Bukit Raya


Elevation: 2,300 m (7,546 ft) Prominence: 2,017 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Province: Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan)
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Bagging It!

This mountain is the highest peak in the Schwaner range and indeed the highest peak in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). The summit is known locally as Puncak Kakam. It is located in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. You need a permit from the Park Office in Sintang (Jl. Dr. Wahidin No. 75).


Getting there From Pontianak to Sintang you can take a 9hr bus (Rp135,000) or shared car or Kalstar flight (Rp650,000). From Sintang to Serawai is an 8 hour journey by speed boat and costs Rp350,000 per person. Alternatively, a boat from Nanga Pinoh to Serawai is about Rp250,000 to Rp300,000 per person. Note that Serawai is the last place for supplies i.e. food. From Serawai to Tontang is a 45 minute speed boat ride which costs Rp70,000 per person (depending on number of persons) or Longboat hire Rp2.5 or Rp3,000,000 from Serawai all the way to Rantau Malam. Tontang to Rantau Malam is a 2-hour ojek (motorbike taxi) ride costing roughly Rp300,000 per person. Rantau Malam to Pintu Gerbang Batu Lintang is a 3 hour walk. And finally Batu Lintang to Bukit Raya summit is 4 days up, and 3 days back down again. All in all, starting and ending in Pontianak, you will need nine or ten days to complete this expedition. 
Accommodation Plenty of hotels in Pontianak. A small number of options in Sintang. Serawai – basic penginapan at Rp150,000 a night.
Permits In 2018, porters cost Rp1,050,000 for the entire trek – very reasonable. It is customary to have a traditional ritual prior to starting the hike called Ngukuih Hajat which costs approx Rp200,000 for chicken, rice and various salad leaves. This is for good luck on the hike. You need to arrange a hiking permit, preferably done in advance by emailing Ivonne at bukitbakabukitraya@gmail.com You will be then asked to complete and send a short form with info about yourself, including ‘purpose’ and ‘method’ (this area is more typically visited by scientific researchers rather than ordinary hikers) and a photocopy of your passport photo page.You then collect this permission letter (‘surat ijin / SIMAKSI) from the Sintang park office. Unfortunately, the price of admission to all National Parks throughout Indonesia were increased by several hundred percent in 2013 and as a daily rate. Foreigners currently have to pay Rp150,000 per day per person for being within the park (and Rp225,000 if your dates fall on a public holiday). There is also a trekking fee of Rp5,000.
Water sources Unknown
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): kumai


Origins and Meaning

Literally ‘big’, ‘large’ or ‘great’ hill in Indonesian.

Links and References

Wikipedia Indonesia

5 thoughts on “Bukit Raya

  1. I had been hoping to hike this in October 2014 until I heard the bad news about the huge increase in the cost of entrance permits for foreigners at all National Parks within Indonesia. Altogether, if you want to complete this hike as a foreigner (without a KITAS) you are looking at paying well over Rp1 million just for being there, before the cost of guides, porters, food and transport and so on.

  2. Thanks, Nick, for the following information….

    Taman Nasional Bukit Baka Bukit Raya
    Reaching puncak Bukit Raya

    Pontianak to Sintang – by road, 8 hours; by plane (Indonesia Air, Kalstar) 35 minutes
    TN Bukit Baka Bukit office is located at Sintang; park permits
    Jl Dr Wahidin Sudirohusodo 75
    tel: 0565-23521; http://www.bukitbakabukitraya.dephut.go.id
    Email: bukitbakabukitraya@gmail.com
    To Serawai – by speedboat, 7-8 hours, Rp 300,000 per person – last stop for purchasing supplies
    To Desa Rantau Malam – by klotok (slow boat), 7-8 hours, Rp 1,500,000 (rent boat), guides/porters here
    To puncak Bukit Raya – 3 days
    (Source: verbal communication with staff of Taman Nasional Bukit Baka Bukit Raya, Jakarta Convention Centre, 26 May 2013)

  3. I just back from the Bukit Raya 2 weeks ago. It was a wonderful trip, and I can summarized so much thing unexplored yet around this region. I’ll share some more details in due soon.We went via Desa Rantau Malam route (via Pontianak ). Cheers

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