This is the fourteenth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo.
We did not have breakfast before leaving Kuching so we started back to the canteen before going on our hike. We looked at the trail map while eating. G wanted to go up on the kerangas, a limestone plateau where several species of pitcher plants (Nepenthes) were found. The Lintang trail made a loop up to the kerangas and then back to the headquarters in 5.25 km. Okay.. that is only about 3 miles, I should be able to do that. Wrong! Bako is almost on the equator. It was noon. It was about 90 degrees with 80% humidity. The limestone was white and reflected the heat and sun just like snow. I made it 2KM before I got cranky and said I had to return.
But it was a very interesting trail. It crossed the kerangas where we found several pitcher plants along with the ant plant and other interesting flora. The trail then went back into the jungle where it went up to a high point, descended back to the limestone kerangas. We were able to find lots of sundews along a rusty looking stream. We went back into the jungle where we saw many interesting trees and an amazing palm, Johannesteijsmannia.