9-day trip to Ulu Baram Wilderness mixing adventure with cultural learning about the Penan tribes. Ulu Baram is an ecotourism site in Sarawak, having all the key elements of flora, fauna, natural monuments and local communities to suffice the industry’s niche market. On top of that, its authentic, historical and cultural heritage is quite distinctive from the southern hub of Sarawak. This tour, gives you the opportunity to spend your time with our welcoming hosts learning about their rapidly changing way of life and just how much they still rely on the rainforest for their daily needs, which is literally their supermarket.
Arrival in Miri
Miri is a busy if unremarkable city in Sarawak near the Brunei border. Meet your guide and we shall proceed for City orientation tour. There will be time for some last-minute shopping to get supplies such as Adidas Kampung shoes (local trekking shoes- recommended) and there will be a briefing of what the next couple of weeks have in store. In the evening, seafood dinner will be provided. Overnight at hotel.
Segah Sela’an Linau
Start your journey by 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) to Kedaya Telang Usan (Baram Upper River). The drive takes approximately 6 hours - 2 hours on tar road from Miri City to Lapok Town and another 4 Hours on logging road. You will have a short stop at Lapok Town for toilet break, and next stop will be at Kilometres 10 (about 2 hours from Lapok Town). Enjoy the scenic view of green mountain & forest. Late afternoon arrive at Segah Sela’an Homestay.
Breakfast at Sela’an Home stay. After breakfast, proceed to take a boat transfer to Ba’ Ajeng. The boat ride from Long Segah to Ba’Ajeng will take about 1 to 2 hours depending on water level at the day. You might have to push & pull the boat when the water level is low. Or at some point you will have to walk by the riverbank. Transfer by boat is depending very much on the water level and weather on the day itself. Enjoy the beauty and the serenity of Ulu Baram by small boat after a long 4WD journey. Upon arrival at Ba’ Ajeng, meets and greet with your host. Free to explore the surrounding area and chit-chat with the community while your host preparing your dinner. Overnight at your hosts house. Overnight at Ba’ Ajeng Village. *Please bring your own sleeping bag/Sleeping mat.
You will spend the day with our welcoming hosts learning about their rapidly changing way of life and just how much they still rely on the rainforest for their daily needs, which is literally their supermarket. you will spend time learning about the way of life of the Penan people and their native skills and knowledge such as the vast array of medicinal and edible plants in the forest, and of course how to make the infamous blow pipes and poison darts! The time here is planned for maximum flexibility, so that you can get the most out of this experience. Accommodation will be provided in hosts house. * Please bring your own sleeping bag/Sleeping mat.
You have the opportunity to assist in the planting of saplings in the forest, take walks into the jungle to swim in nearby waterfalls and simply relax in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature. Food will be simple, healthy and organic. Expect lots of rice and wonderful jungle vegetables such as jungle fern and wild ginger flower. Food is collected from the forest and in addition to the vegetables there will quite likely be forest meat which is still the main source of protein for the people here. Baths and showers are often taken in rivers and waterfalls (biodegradable soap to a minimum), however some houses may have a room for washing, with bucket showers. Your hosts are incredibly friendly and welcoming and you will be very comfortable and well looked after. The Penan people make some of the best quality and beautifully designed rattan baskets and mats in Sarawak, and as a memento of your trip there is no better place to buy. Overnight at Ba’ Ajeng Village. *Please bring your own sleeping bag/Sleeping mat.
Jungle Trekking. Start an exciting jungle trekking, exploration and sleeping in expedition standard hammocks under the canopy of one of the oldest rainforests on Earth and the traditional home of the Penan tribe who remain the jungle experts of Borneo and 'keepers of the rainforest'. Expect to be trekking between 4-5 hours each day while learning all about basic jungle survival skills, how to build shelters, finding safe drinking water and food and starting fires. Each night will be a new campsite and you will be expected to carry your own kit and expedition hammocks as we make our way through the jungle trails. These will be hot and sweaty challenging days but hugely rewarding. Your guide will help you to spot any medication & edible plants, trees, rottan, & any others useful flora available along the trail. Breakfast/Lunch in the jungle. Dinner & overnight at jungle shelter/camp. * Please bring your own hammock/sleeping bag/Sleeping mat/mosquito net. Your guide will help you to spot any medication & edible plants, trees, rottan, & any others useful flora available along the trail. Breakfast/Lunch in the jungle. Dinner & overnight at jungle shelter/camp. * Please bring your own hammock/sleeping bag/Sleeping mat/mosquito net.
Ba’ Lamam village
Trekking to Ba’ Lamam Village. Jungle trekking from Ba’ Ajeng area to Ba’ Lamam village. Welcome by the hosts, free at leisure. Dinner & overnight at the Host house. Breakfast/Lunch in the jungle. Dinner & overnight at Ba’ Lamam Village. *Please bring your own sleeping bag/Sleeping mat.
After breakfast, bid farewell with your friends and hosts before continue our journey back by boat to Long Segah Sela’an. Overnight at Segah Sela’an homestay.
Early Morning, after breakfast, farewell to your hosts then transfer by 4WD to Long Akah airport for your connecting flight back to Miri then to the next destination.