Mount Mulu (Malay: Gunung Mulu) is a sandstone and shale mountain. At 2376 m, it is the second highest mountain in the state of Sarawak, after Mount Murud. It is located within the boundaries of Gunung Mulu National Park, which is named after it.
In the 19th century, Spenser St. John and Charles Hose, two old “Borneo Hands”, attempted to conquer Mount Mulu. They and other explorers and mountaineers failed. It wasn’t until 1920’s, when a Berawan rhino hunter named ‘Tama Nilong’ discovered the south-west ridge near the mountain, that a way to the summit was found. In 1932, Tama Nilong led Lord Shackleton and an Oxford University Expedition to the summit.
The Mulu Park provides for guided hikes up the mountain. The usual schedule is a 4D/3N hike. There are forest huts along the route at Camp 1, Camp 3 and Camp 4 (there is no Camp 2). These forest huts provide shelter, cooking facilities (stove, cooking utensils, cutlery), toilets, and water (collected rainwater).
The elevation and distance of the camps from Mulu Park HQ are approximately:
Camp 1: 200 m asl, 5.5 km
Camp 3: 1300 m asl, 12 km
Camp 4: 1800 m asl, 18.5 km
Each of the camps is near a helipad for emergency evacuations and also for supplies.
The trail to Mount Mulu is clear and well-marked with red and white markers, and goes through a variety of ecosystems, from lowland dipterocarp forest to montane vegetations. The mountain is notable for its pitcher plant diversity. Five species have been recorded from Mount Mulu: Nepenthes hurrelliana, Nepenthes lowii, Nepenthes muluensis, Nepenthes tentaculata, and Nepenthes vogelii.
By elevation Gunung Mulu is
# 19 out of 5270 in Malaysia # 1 out of 1148 in Sarawak # 1 out of 5 in Gunung Mulu National Park
By prominence Gunung Mulu is
# 3 out of 5270 in Malaysia # 1 out of 1148 in Sarawak # 1 out of 5 in Gunung Mulu National Park # 35 out of 30908 in the Malay Archipelago Mountains
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