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Mountain high, river deep

Gunung Mulu

The animals in Gunung Mulu must share the spotlight with the landscape, the real star of this national park in Malaysian Borneo. Explore a landscape of razor-sharp limestone rocks and captivating caves.

Enter the jungle

The world’s largest cave

Gunung Mulu is the delight of geologists around the world. This stunning national park makes geography text books come alive and holds numerous records. Take the Sarawak Chamber: the largest underground cavern in the world is big enough to accommodate 40 Boeing 747s.

Ready to take things to a higher level? How about the Gunung Mulu itself: the 2376-metre-high mountain that lends its name to the park. With its razor-sharp limestone pinnacles, this behemoth is one of the most fascinating and intensely studied rock formations in the world.

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Pincushion of limestone rocks

Gunung Mulu is perfect for exploring on foot. A maze of narrow trails traverses the dense jungle. The Head Hunter’s trail is very popular. This multi-day hiking trail travels across the hunting paths of the former Kayan warriors, who are rumoured to have been ferocious skull collectors. Clock up some more vertical metres at the Pinnacles. Thousands of years of erosion have shaped this pincushion with 45-metre-high limestone rocks. Get ready for a final tough, steep climb as you clamber over rocks and rope ladders to the foot of these pinnacle mountains.

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Underground miracle

It’s hard to imagine when you walk through the jungle of Gunung Mulu that the best part of the park lies underground. The river and rainwater that over time have moulded these sharp pinnacle mountains also left their mark below ground, carving out one of the most spectacular cave systems in the world.

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Most of the park is closed to the public, but travellers can visit the accessible show cave of Gua Payau and watch millions of bats fly out each night in search of food. Hungry for an adventure? Set out to explore the caves with a guide and crawl your way to the far flung corners of this underground Swiss cheese cavern.

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Twenty metres above the ground, this 480-metre-long walkway with several suspension bridges takes you through the roof of the jungle. More than 100 species of palm trees compete for sunlight. The views of the limestone peaks are absolutely stunning.

The jungle canopy

From the deepest caves to the highest peaks; for every metre you ascend or descend in Gunung Mulu, you are rewarded with another fantastic view. To give visitors an impression of life in the jungle canopy, the park created the Mulu Canopy Skywalk, high up in the huge trees.

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How to get there?

Gunung Mulu is situated on the island of Borneo and can be easily reached by a domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur. Miri is the best gateway to the park, but another option is to fly to Bintulu. You can combine your visit to Gunung Mulu with a stop-over in vibrant Kuala Lumpur for a great shot of urban life before or after your nature adventure.