CROSS BORNEO EXPEDITION TOUR ( over land )
Tour Package Duration 17 Days / 16 Nights
Day 01: BALIKPAPAN, SAMARINDA (LD)
Arrival at Balikpapan airport, meeting service and transfer by car to Samarinda and check in at hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 02 to Day 04: SAMARINDA, MAHAKAM RIVER (BLD)
After breakfast transfer to harbor for boarding boat to cruise up Mahakam River. Meals and overnight on boat.
Day 05: LONG BAGUN, RAPIDS, TIONG OHANG (BLD)
After simple breakfast full day adventure trip by long boat through amazing rapids between the high rocks. Meals provided enroute and overnight at long house.
Day 06 until Day 13: TIONG OHANG, UP RIVER, TREK (BLD)
After simple breakfast continue the trip by motor canoe till the end of the Mahakam River, from where we will continue trekking approximately 3 - 5 hours a day through primary rain forest and crossing the Muller Mountain. During the trip we will fish, and exploring the jungle. Meals provided enroute and overnight in jungle camp.
Day 14: TANJUNG LOKAN, PUTUSIBAU (BLD)
In the morning after breakfast, full day trip downstream on Bongan River by long boat to Putusibau. Enroute you will pass rapids. Meals provide enroute & overnight at Long House.
Day 15 to Day 16: PUTUSIBAU, SINTANG, PONTIANAK (BLD)
In the morning sightseeing in town, afterwards by bus drive to Sintang for overnight, the next day continue the trip by bus to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan. Meal provided & overnight at hotel.
Day 17: PONTIANAK, DEPARTURE (B)
Free at leisure until departure time of next flight for your next destination.
Cross Borneo Facts
Cross Borneo is a moderate challenging trip, which not only need a good health in body to stand the rough terrain but the more over a psychotic health to stand the limits, and un-expectations it all will cause. You will trek for 6 to 7 days through unhabituated primary cloud rain forests in the Muller mountains. Hunt, and fish for extra protein. The river ride to reach the most remote part of this island will lead you through heavy fast stream rapids, while the long boat with speed engines lead you through the Rocks and amazing Limestone walls standing 40-70 meters strait in the sky. The art full Dayak Culture and Longhouses, the area is covered by mangrove, swamp, and lowland rain forest. The Tourism spots are the Villages and river life. The further you get upstream the more adventures it will be, till you reach the dense jungle after the rapids. Wildlife is mostly seen while never can be a guaranty. This trip suit for those with patient and adventure spirit, ready to expect the unexpected.
Cross Borneo Weather
Day Temperatures 25 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 16 °– 22°C
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August ( but expect daily rain )
Cross Borneo Accommodation
Mahakam River has poor accommodation facilities at the villages, mostly with thin matrasses and cold water facilities only, the Jungle camp is a prepared camp with roof only to stand the rain
Travel Time & Distance East – West Kalimantan
Balikpapan – Samarinda 3 hours by car
Samarinda – Long Bagun 60-72 hours by boat
Long Bagun – Tiong Ohang 6-8 hours by longboat
Tiong Ohang – Trek Point 2 hours by canoe
Trek 4-7 hours a day
Tanjung Lokan – Putussibau full day by long boat
Putssibau – Sintang 8 hours by bus
Sintang – Pontianak 8 hours by bus
How To Get There
Balikpapan Sepinggan international airport with direct Flights to Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Tarakan, Berau, Palu, Makassar, Manado, Singapore
Pontianak Airport with direct flights to Jakarta, Batam, and Pangkalanbun, Kucing, and Singapore
Things To Bring
Long wear for day and night
Good rubber shoes
Towel, soap and personal needs
Thin sleeping bag
Waterproof bag (for documents and electronics)
Cross Borneo Culture & Wildlife
The wildlife is exotic, lots of water birds, along with the endemic proboscis monkeys, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, and pythons. The Tribal Cultures on the way are more then 40 tribes, with all their own cultural believes and art, from longhouses, to earlobes and tattoo’s
East Kalimantan Province area is 204,534 square kilometers, with a 4,5 million population