Trek to Lata Berkoh

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Mat Leon Village

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Brekkie was included in our room rates. It was basic but adequate. After brekkie, we made a quick stop at Kuala Tahan to buy more drinking water for our trek to Lata Berkoh. It would be a long 9km trek and this would come in handy.

The trek started at 9:20am. This trail was more challenging than the one we did yesterday, mostly because it was just longer. The plan was to trek to Lata Berkoh, swim for a couple of hours and trek back to Kuala Tahan before dark. I was really excited about swimming at Lata Berkoh since we were quite disappointed with Lubok Simpon.

There were no sights of any big animals except the sound of a wild boar running away while we were trekking along the way. It sounded like a dog. However, they were many insects, birds and small animals like snakes as well as numerous different plants and huge trees. At one point, the trail made a fork. We unintentionally chose the one that went along the river and conveniently it was the harder route. After almost 3 hours, we reached the crossing point. This is where we had to cross Sungai Tahan. There is a Kelah (Malayan Manseer) Sanctuary located here.

We made a stop just to rest and filled up our water bottles. There were two people stationed here and we also used their kitchen to cook some sausages because we were starving. The trek was surprisingly long and we weren't quite there yet. Lata Berkoh is about 40 minutes walk away from the river crossing here. We wouldn’t have time to swim at Lata Berkoh and trek back to Kuala Tahan before dark. So we arranged with one of the guys here to pick us up by boat later and it cost RM 160.

After spending some time at the sanctuary, we continued our journey by crossing Sungai Tahan. One of us had trouble crossing the river, and it took us more than 20 minutes! He even lost a shoe! Finally at around 1:30pm, after 4 hours we arrived at Lata Berkoh.

 Lata Berkoh was so beautiful and definitely worth the effort to get here. The water was clear and cool but it has a slight brownish discolouration due to the shale stones commonly found on the riverbed. There were no other people here and it was so peaceful. There were a few cascades of water and a deep pool to swim. After a couple of hours, some people started to show up, and by the time we left at around 4:30pm there were at least 25 people there. They got here by taking the boat all the way from Kuala Tahan.

The boat ride back was awesome. I think it is the best way to experience the trail to Lata Berkoh. Trek there and take the boat back, or vice versa. If you’re lazy, of course you can just take the boat both ways. Back at the chalet, we swam some more and at night we had a scrumpdelicious shakes at Mat Leon’s restaurant. It was another awesome day at Taman Negara.
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