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21 Days Crossing Borneo

Tourist Guide : Mr Alex Afdhall

19 days crossing Borneo stars in Pontianak, West ends in Balikpapan the East Coast offers full adventure; bus riding, river boating, and jungle trekking where the journey presents ultimate scenery of the most rugged Island in the globe. It is special interest program for active and energetic travelers organized by experienced people.

This program occupies strength of rally on hard road, challenging rapids of Kapuas Rivers and Mahakam Rives, and high level of fitness, adventurous spirit and strong sense of determination. Do you want to join? Learn the following experience of the real adventure.

Photo courtesy borneo access adventurer
Photo courtesy borneo access adventurer

Local People.  Photo courtesy borneo access adventurer
Local People.  Photo courtesy borneo access adventurer

Photo courtesy borneo access adventurer
Jungle trekking starts from Tanjung Lokang goes through the middle of nowhere in the depth rain forest. It takes 6-7 days (depends on the weather situation). The Dayak tribe Guides lead to the journey to reach small village Muara Ubung, up stream of Mahakam river in East Kalimantan.

Crossing Borneo Experiences

  1. (1).     Day 1 Pontianak You can arrive in our joining hotel, as today there are no planned activities visiting Grand Mosque Jami’, Qadariah Palace, Equator monument, and eldest Buddhist temple in right on the bank of the Kapuas river.
  1. (2).    Day 2 Pontianak – Sintang Departing Pontianak we travel over the equator area through rubber, palm olive plantation. Stopover for lunch is Sanggau, district that presents more Dayak society. The journey of today takes 7 to 8 hours climbing of the Kelam, weather permitting.
  1. (3).    Day 3 Sintang-Mountain Kelam-Baning Park Taking public transport journey is continued to Bukit Kelam (Bukit means hill, and Kelam means dark), it just a giant stone situated  17km northeast of Sintang. It is a place to measure your strength to cross Borneo. If you fit enough and not give up here, let us continue crossing. Nevertheless, if you give up here, you could say “go on your trip crossers” I take U-turn, means I am going back to Pontianak. Do not be too much worry, we (Borneo Access Adventurer) rewards for you are not able to follow your group. In the afternoon after your ability test (climbing the hill), the tour continued to Baning Park. This is a home to primary rain forest in town.
  1. (4).    Day 4 Sintang - Putusibau overland (BLD), a full day trip goes through plantation area and sometimes off road.
  1. (5).    Day 5 Putusibau. It is the right moment to organized entry permit and completing requirement in the authority of the National Park Betung Karihun.  To release your tired some Putusibau is a place for a city sightseeing before continuing our journey tomorrow morning.
  1. (6).    Day 6 Putusibau-Nanga Bungan (BLD) boat riding reaches unpredictable distance, depends on the strength of current. Some time in certain places amazing women with stretched earlobes fully tattooed fishing in the river. River boating goes up the Kapuas River, the current of presents feeling of adventure and sometimes pumping up adrenalin for it getting stronger. However, if the boat cannot reach the Bungan, Mata Luna Village is the alternative and the worst is camping in Batu Tiga.
  1. (7).    Day 7 Nanga Bungan-Tanjung Lokang (BLD) nerve–still and knowledgeable boatmen are required for the rapids are completely wild. In certain places take off and full the boat where is not sailable. However, stunned by beauty of the nature sometimes makes viewer feels go through a dreaming land. At about midday the bout has to cross rapid an absolute point to take off the boat, called Hororoi, having crossed it is the time for lunch. If the water level is low, from Horori up to Tanjung Lokang there are places take of and push the boat, (real jungle boating).
  1. (8).    Day 8 Tanjung Lokang (BLD) Jungle boating is now finish. It is now the right time to relaxing. A full day free program, accompanied by our local guide familiarity trip around the village is also can be organized. Knowing the Punan People and their activity is a nice experience for they are the most uncivilized society in Borneo.
  1. (9).    Day 9 16 Jungle Trekking (BLD) Jungle trekking starts from Tanjung Lokang goes to the east trough nowhere in 67 days guided by Punan Dayak Guide to end the journey in a small village, Muara Ubung. The trekking starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. This part is really spends energy walking through primary rain forest up and down the hill through Muller Range, down to Muaraubung, overnight in Tiong Ohang
  1. (10).    Day 17 Tiong Ohang – Long Bangun (BLD) on the lucky, the water level is moderate, speedboat of 26-seat capacity goes down to Long Bangun every morning. The journey passing District Long Pangai, Long Tuyuk, and Data Suling passed Riam Panjang (long rapid) is the most challenging and rapid is so extreme. It is the most extreme point ever in Mahakam River. However, prominent   boatman went on the rapid safely to Long Bagun. overnight in the water bus seeking for comfortable space is better for the 3 days journey to Samarinda.
  1. (11).    Day 18 -19 Long Bagun - Tenggarong That day, the tour proceeded down the Mahakam River on the houseboat. The boat left Long Bagun District at 7:30 AM down the districts; Long Merah/ Rukun Damai 2:45 arrives in Data Bilang, more civilized and are better floating houses everywhere in the river, at 5:30pm arrive in Long Iram, and proceeded to Mellak at 11:30PM, overnight in the houseboat. The next day 6:30AM arrives in Kota Bangun, capital city of Kutai Barat Regency. The Boat Proceeded down the Mahakam to Tenggarong, Capital city of Kutai Kertanegara Regency. Tenggarong offers alternatives to stay, to eat. Kumala Island is one of the places to visit, where a resort hotel in Kumala resort is situated.
  1. (12).    Day 20 Tenggarong – Samarinda after a night relaxing in the Tenggarong City, the tour proceeded overland to Samarinda. It took one hour by rent car. Samarinda is the busiest city in East Borneo. bunch of experience is this evening.
  1. (13).    Day 21 Samarinda – Balikpapan from in the morning overland by bus, and in the afternoon enjoy Balikpapan City Sight Seeing, continues with night trip in the mitro petroleum city of Indonesia.

All transports: minibus, speedboat, houseboat, and jungle walk.

budget hotels, guesthouse, and camping is the most basic one. Meals:     full board, in the local restaurant. During the jungle trekking meals is provided by the team of the porters and local guide.

The Fact:   
What is it like? It is a full adventure. Very high level of fitness, adventurous spirit and strong sense of determination are required to walk 6 to 8 hours in the wet, muddy and hilly. Nevertheless, the rewards to effort are experience the remotest place on the globe. It is well worth to your effort, isn’t it?

The grade:
Very challengingTransports:     minibus, speedboat, houseboat, and jungle walk.

|budget hotels, guesthouse, and camping is the most basic one


Trip dossier:    
available upon request

full board, the local restaurant. Meals is provided by the team of the porters and local guide. Allow US$ 150 for extra meals.

such as mosquito net anti insect jelly are required sleeping-bag.

Group size: 
small group 2 person and big group 8 person maximum

subjected to change without prior notice     in a group

•    Public land transfer, public boat and long boat as per program.
•    Accommodation as per program (twin share at hotel).
•    Full board meals during the trip.
•    English speaking guide.
•    Airticket Putussibau to Pontianak
•    Donation & entrance fee.

•    Soft drink and alcoholic beverages.
•    Porter and airport tax
•    Personal expenses.
•  Insurance ( owning travel insurance is compulsory for Borneo Access Adventurer does not include insurance into the tour price).
•    Any expenses incurred due to all causes beyond the program.


  1. 1.    All bookings are to be made either by fax or email.
  1. 2.    Deposited 50% of tour price, to be remitted twenty (21) days before the time of  arrival, by transfer. Price subject to change depend on the USD toward Indonesian Currency.
  1. 3.    The tour is Special Interest Tour. Participant will be required to sign a separate Liability–Release Form (Waiver) to do this tour. 
  1. 4.    Porter in trekking is for logistics only. Extra Porter hires Rp. 3.000.000, a porter (one medium bag pack).
  1. 5.    All porter should share to bring the equipment and logistic are required during the trip.

CANCELLATION CHARGE Cancellation charges may occur for transport, carriers, accommodation, restaurant, guide booking, correspondence costs and other component that use on the program, this fee should be charged to the clients.

REFUND: There will be no refund once your arrival.

RESPONSIBILITY: Every participant shall be regarded in every respect as carrying his–her own risk with respect to loss or injury to person or property. We do not accept responsibility for losses or expenses result.

LIABILITY: We acts as intermediary for transport, carriers, accommodation, restaurant and other component that use during the program, assumes no responsible for any delay, change of schedules, loss, damage, injury, theft, accident, and irregularity.
Due to all causes beyond the program, we reserve the right, without penalty, to alter itineraries or program.

WHAT TO BRING? Travel bag, sleeping bag, rain coat, suntan lotion, hat, T–Shirt, paddling–beach sandals, comfortable walking–trekking shoes with extra socks, binocular, flash light with extra bulb and batteries, Camera + extra films, towels, mosquito–insect repellent, personal medicine, for souvenirs and other personal expenses please bring Rupiah.

“Lonely Planet Indonesia the 7th edition 2003, p. 673, the 8th edition 2006, p. 610, and the Lonely Planet Borneo edition 2007, p. 237.” The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a budget, 1st edition, Nov. 2008, p.373/4 Consult the latest edition for you perfect references and Bile of your Tour.

Are you interested in this program?

Please contact Mr Alex Afdhal at

Jl. Imam Bonjol/Jl. Tanjung Harapan
Gg. H. D. Usman Rt. 3, Rw. 2, No. 46
Pontianak 78124
Phone : +62 812 5768066 (mobile)
Email : or


  1. Ooh tour program ya Pak Asep?

  2. semacam kayak tour program gitu..

  3. saya pengen baca serius pak asep tapi maklum rada susah mencernanya.

  4. Itu orang kupingnya apa nggak sakit ya gan, antingnya banyak banget. Orang apa anamanya itu gan (suku apa?)

  5. Itu jalannya kok becek banget yah yang di youtube!

  6. i should try this trip :D


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