Betung Kerihun National Park

Betung Kerihun National Park (Embaloh)Betung Kerihun National Park is located in Kapuas Hulu, the heart of Borneo. The geographic position is 112°15″-114°10″ east and 0°40″-1°35″ north. It covers an area of 800.000 hectares and is the largest conservation area in West Kalimantan. Betung Kerihun offers an incredible biodiversity, nature beauty and unique culture and traditions of local communities.

The topography of the park is mainly hilly and mountainous with altitude ranging from 150 to 2.000 m above sea level. With its mountains and hills, the Park is characterized by steep slopes (45% and up) in up to 61.15% of its area. The hills and mountains comprise the mountain range of Kapuas Hulu in the north, which is contiguous with the state of Sarawak, East Malaysia, and the Muller range in the east, which is contiguous with the province East Kalimantan. Betung Kerihun owes its name from 2 Mountains, which are the Mt. Betung in the west with an altitude of 1150 m and the Mt. Kerihun in the east, with 1790 m the highest peak in the park.

Betung Kerihun National Park (Embaloh)The hydrology of Betung Kerihun is characterized by hundreds of streams and big rivers which form the Kapuas watersheds. Kapuas watersheds cover 9.874,910 hectares or around 67% of West Kalimantan area (14.680,700 hectares).

The climate in BKNP is characterized by heavy rainfall, which is typical for the inland of Borneo. On average the annual rainfall is about 2870 mm to 5500 mm.  Dry season occurs between June and September with approximately 100 mm rainfall per month. The wet season starts usually in October and end in May. However there are always years with very high rainfall also in the dry season or extreme little rainfall. For example the year 2010 was marked by very high rainfall especially in the dry season which caused regional flooding not least in Putussibau.

 

Because of the incredible landscape, high biodiversity and uniqueness of local communitis cultur, Betung Kerihun offers indeed high potential for eco-toursim with many attractive tourist destinations. Moreover the park provides also various opportunities for researchers.

Watersheds and rivers

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There are hundreds of streams and big rivers in Betung Kerihub national park. They vary in length and conditions, such as crystal clear or muddy, calm current or swift current, deep or shallow, large or narrow. These rivers form the […]

Ecosystems, flora and fauna

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Flora Borneo has an incredible flora richness which includes both Asian and Australian elements. Lowland forests up to lower mountane forests in Betung Kerihun national park are in general dominated by Asian elements. Upper montane forests are generally inhabited by […]

Visiting Betung Kerihun National Park

Betung Kerihun, Sungai Ulu Palin

  Below you can find some brief information about visiting Betung Kerihun National Park: Accessing the park and park facilities Best time for visiting Safety advises and your responsibility Organized tour packages Note: BKNP website (English and Indonesian) provides some […]

Park offices and applying for permits

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Before you visit the park you have to apply for a permit. A permit can be obtained at the following offices of BKNP:       BKNP office in Putussibau: Jl. Pierre Tendean, Depan Kompleks KODIM, Putussibau – Kapuas Hulu […]

History

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On 12th October 1982 an area of 600.000 hectares of the today’s area of Betung Kerihun National park was declared as conservation area with Nature Reserve status, in order to protect the unique ecosystem, the highly valuable biodiversity and water system in this area. The nature reserve was previously named Betuang Karimun. In September 1995 the area’s status was changed into National Park. […]