Along the road from Karak to Simpang Pertang there are several attractive waterfalls. One of them is the Gapoi Fall. The eastern slope of the Main Range is particularly wet, so these are perennial falls.To reach the fall follow the road from Karak to Kuala Pilah until after Gapoi. Just after a water filtration plant, a small road leads to an Orang Asli village.
The fall itself is not signposted. Look for this signboard.
After a while the road becomes a good quality dirt road.
Where the road comes near the river, you can park the car and cross the river.
In the rainy season the Gapoi river carries a lot of water and it may be problematic to cross it. But when we visited the fall, the crossing was easy. After crossing the river, a trail leads through sometimes thick undergrowth to the fall. Not more than 300 meters.
The trail looks heavily overgrown, but is actually easy to follow.
After a few hundred meters the trail bends back to the river and the fall becomes visible (and audible!)
Even in the dry season the fall is quite powerful and impressive
The waterfall is enclosed at both sides by steep rocky slopes. A nice pool invites for a swim.
The power of the waterfall results in a mist of water at the bottom.
The rocky slopes are impossible to climb. It might be possible to scramble to the top of the fall through the forested slopes at the left
Check if you need a permit before planning a waterfall trip. More information here
Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety
We went to this fall last saturday May 7th with 4 friends. Its very easy to access now. After you do the river crossing there is a bananas and lime plantation and the path is very easy to find. After 10 minutes walk we reached the fall.
It is a very impressive and beautiful waterfall.
The path goes through a small forest and you reach the waterfall on the right side. There is a huge tree trunk now and its difficult to go into the water from the right side. It is also full of rocks, what makes it difficult to swim.
On the left side of the fall, there was a small sandy beach. The water looked very nice and calm, but there is a very strong underwater current there, pulling you back towards the waterfall. Close to were the rock wall start on the left side the sandy area falls off suddenly and there is no more ground.
We were 4 very good swimmer and we were standing on the sandy ground when we got drawn by the strong underwater current and almost drowned. Luckily 2 of us managed to swim to the rock wall on the left side, get hold on the rocks and pull the other 2 to the rock wall. Our 5th friend was still on the sandy beach when we got into the current so he didnt get drawn inside and managed to pull us out. The current was so strong that if it wasnt for him we wouldnt have got out by ourselves.
Be very careful if you go there. Even if the waterfall and the sandy beach looks peaceful and calm - it is incredible how strong and powerful the current can be bellow the surface.
I have been to many waterfalls in Malaysia already, but this is the first time I got in such a critical situation.