To get away from the heat of the coastal area, from Miri, there is one of the most popular trips inland to the Bario Highlands. A 6-day excursion by light aircraft into and out of Bario (no roads!) where there is plenty of good trekking along proper paths to the surrounding longhouses and all in the cooler mountain air.
This tour is for the true adventure seekers.
Brief Bario Valley Tour Itinerary
(6 Days / 5 Nights Full Board & Lodging)
– Arrive Miri (before midday).
– Overnight at a Miri city hotel.
– Arrive Bario Airport 1030 am.
– Transport to De Plateau Lodge. Unpack.
– Monney transport pm to Bario Asal (Original Longhouse).
– Walk to Arur Dalan longhouse.
– Walk to Ramapuh A & B (don’t miss the dahlias outside the Church!).
– Early Start (7 am).
– Walk to Pa Lungan, guided. (3 hrs).
– Lunch and rest.
– Return to Bario pm (3 hrs).
– Pa Berang Penan settlement (guided).
– Overnight at Longhouse.
– Waterfall and Lunch. Return to Bario pm.
– Free early am; transfer to Airport by 10 am.
– Flight to Miri.
Note: Above package does not include flight into or out of Miri.
* Bario Loop trek to Ramudu via Pa Berang (9 hrs in 2 days)
* Return via Pa Dalih, Pa Main and Kpg Baru (12 hrs – 3 days)
* Trek to Bakalelan via Pa Ukat and Pa Lungan (3 day tour, one-way)
Bario/Kelabit Highlands: General Information
Bario, Ba’Kelelan, Long Seridan, Long Llelang and the Penan Settlements.
Bario in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak is also a favourite optional trip for those keen on jungle trekking; with no roads in or out of Bario, you have to go as everyone else does – on foot! The cooler climate and hilly landscape combined with the friendliness of the people make this a memorable trip.
High up in the mountains, beyond Mulu and close to the border with Indonesian Kalimantan lie the Kelabit Highlands, named after the predominant tribe in the area.
There are no roads in and out of Bario and many of the other villages, only jungle trails. Distances are measured in hours or days on foot; all luxuries like petrol ($15 a gallon!) or Coca-Cola have to be flown in by air. This is a rural air service operated at present by the Twin Otter aircraft of Malaysian Airlines, and a new charter service just started using a similar Dornier light aircraft.
Facilities are quite primitive by “modern” standards and the food is mostly rice and home grown vegetables. Wild boar is hunted and eaten most days when in season. There are superb walks in and around Bario (you will meet almost everyone if you stay a few days!) and good jungle trekking to nearby Kelabit villages and Penan settlements. Reckon on 4 – 8 hours walking per day, if going to other villages and longhouses, some of it inevitably in rain and mud. But the climate is so much cooler (around 22 to 25°C in the daytime and quite chilly at night). Sometimes the odd night has to be spent at jungle shelters en route if the distances are too great. Suitable (rubber) walking shoes can be supplied for the slippery paths.