Borneo East to West Crossing (Kalimantan)

15+ Days


+ 2



18 Years

£ 2925

One Of Our Best Trekking Experiences

The Cross Borneo East to West adventure is a real once in a lifetime adventure. Those who have undertaken this trip in the past have described it as the most challenging and the most enjoyable trekking trip they had ever done. The ultimate challenge – crossing one of the most rugged islands on earth from East to West using roads, rivers and feet, we traverse the jungle of Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.

Price £2,925 / $3,650

Based on 2 pax. Excludes international flights.


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Day by Day

Arrival in Jakarta. You will met by hotel staff and transferred to the FM7 hotel.
Today we meet in our Jakarta hotel and have a team briefing and prepare for travel to Balikpapan in East Borneo tomorrow morning.
Overnight at the FM7 Hotel. Tomorrow the journey begins !

Early morning flight to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan and car transfer to the river town of Loajanan, where we will board our house-boat and start travel along the Mahakam River. Continue our travel overnight on the river to reach our next stop.

Dinner & Overnight on house boat.

Today we will leave our house boat and continue along the river by both speed boat, stopping at a dayak village along the way to learn more about their traditional way of life.
Overnight in small village of Melak at Loseman (simple hotel).

Continue along the river by longboats until we reach the small village of Eheng. Here we will meet our cars and drive to Tering where upon arrival board our speed boat and continue our travel up the Mahakam river to the local village of Long Bagun.

Speed boat and cruise up the Mahakam river by passing several rapids, wall rock, waterfall through to village. Then sight-seeing around the village to see the activity of local people.

Board by motorized canoe passing several small rapids. Start trek today.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Continue our trekking through primary rainforest and rivers.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Continue trekking through the Muller Range and will pass the border East and West Borneo.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Continue our trekking through primary rainforest and rivers.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Continue our trekking through primary rainforest and rivers.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Continue our trekking through primary rainforest and rivers.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Continue our trekking through primary rainforest and rivers.

Overnight jungle campsite.

Today is last day trekking to Tanjung Lokang, the homeland of Punan tribe.

Overnight at village lodge.

Full days travel down the Kapuas river by longboat passing rapids and villages along the way to the town Putussibau.

Overnight at hotel.

Today is a rest day to recover from our long trek. In the afternoon we shall have a chance to explore the town.

This morning we head to the airport for our return flights to Jakarta via Potinak. On arrival you shall be transferred to your Jakarta Hotel for overnight accommodation.

The boat will start normally at 10.00 but could be change without prior notice. It may be best to leave earlier if the water is not reliable. The house boat is public traditional wooden boat with two decks, the first deck is for goods and economy class with capacity of  more  than 100 passengers and the second deck is first class, with a capacity of 75 passengers. The economy room is more open both sides and no mattress while the others have mattresses, luggage room below the bed but all is open as there are no private rooms or air conditioning. There is a traditional Indonesia style toilet and simple restaurant that provide Indonesian meals, tea, coffee, and snacks on the first deck. The boat will stop sometimes for passengers and loading/unloading goods. During the sailing trip you will explore and learn the local way of life "river side civilization" which is very different from what we have experienced in the jungle area. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight will all be on the house boat.

We should arrive between 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM depending on the schedule of the houseboat. Upon arrival we transfer by car to our hotel in Samarinda which is about 20 - 30 minutes away. The rest of the day is free time and dinner will be served on your personal account.

This is an extra day. We shall use it during the trek where we may need it or just because we want to spend the time there. But it will be during the trek only.

Breakfast at hotel then transfer at the appropriate time to drive to Balikapapan Airport to catch our flight to the next destination. It takes about 3 hours from Samarinda to Balikpapan Airport (120 km) depending on the traffic. The West to East Crossing of Borneo ends here! Congratulations- you made it!


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