Journey Into the Heart of Borneo
Betung Kerihun-Danau Sentarum National Parks
9 days 8 nights
• Explore the diversity of West Kalimantan especially Kapuas Hulu-Heart of Borneo’s flora, fauna, culture and history by living in.
• Embark on an adventure journey by cruising a clear-fast current river in an original rain forest of Borneo (Betung Kerihun National Park).
• Trek through the world’s oldest rainforest in the Heart of Borneo.
• Explore the tranquil Danau Sentarum, a wetland of international importance.
• Meet the indigenous tribes of Borneo and explore one of Borneo’s Dayak longhouse.
• Learn about their traditional knowledge in conserving their natural resources for sustainability of their livelihoods.
(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Day 1 : Putussibau- Kelayam Longhouse
Arrival in Putussibau, pick up at the airport, prepare for the field and lunch. After lunch, proceed for a land journey to Kelayam. After about 2, 5 hours, arrive at Kelayam Longhouse, check in to a local homestay, mingling with the local and explore the area.
Day 2: Kelayam Longhouse – River Bank campsite
After breakfast and all prepared, trip to Mataso by motor bike (5 minutes) to get the local wooden longboat. As arrival, jump to the local wooden longboat and boat upstream the Embaloh River for about 2 hours. Along the journey, explore the rain forest and pass some small rapids. As arrival construct tent for overnight. Lunch to be served by cooking on wood fire. After lunch, enjoy the nature by trekking and swimming. In the evening (optional), trek into the pitch-dark forest to lookout for nocturnal animals. Overnight at a simple campsite. (B, L, D)
Day 3: River Bank campsite- Tekelan camping ground (BKNP)
After all preparation is ready, boat trip to Tekelan Camping ground in Betung Kerihun National Park (BKNP). After about 1 hour, arrive at the place and set up the tent. Rest and enjoy the pristine rain forest of Borneo. Boating to tree house in Embaloh River for about 10 minutes, enjoy the house. Back to the camp and lunch. After lunch and rest, trekking for about 45 minute and enjoy the body rafting back to the tent. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Tekelan Camping ground (BNKP) – Meliau Longhouse
After brakfast, cruise down the Embaloh River to be back to Sadap longhouse. After 2,5 hours on the boat, loading your things and jump to the car. As all thing finish, trip to be continued by car to Lanjak. Before reaching Lanjak town, stopover in Lanjak highland to see the overall Danau Sentarum. Down to Lanjak get your lunch. After lunch, get the boat station of Lanjak, then cruise the brown lake by using speedboat. On the way, you will pass the lake that you show from the Lanjak highland and some fishermen villages. The boat trip takes about 1 hour and 10 minute (40 HP outboard engine). As arrival, check in to local homestay and rest. In the afternoon, with local guise, see how the local catch fish. Overnight at the Dayak Iban Longhouse (B,LD)
Day 5: Meliau -Wildlife Research Station/Bukit Peninjau
After brakfast, your day is started by riding a small wooden longboat to Bukit Peninjau. Bukit Peninjau is a local conservation area which is a natural habitat of wild Oranutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Before reaching Bukit Paninjau where a simple camp for wildlife research placed you will pass some place where local people use to get fishes. You also have a chance to discover a lake, a habitat of Arwana/ Dragon fish (Schelopagus Formosus) and thousand fishes. Out from the boat, later, descend to continue your trek on a simple wooden bridge to come to the camp in Bukit Peninjau. Check in to your room, enjoy the nature. As your time, available, explore the area to try your luckiness finding wildlife (Orangutan), learn how the Dayak survive in the jungle. Overnight in the forest and snack head fish barbeque dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Wildlife Research Station/Bukit Peninjau – Sungai Pelaik Longhouse
After breakfast, prepare for one day (approximately 6 hours) trekking in peak-swam forest. While trekking, you may spot nests or individual of wild Orangutan. Enjoy the nature and lunch will be served simply on the way. In the afternoon, you will enter another Dayak longhouse in the center of the forest, Sungai Pelaik Longhouse. Get in contact with another Dayak Iban. Enjoy your afternoon in the silent life of the forest, dinner and rest. (B, L, D)
Day 7 : Floating house-Meliau longhouse – Lanjak- Banua Tengah
After all things prepare, say goodbye to the local and step down following 1000 meter the board walk to get the boat. As arrival ride to the local boat for about 1 hour to get Lanjak. Load out from the boat and continue your 2 hours’ car trip to the old Dayak Tamambaloh longhouse name Banua Tengah. Check in to a homestay and explore the longhouse and the indigenous people who live daily at the longhouse. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Banua Tengah-Putussibau
To day is your last time to enjoy the Dayak homeland. Enjoy the area by exploring the local activities and their uniqueness remains. In the afternoon, trip back to Putussibau. Check in hotel. Dinner with your guide and rest. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Putussibau – Pontianak
After breakfast, load to the car and trip for about 1 hour to Putussibau airport. Check in and leave Putussibau. (B).
END OF PROGRAMME.
All-inclusive, During the trip start and ends at Putussibau; Full board all meals as indicated above (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner) and accommodation (Home-stay and jungle camp), and transportation (car, longboat, speedboat). English speaking guide, Local organizer, Longhouse entrance fee, and Donations.
International Flight and Travel insurance, Airport taxes and extra baggage (more than 20 kgs) charges, Camera/Video charge in National ParkPrivate Porter, Personal expenses such as phone calls, mini bar, laundry, beverages, tips for guide/porter and driver etc,All expenses incurred due to the transport cancellations or due other causes beyond our control, any Force majeure
Participants Price / Pax 2 - 3 10,875,000 4 - 5 8,325,000 6 - 7 7,525,000 8 - 10 6,335,000