6 Days 5 Nights Bario Wildlife Trek ~ Sarawak Borneo
The other to look out for is the bario highland rice, Malaysia's premium quality organic rice. It's a little like the sticky rice that the Japanese and Taiwanese love to eat and it is definitely filling. This is what the farmers take out into the fields for their lunches. They usually wrap them in leaf to keep it moist, stuff it in their homemade rattan haversacks with a bit of wild boar meat or stir fried jungle plants. It's no wonder we still see octogenarians working on their plots of land from sun up till sun down. They live a frugal life with lots of fresh air and plain old exercise, they eat sparingly, sleep as the sun dips and wake at the first crack of dawn. A boring life? Or a satisfying one?
Borneo ~ Sarawak ~ Miri ~ Kelabit Highlands ~ Bario
All Homestays in Bario are basic
fan cooled but usually not necessary as it is normally quite chilly at night; shared bathrooms ; cold water showers ; no electricity ~ either running on generators or candle lit ; thin blankets provided so bring own extra blankets or sleeping bags ; bring own toiletries
Facilities & Activities
Bario trips are back to basic trips , so take it as an adventure back in time where walking was the only means of getting anywhere (although there are 4WDs to ferry people around nowadays) , no electricity to light homes and streets - just stars and water comes straight from the river or natural underground sources or surrounding mountains. Be aware that you will probably not be able to use your mobile phone at certain areas in the highlands
6 Days 5 Nights Bario Wildlife Trek ~ valid until 31st March 2017
(Rates based on per person per package)
• Airport Transfers
• All Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis or at Campsites
• Meals indicated by B, L, D in the itinerary
• English Speaking Guide, Cook & Porter
• Airfares: Miri – Bario - Miri • Alcoholic or Canned Beverages • Gratuities to Local Staff (at your discretion) • Personal Travel Insurance: All subscribers need to possess valid personal travel insurance, which covers emergency evacuation, and details of this together with passport details must be furnished to BEX upon arrival into Bario.
* General Terms & Conditions Apply.
* Sequence of itinerary subject to change due to weather condition or flight arrival time.
* Bario rice Harvesting season is in January to mid February, Clearing in April to May while planting season in is August
**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.
Items to bring :
Personal toiletries, first aid kit, hat/cap, torch light, umbrella or poncho/ rain coat , insect repellent, trekking shoes and wet sandals, blanket or sleeping bag, towel, & own drinking water, light sweater
Day 1 (L & D)Arrival in Bario. Transfer from Bario Airport to The Ngimat Ayu House – A Singgahsana Lodge Affiliate (TNAH). Lunch will be served at 1230 hrs. after which your guide will conduct a short briefing about your tour. After lunch you will have the rest of the day to discover Bario and its surrounds on your own on a bicycle. Enjoy a sumptuous local style dinner at TNAH.
Day 2 (B, L & D)
Your guided trek to Camp 1 begins with a 45 minutes 4WD transfer to the trailhead at 0830 hrs. after breakfast. The 5-6 hours long trek will see you arriving at Camp 1 at approximately 1415 hrs. where your first jungle style lunch awaits. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the river, have a dip or enjoy a spot of fishing. After dinner at Camp, you will be taken on a night walk to spot for some wildlife in the area. Return back to camp for a nightcap before turning in for a comfortable night’s sleep in your special hammock.
Day 3 (B, L & D)Wake up to the sounds of the jungle. This is a day of relaxing. Spend the day at camp chilling in your hammock with a good book, take a dip in the swift flowing river, go fishing or if you’re feeling energetic go exploring the surrounds with your guide to try to spot some wildlife and pick fresh produce in the ‘jungle supermarket’. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the camp kitchen will be regularly cooking up interesting jungle snacks.
Day 4 (B, L & D)
After breakfast set off for Camp 2 at 0900 hrs. Your 2-3 hours trek today will take you through more established secondary forest for before reaching Camp 2 at the Salt Spring. You will be wading through shallows waters, crossing open fields full of wild buffalo, trekking along old hunting trails with the chance of seeing Silver Leaf Monkeys jumping from tree to tree all around you and the sounds of the Hornbill in the distance. Lunch and refreshments awaits at Camp 2 upon your arrival. After lunch explore your new surroundings and learn how the famous highland salt is processed from your guide. Visit the Salt Licks in the surrounding area to snoop on wild animals frequenting here attracted by the mineral salts found in this area. After a full afternoon of forest wanderings, return to Camp for afternoon tea and dinner. After dinner, have the option to go spotlighting for nocturnal creatures in the area or spend the evening relaxing and socializing before retiring into your confortable hammock for the night.
Day 5 (B, L & D)
Rise early and return to the Salt Lick for a chance to see more animals found in this area before breakfast. Head back to Camp for breakfast at around 0830 hrs. Commence your long 5-6 hours trek to Pa’ Umor at 1000 hrs. enjoying your packed jungle lunch along the way. Your 4WD awaits at Pa’ Umor to take you back to TNAH. After 4 days in the rainforest, TNAH will be a welcomed sight. As a highlight to your memorable time in the Borneo Rainforest, a special BBQ dinner awaits complete with ice-cold beers.
Day 6 (B)
Wake up before dawn to embark on a 1 hour trek up neighbouring Prayer Mountain. The fabulous sunrise view of Bario and the Pulong Tauh National Park Range is an excellent cap off your Kelabit Highlands jungle experience. Enjoy the sounds of Gibbons, Hornbills and other animal calls in the crisp cool dawn air surrounded by pristine greenery. Make your way down to TNAH for breakfast, after which you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Cancellation/No Shows/Early Departures
If the required notice for the booking (or any part of the booking) is made 60 days or more from the scheduled date of arrival, the value of the entire booking (or part thereof) less administrative fee of RM30.00 per booking shall be refunded.
If the required notice for the booking (or any part of the booking) is made between 59 to 30 days from the scheduled date of arrival, the value of the entire booking (or part thereof) less cancellation fee of 25% shall be refunded.
If the booking (or any part of the booking) fails to arrive as scheduled or no show, the Property will charge cancellation or no-show fee equivalent to the full contracted rate for the whole period of stay for each room unutilised
• 56 days or more prior to departure, operator will retain 20% of the total booking costs;
• between 30 and 55 days prior to departure, operator will retain 50% of the total booking cost;
• less than 30 days prior to departure, operator will retain 100% of the total booking cost. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
Operator may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or nonrefundable flights.