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Crossborder Trekking Desa Tangguh Kalimantan – Gumbang Sarawak

Location : Dusun Betung, Desa Tangguh, Kecamatan Siding, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

The third and final day marked the end of the celebration with a dance and breakfast served below the baruk before the Gumbang guests made their way back, marking the first goodbye.

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The breakfast before departure

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Samurai from Sebujit

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Inside the house of the champion hunter of Kadek

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Group photo outside our host’s house before saying goodbye

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Hosts walked up to the hill where the two double cabs were parked waiting to drive guests to the trailhead

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Lots of tuak changed hands

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Take it easy Chong, more to come

Upon arriving at the jungle, another round of tuak was insisted by the truck drivers. When they finally felt we had enough of the ‘punishment’, they let us off and we bade our third and final farewell.

Despite the amount of alcohol in our system all of us did pretty well on the hike home sometimes balancing like expert tightrope walkers across slippery tree trunk bridges…..except for one casualty whose fall into the river was caught on video! A fun and memorable Gawai 2017.

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Driven to the trailhead

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English lady falls into river due to insufficient tuak. Brother James runs to the rescue

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Showing us how to debark a fresh tree for straps to his backpack

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Ketua Adat Ayan of Gumbang performing the cleansing ritual to welcome home all participants

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Finally home to Gumbang and welcomed by waiting villagers

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Wow, that’s a special kind of imported wine

We would like to thank KK Atok and Kampung Gumbang for giving us yet another opportunity to be a part of their transborder celebration with their Indonesian brothers. Thank you Kampung Kadek & Kepala Dusun Pak Sog. We look forward to the next one to maybe Anep in Sungkung?

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