- Elevation: 2,046 m (6,713 ft)
- Prominence: 773 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Sarawak (Malaysia)
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
Batu Lawi is one of Borneo’s most iconic mountains, with two steep summit pinnacles. It can be clearly seen from the small aircraft that fly daily from Miri to Bario. The lower ‘female’ one of the two is about 1,850m whereas the taller ‘male’ peak is around 2,046m above sea level. The mountain is of great significance to local people including the Kelabit and the Penan and they successfully campaigned to have it included in the Pulong Tau (‘our forest’) National Park which also covers nearby Gunung Murud. However, the foothills of the great mountain have been heavily scarred by logging activities over the years.
During the Japanese occupation in 1941, Tom Harrisson parachuted into the region with other Brits, in order to help the local people. After the surrender of Japanese forces, Harrission became Curator at Kuching’s Sarawak Museum. A few years later, in 1946, Harrisson along with a team of local Kelabit people finally made it to the top of the female peak. 40 years later in 1986, a British and Australian team led by Jonny Beardsall reached the top of the male peak. It was climbed again in 2007 by Malaysians from a university in Cyberjaya on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
To reach the base of the mountain from Bario takes a couple of days, so a proper trip to view the summit cliffs up-close requires a minimum of 4 or 5 days in total. Experts would need several more days for an actual rock climb up to the top of the male peak.
The usual trailhead is in the village of Pa Ukat (1,075m). This leads northwards via many stream crossings and Shelter 3 (1,780m), Shelter 4 (1,640) which is near a logging road and finally Shelter 5 (1,485m) which is at the foot of the peak.
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- Getting there: Fly to Bario with MASWings from Miri.
- Permits: Register with locals and take a local guide from Bario.
- Water sources: Lots of streams. Available as far as Shelter 4.
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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