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.
I tried to do what I could to stop the destruction of the forest.
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.
We could have camped at the logging camp but because I have my reservations with logging companies,
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 :
We set up camp at 2pm and Siang Hui started fishing. He did quite well as he landed around 8 river fishes.
Here are some photos from in and around our campsite
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
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
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 :
Finally, after hours of knee bending hell, this is what we saw :
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 ...it 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.
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.
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.
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