The Pinnacles Trek
What we say:
The Pinnacles are the iconic image of Mulu National Park. Their jaggedy edges rise up out of Gunung Api like a spear coming out the top of a blow pipe so it stands to reason that the Pinnacles Trek must be booked at least a week in advance and more during peak season.
It starts at the park HQ with a river journey and follows the Wind and Clearwater Cave itinerary for the first part of the day. Then while the others head back to HQ, you'll continue upriver to a stop-off point where you walk to Camp 5. This walk is on flat ground and will take around two to three hours (a very conservative estimate).
Camp 5 is hostel-like accommodation. Here you will be allocated a kitchen space where you will cook the food that you should have brought with you. You will use Camp 5 as your base camp and it's fine to leave some stuff here while you climb the Pinnacles on day two. It's really important to bring enough food and water with you as you can't buy anything at this point.
On day two you're likely to wake up really early and attempt the Pinnacles. Be warned that if the weather is really bad then the guides can cancel with only a partial refund on offer.
Although we haven't actually climbed the Pinnacles, we've been assured that it's a hard climb and a relatively good level of fitness is needed; a few patches require a strong head for heights. You have been warned. The climb to the top and back is done in one day so you should arrive back before dark, but as always, it's good to remember to take a torch with you.
Day three is a leisurely day as you'll just be making your way back to the park HQ. Hopefully you'll be less laden with food and the walk from Camp 5 to the boat pick-up point will be not so strenuous. Arrival time back at HQ is estimated at 14:00-15:00.
Bring your own food, water, blanket and mosquito net.
Trips leave starting at 09:15 daily and the walk takes 3 days, 2 nights.
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