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Trekking around Kampung Serumah, Borneo Highlands

Location : Kampung Serumah, Padawan, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Located in between Kampung Bidak & Gayu,  Kampung Serumah with about 40 households Kampung serumah, Borneo height, Sarawak, kuching, Malaysia, padawan, stream, waterfall, nature, skulls, headhunter, traditional, village, dayak, native, bidayuh, village, indigenous, jungle, rainforestcan be accessed through Kpg Bayur 25Km away from Kuching along Borneo Heights Road.  After a quick breakfast of coffee & sticky bamboo rice at the village roadside coffeshop we drove to the trailhead 2 minutes away.  Local guides Jinet & Kelvin decided we took the stream up to the waterfall which is the source of water for Gayu & Serumah.  Clear clean water made the trek very cool and relaxing.

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jacuzzi pool

Checked out the upper tiers before we had our lunch break and a dip in the pool. The return trek through the jungle &farm was made more interesting as we reached the site of the Old Serumah as Jinet showed us where his old house used to stand.  The whole place is completely abandoned except for a huge dilapidated stilted house that still stores a collection of skulls and other secret stuff in a wooden box that could be seen from below the house.  The annual ritual of ‘nyobeng’ or bathing of  these heroic collections stopped when the last shaman passed away some years ago.  I wish some local guy would document all the artefacts in this museum-like house and all the stories that go with it, going back to the headhunting days, before all is forgotten by the younger generation.

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skulls…

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The only house left standing- House of 6 Skulls

I took one long look at this unusually huge house before continuing with our trek back to our car.  Had a cold can of 100+ and proceeded to Serumah’s blacksmith Mr Mawun to watch him hammering out a sickle.

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my Ghurkha knife

Being the only blacksmith left in Borneo Heights his day is pretty busy with either making new stuff or repairing old parangs. His son helps in the carving of handles & sheaths – very skilful judging by the work he did on my Ghurkha knife.

Thanks to my buddy Richard Jong & his colleagues for making this trip possible.

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The last blacksmith of Borneo Heights, Mr Mawun

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Group photo in the vicinity of the Old Serumah

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This stream provides water for both Kpg Gayu & Serumah

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6 Comments
  1. 2409 days ago
    TONNO SIGUB

    i’m very proud coz my lovely kpg masuk ur website..thumbs up 4 u buddy!!5 stars i give it to u..

    Reply
    • 2406 days ago
      Admin

      Tnx Mike, do feel free to add on any info I might have missed out. You may invite any of your kpg folks to help out too.

      Reply
      • 2405 days ago
        jay

        great photos makes me want to visit this place – can you take me and my trek group there one weekend…jay

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        • 2404 days ago
          Admin

          Sama sama, sure will make arrangements with Kelvin first

          Reply
  2. 2299 days ago
    Danniel

    amazing.. i always want to go for trekking / adventure like this. can invite me for any of your activities?

    Reply
    • 2298 days ago
      Admin

      Sure Daniel, just leave us your phone #. BTW where do you stay?

      Reply

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