On the second weekend of August 2015, we finally make the Endau Rompin National Park Trip a reality.
We had been talking and discussing about it for few months. This time around, the trip was quite different. The plan was quite extensive. Thanks to the girls. I really appreciate the efforts.
We began our journey early in the morning. As planned earlier, we have to be at Bekok town before 11am. We stopped for quick breakfast and bought lunch to be eaten at the park.
To get in, we had to ride on four wheel drive car. The road condition was not good and not suitable for average cars. It took us almost 1 hour and a half to get to the destination, Lubuk Tapah Base Camp. It was bumpy and tiring.
We had chicken rice for lunch. The lunch was not bad and definitely required to refuel the energy for trekking later. We did not know the trekking would be quite challenging.
After lunch, we began trekking the jungle to the first waterfall. However, the waterfall was not our main target of the day.
We finally arrived at the first waterfall called Takah Pandan. Takah means waterfall in Orang Asli language.
We continued trekking to the next waterfall. The trail became harder as we got closer to the waterfall. For some of us, the trail was rather challenging. At times, we had to climb the vertical wall of loose soil. Thankfully, there were tree roots and ropes for us to hold on while climbing.
We finally arrived at the waterfall, Takah Berangin. It was not huge but quite tall and impressive.
The waterfall looked nice. The water was cold and seemed untouched. However, there were debris from recent huge downpour. The guide informed us that the waterfall was much nicer before the downpour. Nevertheless, we had so much fun playing in the water.
Some of us were quite scared of the water depth. As we got closer to the cliff face, the pool got deeper and edy current from the waterfall pulled us closer to the cliff which could be dangerous.
After spending 1 hour swimming and playing at the waterfall, we then returned to base camp. The journey was not easy. This time around we had to climb down the cliff.
Nevertheless, we arrived at base camp, safe and sound. We headed straight to the river and began “tubing” along the mini rapid in front of base camp. Quite thrilling. I have never done white water rafting before, so it was not that bad personally.
Just to add to the drama; I fell down from the tube on a rock. It was really painful and hard for me to walk later and felt the excess pain for about two weeks.
After tubing, we prepared fire for BBQ; the moment that all of us had been waiting for. Unfortunately, we started quite late and it was already dark by the time we grilled the first batch of the food.
After BBQ, we went for a night hike. It was an interesting one. If we turned off the head lamps/ flash light, we could not see anything (due to tree canopy) except the glowed tree barks. The glow came from fungus attached to the barks. There is no proof to show but it is definitely real and interesting.
The next day, we began another trekking after a nice breakfast. This time around the trekking took us almost 2 hours. The journey was worth it. The waterfall was not bad, clean and cool.
Apparently, there is another waterfall called Takah Tinggi. Takah Tinggi was higher and much further from our location. We need another 2 hours to trek the jungle. Due to time constraint, we decided to return to base camp.
Around 2pm, we reached the jungle hut area and left with the four wheel drive cars to Bekok Town around 3pm.
Oh yeah. Before we left, we planted a tree. In Malaysia we called it Kundang. The specific name is Bouea Oppositifolia. For me, as someone who loves nature, I would say that this is the highlight of the trip. We should do this more often.
Along the way back to KL, we stopped at Yong Peng, KFC and had the loudest late lunch to conclude our trip. It was an awesome one once again.
The organizer for the trip (Fatima) has been generous to share the contact of the guide.
For this trip, we only paid RM120++ per person.
However, the price is depend on what activities we choose. We chose:
There are other activities we did not choose which may be more interesting for some of you like rafting, visit Orang Asli, etc.
1. Trekking to waterfalls
2. Water tubing
3. Guide fee