Visit three spectacular historic longhouses (Tumbang Malahoi, Tumbang Anoi and Tummbang Korik Long House) for an insight into the indigenous mountain Dayak lifestyle, traveling overland and by boat. 4 nights, fully catered simple local food and simple accommodation in the longhouses and guesthouse.
|Include||Transfers from airport, all travel and accommodation as specified, food on trip. Food available in the villages is very simple, and some extra food will be taken along.|
|Exclude||Airfares to and from Central Kalimantan, optional extra tours|
Day 1: PALANGKARAYA – TUMBANG MALAHOI
Simple lunch on the way. Arrival mid afternoon welcomed by the longhouse people with traditional Dayak Ngaju Welcome Ceremony. Settle to your room. Join your host family for afternoon tea.
Clamber up the notched poles and admire the carved harumai or protective animal atop the supporting posts.Take an afternoon stroll though the village, keeping an eye out for the many old and beautiful carvings.
Meet the longhouse residents and enjoy a shared dinner, listening to their stories and experiences, and enjoying some of their traditional singing, music or dances. (L/D)
Day 2: TUMBANG MALAHOI - TUMBANG MIRI
Day 3: TUMBANG MIRIH – TUMBANG KORIK
Unfurl your legs and unload your bags in the ancient longhouse – walk through the village and explore the sandungs placed throughout.
After lunch, take a short canoe ride down stream for a trek through the beautiful primary forest near the village. Clamber up slopes, through marshes and streams through this green shady world – watching out for the wildlife, the remarkable birds and the vines growing in great loops and tangled ropes from the tree tops.
Have a cool evening swim in the rapids upstream from the village.
Day 4: TUMBANG KORIK – TUMBANG ANOI – TEWAH
Again, travelling by traditional motorised canoe, descend the Hampatung and enter the Kahayan River, turning north, up stream to the ancient village of Tumbang Anoi. You will see the remains of a longhouse, the site of a conference of Dayak tribes from all Kalimantan called by the Dutch over 120 years ago. During this meeting a treaty was signed which ended the head hunting commonly practiced in those days. Visit the new longhouse built to commemorate the treaty signing, and look at the village and its collection of sandungs.
Re-board the canoe for your journey south, beyond Tumbang Mirih and on through the magnificent canyon called Batu Suli. Named for a huge boulder standing upright at the waters edge, this beautiful stretch of the river is a holy place for the local Dayak tribes.
Enter Tewah and check in to a simple losmen for a rest. Have a simple meal.
Day 5: TEWAH - PALANGKARAYA
This trip should be booked in advance, to give time to make arrangements for the villages and transport.