Upon arrival we will be met by our new guide and then travel to Park Headquarters where we will need to register. Visitors are not permitted to enter any of the caves within the Park without a Licensed Park Guide.
Important both for its high biodiversity and for its karst features, Gunung Mulu National Park, is the most studied tropical karst area in the world. The 52,864-ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich, with 109 species noted. The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377 m-high sandstone pinnacle. At least 295 km of explored caves provide a spectacular sight and are home to millions of cave swiftlets and bats.
We will take a scenic 3 km plank walk through the rainforest to the entrance of Deer Cave. Deer Cave has the world's largest cave entrance and is the largest single cave passage in the world with a 120m - 150m in diameter,it can fit London's St. Pauls' Cathedral under its massive archway. The cave has a moon-like landscape and from one vantage point a perfect profile of President Lincoln can be observed! Most evenings at sundown (between 5.30-6.30pm), a spectacular exodus of about 2-3 million wrinkled-lipped freetail bats can be observed as they leave the cave in search of food.
Deer Cave is awesome, large and bold but only 100 metres away is Langs Cave. Small and intimate, with walls beautifully decorated with long shawls, layers of rim stone pools on the floor, and throughout the cave, spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. In this smaller cave the bats are easier to see, small white cave prawns hide in pools of water and shimmering near the roof are strands of web spun by the thread worm larvae waiting for a passing meal.
We return to Park Headquarters by torchlight for dinner and overnight. The return trip is a wonderful time to move through the forest, listening to the calls of the frogs and insects and often seeing fireflies and stick insects.
Overnight: Lodge (toilet facilities are shared)
Please Note: Excess luggage/luggage that is not needed on day 7-11/12, to be air-freighted to Kota Kinabalu from Kuching. All arrangement / luggage charges by flight and handling services are to be borne by pax (Pax own account).
Porter for luggage can be hired under pax own account. However, advance notice is required as to ensure that porter is available. Please speak to your guide.