This 4 days/3 nights, 24 kilometres trek begins at Park HQ at around 40m above sea level to Gunung(Mt) Mulu at 2 377 m. Perhaps the most difficult challenge in Mulu, you have to prepare and plan well. Restrictions and guidelines are there to keep you safe and to protect the environment.
Experienced trekkers/mountaineers describe this trek as more challenging than Mt Kinabalu, even more strenuous than Mt Kilimandjaro. Fitness, experience and proper gear is a must.
Summit Camp Huts
Camp 1, 3 and 4 on the Summit Trail provide shelter, cooking and toilet facilities. The camps have basic cooking equipment including small gas stove. Note: airlines do not permit you to carry gas cartridges, they can be purchased in Mulu Gallery. WOOD FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED anywhere on the trail (with the exception of Camp 1 which has a fire pit). Trekkers need to take everything else (please see list of essentials). Plan your supplies and equipment carefully, keeping your backpack to minimum weight and consider whether you need a porter (maximum load for Summit porter 15 kg). The Park Guide and porter will provide and carry their own food and although they will help you to set up camp you are responsible for cooking your own food.
Fitness levels will be challenged by:
- acclimatizing to Mulu’s humidity & severe sweating
- altitude changes and sudden spells of very cold weather conditions
- slippery conditions
- rain slowing your progress
- different levels of fitness in a group.
The recommended timetable to ascend the Summit as per our experienced Park Guides:
Day 1 Start from Park HQ to Camp 3 (8- 10 hours day of climbing).
Day 2 A shorter day of 4 hours arriving at Camp 4 to overnight. We do not recommend that you attempt the Summit on Day 2, because then you will stretch the day to 10 hours. Most afternoons the Summit is covered in cloud and you will have no views.
Day 3 After a very early breakfast proceed to the Summit and admire the views. The return trip to Camp 4 will take 5 – 6 hours. After lunch begin the 4 hours trek back to Camp 3 to spend the night.
Day 4 a 6 hours trek returns you to Park HQ arriving around 13:00 to 14:00.
The guide may reorganize this schedule according to weather conditions, group size and ability. Our Park Guides will share a wealth of information about plants and animals in the Park. They carry radios to stay in contact with the Park HQ and each guide regularly trains in safety, first aid and rescue techniques.
Very important park Rule: All rubbish must be brought back to Park HQ. Even 1 piece of plastic ruins the experience for the next person.
ESSENTIALS FOR THE SUMMIT
Own food (make sure you have enough -available in Mulu Gallery) Provide for emergency rations in case you get stuck/injured
Gas cartridges for the stoves (for sale in Mulu Gallery)
Own sleeping mat and own sleeping bag (between 10 – 15 degrees Celsius at C4 and Summit)
Personal medications and toiletries
First aid kit (insect repellent etc)
Warm clothing for the Summit and Camp 4
Walking sticks (optional)
Sturdy hiking boots