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Borneo from above

Flying to Bario on a tiny plane. The horizon was filled half the way with palm oil fields (2nd picture below)...
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From Bario to Pa Lungan, a small village in the Kelabit Hills without electricty. Perfect place to chill out watching the rain...
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...and that rain made the path a tad muddier on the way back:
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Flying to the Gunung Mulu National Park with its canopy walk and waterfall.
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And the biggest cave in the world - difficult to put on scale on the pictures, but it is huuuuge !
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3 million bats live in there, and they come out at dusk:
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And some more big insects and other creatures
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Sunsets at Kota Kinabalu
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There is a famous trek in Borneo not involving (to much) jungle, humidity and leeches, and it is the climb of Mount Kinabalu (4096m).
One problem is that the two days climb is really expensive. You have to pay for the park entrance, the climbing permit, the insurance, the guide and the accommodation. Mark (an English guy who shared my adventures in Borneo) figured out that the accommodation alone was 100 euros for a night in a lousy dormitory including food... We figured out also that it is possible to climb the mountain in one day by starting early in the morning, and that was exactly what we did...
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The other problem is that the climb starts at little below 1900m and ends at 4095m, which makes a big big journey up, adding the rarefaction of oxygen due to altitude and an even bigger one down never-ending steps... On that way down, Mark taught me new English swear words to throw at the steps while I was bitting my tongue to diverse the pain from my knees. We ended up knackered, but happy as we were rewarded with the most fantastic view from the top. Very well done us!
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And you can imagine that the money saved was wisely spent.
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I had an amazing journey in Borneo, and again, I wish to come back. Farewell wild Borneo !

Posté par cschitter 00:53 Archivé dans Malaisie

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2200m up and down in the same day, beautiful hike!

par skyter

Toute jolies les photos... Je profite des vacances pour rattrapper mon retard... (en plus faut lire en anglais ce qui prend un temps certain...)
Du coup, j'en garde un peu pour demain!
Bon après, elles sont bien belles ces montagnes... mais foi de haut savoyarde (et foie... en cette période d'agapes immodérées...) ...ça manque de neige!
Bon bout d'an ami bornééééé o!

par bolis

Wahou!! 2300 mètres dans la journée...chapeau!!
Mais valait mieux faire ça sur la journée, car si en plus tu avais dû négocier le prix de la chambre, ça aurait pu vous coûter bien plus cher!!! (hihihi, juste un petit souvenir de tes talents de négociateurs à Luang Prabang!!)
En tous cas bravo, c'est magnifique et je pense que la bière était bien méritée!!!

par Amélie64

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