Sarawak Kelabit Highlands is an isolated region located in the northern most part of Sarawak bordering Kalimantan...Indonesia. It is a series of beautiful mountain valleys lying slightly over 1000m above seal level....flanking by jungle-covered peaks rising to more than 2400m.
The highlands in one of the top vacation destinations preferred by avid nature seekers to Sarawak...attracted by its breath-taking scenery with invigorating chill air and vibrant green of the surrounding.
The warm and friendly local Kelabit community are the predominating settlers of this highlands together with others ethnic groups collectively called the Orang Ulu.
The simplest and fastest way to get to Kelabit Highlands is by plane. The highlands is dotted with grass airstrip with only Bario have a modern tar-mac runaway. Bario is unofficially the capital of the highlands and the main gateway to the highlands.
There is 2 daily flights to and from Miri to Bario...which is the most popular entry point. Others are Ba'kelalan...Long Akah...Long Lellang...Long Banga and Long Seridan. You can also take a flight from Marudi and also Lawaas to get to the highlands.
These sector are being serviced by MasWings using Twin Otter that can accommodated 19 passengers. As this is the only mean of transport that is fast and convenient for the local community...you need to make advance booking which is available at Maswing website.
The other traveling option to get to Kelabit Highlands is by 4 wheel drive or truck using the logging tracks which are sometime slippery and dangerous during wet season. The route is from Lawas to Ba'kelalan.
Getting around the highlands itself is mainly by foot...trekking to the various longhouse and also by longboat to get to lowlands. As the trails are unmarked and unfamiliar to outsider...it is highly recommended that you engage a guides with experienced of the area.
There are two type of guide...the licensed one and the local without license. Most of the licensed one are attached to the travel agent in Miri which could be quite expensive for budget travelers. You can also make arrangement with the local homestay and lodge owners to provide you with a guide
There are various type of activities await visitors to Kelabit Highland...jungle trekking being the most popular. The trails range from lazy strolls lasting for a couple of hours to tough treks which last for several days.
Among the most popular trails that could be done in a day are...
The Multi-day trek should only be attempt with experienced guide as these unmarked trails have many branches leading to different settlement and villages.
The major trekking trek at Kelabit highlands among them are....
Trekking all these places provides you the opportunity to learn some jungle survivor skills besides enjoying the wildlife of Bario.
Though most of the accommodation are concentrated around Bario itself...you can also find clean comfortable room in other settlement....Ba'Kelalan and Pa'Lungan among others.
These homestay and lodge are highly recommended...
Besides provide accommodation for visitors to the Kelabit Highland...they also provide guide for jungle trekking.
The Kelabit Highlands is a excellent site to spend your nature vacation in Sarawak...enjoying the natural attraction and experienced the culture and lifestyle of the Orang Ulu, one of the ethnic group in Sarawak.
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