Bukit Raya is a 2,278 m high mountain located on West and Central Kalimantan. It was part of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park on Borneo Island. And part of the Schwarner mountain range at the border of Central and West Kalimantan.
Bukit Raya is a 2,278 m high mountain located on West and Central Kalimantan. It was part of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park on Borneo Island. And part of the Schwarner mountain range at the border of Central and West Kalimantan. The mountain is not so popular to climb in Indonesia due to remote access and the elevation is not so high. The national park was a part of The Heart of Borneo conservation project. It protects a lot of endangered species of Kalimantan such as Sun Bear, Orang Utan, and many other species. There are two ways to enter the National Park. First is from West Kalimantan and second is from Central Kalimantan. To enter from West Kalimantan, the first gate is Pontianak, the capital. To get there is a very long way from Pontianak. First, go to Sintang for nine hours. And then we have to use a boat for another nine hours to get to the national park gate. Still, we have to continue the journey with motorcycle. It was very adventurous just to get there. Trekking is another thing. Penetrating the jungle of Kalimantan will be very challenging.
Because it’s a long trek on Bukit Raya, you need to improve your endurance by focusing the training on cardiovascular capability and carrying pack. You need to be able to walk for a long time with at least 10kg of pack. Go weekend hiking regularly will be the best training. It can be started with 8 km round trip hike with roughly 6kg pack, ascending and descending 600m, in less than 2.5 hours. The aim is to ascend 900m carrying an average pack of 10 kg in 3 hours. To reach it, try to increase the difficulty of your training in some way, either by adding weight to your pack (no more than 10 percent per week) or by completing the hike in a shorter amount of time. In addition, you can do running two to three times a week for 45 minutes to an hour per session. Running on a route that have elevation gain will be a lot better, or use treadmill if there’s no such terrain in your hometown. You can change one of your running sessions in a week with cycling or swimming and especially you need to do also stair climbing with at least 10kg pack. It will be a good cross training. Besides that, muscle training is advisable. Strengthen your upper and lower body muscle, as well core muscle. You can do it at the gym or do your own set of push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, plank, etc. You need to train 3 months prior to the expedition. It will increase the rate of success.
|Wool or Synthetic socks
|Trekking shirts (polyester/quick dry)
|3 - 4
|Soft Shell Jacket/puffy
|Rain Jacket & pants
|Buff (amount based on preferences)
|Lightweight synthetic gloves
|Sleeping bag 5-10°C
|Headlamp with spare batteries
|Sunscreen, SPF 40 or better
|Lip screen, SPF 30
|1 Litre water bottle or water bladder
|1 Litre thermos
|Large Duffel Bag
|First aid kit and special medications (if any)