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Pontianak Expedition: Betung Kerihun Borneo Trekking [PICTURES]

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Tour Code: BTG-BORNEO19

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Explore the Escape from the more common tourist routes to the Dayaks and Orangutan settlements on the Malaysian border. A mountain range shared by Indonesia and Malaysia and is one of the largest animal reserves on the island of Borneo. Twelve Dayak villages coexist inside and outside this Borneo Transboundary Forest Heritage where you can find wild orangutans, rhinos, Borneo gibbons and many endemic birds. On this seven-night route we will live with the tribes in their Longhouses and explore the fascinating wildlife of Borneo.

  • 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Pontianak, Borneo (PNK)
Itinerary: Pontianak Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL PONTIANAK       ▼

Welcome to Pontianak! There are 12 countries in the world that are strapped along the equator that separates northern and southern earth’s hemispheres. But among those many cities of the countries, there is only one that sits right on the line, that is Pontianak. Meeting service with our driver who will take you to your hotel for overnight. Enjoy a nice dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Kapuas Palace Hotel

DAY 2:PONTIANAK - PUTUSSIBAU       ▼

Enjoy the breakfast served at the hotel, then have a free time until your transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Putussibau. Upon arrival, we will transfer you directly to a village of Dayak tribe. On the way, you will have your lunch. Once arrived, you can see how the day goes by at this tribal village. Enjoy the evening with the local people, have dinner and overnight at the traditional longhouse.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Longhouse

DAY 3:PUTUSSIBAU - BETUNG KERIHUN NATIONAL PARK       ▼

After breakfast at longhouse, we will drive to Embaloh River passing by some farmlands along the way. Then we will continue by longboat to cruise upstream, passing by Mataso Village, until we reach the national Park. There are about 300 species of bird with 25 of which are endemic to Borneo, and around 160 fish species and 54 mammals are known to inhabit the park. Lunch will be served on the way, while the dinner and overnight will be prepared at the jungle camp. But depends on weather or other situation in the jungle, we might settle in a local house instead.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Local House or Jungle Camp

DAY 4-5:EXPLORING BETUNG KERIHUN       ▼

After breakfast, we will do trekking to explore the Betung Kerihun National Park. The trails lead us through canopy bridges, passing rivers, spotting wild animals. If we are lucky, we might see a wild orangutan, Bornean Gibbon, the Rhinoceros, Hornbill, the Giant Squirrel and a great variety of birds. We will have lunch on the way, then dinner and overnight at jungle camp/local house.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Local House or Jungle Camp

DAY 6:BETUNG KERIHUN - DANAU SENTARUM       ▼

After breakfast, we will continue by boat to go to Lanjak village and then continue by car and speedboat to Tekenang village at the area of Danau Sentarum National Park. Here, we can explore wildlife of the wetlands, including monkeys and the red arowana fish. Enjoy your lunch on the way, dinner and overnight on fisherman floating house.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 7:DANAU SENTARUM - PUTUSSIBAU       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast to power up, then we prepare our bags to return to Putussibau, by speedboat via Tekenang, the trip will take about 5 hours. Lunch and dinner will be served en route. During the trip you can observe the two different landscapes of Sentarum Lake and Kapuas River which we pass. Upon arrival at Putussibau, check in at hotel and enjoy your last night of this trip.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Putussibau Hotel

DAY 8:PUTUSSIBAU - PONTIANAK - END OF TRIP       ▼

Breakfast at hotel, enjoy your free time until departure time for your flight to Pontianak, from where you can connect to your next destination. Thank you for enjoying this Pointianak tour in the jungle of Betung Kerihun National Park with Come2Indonesia. We wish you a pleasant flight and Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast  

Accommodation:

Photos: Pontianak Tour

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flight between Pontianak & Putussibau
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation by boat and car as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Donations and Entrance fees, permits
  • Meals, Accommodations, and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A unique experience!

Price Excludes

  • Domestic/international flights
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Visa
  • Airport tax
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, personal expenses
  • Extra expenses occurred due to causes beyond our control (force majeure) such as cancellations of flights, natural disasters, diseases, etc.
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “INCLUDES”
Map: Pontianak Tour

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trip:
  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags
Land tour and trekking:
  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How do I get to Pontianak?

Pontianak is easily reached from Indonesia’s main entry point, Jakarta airport (CGK). There are many direct flights by Lion Air, Batik Air, AirAsia and Garuda Indonesia. If you are coming from Denpasar, Bali (DPS), the flights will go through Jakarta as well.

How hard is our tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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