- Elevation: 1,660 m (5,446 ft)
- Prominence: 1,617 m
- Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi
- Province: Kalimantan Barat (West Kalimantan)
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none
UPDATE: As of 2017, hikers are not allowed to climb Gunung Niut unless conducting scientific research. A sad and ludicrous situation. You can try emailing the relevant authorities below but may just be wasting your time.
This peak gives its name to the Gunung Nyiut-Penrissen Nature Reserve which can be reached by public transport from Pontianak. Take a bus to Dawar via Sanggauledo. From Dawar it is about 10-12 hours of hiking to the summit so it’s best to camp at a spot at 1,300m (which is about 90 minutes before the summit) then get up early on the second day to reach the top for first light. The highest point is marked with a cement pillar and the best views are to be found about 20 metres below this point.
The Nature Reserve stretches to the Malaysian (Sarawak) border where Gunung Penrissen, the peak that gives the Nyiut-Penrissen Reserve the second half of its name, is located.
The trail from Dawar (375m), leads eastwards to the Pintu Rimba or forest entrance (570m) which is where the Nature Reserve begins and the point at which permission is required for access from the authorities in Pontianak or Singkawang. If permission is obtained, you can proceed via Pos Sungai Tanggi (1,020m), Pos Gua Kurawak (1,130m) and Pos 1300 (1,300m) to the summit itself.
The previously published summit height of 1,701m seems unlikely given SRTM and GPS readings which suggest 1,660m is closer to the truth.
For a local guide, you could try Pak Ajam on +62 85245350960
For a high quality PDF version of this and other trail maps, please download from our Trail Maps page.
- Getting there: From Singkawang it is 1.5 hours to Bengkayang. From Bengkayang to Dawar is another 1.5 hours.
- Accommodation: Hotels in Singkawang and Bengkayang. Basic village house floor space in Dawar.
- Permits: As of 2017, you must request permission to climb from BKSDA Kalimantan Barat, preferably in advance. This can be done via email to ksda.kalbar@gmail dot com or you can visit the office in either Pontianak or Singkawang. Note that if you are not conducting scientific research they will probably not allow you to hike. You should also register in Dawar where you will probably have to take a local guide with you.
- Water sources: Plenty of water sources in the forest for most of the hike.
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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