Bario and Kelabit Highlands Orang Ulu People

Bario and Kelabit Highlands

5 Days / 4 Nights

Whether you want to go somewhere off the beaten path or escape to a place you’ve never even heard of, this adventurous trip will take you to the remote villages of Bario and Pa’Lungan in the Kalabit Highlands.

With this 5-day itinerary you will have the opportunity to trek through the jungle and rice paddies, from one village to another to discover the culture and traditions of local tribes and witness the tropical forest of Borneo.

Ideal for “real” travellers who are looking for authentic experiences far away from mass tourism.

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Experience traditional Kalabit hospitality at the homestay in Bario Village


Fly on a light airplane across the highlands with an impressive landing on Bario airstrip


 Trek through the tropical rainforest across Kelabit Highlands


 Learn about Kelabit’s culture and traditions and experience the daily life of the local people

Tour Details

DURATION: 5 Days / 4 Nights

FREQUENCY: Daily

JOINING CITY: Miri

DEPARTURE CITY: Bario airport

ACTIVITIES: Trekking and visit remote villages

TOUR TYPE: Private tour

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Year-round

IS THIS YOUR IDEAL TOUR?  This tour is only suitable for people with a good level of fitness and spirit of adventure. Traveller must be able to adapt to basic accommodation.

Although the local Kelabit people have been exposed to the modernity, their way of life is different from ours. Do not expect that things works like in your country. In Bario, the lifestyle is very relaxed.

There is no electricity in Bario, but most of the homestay are equipped with generators which run for a couple of hours after the sunset.
The main activities are carried on with the daylight hours from dawn to dusk. Due to the absence of electricity, you won’t’ find any heated shower, TV and air conditioner.

Tour Price

Price for the Tour Package Bario and Kelabit Highlands 5 Days / 4 Nights

Currency:  Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

Validity: 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

  • PRIVATE TOUR min. 2 persons
  • RM 1,839 per person

What's Included

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Homestay accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
All internal transport as per the itinerary
Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
Local kelabit guide
Meals as specified

THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Flights
Optional mountain climbing and river kayak in Bario at surcharge
Travel Insurance
Beverages
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Naturalis Expeditions control

Day 01: ARRIVE MIRI

Pick up from Miri airport upon your arrival

Transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Miri

Day 2: MIRI – FLY TO BARIO  – BARIO VILLAGE – PENAN TRIBE

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to Miri airport for your flight to Bario by light aircraft. Land at Bario rural airport and in the late morning and transfer by 4WD to the homestay/lodge.

After lunch, take a stroll through the valley towards to the longhouse. Meet and interact with the local Kelabits before proceeding to the Penan settlement. The nomadic hunter-gatherer Penan are one of the last such groups in South East Asia.

Overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House in Bario or similar

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 3: TREKKING TO PA’LUNGAN 

This morning, trek for about 3-4 hours through the rainforest to Pa’Lungan. The isolated village of Pa’ Lungan is a perfect hideaway from the bustle of city life. Pa’ Lungan simply means Lungan River in the Kelabit language and there are less than 200 people living there.

On arrival in Pa’Lungan, explore around the village and the surrounding. Pa Lungan is also home to a group of ancient megalith stones known as the Batu Ritung.

Overnight at the homestay in Pa Lungan

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 4: PA’ LUNGAN – BARIO 

After breakfast board a longboat for a journey downstream to Pa’Umur. Visit the natural salt springs (subject to availability and harvesting) and return to your homestay in Bario.

Overnight at the Ngimat Ayu House in Bario or similar

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 5: BARIO – FLY TO MIRI

Morning is free at your own leisure. You can climb the nearby mountain to catch the sunrise over the rolling hills or you enjoy a relaxing river kayak. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

BREAKFAST