The Apo Kayan is a remote highland region in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. It is situated close to the Malaysian border in the northwest of the province of East Kalimantan. The headwaters of the Kayan River flow through this area, giving it its name. Apo Kayan is mostly inhabited by Kenyah people, a Dayak indigenous group. Their territory is still recognized as one customary land, or wilayah adat, under the leadership of the customary chief, or kepala adat besar, in the village of Long Nawang .One of the activities still practised in the Apo Kayan area is the extraction of non-timber forest products.
Gaharu is one example. Also known as eaglewood or aloes wood, the fragrant resinous wood produced by a fungal infection in trees of the genus Aquilaria, it is an export product which is used in the manufacture of incense, perfume, and medicinals. There is no local use for gaharu in Apo Kayan.
Activities : Jungle Trekking, visit the Kenyah Dayak Longhouse
Getting there : Flights from Samarinda to Long Ampung (one of the "bigger" villages). Return flights twice a week if weather permits. The planes seat about twenty people flying in, but can only hold about fifteen people flying out due to the short runway in Long Ampung. Not only your luggage is weighed, but also you are, too. According to your weight, you are assigned a seat in the aircraft
Recommended travel package : please request a tailor-made
Meet the Kenyah Dayak people
Kayan Mentarang National Park
ApoKayan is mostly inhabited by Kenyah people, a Dayak indigenous group. Their territory is still recognized as one customary land, or wilayah adat, under the leadership of the customary chief, or kepala adat besar, in the village of Long Nawang.
Kenyah people live in longhouses in a small community.
Each longhouse consists of families who choose their own leader. When they have any event or celebration such as harvest festival. Normally this celebration is a major festival because most of them are still farmers.
Kayan Mentarang National Park is a densely forested national park in East Kalimantan province, Borneo Island, Indonesia. The national park is named after a great dispersed (Mentarang) mountain trails plateau of Apo Kayan which covers the entire park from Datadian area in south region to Apau Ping area in mid region until Long Bawan in north region. Kayan Mentarang National Park is located at the border between Indonesia and Malaysia. The park is central to the WWF Heart of Borneo initiative, which aims to protect the transboundary highlands of Borneo, which straddle the three Southeast Asian nations of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
The Dayak's headhunting days are over, although there have been reports of a brief resurgence in 2001 (including cannibalism) during the clashes with the Madurese. However, it is unlikely that you will be served for dinner.
It is probably best to walk either with a guide or in a small party. You definitely should ask a Dayak to accompany you if you are planning to leave the main trails between the villages.
Getting lost and spending the night alone in an unknown jungle would definitely be a memorable experience, but probably not a pleasant one.