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Pontianak Expedition: Gunung Palung National Park [PICTURES]

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Join an expedition into Gunung Palung National Park in Pontianak! Lies on the western coast of the third-largest island in the world, Mount Palung National Park’s landscapes consist of swampy mangrove forest, montane forest, and coastal forest. It is home to diverse wildlife with rare and interesting species of monkeys and birds, and one of the remaining places to see the orangutans walk free in their natural habitat. This trip may show you that it takes some extra flight from regular tourists’ destination and a little bit more roadtrip to get to the destination. However, the experience throughout the expedition inside the park would be worth the energy spent. Let the adventure begins!

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Pontianak, Borneo (PNK)
Itinerary: Gunung Palung Expedition

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 - KETAPANG - TELOK MELANO       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast then prepare your bags as we are going to board a local plane leaving for Ketapang. Continue by car to Telok Melano as your starting point to get to Gunung Palung National Park. Enjoy your lunch and dinner en route. Stay overnight at a simple accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Telok Melano Lodge  

DAY 3:TELOK MELANO - GUNUNG PALUNG NATIONAL PARK       ▼

After breakfast, we are going for a long trip about 9 hours to Semanjak by a motorized boat. This of course depends on the river condition. Then, there will be another boat trip but not motorized, we are going the traditional way; row! On arrival, we will set up the base camp for overnight. Listen to the sound of the jungle and learn as much as possible from the guide about nocturnal animals in the park.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Camp

DAY 4:EXPLORING GUNUNG PALUNG NATIONAL PARK       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Gunung Palung is one of the national parks where you can get the chance to see the wild orangutans. The best time to see them is around the afternoon, when they begin to nest. In the meantime, we are going to look for other kinds of animals among the tallest rainforest trees in the world; gibbons, red monkeys, hornbills, wild boars, sun bears, snakes, lizards, turtles, fish, and all sorts of insects. Our guide will explain all the knowledge of flora and fauna of the park to you.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Camp

DAY 5:GUNUNG PALUNG NATIONAL PARK - TELOK MELANO       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast in the morning, and prepare to leave the jungle. We are going back to Telok Melano the same route we went in, but it should be faster as we are going downstream. In the late afternoon, take the longboat heading to Kampung Baru to see proboscis monkeys soaring on trees by the river. Stay overnight at Telok Melano.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Telok Melano Lodge

DAY 6:TELOK MELANO - PONTIANAK       ▼

After breakfast, we leave to take a fast boat to return to Pontianak where you will spend the last night in a hotel. Enjoy the free time afterwards.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Kapuas Palace Hotel

DAY 7: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: Gunung Palung Expedition

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flight between Pontianak & Ketapang
  • 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: Gunung Palung Expedition

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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