The Start of the Trail
We followed the trail from the entrance easily spotted as the brown dirt road, bordered with lines of fallen dried leaves, stood out against the green of the surrounding trees. Almost immediately my mood was lifted. I guessed both Ashraff & Hafiz felt the same way as everyone had dropped pace and were just strolling, enjoying the atmosphere.
After a while, we arrived at an open area which turned out to be a campsite. There were small wooden buildings which were the ranger’s office, showers and toilets. We registered and paid the fee of RM1 per person, after which the ranger gave us a briefing. He explained that there are 3 waterfalls but due to the heavy rainfall a few days back, only the first was accessible. The next two falls were not accessible as the current was strong.
And so our hike began! We first had to cross a suspension bridge then continued walking along a narrow stream. There was hardly any water, more like puddles, which I happily tread in. I’ve gotten a little excited at this point as I imagined us embarking on a mini adventure. Brought me back to my childhood read – Enid Blyton.
Next up was a trail not too bad. Clear paths and people from the opposite direction were good indications that we were on the right track. The natural surroundings made the long hike seemed so much easier. Nature is truly calming.
A Balancing Act
Crossing the river was a fun challenge. Unlike the first crossing, the rest had no bridges. To cross over, we walked in a line, supporting each other. Well it was more hobbling than walking as the river bottom was lined with lots of misshapen stones.
I felt like a circus act on a tightrope, balancing on slippery bottoms while ensuring that the river current didn’t knock me down. We had to find a foothold before slowly moving forward. I saw some hikers using walking sticks, which I thought was a brilliant idea (they are probably more seasoned at this…)
Chiling Waterfall is a fish sanctuary (run by the Selangor State Fisheries Department), hence fishing is prohibited.
At the earlier crossings, we spotted a school of ikan kelah (mahseer fish). Excitedly, we quickly whipped out our cameras & mobile phones to snap pictures, worried we may not get another chance to capture this. What a dumb thought – we were after all at a FISH SANCTUARY. This became apparent as we got to more crossings, when the fish multiplied… And multiplied…
It was then when we made a discovery…
Hafiz was scared of fish -_-
I never saw this coming as he had enthusiastically bought fish food earlier at the ranger’s office. I soon realised his real intention. His plan was to divert the fishes by throwing the fish food as far away as possible, and then make a dash across the river.
His plan failed miserably.
Nonetheless, after a lot of encouragement (…and uncontrollable laughing) from Ashraff and me, Hafiz ploughed through.
We made it!
As we drew closer, we could hear the sound of gushing water getting louder and louder. Excitedly we quickened our pace and the reward was great. Before us, if I could describe it simply, was a giant water faucet. We stood in awe at the height of the waterfall and the massive amount of water plummeting down. The sound of the surging water was very loud yet it offered a sense of calmness. Lowering ourselves on the ground, the three of us just sat down, enchanted by the stunning view.
Notice how the large rock jutting out slightly to the right resembles a gorilla head… or I may be imagining things :D
I was so glad that I decided against sleeping in. A day away from the city had proved to be worth it.