First large waterfall along Sungei Ampang (Feb 2006)
|Terrain||Forest trail and river treks|
|Recommended duration||1 day|
|Ease of access||Take a cab to entrance|
|Not so good||Leeches|
Take a half-day trek to a pristine stream and find beautiful waterfalls hidden in the forest at the outskirt Kuala Lumpur city centre. Sungei Ampang waterfalls are relatively unknown to many trekkers although it is found right at the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur city centre near Zoo Negara. There are different names given to the waterfalls such as Kemensah Waterfall (due to its proximity to the village of Kemensah) and Sofea Jane Waterfalls (from a malay movie starring Sofia Jane in the mid-90s), Kubang Gajah Falls for the lower waterfall and Lata Sham Falls for the middle falls.
Sungei Ampang is known to have 3 large waterfalls more than 5 storeys high and a smaller waterfall about 1.5 storeys high. According to the instructors at Institut Budaya Baru Melayu, panthers and sunbears still reside in the forest. Wild boars have been sighted in the forest and you may get a whiff of strong animal stench along the trek. Although you are unlikely to meet these dangerous wild animals, there are many leeches along the trail that welcomes you.
Institut Budaya Baru Melayu , entrance to trail (Feb 2006).
There are two places where you can start the trek to the waterfalls. The most straight forward route is through the Institut Budaya Baru Melayu which is found at the end of Jalan Taman Zooview. Visitors to the river can park their cars just outside the institute. At the entrance of the Institut Budaya Baru Melayu, the leader of the team is required to seek permission and sign in at the guard house. The trail leading to the waterfalls is about 100 m into the institute on the right. A 45 mins trek along a dirt trail would bring you to the first waterfall. There is a campsite near to the waterfall that can fit about four 4-men tents. There is no pool at the waterfall for a swim though.
To get to the other waterfalls, the surest way is to go along the stream. The path to the top of the first waterfall is along the left side of it just behind the campsite. However, there are a lot of tiger leeches along this path.
Small waterfall by taking the right side of the river fork(Feb 2006).
An alternative route will be via the ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Malaysia trail which is about 100 m before the institute. Visitors taking this route need to watch out for ATV or bicycle which uses this trail. Look for the sign saying Kubang Gajah which will lead to the first large waterfall. This will join the trail to the rest of the waterfalls.
2nd large waterfall along Sungei Ampang(Feb 2006).
Sungei Ampang, with its clean and relatively undisturbed surrounding and waterfalls is ideal for a day trip to the wilderness. There are no big plunge pools at the base of the waterfalls for swimming but lazing at the bottom of the waterfall is a very relaxing experience. This may be a blessing as it will be less attractive to visitors who are only looking at having fun and less concern about keeping the place clean. This trek is easy enough for first timers under the guidance of more experience trekker but it is certainly not a walk in the park.
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To Institut Budaya Baru Melayu [Ref 1.]
Take a cab from express bus terminal to Institut Budaya Baru Melayu (located at the end of the road starting from Zoo Negara)
Duration : 30mins to 45mins (depends on traffic)
|00||Main entrance of Institut Budaya Baru Melayu||Go straight|
|About 100m from the entrance. A small trail on the right just before a upslope||Turn right, into the small trail||Just before an upslope|
|40||Triangular patch. Y-junction||Turn right, descend|
|15||Campsite with the 1st waterfall nearby.||Can squeeze 4x 4-men tents|
|Small trail on the left side that runs parallel to the river||Follow the small trail and ascend|
|05||Top of the 1st waterfall||Go upstream by following the stream|
|10||Man-made stepped dam||Go up the steps and continue following the stream|
|35||River fork||(*) Turn right
(#) Turn left
|(*)05||Small waterfall (about 1.5 storeys)||Go up the steps and continue following the stream|
|(#)20||2nd waterfall||Trail on the left side of this waterfall will probably lead to the 3rd waterfall|
|Starting point to 1st large waterfall||: approx. 55 mins|
|Starting point to 2nd large waterfall||: approx. 2 hours|
- Outdoors Sandals
- Light weight clothes
- First Aid Kit
- Extra clothing
- Rain gear
- Leech repellent
- Water for the trek
See map with contour lines here