|The allure of the land above the clouds, Buduk Udan. What a truly perfect beauty/photo credit: lio bijumes.
Have you ever heard of a land above the clouds?It might sound like a mere fairy tale, but guess what? It's not just a figment of imagination.
Every now and then, the realm above the clouds unveils itself in all its glory. Enter the world of reality beyond imagination by embarking on an adventurous journey to Krayan, situated in Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan.
Ascending to the CloudsAscend to the majestic Puncak Buduk Udan (Buduk Udan Peak), towering at an elevation of 1,475 meters above sea level (MASL), and you'll find yourself amidst the allure of Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang (Kayan Mentarang National Park) in North Kalimantan.
Despite the scorching sun and daytime heat during the ascent, trekkers find themselves pleasantly cool and refreshed upon reaching the summit. This phenomenon sparks curiosity and wonder. Could it be true that Puncak Buduk Udan remains cool even in the blazing midday sun? This enigma adds to the allure, leaving adventurers intrigued to explore this exotic peak.
A relatively short two-hour trek leads hikers to this captivating summit, offering breathtaking vistas that seem to stretch into eternity. The panorama is a lush tapestry of expansive rice fields and flourishing farms, enhanced even more when night descends and village lights twinkle, adding an ethereal charm to the scenery.
For those seeking a more intimate experience, sipping a cup of coffee atop Buduk Udan Peak while indulging in the soothing embrace of nature becomes an unforgettable memory.
Unveiling the Cool MysteryInterestingly, despite the scorching sun and daytime heat during the ascent, trekkers find themselves pleasantly cool and refreshed upon reaching the summit.
This phenomenon sparks curiosity and wonder. Could it be true that Puncak Buduk Udan remains cool even in the blazing midday sun? This enigma adds to the allure, leaving adventurers intrigued to explore this exotic peak.
Beyond its reputation as a longstanding local tourist attraction, Puncak Buduk Udan plays a vital role in nature conservation. In 2017, the discovery of the rare Rafflesia Pricei plant in this region added value to the ecosystem of Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang, attracting researchers and nature enthusiasts alike.
The official designation of Puncak Buduk Udan as a tourist site by the Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD) of North Kalimantan on November 4, 2021, marked a historic moment, underscoring the importance of preserving and promoting the region's natural potential. This also spurred positive efforts towards sustainable tourism, prioritizing environmental conservation and the preservation of local culture.
Preparation and PreservationFor those interested in conquering Puncak Buduk Udan, trip preparations are straightforward. Packing food, bedding, and appropriate trekking attire suffices. Small huts at the peak offer resting spots, equipped with cooking facilities to simplify meal preparation. Additionally, the availability of water sources ensures visitors can refresh themselves amidst the natural beauty without concern.
The journey to Puncak Buduk Udan goes beyond reaching a destination; it's about cherishing the surrounding natural wonders and becoming one with the environment. Supported by legal frameworks such as the Constitutional Court Decision No. 35/PUU-X/2012, recognizing and safeguarding the rights of indigenous communities, including those around Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang, sustainable tourism in this region is poised for growth.
Buduk Udan's allure as a tourist attraction extends beyond the local community and environment, safeguarding the enduring splendor of both Buduk Udan and the entire Kayan Mentarang National Park for generations to come.
The West Krayan Subdistrict Head, Dawat Udan, is actively transforming Buduk Udan into a tourist destination, catering not just to domestic tourists but also to visitors from around the world.*)