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Kayan Mentarang National Park

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Grade: Moderate

Kayan Mentarang National ParkThe Kayan Mentarang National Park is a densely forested national park in the interior of East Borneo of Indonesia, lies at the border with Sarawak State of Malaysia to the west and Sabah State of Malaysia to the north. Its area of 1.38 million hectares is the largest protected area of rainforest in Borneo and one of the largest national parks in Southeast Asia. The area is considered to be one of the world’s 10 biodiversity hotspots. It has also been identified as one of the Global 200 biologically outstanding eco-regions that best represent the world’s biodiversity.

Animals found in the park include the Malayan pangolin, the long-tailed macaque, proboscis monkey, Bornean gibbon, slow loris, tarsier, clouded leopard, marbled cat, flat-headed cat, oriental small-clawed otter, sun bear, hose palm civet, rhinoceros hornbill, helmeted hornbill, bulwer’s pheasant, and the wrinkled hornbill.

The history of the natural landscape of the park is inexorably intertwined with the history of its people. Extensive archaeological remains in the form of stone burial occur in the reserve. They date from about three hundred years ago and were used for secondary burial rites. About 21,000 Dayak people live inside or in close proximity of the national park. Roughly half of these people are primarily shifting cultivators and wet-rice farmers, while hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants as their subsistence needs. Trade in forest products as well as revenues from temporary employment in Malaysia are the principal ways to earn money.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN TARAKAN

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, proceed to mangrove forest to explore proboscis monkeys and birds as well as the species of mangroves. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight.

Day 02 TARAKAN – MALINAU – SETULANG VILLAGE

Breakfast at hotel then driving to the port for cruising upward the Kayan River to Malinau by public speed boat for about 3 hours of which the fresh water dolphins, proboscis monkeys, and birds emerge occasionally along the delta of Sesayap River. Next, proceed to Setulang village by car for overnight on local house. Afterwards, we will explore the unique culture of Dayak Kenyah people such as longhouse, cemetery, granaries, as well as the long ear women if we are lucky. (B,L,D)

Day 03 SETULANG VILLAGE – TANA OLEN

After breakfast at local house, we will cruise upward Setulang River for about 1 hour (depends on current). Next, we will be trekking to the big cifor tree crossing through tropical rainforest while spotting wild animals, such as: monkeys, hornbills, blue streak kingfishers, etc. Afterwards, we will trek downhill to the riverside for overnight on camp. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 04 TANA OLEN – KAYAN MENTARANG NATIONAL PARK

We will be trekking deeper in the pristine jungle for exploring wild flora and fauna of the national park. In the afternoon, we will set our campsite at riverside for dinner and overnight at bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)

Day 05 KAYAN MENTARANG NATIONAL PARK – TANA OLEN

Breakfast at the campsite and then trekking to the otherside of pristine jungle for exploring wild flora and fauna of the national park. In the afternoon, we will trek back to Tana Olen through different trails. We will then setting our campsite at riverside for staying overnight at bivouac/tent.  (B,L,D)

Day 06 TANA OLEN – MALINAU – TARAKAN

After breakfast, we will trek back to our boat and then crossing down the Setulang river into the village to catch our car to drive to the port of public speed boat for crossing downward the river to reach Tarakan. Arrive in Tarakan and directly transfer to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 07 DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring  to airport for your flight to the next destination. (B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Public speed boat
  • Motorized boat
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Tarakan
    04 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
  • Tent/bivouac
  • Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)

Excluded:

  • Airfares
  • Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
  • Personal expenses