|Elevation:||2,300 m (7,546 ft)||Prominence:||2,017 m|
|Ribu category:||Tinggi Sedang||Province:||Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan)|
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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. 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 peron. 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 perhaps 3 days back down again. All in all, starting and ending in Pontianak, you will need 2 weeks to complete this expedition. Note that these are 2013 transport prices and are likely to rise substantially by the end of 2014.|
|Accommodation||Plenty of hotels in Pontianak. A small number of options in Sintang. Serawai – unknown but likely to be basic losmen.|
|Permits||In 2013, porters cost Rp75,000 per day and guides Rp150,000 per day – very reasonable. It is customary to have a traditional ritual prior to starting the hike called Ngukuih Hajat which costs Rp300-400,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 have just been increased by several hundred percent 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.|
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Origins and Meaning
Literally ‘big’, ‘large’ or ‘great’ hill in Indonesian.