Cross Borneo Expedition
PONTIANAK AIRPORT/SINTANG/PUTUSSIBAU/BONGAN RIVER /TANJUNG LOKANG/SUNGAI BULIT/SUNGAI BONGAN/SUNGAI BONGAN LEA/PIANG LO’ON/MULLER RANGE/MUARA CUTING/SAITE/TIONG OHANG/LONG BAGUN/SAMARINDA
BANJARMASIN AIRPORT / CEMPAKA /MARTAPURA /LOKBAINTAN FLOATING MARKET
Meet and greet with our guide in the airport of Pontianak, then transfer to hotel for rest. In the afternoon, we can visit the monument of equator. Dinner at local restaurant. Transfer back to the hotel. Free at your own leisure.
Breakfast at Hotel. Afterwards we leave for Sintang by public bus. Lunch will be served en route, Dinner and overnight in Hotel at Sintang.
Pontianak - Sintang : 8 hrs by bus
Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to leave Putussibau by public bus. We will be passing the beautiful view of Mount Kelam on the road sides. Arrive at Putussibau check in Hotel for overnight.
Sintang - Putussibau : 8 hrs by Bus
After breakfast at Hotel then proceed to the head water of 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, occupied by 4-5 passengers with no roof. It will be sunny and noisy. On the way, possibility 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 have the experience how amazing the boatman, it's called “the Stone Man” who 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.
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. It will be your unforgettable experience. On the way, you will see the tropical rain forest of Kalimantan, villager farmlands, hills, and temporary huts till you reach Tanjung Lokang. It is a remote village, inhabited by Punan Bongan Dayak people. It's located on the area of Betung Kerihun National Park. Here you may find local handicraft such as 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 at local house.
We start the day by trekking across villager farmland and secondary rain forest. 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. Late afternoon, We will set a campsite for dinner and overnight.
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.
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)
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)
After breakfast, we walk about two hours up and down river till reaching the foot of Muller Range. It's 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)
The trek here is almost similar with the days before. We will cross rivers and jungle. On the way, our Dayak porters will show us how to survive on the jungle such as collecting the rattan, animal hunting, fish catching, and setting animal trap and you will involve on it. Late afternoon, We will set a campsite for dinner and overnight.
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)
After breakfast, proceed to trek about 3 hrs by crossing the rivers and jungle to reach the mouth of the Mahakam River. 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 at local host at Tiong Ohang village.
Get a full day trip by public boat to cruise the headwaters of Mahakam River through some challenged rapids while sightseeing beautiful view of rain forest as well as people unique activities at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local house.
Breakfast at local house, then downward to Samarinda by public houseboat. Here you can explore the local people's 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.
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,D)
Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination.
Pontianak / Samarinda Weather :
Day Temperatures 27 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 20 °– 25°C
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August ( but expect daily rain )
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