan – Long Budud (B L D): After  breakfast, trek along local roads and trails, passing a variety of local villages, all surrounded by lush green padi fields. The local people, mostly Kelabit or closely related tribes, love greeting visitors but speak little English, so this is a great time to try out your Malay, which can be understood by Indonesians (rather like British and American English speakers mostly understand each other). Arrive at Long Budud village early in the evening, for dinner and overnight at the simple village homestay.

Day 6 – Long Budud – Mantarang Forest Reserve – Pulong Tauh National Park, Long Mekang (Malaysia) (B L D): After  breakfast, trek through the pristine hill forest of the Mantarang Forest Reserve and cross back into Malaysia via Pulong Tauh National Park. Enjoy a packed lunch in the delightful rainforest surroundings and continue to Long Mekang on the Debpur River to spend the night is a simple jungle shelter. Try to catch your own dinner in the river, or help the guide to gather jungle produce for a simple but delicious jungle feast. Overnight in comfortable hammocks in the jungle shelter.

Day 7 – Long Mekang – Pa Umur – Bario (B L D): After an early breakfast, trek down the scenic and fast-flowing Debpur river. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the river bank and arrive at Pa Umur village in the early afternoon. From here, take a 4WD ride to Bario for dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 8 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario for an hour or so before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

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Please quote Product Code ISW-003-87

Itinerary - Bario Valley - Mount Murud - Ba Kelalan Heart of Borneo Wildlife Discovery - 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (L D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay,  for check in and lunch. During lunch you will be given a short briefing on your itinerary After lunch, stroll past paddy fields to visit the old longhouse at Bario Asal. It is quite smoky inside as the Kelabit keep their stone hearths burning round the clock. Some of the elderly ladies in the longhouse will be happy to show us their antique bead jewellery and headgear. Walk to the nearby Penan settlement at Arur Dalan, then stroll back through the green patchwork of irrigated rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House.

Day 2 – Bario – Pa Ukat – Pa Lungan – Megaliths (B L D): After breakfast, begin trekking to Pa Lungan (5 hrs) along the buffalo trail, passing the hamlet of Pa Ukat along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of jungle-covered mountains and sparkling green paddy fields. As you pass through the kerangas forest, pitcher plants & orchids border the way. Your trekking guide will reveal Kelabit legends and folk-tales as you pass ancient stone megaliths. Arrive at Pa Lungan, a small and unspoilt village of only 200 people, in time for lunch. After lunch, explore the village and its surroundings, including a group of ancient megaliths known as Batu Ritong, Sarawak’s mini-Stonehenge, as well as the imposing Perupun Rayah circle of stones. Dinner and overnight in the village homestay with the host family, who like most Kelabit speak fluent English and are keen to tell stories of the highlands.

Day 3 – Pa Lungan – Long Repung (B L D):  After breakfast, trek for 5-6 hours  to Long Repung through the primary and secondary forest. Overnight at jungle shelter at Long Repung, sleeping in comfortable hammocks with mosquito nets. Experience the nature and look out for local wildlife, especially Silvered Langurs (or leaf monkeys), other rare primates and unusual birds. Lunch and dinner will be prepared by your guide, although you can try your hand at river fishing for your own dinner too.

Day 4 – Long Repung – Puneng Bpa’ Belaban (B L D): Today you will trek for another 5-6 hours through Pulong Tauh National Park’s  undulating rainforest scenery to Puneng Bpa’ Belaban at the foot of Mount Murud. Spend the trek watching out for local wildlife, especially some interesting amphibian species, then help your guides prepare a cosy temporary jungle shelter and forage for dinner ingredients.  Dinner round the campfire and overnight at the jungle shelter.

Day 5 – Puneng Bpa’ Belaban – Mount Murud – Church Camp (B L D): After  breakfast, trek upwards through Puloung Tauh National Park, again keeping your eyes open for wildlife, through the foothills of Mount Murud, at 2,424 metres Sarawak’s highest mountain. Enjoy the spectacular views as you ascend. Dinner and overnight at the Church Camp, located on the lower part of the mountain’s ridge.

Note: Mount Murud is a sacred place for all local communities. Smoking and consumption of alcohol are strictly forbidden from the moment you start to ascend the mountain until you return to the valley afterwards.

Day 6 – Church Camp – Murud Peak* – Ba Kelalan (B L D): After an  early breakfast, start climbing to the peak of Mount Murud to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding rainforest, which is often cloaked by layers of dense cloud in the valleys below. Then trek down the mountin andalong local buffalo trails to Baa Kelalan by early evening. Ba Kelalan is an isolated but extremely friendly settlement surrounded by glistening green rice paddies, with buffaloes pulling ploughs and sledges. It is inhabited by the Lun Bawang, close relatives of the Kelabit, graceful and elegant people who make their living as rice-farmers. Many of the older generation still have pierced, elongated earlobes, and wear traditional hats of rice stalks. Dinner and overnight at a lodge in Ba Kelalan.

*Note: Only very fit and experienced trekkers will be able to manage the Mount Murud Peak to Ba Kelalan trek in one day. If you have any doubts about your fitness, please allow for an extra night at the Church Camp.

 Day 7 – Ba Kelalan – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Ba Kelalan for an hour or two before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only) or 4WD transport to Lawas (other days).

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Please quote Product Code ISW-003-76W

Other Itineraries

We believe the tour itineraries outlined above offers the best combination of trekking experiences, comfort, excitement and value for money within a manageable time frame. However, some guests may have more time and wish to stay longer in these fascinating and beautiful locations, or may have special interests in birding, plant life or particular animal species. Please contact us for further information and suggestions.

What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis unless otherwise indicated. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions and large group rates. All prices are subject to change without notice. Please check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Return transfer Bario Airport – Homestay 
  • Land and boat transportation on tour
  • Accommodation  as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • English/Malay/Kelabit-speaking tour guide

Guide ratio is:

  • 1 guide for 1-4 trekkers
  • 2 guides for 5-7 trekkers
  • 3 guides cum porters to 8-10 trekkers

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Air fares. Flights can be booked upon request
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Porterage fees (if required) – allow RM100 per extra porter per day.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Goods and Services Tax 

Note: Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL

Notes 

  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to sun@suntravelborneo.com as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

You will need to bring the following items; water bottle, rucksack, torchlight, sleeping bag, raincoat or poncho, 1 pair of trekking shoes with long football socks, hat, sandals, swimwear, towel, shirts, pants, shorts, socks, personal medicine (ointment, pain killers, etc.), insect repellent, sun lotion, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal toiletries, small camera with extra batteries to last the trip (as you may not be able to recharge).

Your cell phone will not work in the interior.

The very limited internet connectivity in Bario is adequate for putting a remote community in touch with the outside world, not for updating your photo blog.

The MASWings Twin Otter aircraft has a 10kg baggage limit. Paid excess baggage is not permitted if the aircraft is full. Your baggage WILL be weighed, as will you!

Bario – Pa Lungan is a very easy trek, but if you need a porter to carry your rucksack you probably aren’t fit enough. However, we can arrange porters if required, that should cost around RM100 per day per porter, plus meals and tips. Bario – Ba Kelalan is more demanding and you must be physically fit.

There is no hot water in Pa Lungan. Be prepared for cold showers.

The cockerels usually crow all night. If you are a light sleeper, bring some earplugs. We recommend the soft foam type, available from most pharmacies.

You should cover up or apply mosquito repellent to prevent getting bitten.

It is extremely impolite to refuse any food or drink by waving it away. If you are full or don’t like the look of something, just touch the offered plate or glass with your fingers.

Most Kelabit and Lun Bawang are strictly teetotal. You may consume alcohol in your lodge in Bario or Ba Kelalan, but please check with your guide first if you wish to drink alcohol anywhere else.

If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Trek Through the Idyllic Kelabit Highlands for as little as RM840.

Journey to the interior of Borneo to Discover Sarawak's Shangri-La for yourself.

Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken in the Kelabit Highlands and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. All images © Sarawak Tourism Board.

Travel Agency Services

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