Saturday, June 22, 2013

An Epic Waterfall in Peninsula Malaysia

Deep in the heart of Hulu Terengganu, it is really hard to believe that there is a waterfall of this magnitude here in Malaysia.
The question is how long can this unknown waterfall remain isolated? Well, the answer is grim. While I was there, deforestation has begun in this remote part. Here are some pictures that may sicken you.
WARNING! Graphic Images

Centuries old trees cut down for your teak furniture
Shame on the developer

I tried to do what I could to stop the destruction of the forest.
Chased away a bulldozer by throwing rocks.Just like the Palestinians during the First Intifada

We had to drive along a logging road to reach the campsite. If it rains, it is not advisable to drive in. Along the way, we passed by several rivers and saw elephant dung strewn along the road.
Crossed river
Spotted elephant dung
EDSI:Elephant Dung Scene Investigation. Horatio wannabe

We could have camped at the logging camp but because I have my reservations with logging companies,
Logging camp site

we moved far away from them and decided on a river bank. Although we had to cross a fast flowing stream with slippery rocks, it was worth it because this is how the scenery looks like :
Our campsite

We set up camp at 2pm and Siang Hui started fishing. He did quite well as he landed around 8 river fishes.
The Chinese Version of Jeremy Wade

Here are some photos from in and around our campsite
Crossing the stream
Bloody hard when the rocks are slippery and both hands are carrying stuff
Camping food that can beat any 5 star Michelin restaurant

We started at the break of dawn the next morning after a perfect night of camping complete with stars, running stream, small bonfire, wine, beer and thick wooly blankets. Snug as a bug

Crossing the stream in the early morn
Start of our trek

Because only a handful of people have gone into this part of the world, there were no trails. We had to rely on the eye in the sky aka the bird aka the satellite. We had 2 GPS with us and Jan brought his ever reliable Spot Satellite Messenger

Nifty device in case of emergencies

We did a lot of walking through the thick jungle in the first 2 hours and the next 2 hours was all about maneuvering rocks/boulders. The latter portion uses a lot of upper body strength and flexibility. So, it's no walk in the park. Here are some photos of our journey :
We had to cross several rapids. Always good to have a rope and a strong swimmer with balls of steel to get across first. That person would be me
Exotic plant

Finally, after hours of knee bending hell, this is what we saw :
Awesome isn't it? One of a kind in Malaysia

Most people would stop at the place where I took this video because it was another hour or so to clamber over the boulders to reach the bottom of the pool. We carried on simply because is there.. echoing Edmund HIllary's answer as to why he wants to climb Mt Everest.

Thank God for the raisins we brought along to fuel us during the last few metres. Suprisingly, we arrived at a totally different landscape from what we went through the past 4 hours. This time, instead of jungle and boulders, we were greeted by light green moss landscape and totally surrounded and dwarfed by mountain ridges. And not to mention the epic waterfall in front of our eyes.
Moss landscape. Almost look like a scene from Jurassic Park

It is almost impossible to take a photo so close to this thunderous waterfall. The camera lens just cannot cope with the intense heavy spray of mist.
Video of moss landscape

Finally reached the pool. An amazing feat

The epic waterfall from afar

After spending 30 minutes at the bottom of the waterfall, we slowly trudged ourselves back but before leaving this enchanting remote wonderland, we had to take a group photo.
5 Brave Lions

A truly satisfying exploration

Note : Some of the photos in this blog were taken by the Godfather Of Waterfalls, Mr Jan Stuivenberg. No joke carrying a DSLR slung around his neck
A true and much respected adventurer


Ellen said...

that was quite an exploration! can't help wonder though, how did you guys know there is this Epic Waterfall in that area if it is uncovered before this exploration of yours...and to make your way there it is amazing that you know exactly where you are going! Good job you boys, it is indeed a beautiful waterfall, pity it was only 30min you spent there after all the hardwork, i guess it was the satisfaction making it there that matters most to you ;)

Unknown said...

Epic, is somewhat an understatement..This is a forbidding looking waterfall that evokes admiration, awe, fear and sense of mystery. The type that takes your eyes off the hottest Japanese GTR babe in G-strings.

Anonymous said...

gambar seksi pakai kain pelikat woh! Ape pun awesom laa. I aaa takut jumpe org jahat je kalau pegi utan. Jumpa minatang rasanya boleh kawtim lagi kot.

pinky piggy said...

Came across the pic in your instagram. Amazing waterfall! Good job everyone.