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Meratus Mountain trail trekking 11D/10N

The Highlights

  • Jungle trekking
  • Dayak tribe
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Cascades
  • Waterfalls
  • High bamboo bridges
  • Borneo’s fascinating wildlife

Description

The Meratus Mountains run all the way from the southern to the northern part of South Borneo and rise to 2.000 meters above sea level, with Mount Besar being the highest peak. The region is inhabited by the Meratus Dayak ethnic group who settle in remote places along the Meratus Mountains. Nomadic farming, hunting and ritual ceremonies are part of their daily life. The area is covered by tropical rain forest, rivers, moss stone and spectacular waterfalls. By trekking in this dazzling environment, you breathe the freshness of the tropical forest air and indulge in the sound of mighty nature. Great rivers cascade down from the highlands and the Barito River is a crucial infrastructure channel between the coast and the deep interior. The river highways attract tourists who want to travel into the jungle and visit the traditional Dayak tribes.

The Meratus area is a protected “Green Belt”, as it is the home of a rich flora and fauna, including endemic Kalimantan species. Several of them are (critically) endangered species that need to be protected to ensure their conservation.

The Meratus Mountain trail trekking gives you the opportunity to explore the dense jungle of Borneo, including its indigenous Dayak culture and exotic flora and fauna. Although this 11-day tour is an incredible expedition, it is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit.

Itinerary

Day 1: arrival in Banjarmasin 

  • We meet you in Banjarmasin Airport, from where we transfer you to the hotel for check-in.
  • Afterwards, you cruise the Banjarmasin River up to Bakut Island for watching proboscis monkeys and human activities on the riverside.
  • Return to the hotel for overnight stay. The evening is free for leisure.

Day 2: Banjarmasin – traditional diamond digging – Pandak Daun – Kandangan

  • After breakfast, you drive to Cempaka to learn more about the traditional diamond digging and polishing.
  • Next, you proceed to the swamp village of Pandak Daun for watching the water buffaloes swim to the stables and the villagers’ unique activities as well as enjoying the romantic sunset views.
  • Afterwards, you travel to Kandangan for overnight stay in a local hotel.

Day 3: Kandangan – Meratus Mountain 

  • After breakfast, you drive to Batu Kambar, your starting point for exploring the land of the Bukit Dayak.
  • You hike uphill towards Tiranggang, along rainforest, hills, bamboo bridges, village farmlands, rivers, cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees.
  • Lunch is served en route, dinner and overnight stay in a tent camp.

Day 4: Datar Alai – Jumantir 

  • After breakfast, you trek to the Sungai Karuh waterfall before continuing for another 2 hours to Jumantir where you set up camp.
  • In the afternoon, you learn from a Dayak man how to set up an animal trap.

Day 5: Jumantir – Mount Besar 

  • After breakfast, you hike uphill again, past mossy trees and orchids before reaching the summit of Mount Besar, South Borneo’s rooftop where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the dense jungle.
  • Lunch is served along the way, dinner and overnight stay in a tent camp.

Day 6: Mount Besar – Katuan 

  • After packing your stuff, you trek towards Katuan for setting up your next campsite. On the way, you hear and see plenty of gibbons jumping from tree to tree.
  • Lunch is served along the way, dinner and overnight stay in a tent camp.

Day 7: Katuan – Haratai 

  • After breakfast, you head to the Haratai waterfall, crossing primary and secondary rainforest, hills, bamboo bridges, village farmlands, rivers, cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees.
  • Lunch is served along the way, dinner and overnight stay in a tent camp.

Day 8: Haratai – Kapayang 

  • Today you trek to Kapayang, crossing secondary rainforest, hills, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, village farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees.
  • Lunch is served along the way, dinner and overnight stay in a tent camp.

Day 9: bamboo rafting – Riam Kanan Lake 

  • From Kapayang, you leave for a one-hour hike to Loksado. Upon arrival, you start your adventure trip on bamboo rafts through the beautiful landscape of tropical rainforest.
  • Your transport awaits you downstream for driving you to Aranio. This is a small port on the shores of the Riam Kanan Lake, where you hop aboard a boat for your trip to Apuai.
  • You set up camp next to the lake.

Day 10: Apuai – Riam Kanan Lake – Banjarmasin

  • After breakfast, you cruise on the Riam Kanan Lake to see beautiful forest views, swamps, birds, boat making activities, floating fishing ponds and much more.
  • Next you proceed to Banjarmasin for canal sightseeing before going to the hotel for the final night of this trip.

Day 11: floating market – departure 

  • Early in the morning, after breakfast, you visit the floating market. You can witness the unique culture of Banjarese who trade commodities from boat to boat.
  • After visiting the market, you return to the hotel crossing the Banjarmasin River.
  • The rest of the day is free for leisure until it is time for your transfer towards the airport.

Included

  • Transport
    • Transfer from Banjarmasin Airport to hotel
    • Transport to Cempaka, Martapura, Pandak Daun, Kandangan, Batu Kambar
    • Trekking to Datar Alai – Meratus Mountain and Loksado
    • Rafting at Loksado
    • Car from Loksado to Aranio
    • Cruise to Riam Kanan Lake
    • Car to Banjarmasin
    • Canal tour, visiting the floating market
    • Transfer to Banjarmasin Airport
  • Catering
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Water, tea and coffee
  • Accommodation
    • 2 nights at Hotel Victoria Banjarmasin
    • 1 night at Hotel Kandangan
    • 5 nights at a jungle camp in a tent
    • 1 night at a longhouse in Kedayang
    • 1 night at Hotel Loksado
    • All stays based on twin share (if you want a single room, extra charges may apply)
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance & donation fees

Excluded

  • Airfares to and from Kalimantan
  • Airport tax
  • Insurance
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not mentioned in the itinerary above

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen

Notes

  • The dates for this trip are flexible. Please contact us at info@mundooz.com if you would like to do this trip on another day.
  • This is an adventure trip, so an excellent level of fitness is required.

Minimum group size

  • The minimum group size for this activity is 2 people.
  • If you want to book this trip for a minimum of 4 people, we can offer a discount depending on the group size. Please contact us at info@mundooz.com for more details.

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Memorabel

Dit is echt een trip die we aan iedereen kunnen aanraden die van natuur, cultuur en avontuur houdt. Ongelooflijk prachtige omgeving, zéér vriendelijke lokale bevolking en een tip top organisatie. Memorabel en 200% de moeite waard!

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Le meilleur de Bornéo

Cette excursion vous offre le meilleur de Bornéo: la nature, les activités, les gens...
N'oubliez surtout pas d'anti-moustique, comme prévu il y a beaucoup d'insectes dans la jungle. Nous avons même vu des gibbons, une expérience fan-tas-tique!

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5

W.O.W. - this trip really is everything I'd hoped for. Full of adventure, lots of trekking in a stunning environment, an amazing variety of wildlife and... great guides. These 11 days flew by way too fast, which is a good sign I suppose, but I already want to do this trip again. Kalimantan is in my top 3 destinations ever visited!