The Cross Borneo expedition is not a regular tourist trip, but a real adventure! Dense jungle and large wetlands have traditionally kept this region isolated from all but the adventurous travelers. The indigenous Dayak settlements along the Kayan and Bahau Rivers are perfect for exploring the intriguing Dayak culture, where village elders practice traditional medicine and mark their status with intricate body tattoos and remarkably heavy ear adornments. You are warmly welcomed in their traditional longhouses.
This exciting adventure starts in Balikpapan and ends in Pontianak. Apart from a unique culture, Borneo also offers an enormous diversity of exotic fauna and flora, such as black orchids, freshwater dolphins and orangutans. During your trip, you pass the Mahakam River, the Muller Mountains, and Kapuas River.
We have created this 17-day Cross Borneo tour for those who want to learn about the traditional Dayak culture and experience the deep dense jungle and its rare plants and animals. Although this trip is a memorable experience, it is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Day 1: Balikpapan – Samarinda
Arrival at Balikpapan airport, where you meet our representative and transfer by car to Samarinda.
Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Days 2 to 4: Samarinda – Mahakam River
After breakfast, you transfer to the harbor for boarding your vessel and cruising up the Mahakam River.
Meals and overnight stay on the boat.
Day 5: Long Bagun – Tiong Ohang
Today is one big adventure! You pass amazing rapids between high rocks with the longboat.
Meals are served en route and overnight stay is at a longhouse.
Days 6 to 13: Tiong Ohang (trekking)
You continue your trip by motorized canoe towards the end of the Mahakam River.
From here, you trek approximately three to five hours a day through primary rainforest and crossing the Muller Mountains. During this trip, you fish and explore the intriguing jungle.
Meals are served along the way and overnight stays are at jungle camps.
Day 14: Tanjung Lokan – Putusibau
After breakfast, you depart for a full-day downstream trip by longboat on the Bongan River to Putusibau. You pass rapids en route.
Meals are served along the way and overnight stay is at a longhouse.
Days 15 & 16: Putusibau – Sintang – Pontianak
In the morning, you go sightseeing in town.
Afterwards, you start driving towards Pontianak. You stop in Sintang for overnight stay.
Your trip to Pontianak continues the next day.
Meals are provided and overnight stay at a hotel in Pontianak.
Day 17: departure
Free leisure time until departure time for your next flight.
Transfer from Balikpapan to Samarinda
Transfer to Samarinda Harbor
Public ferry from Samarinda to Long Bagun
Longboat from Long Bagun to Tiong Ohang
Longboat from Tanjung Lokan to Puttussibau
Car or bus to Sintang and Pontianak
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Water, tea and coffee
1 night at Hotel Jambrud in Samarinda
2 nights on a Mahakam River Boat
1 night at a guesthouse in Long Bagun
1 night at Tiong Ohang
7 nights at jungle camps
1 night at a local house in Tanjung Lokan
1 night at a hotel in Putusibau
1 night at a hotel in Sintang
1 night at Hotel Kapuas Palace in Pontianak
All accommodation is based on a twin share
English speaking guide
One porter per person during the Muller Mountains Trekking
Entrance and donation fees
Taxes and reports
Airfares to and from Kalimantan
Soft and alcoholic drinks
Everything not mentioned in the itinerary
What to bring
Cash (no ATM in the jungle)
Spare batteries (no electricity during trek)
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do this trip on another day.
Minimum group size
The minimum group size for this activity is 2 people.
Ik heb al verschillende expedities overal ter wereld gedaan, maar nooit alleen en steeds met ervaren gidsen. Daar was ik ook hier naar op zoek, en bij Mundooz heb ik de ideale partner gevonden. Ik had het al een tijdje in mijn hoofd gestoken om een cross Borneo expeditie te doen. Hierbij wil ik het avontuur wel opzoeken, maar zeker geen onnodige risico's nemen. Mijn keuze voor deze trip bleek heel goed, geen moment spijt gehad. Een heus avontuur in één van de mooiste streken die ik tot nu toe bezocht heb!