Trans Borneo Challenge: Saving the Environment through Tourism
In 1900 there were over 300,000 orangutans living throughout the islands of Java, Sumatra and Borneo. Since then their population has been decimated, with only 60,000 orangutans remaining in Borneo and Sumatra. Unless we act on their behalf, they will soon be extinct.
Orangutan Odysseys offers one-of-a-kind expeditions to help save our endangered great apes.
Trans Borneo Challenge
This event is set to be one of the biggest fundraisers for orangutans ever undertaken! This is your chance to become part of an event that will truly help to make a difference for this magnificant species. The Trans Borneo Challenge aims to inform the world about the plight of the orangutans, as a flagship species for many other endangered creatures, as well as the continued destruction of their rainforest habitat.
How does it work?
10 countries are represented by 2 people from each country (20 trekkers in total). The challenge will start in West Boreno and finish in East Borneo.
When is it on?
16th August to 8th September 2013
How are funds raised?
Each participant have their own fundraising target of $2,000AUD, as part of their tour commitment, totalling $40,000AUD. The remainder of the total fundraising target is to be met through general donations and sponsors. If 160,000 people across the globe donate $1AUD each through the Trans Borneo Challenge Fundraising website (coming soon), we will reach our goal of $200,000AUD in no time! People will also be able to log on and sponsor their favourite trekker or country per kilometre. For example, 1c per kilometre would be $9.00. Donations will be accepted in all currencies & credit cards, through the TBC fundraising website.
We believe we have the means to raise over $200,000AUD as a united effort by all countries.
Where does the money raised go?
100% of monies raised will go towards on the ground conservation projects supported by orangutan NGO’s, such as The Orangutan Project (TOP), along with contributions to local Conservation NGO’s in Borneo.
How much will it cost?
The provisional cost is $4,200 per person. Plus a fundraising component of $2,000AUD (min) per person as part of your tour package.
How long will it take?
The expedition will take 24 days/23 nights days to complete, including travel & briefing days. See following summary of travel.
How can I register for this trek (Click here)
ITINERARY – TRANS BORNEO CHALLENGE
(Class: Top Hard Adventure – Difficult to Extreme)
DAY 1: 16 August : ARRIVAL IN INDONESIA – KETAPANG (D)
You will flown from Jakarta / Bali / Kuala Lumpur port to Ketapang and overnight accommodation.
DAY 2: 17 August : KETAPANG – TO
UR BRIEFING (D)
City tour, gear checks and tour briefing.
DAY 3 – 4: 18 – 19 August : KETAPANG – SINTANG (BLD)
Start from Ketapang outside the International Animal Rescue Centres facility. Bus to Sinatng via Simpang Ampar.
DAY 5: 20 August: SINTANG – TEKENANG – DANAU SENTARUM (BLD)
Boat via Kapuas River, to Tekenang. Tekenang is an island in Danau Sentarum National Park.
DAY 6: 21 August: DANAU SENTARUM- LANJAK-PUTUSSIBAU (BLD)
By bus to Putussibau.
DAY 7: 22 August: PUTUSSIBAU – NANGA BUNGAN
Wooden longboat to reach Nanaga Bungan village.
DAY 8: 23 August: NANGA BUNGAN VILLAGE – TANJUNG LOKANG VILLAGE (BLD)
Wooden longboat via some rapids to Tanjung Lokang the last village.
DAY 9: 24 August TANJUNG LOKANG (BLD)
Start of 8 days jungle trekking acoss from West to East Kalimantan.
DAY 10: 25 August: TANJUNG LOKANG – DATA OPET (BLD)
Wooden longboat will take you to the jungle camp.
DAY 11: 26 August: DATA OPET – BORAKAN (BLD)
DAY 12: 27 August: BORAKAN – LEA RIVER MOUTH (BLD)
DAY 13: 28 August: LEA RIVER MOUTH – SAVANG RIVER (BLD)
DAY 14: 29 August: SAVANG RIVER – OPAN TANAH ATAS (BLD)
DAY 15: 30 August: OPAN TANAH ATAS – MUARA SUNGAI CUHUTING (BLD)
DAY 16: 31 August: MUARA SUNGAI CUHUTING – MUARA SUNGAI SAITE (BLD)
DAY 17: 1 September: MUARA SUNGAI SAITE – MUARA SUNGAI HUVUNG (BLD)
Last trekking day
DAY 18: 2 September: MUARA HUVUNG – TIONG OHANG (BLD)
Wooden longboat to Tiong Ohang
DAY 19: 3 September: TIONG OHANG – LONG BAGUN (BLD)
Boat down river to Long Bagun.
DAY 20: 4 September: LONG BAGUN – DOWN STREAM MAHAKAM RIVER (BLD)
Boat down river to Samarinda (Loajanan).
Day 21: 5 September: LOAJANAN/SAMARINDA – SANGATA – CAMP KAKAP (BLD)
Bus/Mini Bus then motorized canoe to Kutai National Park.
Day 22: 6 September: KUTAI NATIONAL PARK – SAMBOJA LODGE (BLD)
Jungle trekking into the Kutai National Park the by Bus/Mini Bus to Samboja Lestari.
Day 23: 7 September: SAMBOJA LODGE – BALIKPAPAN – DEPARTURE (BL)
Morning tour then transfer to Balikpapan for your return flight to Jakarta / Bali / Kuala Lumpur. Overnight.
Day 24: 8 September: JAKARTA – BALI – KUALA LUMPUR – TOUR ENDS (BL)
Today you fly home after your overnight accommodation.
- Domestic airfares
- Orangutan Odysseys guides
- Accommodation in Bali / Jakarta / Kuala Lumpur
- Accommodation throughout crossing
- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
- Emergency / medical support team
- National park fees
- Airport transfers
- Experienced local guides and porters
- TBC T-shirt & cap
- Ranger and local guide fees
- All camping gear
- Airport departure tax
- Visa on arrival (USD$25)
- International airfares
- Travel Insurance