Gunung Mulu National Park
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 2, 2013 12:22 AM Last Post By: Alexhambert
Dec 3, 2012 6:14 PM
I just wanted to give some little (good) info about the ascension of Gunung Mulu summit in Sarawak. You'll unfortunately find very poor infos about the summit as only 1 group per month attempt it. I contacted the park office which redirected me to a "Chong Thea" (whom I finally never have met) whom is a private travel agent of some sort.... He'll ask you to send half the amount of the trek by western Union, I know it's sound super dodgy but I did it anyways. Thank god I took this risk, we end up with Bagley (one tribal people of mulu) who's the best guide ever.
The trek was amazing though REALLY "treacherous" as Lonely planet says, if you want to sese my trek pics and tips you can swing by theonlytruthistravelling.blogspot.com.au. Voila, I hope it's been helpfull.... Last thing, you need to book your trek at least 1 month ahead.
Dec 4, 2012 11:01 AM
thanks for your tips (lots of infos in your blog, really really good), we are interested in doing this trek to the summit in February.
How was the weather ? Not too wet ?
How are the huts ? Is there ustensils to cook, like pans, pots, fork, spoon, plates, etc ... + stove and gas ?
We were thinking of doing it with the guides of the park (it is said to be RM385 per person, or RM475 per person with a porter, which is half cheaper than your guide for 2 people) ? Don't you think it's enough ? In that case, we know we'll have to organise our eating and sleeping.
How to contact your guide if we want him as a guide ?
Thanks and have a nice end of holidays
Dec 4, 2012 2:12 PM
2I have to admit I'm impressed by what you did and I'm tempted to do it as well. Having done the Pinnacles climb I understand what you mean. Just a few questions:
1. Those kampong rubber shoes you mentioned, I heard that they cause blisters. Did that happen to you?
2. How much of a problem were the leeches?
3. Did you take malaria tablets?
4. Where did you get your sleeping bag, what type was it and how much did you pay for it?
5. How heavy was your backpack at the start of the trek?
Dec 5, 2012 3:56 AM
1. We didn't get a single blister from the kampong...It is possible, with all the moisture causing friction on the rubber, but we also had on soccer socks etc. Could be the trick?
2. At the beginning the leeches linger on your mind, but after a couple hours into it, you're putting in soooo much effort it is the absolute last of your worries. They just become annoying little buggers that you just flick off. They are basically harmless anyways and we mostly had them around our ankles or in our shoes (the ones we found anyways haha)
3. Nope no malaria tablets! I don't even remeber mosquitoes being a problem... More bees & wasps than anything.
4. We bought our sleeping bags at a mall in Kota Kinabalu (on the same block as the Hyatt), it was a massive "K-Mart" type store and we bought them for roughly $30 AUSD or 90RM
5. Because it was a pair of us- we packed a pack together probably weighing in around 20kilos (mistaaaakeeee) and then the other would carry a bag of water bottles....so add 3 kilos in that .... the majority of your weight will be food and water so basically dont take anything else. you'll regret it! noones gonna catch ur scent up there.
Hope that helps,
Alex & Claire
Dec 9, 2012 8:42 AM
Brilliant blog posts -- thanks much. We're headed to Borneo, BSB and Philippines, and I've written down a bunch of notes (VERY helpful to know about dodgy hotels!)
Mar 11, 2013 12:33 PM
We did the trek in mid february. Really really good, and also really difficult. Good way to feel the forest.
We were glad to have a porter, since you really need your hands and be free of move to "walk" on this "trail". Sometimes, it was more climbing on roots !
Leeches drived us crazy, but with 2 socks + mosquito repellent + salt on the shoes, they kind of leave us. Better be the first in the row.
Not one mosquito. Is it thank to the season or the 3 millions bats around ?
Apr 2, 2013 12:22 AM
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