Kayan Mentarang of Borneo
Kayan Mentarang is a national park in one of the most Isolated regions in the outer corner of North Kalimantan province of Indonesia Borneo Island. The Park covers an area stretched along the border line with Malaysian Sabah and Sarawak in the hearth of Borneo and contains divers flora and fauna, from cloud rain forest, montane forest and even Kerangas forest with a few dozens of Dayak tribal villages and settlements. The isolated Krayan highland mountain plateau is home to traditional Dayak Tribes, with culture treasures that have survived within the jungle eco logical wealth. The Krayan area is only accessible by multi days hike through dense tropical rain forest, from either the bordering upper stream of the Bahau river in the south or by jungle trekking from the Berang river from the east coastal line of Kalimantan.
The flora in it’s vicinity of Kayan Mentarang Nature Reserve as the largest protected tropical rain forest in Indonesia covers about 1.300.000 hectares with the culture heritage as the main tourism attraction of the National Park. The old rainforest valleys and green belt slopes including flowers as wild orchids, rhododendrons species, old caves, and stone shaped burial sides form a collection of our Kalimantan tour exploration expeditions and dream destination journeys that reflect the particular passion of the adventure travelers who visit this isolated area in the heart of Borneo, as being part of Kalimantan ‘s Kayan Mentarang National Park. Our trips are designed for those tourist who have patient and of the beaten track spirit to experience an unforgettable holiday.
CROSS KAYAN MENTARANG EXPEDITION TOUR
Tour Duration 14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 01 - 03: TARAKAN, LONG BAWAN, LONG LAYU ( BLD)
Meeting service by your tour guide, transfer to airport for the flight to Long Bawan. Upon Arrival at Long Bawan, direct prepare for trekking the kerangas forest and jungle valleys to the south for two Full days, you will pass green belt tropical rain forest slopes. The wildlife as gibbons, Macaque, leaf monkeys and plenty of other primates hide in the lush rainforest. Once arrived in Long Layu village, check in at the Home stay or Local House, afternoon sightseeing in the village to experience the culture or trek the jungle to the Salt Making mountain as a traditional community activity where the salt is found in the salt springs and being exchanged to Malaysia for prestige items. Meals provided and overnight at Local House or Home stay.
Day 04: LONG LAYU, TANJUNG PASIR ( LONG RUNGAN) (BLD)
Trek Through the Forest of North Borneo passing irrigated dry rice fields, the rock complex called Honey Rock, which arises about 40 meters high above the tree tops forest roof. The culture history heritage speaks through the caves and stone burial sites during our hike over the trails under the towering trees of the jungle valleys which we pass on the route. Meals enroute and overnight at Local House or Home stay.
Day 05: TANJUNG PASIR (LONG RUNGAN), TANG TAAN (BLD)
by Kayak cruise downstream the adventures river rapids of Tanjung Pasir to the settlement called "Tang Taan" along the Krayan River, to trek the jungle path to an impressive human figure carved rock. Meals enroute and overnight at Local House or Home stay.
Day 06 & 11 : TANG TAAN, FOREST TREK, LONG PUJUNGAN (BLD)
We start the off the beaten track adventure for about six full days dense jungle rain forest trekking expedition from the Krayan Highlands towards the Bahau River which connect us via the Dayak settlement of Apau Ping and the Bahau river Long Alongo to Long Pujungan village. During the multi days forest, we make our path and trails in this un-foot printed jungle, fish and hunt for extra protein, drink water from the tree roots to survive during our trek in the dense tropical forest.
Day 12: DOWNSTREAM, LONG PUNJUNGAN, LONG BIA (BLD)
After breakfast start our last part of the adventure trip downstream the Kayan River to Long Bia by motor canoe or long boat passing fast stream rapids while you can enjoy the rain forest scenery of the river banks, overnight at local guesthouse, meals provided en route.
Day 13: LONG BIA, TANJUNG SELOR (BLD)
Breakfast, continue our trip downstream to Tanjung Selor, upon arrival check in at hotel in Tanjung Selor, for a hot shower in your ariconditioned room, evening free at leisure, meals provided at local restaurants.
Day 14: TANJUNG SELOR, TARAKAN (B)
Breakfast, cross the sea by speedboat to Tarakan, and transfer to the airport where you can catch your onward flight to your next holiday destination.
Kayan Mentarang FactsKayan Mentarang well known as the Heart of Borneo is an unfoot-printed jungle of the highest quality found at Kalimantan, a tour through the highland area about 1500-2200 meters above sea level with beautyful rainforest valleys and slopes, and dozens of rivers have to be crossed. The Jungle area is totally unhabited and un-explored, till we reach the highlands of Krayan where about a 2000 families live in small settlements totally isolated along the Malaysian Border. During the trek simple camps will be made, while we hunt for fish and meat for extra protein along the way.
Day Temperatures 27 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 20 °– 25°C
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August (but expect daily rain)
The accommodation is in a local house, and simple camp base, far from western facilities as matrasses, or warm water shower
Travel Time & Distance
Tarakan – Long Bawan 1 hour fly by Cesna Plane
Long Bawan – Long Layu trek 2 days
Long Layu Tang Taan 2 days Trek
Tang Taan – Long Pujungan 6-7 days Trek
Long Pujungan - Tanjung Selor 7-10 hours by speed/long boat
Tanjung Selor – Tarakan 3 hours by speedboat
How To Get There
Tarakan international airport with direct Flights to Jakarta, Balikpapan, Berau, Nunukan, and Malaysian Tawau
Things To Bring
Long wear & Good shoes
Sleeping bag (thin)
Waterproof bag (for documents and electronics)
Wildlife can be expected as birds and lizards, Deer, Monkeys, Clouded Leopard, Sunbears or insects
North Kalimantan Province area is 74,500 square kilometers, with a 3 million population