Only a few people know that a couple of beautiful waterfalls can be found in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. To reach them you have to take the Zoo Negara exit of the Ring Road. This is the region of Ulu Klang. After passing Kg Kemansah, the road ends at the Institut Budaya Baru Melayu.
About 100 meter before the guard house, there is an entry in the fence to an ATV track. Follow this track to the fall
The road ends at the Institut Budaya.
About hundred meter after the gate, take a clear trail to the right.
Parts of the traill are heavily eroded.
After following the trail for about 45 minutes, you will hear the sound of falling water. A small trail leads down to the Lower Ampang Fall, sometimes erroneously called Kemansah Fall
The Lower Ampang Fall @ Kemansah Fall
A nice fruit tree against the background of the fall
View from the top of the fall
There are two more falls in the Ampang river, to reach them you need to do some river trekking.
A dam is a sign of water management in earlier days
The trekking is not so difficult
But it becomes gradually steeper
After about one hour you will hear the sound of rushing water adn you know that you have reached the Middle Ampang Fall.
A small fall with the Middle Fall in the background
The Middle Fall is quite impressive
This fall has not really a pool at the bottom
You have to scramble up the slopes to reach the Upper Fall, which actually is quite close to the Middle one.
The Upper Fall is a vertical one.
A perfect place for a bath
When you climb up to the left from this last fall, you will reach a trail on the ridge which will bring you back to the trail head
Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety
We went today, hiked to the first fall. The gate at the Institute was locked (maybe Ramadan?), however there is another way as mentioned before. The GPS coordinates of the second path are 3°12'58.9"N 101°47'20.3"E. It is an ATV path. You follow it and eventually get to a fork (GPS coordinates 3°12'40.2"N 101°47'36.5"E). One direction looks like an ATV trail and the second (to the left) is more of a walking one and is more overgrown. The ATV trail has a sign with Kubang Gajah, thats the one we took. Eventually we got to the first falls which is as far as we went.
Anyone thinking of going to this waterfall?
anyone encounter any wild animals this year?
if you enjoy walking then only you consider this fall or else you will find that NO NO effect to visit this fall . I met a group of bicyclist and i think they enjoy very much here.
me and my partner been here today . we only stay at the bottom part of the fall but to us thats good enough already
ya..agree with grey1217.we went today morning, park our car in the open space before the institut budaya & went thru the blue fence to enter the falls which is F.O.C.
21 of us went up thru ATV trail to the kemensah falls and later follow the river trail up to middle falls which they call it Kubang Gajah Falls.After a rest we continue to upper falls by river trekking& you meet a split river.
If u choose right will lead u to another middle falls call Lata Sham Falls.Left river trail will lead u to upper falls.This is a trekking that consume plenty of time.We start at 8am & finish at 1pm.Need lots of water & some food.Worth to try! Beginners are not so encourage to go to upper falls.
Will go again with more experience hikers.
There is an alternative path that no need pass through the Institut Budaya Baru Melayu. It locate not far in front of the gate of Institut Budaya Baru Melayu, which you can see there is a steel fence beside it. One of the steel fence is able to open and there is a path behind it, it will cost more time to reach the waterfall. From what the guard told me, they will charge you RM10 for the parking inside their institut but i park at the open area not far from the guard house and using the alternative which no charge is needed.
They charge us RM5per person.Trek was easy and there is a nice pool with small fish.Haf alook at the pic http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=154557233039&v=info#/group.php?gid=154557233039&v=wall
ahmoimoi, night solo trek more challenging at these area, you may encounter wild boar, sang kancil...but be careful becuase there is black leopard too....please share with us when you have done this Kemensah night trekking. God Bless you.
I went to Kemensah falls 2 mths back and was taken aback when the guard demanded RM10 pax.We went in anyway paying RM10 which the guard refused to accept after knowing we plan to complain n write about it.Anyway,forgot about track to highest fall and we went to the first fall only.Following Sunday,went again wit another group who happen to go there and they paid RM78 for 16 of them.We trek off on our own and manage to find the highest fall this time and I have put markings easy access to others.Most recently,few of my friends went and they paid RM10 and the guard allowed them to shower after trek using the bathroom of the Youth Institute of Umno.I have written to TheStar,harian metro,tourism ministry,MSN but till this day,i receive no respond from all relevant parties BUT that does not deter me from enjoying what mother nature has to offer.In fact I am planning to do another night treking there, solo !
Was there over the weekend using an ATV (www.atvmalaysia.net). This waterfall is now more popularly known as Sofea Jane waterfall since the movie starring Sofea Jane had a location shoot here in the 90s. Trail was pretty muddy from the previous days rain and conditions made worse by a troop of 200 school teens going and then out of the place.
Overall place is still quite clean and the ATV operators are efficient to clear any rubbish left behind by irresponsible visitors. No charge was asked from us since we went in by ATV. Maybe the operators had an arrangement.
i have gone to this waterfall with my friends last year.. it was great..
we have to pay an environmental fee of RM15 each.. since the villagers are taking care of it.. journey took about 30-45 minutes.. not that far.. but since we were going up.. u shud be careful of orang asli too.. they dont like outsiders.. thats why u need a guide.. so that u wont stray to orang asli village... and u wont get sumpit by them.. haha! [seriously]
actually its not called Sungai Ampang.. the guide was furious about the name.. actually, the name is Kubang Gajah Waterfall.. the name came with its own history..as there were man-made dam.. they dont have tractors when the british came to built the dam.. so they used elephants instead.. and elephants always used the river to bathe.. tempat gajah berkubang.. so they call it Kubang Gajah Fall/River..
the are 3 levels of fall..
the top which is made of little falls and the man-made dam.. the fishes are friendly too.. make sure to bring some bread for the fishes..
the 2nd level is on top of the waterfall.. now... u cud relax on it.. and savor the view for your mind.. it was astonishingly beautiful.. damn! i wanna go there again..
and the lower waterfall.. where u cud feel all the water gushing onto you the whole day.. there are some big rock remaining suggesting maybe ancient rockslide.. huhu! and we shower under those rocks.. yeah! extremely viewish.. haha! its a good place to take pictures.. the waters are not even shallow..
if u want deep shallow waters.. follow the river down abit.. about 20-30 meters down.. then u will have some good place to bathe or dive in [1-2 meters deep].. but be careful.. once u jump in.. there is no visible way to climb back up.. huhu! i was to jump first.. and i start searching for a way to climb back up.. the trick is.. u climb the rocks hidden under the waterfall.. huhu!
all in all.. it was a good journey.. we were satisfied.. good pictures taken.. i didnt bring my camera tho.. hehe! next time i will surely go again..
oh.. leeches [big n small] will chase after you.. so dont stop on the hill trails.. haha!
Your Comment Firstly, this is such a good website, we have visited a number of the waterfalls, the children love it. We visited kemenseh in August I think, and again were asked to pay, this time RM10 per adult. I agree it does seem a hefty amount to pay particularly for locals. Would not visit again because of this.
I was actually planning to go this Sunday with the Facebook group... i was so disappointed in hearing this. Is there anything we can do???
Was at the guard house last saturday. Stopped by the guards and was asked to call the number on the signboard. A guy came over after 10 minutes and informed us that the trek is maintained by the villager of Kemensah and we will need to pay RM35 per pax with guide or RM15 per pax with no guide to use the trek. Me and my friend was dissapointed on the charges as we think the trek should not be charged that high, should maybe only charge RM3 per head which is still reasonable and we decided not to proceed as we could not even find a sign on the charges or any letter from the authority that charges is allowed.
We then explore around the village and decided to ask around the village to seek the truth about the charge. To our surprise, most of the villager were not aware about the charges and they themselves even think the charges is too expensive. We decided to find the Chief Village and according to him, they have to maintain the trek, clearing the path which is blocked by the fallen trees, pick up rubbish thrown by visitors and the fund is needed to improve the quality of the villagers life. It is a shock to us that this thing is only communicated to few ppl in the village and they are in the midst of applying to allow them to charge for the trek.
Clearly, we were dissapointed by the decision and we wish to keep waterfalls lovers informed about the new charge. I will only go and visit the falls again when there is no charge.
Will want to give it a try to trek using the ATV trail leading to Kemensah falls, then continue to Ampang falls from there. Possible?
P/s: To all nature lovers and trekkers, please do not litter around. Please keep the trek clean. Bring back your own rubbish and pick up any rubbish you see. We do not want others to sabotage using the reason and charge us to use their trek.
Waterfalls lovers... do join this group in facebook... we can go explore together... LOL :)
hi everyone... I really wish to go there... any clearer guides?? hehe... someone pls help...
lovely waterfall!!! can somebody tell me if it is still accessible now??
Thank you for your insightful site. You have motivated a cityboy to wander in the wilderness, willingly.
I've made the liberty of adding your site as a link in my own Multiply homepage. Hoping to spread the word, and hopefully joy too.I've also documented my account at the Kemansah Falls, current as of Nov 07. Hoping to help others in their quest. Please see link as below.
Conquering the Ampang/KemansahFalls
Keep up the good work : >
hi meng, the foot prints cld be left by wild cat, as the chinese always call them as "mountain cat", the foot prints are relatively smaller, shd not be tiger or, for that matter, leapord. yes, i agree that's a paradise, let's protect it...set an example to keep it a paradise, people who can "think" will appreciate us!
Hi, Siang HUi, you very lucky, but you sure the one you encuonter is Leopard?. Becuase last 2 week we went for waterfall-abseiling at 2nd fall & found those CAT\'s foot print and though it\'s belongs to TIGER. Anyway this is a paradize fall in my list.
would love to go there,siang hui are u exaggerating?maybe we can get a closer look at the animals prints
this place is popularly and conveniently nown as the kemensah waterfalls, not that secluded anymore, there are weekend mountain bikers, trekkers and, oh no! i met some hunters, god knows what there were shooting at, i have reported the same to a relevant organisation, hope they have brought it to the attention of the authority.
Dear Siang Hui. Leopard in Ampang ? U must be joking. Bear paws ? JAN, lets get our shotguns and go hunting. Kill em all, baby.
Did a solo trekking there on 13 Aug07. The upper waterfall is magnificent. Further up the upperfall, there are several small waterfall with a large pool that you can swim with the depth of >1.7m. The jungle is full of wild animal. Pawprint from bear, boar and maybe "bigfoot" can be observe along river bank. Have a close encounter with a leopard.
A malay movie once used this location in the middle 90s. Starring sofia Jane. They a woodden hut on the huge boulder oppasite the waterfall.