CROSS BORNEO TOURS

cross borneo

Cross Borneo from East to West

Duration: 16 Days/15 Nights

Grade: Challenging


Experience the ultimate challenge by traversing one of the most rugged islands in the world from the east to west 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. 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.


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,L,D)


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 speedboat

Public houseboat in Mahakam River

Motorized boats

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 from West to East

Duration: 17 Days/16 Nights

Grade: Challenging


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 Cross Borneo Trekking 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.


Day 01  ARRIVAL IN PONTIANAK

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we can visit the monument of equator. Free at your own leisure. Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan, located precisely on the equator and lies on the delta of Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia.


Day 02  PONTIANAK – SINTANG

We will start our Cross Borneo Tours by driving for about 7 hours to reach Sintang town for check in to a local hotel. 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

Today 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, this cruise is the lazy and relaxing part of Cross Borneo Expedition, 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,D)


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 speed boat

Public houseboat in Mahakam River

Motorized boats

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 from East to West & Orangutan Tours

Duration: 20 Days/19 Nights

Grade: Challenging


Experience the ultimate challenge by traversing one of the most rugged islands in the world from the east to west 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. 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. On this long and challenging journey, we can also explore the only Asian Great Ape in Tanjung Puting National Park which is located on a peninsula in the south coast of Borneo. It is the world third largest tropical rainforest park covers an area 415,040 hectares, the only protected area in Southeast Asia with vast tract of wet and low land, tropical heat and swamp forests with large rookeries that provide breeding grounds for a wide population of waterfowl. The needs of orangutans and other wildlife primates are also satisfied by 400 species of trees as their diets.

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.


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 a 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 our 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  PONTIANAK – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun. Arrive at Pangkalan Bun and directly transfer 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 on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, 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 17  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising 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. 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 or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 18  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Get the morning river safari by houseboat to observe river ecology and wildlife along the riverside. En route, we will stop at Pondok Tanggui Feeding Station to watch rangers feed orangutans, and then we will continue our trip by visiting the Pesalat Station to explore reforestation activities and the famous iron wood as well as other exotic vegetation. Lunch will be served on boat while sighting wild animal activities along the riverside. Next, we will depart to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Station for viewing the feeding process of orangutans. Afterwards, we will proceed to Tanjung Harapan village for sightseeing villagers’ daily activities. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 19  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Exploring the National Park is never boring. We will observe deeper the swamp rainforest by trekking in other paths that may give you an opportunity to encounter the differences of orangutans either wild or ex-captive as well as other wildlife of the low land tropical rainforest with fascinating atmosphere of the nature itself. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 20  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Public speedboat

Public houseboat in Mahakam River

Private houseboat in Tanjung Puting

Motorized boats

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

04 Nights at houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting

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 from West to East & Orangutan Tours

Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights

Grade: Challenging


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. On this long and challenging journey, we can also explore the only Asian Great Ape in Tanjung Puting National Park which is located on a peninsula in the south coast of Borneo. It is the world third largest tropical rainforest park covers an area 415,040 hectares, the only protected area in Southeast Asia with vast tract of wet and low land, tropical heat and swamp forests with large rookeries that provide breeding grounds for a wide population of waterfowl. The needs of orangutans and other wildlife primates are also satisfied by 400 species of trees as their diets.

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.


Day 01  ARRIVAL IN PONTIANAK

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we can visit the monument of equator. Free at your own leisure. Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan, located precisely on the equator and lies on the delta of Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia.


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 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  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 journey. 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,D)


Day 17  SAMARINDA – BALIKPAPAN – BANJARMASIN

Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Banjarmasin. Arrive at Banjarmasin airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, exploring Banjarese river civilization by taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)


Day 18  FLOATING MARKET – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market for exploring 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, free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun. Arrive at Pangkalan Bun and directly transfer 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 on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, 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 19  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising 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 or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 20  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Get the morning river safari by houseboat to observe river ecology and wildlife along the riverside. En route, we will stop at Pondok Tanggui Feeding Station to watch rangers feed orangutans, and then we will continue our trip by visiting the Pesalat Station to explore reforestation activities and the famous iron wood as well as other exotic vegetation. Lunch will be served on boat while sighting wild animal activities along the riverside. Next, we will depart to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Station for viewing the feeding process of orangutans. Afterwards, we will proceed to Tanjung Harapan village for sightseeing villagers’ daily activities. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 21  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Public speedboat

Public houseboat in Mahakam River

Private houseboat in Tanjung Puting

Motorized boats

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

01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin

03 Nights at houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting

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