Cross Borneo

Experience the ultimate challenge by traversing one of the most rugged islands in the world from the west to east crossing jungles, hills, mountain, rivers, rapids, and wilderness. We will be trekking to the lush of Borneo jungle with diversity of vegetation and animal wildlife. This challenging expedition is retracing a historical expedition of a Dutch botanist, DR. Anton W. Niewenhius in 1894, as well as exploring the site where first expedition of European Major George Muller in 1825 with his troop were attacked by the headhunters of Iban Dayak. We will use land transportation, public houseboat and chartered motorized canoe to access the jungle for roughed days trekking. We will sleep in the jungle and simple houses of the villagers with basic facilities, we will be trekking in tough and mostly wet trails, those are the only way to appreciate the primary jungle of Borneo with the most traditional Dayak tribe settlements as well as the exotic wildlife of the jungle itself. However, the reward of the trip are the romance of the journey itself, combination of river travel with long stretches of rapids, the experience of jungle trekking, wildlife exploration, as well as interacting with the Dayak people who accept visitors with their friendly attitude and hospitality that tend to make visitors immediately feel at home in their midst. Therefore, good level of fitness, strong sense of determination, and of course the spirit of adventure are the conditions for accomplishing this challenging trip.

   

CROSS BORNEO TREKKING FROM WEST TO EAST

Duration: 17 Days/16 Nights Grade: Challenging

Day 01  ARRIVAL IN PONTIANAK Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel. Free at your own leisure.

Day 02  PONTIANAK – SINTANG After breakfast, we will leave to Sintang by private land transportation for about 8 hours. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 03  SINTANG – PUTUSSIBAU Proceed to Putussibau by private land transportation for about 8 hours passing the beautiful view of Mount Kelam on the roadside. Arrive at Putussibau and directly transfer to a local hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 04  PUTUSSIBAU – BONGAN RIVER Proceed to the headwater of the Kapuas River to reach Bongan River by long boat with all necessary supplies. The boat is about 1 ½ - 2 meters wide and 6-8 meters long occupies for 4-5 passengers with no roof, so it will be hot and noisy. On the way, we may stop at the Dayak village to see the longhouse. In certain places, we have to go down the river to pull and push the boat as the level of the water in the dry season is too shallow. Here you will experience how amazing the boatman and what we call "the Stone Man" knows exactly where the rock is and how to get away from the rapids. If the rapid is too extreme, we have to walk along the rock or villager farmlands at riverside and the boat will pick us up in certain places. It's tough here. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 05  BONGAN RIVER – TANJUNG LOKANG After breakfast, we will continue our journey with more challenging. Go down, pull and push the boat, walk on the rock or villager farmlands at riverside while the boat passing the rapids, those all can give you an unforgettable experience. On the way, you will see the tropical rainforest of Kalimantan, villager farmlands, hills, and temporary huts till you reach Tanjung Lokang. It is a remote village, inhabited by Punan Bongan Dayak people, located on the area of Betung Kerihun National Park. If you are a handicraft collector you may find some rattan basket weaving, traditional Dayak machete, blow pipe gun, palm leaves rounded hat, and many more. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local house. (B,L,D)

Day 06  TANJUNG LOKANG –SUNGAI BULIT We start the day by trekking across villager farmland and secondary rainforest. The first 2 hours we will hike the hill then another about 2 ½ hours passing the jungle and dry small river. After lunch en route close to the riverside, the trek will be up and down again, crossing a small shallow river, and Nyinyit Cave where the local people collect the swift nest that cost so expensive and very good to support their life inside the cave. Before dark, we will set a campsite for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 07  SUNGAI BULIT – SUNGAI BONGAN After breakfast, we will cross rivers, up and down passing the jungle while exploring exotic flora and fauna of Borneo. After lunch at riverside, we will then cross jungle, rivers, cave and temporary huts used by villagers when having cultivation or hunting deer, wild pig, birds, and even sometimes clouded leopard. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 08  SUNGAI BONGAN – SUNGAI BONGAN LEA Trekking path here is varied but tougher. We will have lot of deal with water about ½ - 1 meter deep and walking on rock at riverside. Afterwards, we will continue our journey by trekking up and down along the riverside, while sighting flora and fauna as well as the fascinating landscape along the trek. Before dark, we will set a campsite for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 09  SUNGAI BONGAN LEA – PIANG LO`ONG This is the longest and the toughest all of the trails, since we will be trekking up and down by crossing rivers, rocks, and hills. After lunch at riverside, we will continue the trek with almost the same characteristic. The trek is so challenging and need more power and spirit of adventure. Before dark, we will set a campsite at riverside.Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 10  PIANG LO`ONG – MULLER RANGE After breakfast, we walk about two hours up and down river till reaching the foot of Muller Range. It started from the altitude of 500 M above sea level to reach the border of West and East Kalimantan at 1000 M above sea level. The path is not so difficult only high up hill passing the jungle. It takes about 1 - 2 hours, depends on your ability. No need to rush as the jungle view is fantastic. After lunch en route, we will be trekking downhill to find a good place for setting a campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 11  MULLER RANGE – MUARA CUTING The trek here is almost the same with before day but never boring, we will cross rivers and jungle. On the way, our Dayak porters will show us how to survive on the jungle, collecting the rattan, animal hunting, fish catching, and setting animal trap that involve you. Before dark, we will set a campsite for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 12  MUARA CUTING – SAITE After breakfast, we will proceed to trek about 3 hours to reach Saite, this time you will have plenty of time for relaxing, swimming, take a break or anything else after hard trekking. The trek will pass the jungle and rivers. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 13  MUARA SAITE – TIONG OHANG After breakfast, proceed to trek by crossing the river and jungle to reach the mouth of the Mahakam River for about 3 hours. We will pass villager farmlands before reaching the riverside. Upon arrival, the longboat will take us to Tiong Ohang village for about 2 hours boating. You will pass some temporary hut as well as villager farmlands and jungle, lunch will be served en route, dinner on simple restaurant and overnight on local house at Tiong Ohang village. This is the first village you encounter after long days in the jungle. (B,L,D)

Day 14  TIONG OHANG – LONG BAGUN Get a full day trip by public boat to cruise the headwaters of Mahakam River through some challenged rapids while sightseeing beautiful view of rainforest as well as people unique activities at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local house. (B,L,D)

Day 15  LONG BAGUN – MAHAKAM RIVER Breakfast at local house, then downward to Samarinda by public houseboat, here you can explore the local people way of life, the riverside civilization that certainly different with our normal life on the land. The houseboat is a public traditional wooden boat with two decks, the first deck for carrying goods and economy class with capacity about 100 passengers and the second deck is for executive class with capacity of 75 passengers. The economy room is more open both sides and no mattress while the executive served mattress, with communal room, no cabin and no AC. At the back side, there are some Borneo style toilets and simple restaurant providing Indonesian food, tea, coffee, and snacks on the first deck. The boat will stop sometimes to pick and drop passengers or loading some supplies. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 16  MAHAKAM RIVER – SAMARINDA At the second day on the houseboat, we will cruise the lower Mahakam River while sightseeing people unique activities at riverside. Arrive at Samarinda and directly transfer to hotel for overnight. Free at your own leisure. (B,L)

Day 17  SAMARINDA – DEPARTURE Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your next destination. (B)

Included: -AC land transportation -Public houseboat -Motorized boat -Accommodation based on twin share: 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Pontianak 01 Night at local hotel in Sintang 01 Night at local hotel in Putussibau 01 Night at public houseboat in Mahakam River 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Samarinda 11 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house -Entrance fee, donation & refreshments -English speaking guide -Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner) -Tent/bivouac -Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)

Excluded: -Airfares -Airport taxes and extra baggage fees -Travel insurance -Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure -Personal expenses

 

 

 

CROSS BORNEO TREKKING FROM EAST TO WEST

Duration: 16 Days/15 Nights Grade: Challenging

Day 01   ARRIVAL IN BALIKPAPAN – SAMARINDA Meet at airport and directly transfer to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. Free at your own leisure.

Day 02  SAMARINDA – MAHAKAM RIVER After breakfast at hotel, we will proceed to boat station for starting our expedition by cruising the Mahakam River by public houseboat, here you can explore the local people way of life, the riverside civilization that certainly different with our normal life on the land. The houseboat is a public traditional wooden boat with two decks, the first deck for carrying goods and economy class with capacity about 100 passengers and the second deck is for executive class with capacity of 75 passengers. The economy room is more open both sides and no mattress while the executive served mattress, with communal room, no cabin and no AC. At the back side, there are some Borneo style toilets and simple restaurant providing Indonesian food, tea, coffee, and snacks on the first deck. The boat will stop sometimes to pick and drop passengers or loading some supplies. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 03  MAHAKAM RIVER – LONG BAGUN At the second day on the houseboat, we will cruise the upper Mahakam River while sightseeing beautiful view of rainforest as well as people unique activities at riverside. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 04  LONG BAGUN – TIANG OHANG Get a full day trip by public boat to cruise the headwaters of Mahakam River through some amazing rapids while sightseeing beautiful view of rainforest as well as people unique activities at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local house. (B,L,D)

Day 05  TIONG OHANG – MUARA HUBUNG – MUARA SAITE After breakfast at local house, we will cruise the headwaters of Mahakam River by motorized canoe for about 2,5 hours to reach Muara Hubung. Afterwards, we will start our jungle trekking by climbing up the Atikop hill to reach Muara Saite for 3,5 hours approximately. Before dark, we will set a campsite at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 06  MUARA SAITE – SUNGAI BEKANA – ARINGE We will be trekking deeper into the jungle by crossing rivers and climb up the hills to reach Aringe for setting our campsite at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 07  ARINGE – MULLER RANGE We will be trekking deeper into the jungle to reach Muller Range by crossing rivers and hills. On the way, our Dayak porters will show us how to survive on the jungle by collecting the rattan, fish catching, and setting animal trap that involve you. Before dark, we will set a campsite for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 08  MULLER RANGE – SUNGAI SABANG The trek here is almost the same with before day but never boring, we will pass the monument border of West and East Kalimantan at 1000 M above sea level. Afterwards, we will be trekking downhill and crossing rivers to reach Sungai Sabang for setting a campsite at riverside. No need to rush as the jungle view is fantastic. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 09  SUNGAI SABANG –SUNGAI BONGAN LEA This is the longest and toughest of all paths, since we will be trekking up and down by crossing rivers, rocks, and hills. After lunch at riverside, we will continue the trek with almost the same characteristic. The trek is so challenging and need more power and spirit of adventure. Before dark, we will set a campsite at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 10  SUNGAI BONGAN LEA – BRAKAN Trekking path here is varied but tough. We will have lot of deal with water about ½ - 1 meter deep and walking on rock at riverside. Afterwards, we will continue our journey by trekking up and down along the riverside, while sighting flora and fauna as well as the fascinating landscape along the trek. Before dark, we will set a campsite for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 11  BRAKAN – DATAH OPET After breakfast, we will cross rivers, up and down passing the jungle while exploring exotic flora and fauna of Borneo. After lunch at riverside, we will then cross jungle, rivers, cave and temporary huts used by villagers when having cultivation or hunting deer, wild pig, birds, and even sometimes clouded leopard. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 12  DATAH OPET – TANJUNG LOKANG After breakfast, we will be trekking to Tanjung Lokang crossing secondary rainforest, rivers, hills, villager farmlands and cave. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local house. (B,LD)

Day 13  TANJUNG LOKANG – KAPUAS RIVER – PUTUSSIBAU After breakfast, we will cruise downward the Kapuas River to Putussibau crossing challenged rapids while sightseeing beautiful view of rainforest as well as people unique activities at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 14  PUTUSSIBAU – SINTANG Proceed to Sintang by private land transportation for about 8 hours passing the beautiful view of Mount Kelam on the roadside. Arrive at Sintang and directly transfer to a local hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 15  SINTANG – PONTIANAK After breakfast, we will leave to Pontianak by private land transportation for about 8 hours. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 16  DEPARTURE Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your next destination. (B)

Included: -AC land transportation -Public houseboat -Motorized boat -Accommodation based on twin share: 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Pontianak 01 Night at local hotel in Sintang 01 Night at local hotel in Putussibau 01 Night at public houseboat in Mahakam River 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Samarinda 10 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house -Entrance fee, donation & refreshments -English speaking guide -Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner) -Tent/bivouac -Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)

Excluded: -Airfares -Airport taxes and extra baggage fees -Travel insurance -Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure -Personal expenses

 

 

CROSS BORNEO OVERLAND 

Duration: 19 Days/18 Nights Grade: Easy

loksado gunung kantawanDay 01: ARRIVAL IN BALIKPAPAN – LOA JANAN – MAHAKAM RIVER Meet at airport and directly transfer to Loa Janan for boarding the houseboat to start the exciting adventure of Mahakam River. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (L,D) Day 02: MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG – MAHAKAM RIVER Arrive at Muara Muntai and sightseeing villagers daily activities from the long wooden bridge which is made of iron wood, and then proceed to Mancong by motorized canoe crossing the Jempang Lake of which we will have the opportunity to view many migratory water bird species and fishermen floating houses as well as the romantic Ohong River where proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and other wild animals are hanging around at riverside. In Mancong, we will explore an exotic longhouse and Benuaq Dayak daily life and watching colorful dress dancers that welcome you with an impressive attraction in front of their longhouse. Afterwards, return to houseboat for cruising downward the Mahakam River. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D) Day 03: MAHAKAM RIVER – BUKIT BANGKIRAI – TANAH GROGOT After breakfast, we will proceed to Bukit Bangkirai to climb the canopy bridge to explore the rainforest from above. Afterwards, we will drive to Tanah Grogot for check in to hotel. Lunch and dinner will be served on local restaurants, staying overnight at local hotel in Tanah Grogot. (B,L,D) Day 04: TANAH GROGOT– CANTUNG VILLAGE – BATU LICIN After breakfast at hotel, we will drive for about 5 hours to Cantung Village crossing beautiful karst topography, jungle, and mountainous landscape. Next, we will proceed to Goa Liang Kalih to explore the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites of the limestone cave. Afterwards, driving for about 1 hour to Batulicin for overnight on local hotel. (B,L,D) Day 05: BATU LICIN – LOKSADO After breakfast, we will drive to Loksado crossing the beautiful landscape and jungle of Meratus Mountain. Arrive in Loksado and directly check in to the lodge. In the afternoon, we can explore and swim on the beautiful Amandit River. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on lodge. (B,L,D) Day 06: JUNGLE TREK Proceed to explore jungle and Dayak land crossing primary and secondary rainforest, hills, waterfall, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees. In the afternoon, we will back to the lodge through other trail with different beauties of nature. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on lodge. (B,L,D) Day 07: BAMBOO RAFTING – BANJARMASIN After breakfast, we will take the adventure trip of bamboo rafting across beautiful landscape of tropical rainforest along the riverside meanwhile our coach will be waiting on the downstream for driving to Banjarmasin for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D) Day 08: FLOATING MARKET – PALANGKA RAYA – HOTEL Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market to explore the unique culture of Banjarese that trade commodities from boat to boat, then return to hotel crossing Banjarmasin River while sightseeing people activities at riverside. Next, proceed to Palangka Raya for overnight at hotel. In the peaceful afternoon, we can visit Nyaru Menteng arboretum and then continue to hike up to Tangkiling hill for sightseeing the beautiful landscap and the romantic sunset. Afterwards, return to the hotel for overnight. (B,L,D) Day 09: HOTEL – ORANGUTAN ISLAND – SAMPIT After breakfast, we will proceed to Tangkiling port for catching our motorized canoe to reach Orangutan Island while sightseeing the beautiful natural black river and rainforest around, just keep an eye out for monkeys and birds. Orangutan Islands are managed by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation for orangutan rehabilitation before released into the wild. Afterwards, driving to Sampit town for check in to local hotel. Lunch and dinner will served on local restaurants, staying overnight on local hotel. (B,L,D) Day 10: SAMPIT – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK After breakfast, we will drive to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates along the riverside. Overnight and dining on houseboat, with facilities; thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled "mineral" water, mosquito net, kitchen, and simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar helpful guides and boatmen. (B,L,D) Day 11: TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising upward to Pondok Tanguy to explore the rehabilitation center of the new ex-captive orangutans. Next, return to houseboat for sailing upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, you will have opportunity to trek into the rainforest with your expert guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. Lunch will be served on houseboat. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D) Day 12: TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – KUMAI – NANGA TAYAP After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving cross border into Nanga Tayap accross beautiful landscape and rainforest. Lunch and dinner will be served on local restaurants, staying overnight on local hotel in Nanga Tayap. (B,L,D) Day 13: NANGA TAYAP – BUKIT DAYA – TAYAN After breakfast, we will proceed to Sungai Luar village to explore the beautiful rock hill named Bukit Daya which is part of Gunung Palung National Park. Afterwards, we will drive to Tayan crossing the rainforest, dayak village, and mighty Kapuas River. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local hotel in Tayan. (B,L,D) Day 14: TAYAN – SAHAM VILLAGE – MANDOR – MEMPAWAH After breakfast, we will drive to Saham village of which dozens of family stay in a length of 180 meters and 35 gates longhouse.Next, proceed to the Tomb of Juang Mandors, the cemetery of mass murder of about 10,000 people during the Japanese occupation between 1942-1945. Afterwards, we will drive to Mempawah town for check in to local hotel. (B,L,D) Day 15: MEMPAWAH –RINDU ALAM HILL – GUNUNG POTENG – SINGKAWANG After breakfast, we will proceed to Rindu Alam hill for driving into the peak to view the beach, islands, and rainforest from above. Next, proceed to Gunung Poteng for trekking into the primary forest with hope to see the famous rafflessia flowers. Afterwards, proceed to Singkawang for check in to the hotel. We can explore the city of Singkawang which is known as the China town of Kalimantan. (B,L,D) Day 16: SINGKAWANG – TELUK SUAK – PULAU LEMUKUTAN After breakfast at beach hotel and then proceed to Teluk Suak to catch the public boat into Pulau Lemukutan and check in to the cottage. In this island, you can do snorkeling to explore the beautiful sea garden and sightseeing on the beautiful beach of the island. (B,L,D) Day 17: PULAU LEMUKUTAN Full day relaxing on the beautiful beach of Pulau Lemukutan. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and overnight on cottage in Pulau Lemukutan. (B,L,D) Day 18: PULAU LEMUKUTAN – TELUK SUAK – PONTIANAK After breakfast, we will then boating into Teluk Suak to catch our car for driving to Siantan village to visit the equator monument. Afterwards, driving to Pontianak for check in to hotel. Lunch and dinner will be served in local restaurants. (B,L,D) Day 19: DEPARTURE Free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination. (B) Included: -AC land transportation -Houseboats in Mahakam River and Tanjung Puting -Motorized boats -Bamboo rafting -Accommodation based on twin share: 02 Nights at houseboat in Mahakam River 01 Night at local hotel in Tanah Grogot 01 Night at local hotel in Batu Licin 02 Nights at Loksado Lodge 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Palangka Raya 01 Night at local hotel in Sampit 02 Nights at houseboat in Tanjung Puting 01 Night at local hotel in Nanga Tayap 01 Night at local hotel in Tayan 01 Night at local hotel in Mempawah 01 Night at local hotel in Singkawang 02 Nights at simple cottage in Pulau Lemukutan 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Pontianak -Entrance fee, donation & refreshments -English speaking guide -Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner) -Dance performance Excluded: -Airfares -Airport taxes and extra baggage fees -Travel insurance -Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure -Personal expenses     For more itineraries and information, please visit the sister website: www.borneo-ecoadventure.com