Trip Notes

We would like you to know some tips when you come to the Heart of Borneo

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  • Due to the remoteness of the area, it is important that you participate with a spirit of adventure, an open mind, ability to go with the flow when itinerary changes or interruptions occur and an interest in the indigenous community of Borneo’s culture, landscape and wildlife.
  • On the jungle activities, the Terrain of the jungle including at Betung Kerihun National Park is Hilly and mountainous. You will trek through dense rainforest with moderate slopes, up and down hills, sometimes muddy if it rains. Expect leeches and insects along the trails.
  • On the river journey, you will use local wooden or fiber long boat. Expect no chair on the boat you just sit on the floor of the boat sometimes. River levels can change drastically depending on rainfall. If the water level is high, there are a few rapids to cross. If water level is low you may have to help with carrying your boat to the next water filled river.
  • Physical conditions - Participants must be in good health and able to trek for of an average of 2-4 hours in a day under hot, humid and sometime wet weather for the jungle trekking trip.
  • Basic facility means bed with mattress and bedding, pillow, blanket, fan, common bath with shower (without hot water), squat toilet.
  • Longhouse- The setting is traditional. You will have to sleep on the floor with mattress and pillow, makeshift toilets and bathing is at the riverside where woman will have to use “sarong”.
  • Jungle camp- you will sleep on a surface of the ground with sleeping bag to keep you warm in a plastic tarp tent. Makeshift toilets and bathing on the pure river.
  • Food and water - Food are cooked in open fire and drinking water are treated and boiled during the trek.
  • Telecommunications - Mobile phone reception is scarce in some areas and totally none at all in the national parks.
  • Medical facilities –Better to bring your personal medical. Health care only be available at the town.
  • Vaccination - Please check with your doctor on the recommended vaccination for travel to South East Asia.
  • The weather - In Kalimantan generally, as the oldest rain forest in the world, the rain cannot be predicted. There are less rain and drier months from June until August. This means smaller rivers may dry up and DanauSentarum turns into a savannah at this time of the year. This exploration is possible all year round.
  • Maximum group size - Not more than 15 persons for culture trip, however for Nature and adventure trip the maximum participant is 10. We concern about environmental effect and realistic ability to organize in the jungle.
  • Things to pack for this trip: 
PLEASE PACK your things properly better using plastic pack due to some water activities.Tick on the boxes to make sure you have everything you need for this trip.

Equipment to carry

  • Daypack or backpack
  • Drinking bottle
  • Sleeping bag/hammock
  • Trekking shoes or walking shoes with good condition (strong footwear, ankle height for protection, well worn-in and not brand new, sturdy enough for the duration of the trek and will not fall apart)
  • Sandals for wet trekking
  • Raincoat
  • Anti-mosquitoes and anti-leaches repellents
  • Warm Jacket if needed (the temperature is average 20-38 Celsius)
  • Trekking poles if needed
  • Clothes easy to dry when it wet (top and trouser for walking, Long sleeved shirts)
  • Personal medicine
  • Snack or personal food for nibble
  • Camera or documentation stuff (don’t forget to keep it dry and safe)
  • Head torch/Torch with good durability
  • Sunhat and Sunglasses (based on requirement)
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Leech socks (if any)
  • Sun block lotion
  • Hat
  • Plastic bags for clothes and camera etc.
  • Binoculars (if needed)
  • Towels
  • Knapsack for day pack
  • Camera with extra batteries (no where to charge your battery during the trek)