Previous Links: Day 1 – Getting There
Destination : Moonmilk Walk
Duration : As advise 45 mins walk
Adventure : 1 (1-5 Ranking)
Yeah, we’ve recharge our energy, dress up, gear up and ready to explore the National Park. The other 5 members were yet to arrive, so we chosen to go for a “simple” walk somewhere around the park. As advice by the officer, we could take up the Moonmilk Walk that only takes 45 mins.
The above statement were true if you really listen to his advice, for taking a 45 mins WALK. No tour guide needed. Entrance FREE.
Yeah! 1st destination in MULU. Go go go!
This is the only signboard we could see along the path. The signboard stated, Moonmilk Cave not Walk. We did not give it a damn , since the officer told us, its just a 45 mins walk!
Pass by the river bank. Boat are the main transport for the Penan Residence.
Its really nice to walk in the jungle covering by all the giant tree, its not hot, and the pathways are well maintain.
Trees were huge and we get to see different kind of plants.
Worms & Leaves
Fruits & Mushrooms
The ball kind of worm
Save our earth!
We really enjoy the jungle walk, until we realize we were actually the only group of people on the same pathway. There’s no one else heading the same direction. There’s no signboard along the way, but since the officer told us it’s only a 45 mins walk, we just proceed to our destination.
Wait a minute. What is our destination. Moonmilk Cave or Walk actually?
But it’s already a 45 mins walk, where is the cave? where is the sign?
Looking at the time is still early, so we thought maybe its just a few more minutes to reach.
And we saw this.
Lots of steps… uncountable steps.. but we still going Up Up Up!
The 2 and only male members were exhausted as well. Not to mention the girls and the 50++ Aunty with us.
Thing seems went wrong. Initially we decide to have a rest and make a return.
It’s been such a long and tough way walk, more than 45 mins walk, and more than 400 steps of climbing. Leon and Yen insist not to give up, so they further up to the staircase while we waiting at the rest stop. They turned back and inform us that we are near to the cave! Since we did not one to break down the groups in the jungle, hence we follow them to the cave.
It’s almost 4pm. We finally saw this signboard.
We were too happy! Finally we reached our destination. We keep scolding, why the signage were so poor, even the Moonmilk Cave sign were tear off. Somehow we were still daring enough to self explore the half closed cave. Thinking back, it’s still a nightmare to me.
Moonmilk cave is consider very small. As what we learn from the guide the day after, the cave have been closed for tourist visit. We were the only adventurous group that make it to this far. Most of the infrastructure in the cave has been vandalized. Luckily we have prepared our torch light earlier, so still managed to see some rock formation.
We are the Survivor? Yes!
Hey.. look! The signboard is back to normal.
And I even took a picture to show my victory reaching Moonmilk Cave!
This is actually the other ends of the cave.
The adventure begins HERE!
As we got out from the other end of the cave and all of us thought that the direction would lead us back to the park office. Everyone were so happy, as we thought we found a short cut, we don’t need to go through all the previous hundreds of staircase. The sky is getting dark at 4.30pm. Rains were dropping at the same time. So we did not stop but just continue the path in the jungle.
The path seems tougher this time. The staircase were built by wood, covered with moses. The steps were slippery and fragile. It really made us have to be extra precautions going down the steps.
We finally reached a lower ground, and saw the sign of river.
Wait! The sign of river is still flowing on the same direction as what we saw earlier while entering the park. It means, we aint taking a U turn back but instead we are going further in the the jungle. Things are so wrong now. We don’t know where are we. We could only continue the journey.
Everyone get tense up and worrying.
Saw the sign of a cave. Reading from the signboard, it’s WINDCAVE!
This is not in our plan, we are supposed to be here on Day 2 by boat. It means that we’ve walked far from what we are supposed to go. Everyone seems panicked. Why we ended up in Wind cave? As what we’ve been told, moonmilk walk is only 45 mins but we’ve spent 3 and half hour in the jungle.
Again, Leon and Yen who has been to Mulu once told us the last time they come to Wind Cave were by boat. We assume there’s no short cut back to Park Office, unless we are going back again through our previous route, going up the wooden stair case, passing through the Moonmilk Cave and going down another 400 steps to reach the Park Office.
WIND CAVE - Photo Credit to http://prince.org
We can’t do anything right now. We only know its getting dark, and we think of to call Park Office for HELP. The mobile phone coverage were weak, we did several attempts only we managed to rang the office.
“Sorry. There’s no more boat at this moment. “
This is the reply from the Park Office. They don’t care about our safety, and they advise us to walk back using the previous route where we got to here. We were really angry with their response. I believe if they are willing to help, they will manage to get us a boat.
Without further delay, we left Wind Cave and take the return using the same path. This time, we did not stop for a rest or photo taking. The rain is getting heavier, and we start to worry our teammate might not be fit to walk back but we can’t think that much.
The 50 ++ years old aunty is still still tough. Although she says she might be slow, but infact she’s tougher than all of us!
We walked real fast this time. Non stop. Some of the distance we even run. I tell myself, I need to be fast, because I want to buy the RM4 Coke. That will be my aim.
We made it!
Hahahaha, don’t worry, everything is alright , I’m still here blogging!
Well, the 1st thing was not buying the Coke, but we screw the security guard for being irresponsible. Since we registered at this National Park, they should have protect our security and they knew we have one elderly member in our group. We even complain that we made a rescue call, but no one seems to worry about us. Their reply is, “if really something happened, we will send our team over.” =.=!!!
Actually we were just throwing out our anger, but since everyone were safely arrive, back in 1 piece, we’re really tired to fight for the rights, but keep the energy for the next day!
The 5 other members who arrive in the afternoon were waiting for us eagerly at the hostel.
The morale of this trip. Better insist to get a tour guide if you are not familiar with the jungle. Anyway, it’s a unforgetable experience tho! I’m not recommending any of you to take up this cave, it’s really wasting time but hey, it’s adventurous!
Coming up next post, the legend of Wind Cave & Clear Water Cave.