Danum Valley Coffin Cliff Trek,
Danum Valley Conservation Area
Borneo, Borneo (Sabah)
Info : Danum Valley Coffin Cliff Trek
Around 20 years ago, a series of limestone holes were found on a cliff edge deep within Danum Valley's primary rainforest. It was established that this was an ancient burial site of the local tribespeople, and you can discover their secrets.
Journeying with an expert guide, climb an upward trail to a height giving stunning views of the forest below. The coffins themselves are imbued with local spiritual beliefs: the higher you're buried, the closer you are to heaven.
You'll notice wood scattered around the area; this is because tribespeople buried their ancestors with iron wood, parts of which have sometimes fragmented off in the process of carrying them to the high cliff. Incredibly strong, termite proof and denser than water, the act of carrying up these cases is an incredible symbol of commitment and strength – they're very heavy!
Absorb the spiritual atmosphere and take beautiful photos of the surrounding landscape before trekking onward through the valley.
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We all remarked on how well tourism blended in to the local community in a positive way. At no point did we ever feel exploited or taken advantage of. We felt privileged to visit the Penan tribe in Mulu and enjoyed the market there without any pressure to spend money. Visiting Abai village and planting the trees was also a great experience for all ages of our party. Again, a privilege.