Before huge swaths of Borneo were aggressively carved up to make way for palm-oil plantations and voracious logging, the whole island looked something like the Meratus Mountains. This 2,500sq km range in southern Kalimantan has mist-laced, river-crossed peaks, dense jungles, steep valleys and jagged karst formations. They are also heavily populated with Borneo’s indigenous people, the Dayak, whose strong religious customs play to the soundtrack of the shaman’s drum.
The best way to experience this mystical mountain range is through homestays in the villages scattered along the many mountain trails. You can sleep in an atmospheric stilted longhouse between river rafting and trekking in some of the most stunning scenery in Southeast Asia.
|Include||Airport/hotel transfers as indicated, transport, longhouse meals and accommodation, English speaking guide, service tax.|
|Exclude||Airfares, porter, optional tours|
Day 01: Arrival - Banjarmasin
Arrival at Syamsudinor airport, meet and greet the guide then transfer to your hotel for the check in. At the afternoon You are invited to cruise on of the most populated canal in the center of Banjarmasin City, see the children swim and play as another face of city’s life. Back to hotel and dinner at local restorant.
Day 02: Floating market - Loksado
Early in the morning at 05.00 by a slow motor boat visit Lokbaintan floating market at the upper part of Martapura River, it may take 90mnts from the city center, the colorfull dressed women trade local products of fruits and vegetables. Back to hotel for breakfast, check out hotel then drive to handycrafts. 4 hrs to Loksado village and spend the night at Amandit Lodge or Wisma Loksado.
Day 03: Trekking on the mounts and jungle
Full day trekking through the primary forest on Meratus mountainous , spend the night at communal house of Dayak Bukit Tribe or in tents ( depends on the client’s interest).
Day 04: Full day trekking ( Selangai – Kedayang)
Full day trekking thorugh the forest again to reach the other village. Spend the night on the village .
Day 05: Fullday Trekking (Kedayang – Haratai)
Walking down from the village to Loksado Town, passing through the secondary forest and swinging bridges.Spend the night at Wisma (simple hotel).
Day 06: halfday Trekking ( Haratai-Loksado)
It is a half day trekking on secondary forest. Spend the night on a Hotel.
Day 07: Loksado - Nagara
Experiencing white water bamboo raft for 3 hrs, let the raft man steer the bamboo raft as you may enjoy the scenery along the Amandit River. Driving down to Nagara Town to see the water buffalo. Driving back to Banjarmasin, arrival at night.
Day 08: Banjarmasin - Departure
Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till departure time for your onward flight from Banjarmasin airport to your next destination.