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.
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.