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The trek to Rainbow Waterfall….tough one!

The next day, we walked further upstream. We came across so many beautiful small waterfalls. The nearest to Batu Hampar was Air Terjun Batu Kawah. It is about 45 minutes walk from Batu Hampar. The rock formation and the waterfall was simply amazing!

We walked further up. It was difficult journey. We walked 95% of the time in the river, on slippery and slimy rocks. Since we were walking in the water, passing fast flowing stream, rarely we encounter the horrible pacat. We even need to hike a small hill to pass Air Terjun Batu Kawah. The climb was steep and there a rope to assist us.

After 2 hours walking, we reached our main objective of coming here…..the extraordinary Air Terjun Pelangi, Kuala Sentul version!!

Are there rainbows here? Absolutely!!! Plenty of them. But during the trip, we can only see them when we were under the fall. And the experience was simply amazing!

This Rainbow Waterfall is tougher to reach than the one in Sungai Lembing, but the scenery worth all the pain.

Trekking in Malaysian rainforest

I have been trekking in few Malaysian jungles. Not as often as many hardcores that already conquered several mountains, and many had successfully did Trans Titiwangsa, which is considered as the toughest trek in Peninsular Malaysia.

I usually go for photography. Any place that is beautiful & worth the journey. Several day trekking like Air Terjun Pelangi in Sungai Lembing, 5 hours trekking deep inside Ulu Dong jungle in Raub, 18 hours continuous walk at Nuang in Selangor & recently 6 hours of tough journey to Buaya Sangkut in Endau-Rompin Johor.

Compared to few volcanoes I had climbed in Indonesia, these journey in Malaysian jungles are tougher & more physical.

Gears for local trekking are so different than what we can find from online stores or every where else in the world.

  1. About the shoes, forget about brand like Adidas, Nike, Timberland or that kind of brand….they are lousy in Malaysian jungle. Can consider Teva sandals, but the champion for wet, hot & humid Malaysian jungle is that al-cheapo rubber shoes, which is normally used by rubber tapper. It cost no more than RM8 but can do more than any super expensive brand one can find in super exclusive outdoor shops……including my RM299 Teva sandal! If you wish to buy sandal, make sure you buy the one with front cover or else your feet will get caught under covered branch or tree.
  2. Leech or better called as ‘pacat’ locally is the natural blood sucker when travel in tropical rainforest. It is good to wear leech sock or fine office sock. Sport sock is not suitable because pacat can still penetrate. Example of the suitable leech sock is available here.
  3. For trouser, wear long trouser or 3/4 guys unless you don’t mind pacat climb to your private part. Thin & easy to dry material is preferred. I saw quite a number of experienced trekkers wearing tights. They said it is thin, breathable& easy to dry. I normally wear my quick dry track bottom or 3/4.
  4. Wear quick dry t-shirt is the best. Tuck-in please. Bright colour is preferred for various reasons. You can be seen from far & somehow insects don’t like bright colour. They love black shirt.
  5. Wear head cover. Again bright colour quick dry material is preferred. I usually use buff to cover my head. You don’t really need to be scared of sun because you’ll rarely see them.
  6. Bag….this is super important. Use suitable bag for long haul journey or else you’ll injure your body. Use real outdoor bag. Not camera bag! Regardless how great the advertisement is! I never come across any suitable camera bag for trekking including my RM1000 f-stopgear Tilopa!
  7. Torch light, matches, fly sheet, rope, knife or small machette are super important.
  8. GPS or compass is also important.

Always think safety whenever you go into deep jungle. Anything can happen. Always go with buddy or friends.

Also make sure you dispose all rubbish especially plastics, bottle etc well. Bring them out from the jungle. Do not put any food unattended. There are flies, ants and even big animals that love those free meals.

Photo outing @ Lata Mentagan, Maran

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!) :D .