Cross Borneo Adventure

Trip Highlights

  • Orangutan
  • Mahakam River
  • Borneo Jungle Trekking
  • Borneo Flora and Fauna
  • Dayak Tribe

Trip Descriptions

Borneo Island is an land to adventure the Unspoiled Jungle, the Great Ape of Orangutan, and the Mystical Culture of Dayak People. This world’s third largest island covers an area about 747.000 sq km, home of amazing plants and animals, such as; the rare black orchid, iron wood, gigantic dipterocarp tree, raflessia flower, the carnivorous pitcher plant, orangutan, proboscis monkey, gibbon, rhinoceros hornbill, argus pheasant, blue streak king fisher, sun bear, clouded leopard, king cobra and many more.

The trip package are fully organized combination of adventure, leisure, ecotourism, and safety. We organized the Trip for individual and at small group maximum of 10 persons to maximize service and safety for all participants, also we provide you comfortable trekking gears for your convenience trekking trip.

Borneo locally called Kalimantan is also well known as a mega diversity and one of the largest tropical rain forest in the world, some areas are high land while others are low land, flowed by magnificent rivers and dwelled by the most famous headhunter tribe called “Dayak“,

known as the indigenous of this mighty land. Within the shady green environment of the equator rain forest, the nature mounts her most complex endeavors for millions of years and ruling thousand species of flora and fauna live in ecological harmony and supplying energy to sustain each other life on this great island. Exploring the beauty of the rugged jungle, discovering the amazing diversity of exotic flora and fauna, and feeling the wonderful unique of the mystical arts and cultures of this majestic island will give you an experience to remember for all your days remaining. The trip package duration are 17 days with grade moderate to Advance and your activities trekking, adventure tourism and cruising.

Trip Itinerary

Meet and greeting upon arrival at airport and directly transfer to hotel. Free at your own leisure. In the afternoon, we can explore the riverbank area of Pontianak by the wooden boat to observe people daily life or having sightseeing trip to Pontianak harbor, Beting Permai water village, as well as the huge Kapuas Bridge. (D)

After breakfast, we will leave to Sintang by public land transportation for about 8 hours. Lunch will be served on local restaurant en route, dinner and overnight on hotel. Free at your own leisure. (B,L,D)

Proceed to Putussibau by public land transportation for about 8 hours passing the beautiful view of Mount Kelam on the roadside. Arrive at Putussibau and directly transfer to a simple hotel for overnight. Free at your own leisure. (B,L,D)

Proceed to the head water 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 to 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 place. It’s tough here. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

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)

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, 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)

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)

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 our campsite for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

This is the longest and the toughest trek. After breakfast, we will proceed to trek up and down by crossing river and its rock. After lunch, we will continue the trek with almost the same characteristic. The trek is so challenging and need more of adventure spirit and power. 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 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, the trail is easier by trekking downhill to find a good place for setting our campsite. (B,L,D)

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

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

After breakfast, proceed to trek by crossing 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 motorized boat will take us to Tiong Ohang, the first village you encounter after long days in the jungle, we will sight some temporary huts as well as villager farmlands on riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on local inn. (B,L,D)

Get a full day trip by public boat to cruise the head waters 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. (B,L,D)

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)

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 – Trip Conclude
Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your next destination. (B)

What to Carry During The Trekking
  • Backpack /day backpack
  • Rain clothes
  • Long pants, shorts
  • T-shirts, shirts
  • Underwear, socks
  • Comfortable trekking boots, good socks for the trekking.
  • Sunscreen, hat to protect from the sun
  • Personal medicine
  • Swimsuit
  • Passport
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • A good head lamp or torch
  • Enough plastic bags where you should pack all your clothes to protect them from the water / rain
  • Water bottle
  • Additional clothing you may want
  • Sleeping bag & Sleeping mat (Since we can only provide simple mat in the tent, if you want to use sleeping bag or sleeping mat, you have to provide it by your own).
What’s Included
  • Private and public land transportation
  • Public houseboat
  • Motorized boat
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
  • 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Pontianak
  • 01 Night at simple lodge in Sintang
  • 01 Night at simple lodge 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

What’s not Included

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, postage, alcoholic beverages, etc
  • Meals before and after trip
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Visa fee
  • Departure Taxes
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure