Went to Lata Mentagan with some extraordinary friends, dR Ali, Naser, Mizi, Nizam, Azman & Cikgu Redhuan today. Journey started at 7AM. Waited for Naser & then picked up Mizi & dR Ali. Went to a restaurant at Jaya Gading for nasi kerabu breakfast. Nizam (& son) & Cikgu Redhuan met us there. We continued the journey to Lat Mentagan at about 8AM.
The journey was quite OK for the first 40-50km or so. Once we entered the entrace to Lata Mentagan, there is no more tarred road. If only I have a 4WD. So lucky I drove my Honda Stream. If I went in with my Avangarde? *horror* Once arrived, we parked our cars, distributed foods & mineral waters & proceed to the waterfall.
None of us ever been there, so we do not know what to expect. A local dR Ali met previously said the trip to the waterfall only will take 30 mins but the your teens he met later told him 2 hours! So we just walked fast. We just follow the river & walked on the slippery stones. At some points the river was quite deep.
After 1 hour walking, we reached the ‘lata’ or small waterfall. It is indeed very small & not so impressive. I didn’t even bother to use my tripod because when we arrived the sun is already veri high. I quickly snapped few macro shots. The fishes were friendly & swam with no fear around our foot. The pacat (leech) were even friendlier. I got one. Only realized when I was driving home…..inside my pant! How it got there? I already wore nice office socks & tucked-in my t-shirt!
We spent about 2 hours at the waterfall (I’ll upload the pics later) & then for me, I went straight home. A weird thing happened….Mizi was infront of me & we were walking fast. But I need to adjust my tripod holder on my Lowepro Primus (a bad idea to have them adjustable!!), so Mizi went ahead. I assumed he was always infront & I never catched up with him after that. But when I arrived at the car park. No one was there! I just worried Mizi might missed the path to the entrance. After 15 minutes waiting, suddenly Mizi arrived & he was surprised to see me. We never came across one another but how then I managed to walk pass him! We never wait for others as we know they were busy shooting insects for macro. So at 1:35PM we drove home.
We were told that there are 6 more waterfalls further up but I am not sure about others, but for me I was just not convinced enough to walk another hour. Nevertheless our achievement was quite OK. We discussed among each other that we just arrived at Level 1. But that’s OK considering someone who had only reached basement!! Ha ha ha….. (janganlah anggap anda telah sampai di Lata Mentagan sekiranya anda tidak sampai ke air terjun nya!) .