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Backpacking Sarawak: Bario, The Kelabit Highlands That Time Forgot

It’s nearly 8 a.m. when I wake up… I draw the curtain and take a look outside. It must’ve just stopped raining, since everything is either still dripping wet or well flooded out. Clouds hover the plateau magnificently against the sky. Time hasn’t vaulted more than it should and slowly, like an amateur’s film fade-out, the “real” world evaporates… I am in Bario, the breathtaking Kelabit Highlands that time forgot. It is hard to explain to people who haven’t lived it, how great this place is, even in the wettest time of the year. I could go on and on with the memories I took with me from this wonderful place, when I first arrived in Bario just a little over a year ago, but it would take up pages if I did. I have felt the amazing energy that comes with letting go and making myself digitally “incompatible” and becoming part of what the Kelabit people represent… I could only offer my gratitude for the time I spent in the highlands and the way so …

Backpacking Sarawak: Bario Food Festival 2014

Agrarian Bario is defined by its timeless, age-old, sustainable village tradition – a mirror image of all that is urban, industrial and modern – and their creative powers to produce energy and design good agricultural practices for sustenance. Bario is a “long way” from anywhere, and that may explain why it receives less attention than other Sarawak hiking destinations, but it’s all part of the charm that makes the Kelabit Highlands so special. The highland plateau is home to the Kelabit and Penan tribespeople, lush hiking trails and solitude seldom matched… the terrains and walking trails linking the various settlements are a testament to Bario’s endless stretch of beauty and not too far away from the Pesta Nukenen festival ground, paddy fields sprawl across the horizon and contrast beautifully with the plane wreck from World War II (WWII). Will you notice the way the light of day changes the dense fog in the valley? It could be a place of safety and refuge for the observing traveler and the inquisitive; at 3280 ft above sea level, …