Giant Falls at Bukit Berembun
This remote and unknown mountain is home to one of the sources for the Pahang River, starting off as the tributary river, Sungai Pertang.
Similarly, the name, Kampong Klau is relatively unknown. Most residents of the hinterland have heard of the place called "Klau", it is a renounced Felda palm oil land scheme near Raub.
The heavy rainfall in this lush forested area gives birth to two average size rivers from the upper reaches of this steep mountain.
An enterprising hardware dealer has capitalized on the beauty of the waterfalls and its poor accessibly to erect this signboard. He provides transport to and fro the waterfalls vicinity, then holiday makers hike the rest of the way. His services ? -if there is a viable crowd or for a minimum charge
In Chinese, the place is named "Silver Leaf Mountain" while in English he has called it "Bukit Berembun". Most map list the peak as Gunong Benum, 2107 meters high.
The trip to the waterfalls is 13 kilometers journey, the first 5 kilometers is easily covered, using the tarred road and laterite tracks serving the rubber plantations.
The "tour operator" contributes to maintain the track so that he can continue his deployment of two units of 4X4 vehicles to shuttle groups of up to 30 picnickers.
That decision turned out well, we enjoyed the privilege of wadding through ankle deep mud and gliding up slippery slopes. At last, the wadding, walking and hiking was all over.
The terrain here is superb, the river flows through a shallow gorge, leaving the campsite reasonably high. This is an important safety point, promoting confidence for campers that they are safe from flash floods in the night. A gradual uphill slope for those who need extra assurance enhances the location as a good camping area.
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This is the "largest" waterfall, at 100 meters tall and 15 meters wide, the view is superb! At the base of the major fall is a majestically large pool. For us, the water was too cold for prolong immersion in the water.
On the right bank, a well-trodden but precarious trail will take hikers up to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fall within the 150 meters distance.
Here, Khoo was seated beside the 3rd fall [45 meters tall] which empties into a basin of calm water, the pool is about 20 meters in diameter. The outlet is followed by a tempting slide down a 15 meters high 2nd fall into the lower pool. It is intimidating, as the water from the outlet of this pool gushes out as the head of the gigantic fall.
On top of all this falls is a series of stagnant ponds squares in appearance but the depth of the water render the surface blackish.
Cheng, on a separate trip encountered this rarely seen wild orchid [Bulbophylum lepidum] on top of the falls.