BETUNG KERIHUN NATIONAL PARK

You’ll Got It All ! Nature, Culture and Adventure

BKNP as a mega-diversity area covers numerous sites and activities of interest, including :
For the botanically inclined
Many new plant species have been discovered including Musa Lawitiensies and Pinaga bafidovariegata, the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia, Corpse flower or ( morpho-phallus), as well as the potential for more discoveries, have become attractions for plant researchers and other botanical enthusiasts.


For the Animal Lover, the diversity of fauna offers ample opportunities for observing birds, fish, primates, and other large mamals in their natural habitat.

Mineral springs sepan, are strategic spots for waching and photographing wild animals. Especially during the dry season, various animals routinely visit these springs in search of the mineral richwater.


 

 

Local Culture, local indigenous knowlegde in managing their natural resources and forests is reflected in cultural attractions with a distinct flavor of Dayak tribal traditions.
Witness Traditional Ceremonies and Rituals, a traditional ceremony after rice harvest for local Dayak tribes is called Gawai Naik Dangi in the Dayak Kayan Mendalam people is one such festival, which is always held once every year.


Witness Local Music and Art, a diverse collection of traditional art from the 7 ethnic Dayak tribes arround the BKNP always accompanies ceremonies and rituals.

Witness Handicraft in the Making.
Local people still use traditional tools in their everyday lives, such as Mandau (machete), sumpit (blowgun), baskets, mats and other woven crafts. Witness the making of these and other athnic-flavored art creations with your own eyes.

Experience the Daily Life of LocalCommunities
Hunting, fishing, shifting cultivation and gathering forest products may be parts of a daily routine for the local people, but taking part in these activities may become interesting lesson in traditional values in management of forests and naturals resources for the visitors.

 




 

Trekking into the Jungle
Various trail options to hike through the primary forests or up to the tops of mountains, such as mount Lawit ( 1767 m ) and mount Kerihun (1790 m ), will be sure to satisfy the taste of any rugged outdoor lovers in the tropical forests of Kalimantan. Mount Kerihun is one of the 19 mountains in the world that sit on the equator and will provide a new challenge ardent mountain climbers, in the addition to the Seven Submits (the seven highest peaks in the world) and the range of mountain climbing (the Ring of Fire).

Braving the Rapids
The upper reaches of the Kapuas river, which is the longest in Indonesia in the fifth longest in the world, are filled with raging rapids. Hardy souls can test their whitewater rafting skills on numerous rapids, including the Lapan rapids which Spans a distance of approximately one kilometer, is rated at class III – IV in difficulty, with a climax at the class V+ Matahari Rapids.

Exploring the Covers
The largest and the longest limestone caves are located in the eastern part of the BKNP. Just to give a few examples ; the archeologically important Diang Kaung cave which is 5000 year old cave paintings, the active Diang Arong cave with growing stalagmites and stalactites, and the Tolo cave, which possesses a vertical cave with a depth of more than 120 meters. These caves entice you to admire these formidable natural creations, shaped in the innards of the earth.

Adventures
Borneo adventure is unique experience for the intrepid. The pristine tropical rainforest will provide a majestic backdrop for any activity in the park.
Journey into the Heart of Borneo / West Kalimantan.

Borneo, which is known worldwide for its lush jungles, precisely West Kalimantan, offers a unique experience for those who manage to reach these far-off destination.

 

The tropical rainforest with its flora and fauna, sheer gorges and cliffs, foaming rapids, cascading waterfalls, and limestone caves, creates an impressive natural scenery. The Betung Karihun National Park (BKNP), located in the heart of Borneo, offers all of these. The 800.000 hectare park is situated in the Kapuas Hulu district of Est Kalimantan, Indonesia and is on the border with Sarawak, Malaysia.

Ecotorism
A sector of tourism especiallytailored to appeal to nature lovers, is often leveled as ecotourism and has been growing rapidly all over the world. Ecotourism with a communiy development base involves local people directly to implement the activities and to receive the benefits.