When some friends from a local knife forum group suggested a camping trip, I jumped on it and quickly suggested a one night camping trip at Perting waterfall, near Bentong Pahang. I remember the place to be quite near to KL, nice river and offers relatively good camp ground. And to top it all off, I will have the opportunity to test out some new bit of kits I just obtained, namely the Berghaus pack and the Hennessy Explorer Classic hammock.
Perting Waterfall is a popular waterfall for city folks looking for an easy place to camp. Hence we started as early as possible, to try to get to the place before anyone else. I guess it is my typical ‘kia-su’ attitude kicking in hi-speed gear. We made earlier arrangements to leave our vehicles in the grounds of Perting Valley Resort so that we can go and enjoy our camping trip.
It takes about 45minutes on foot to get to the waterfall. The walk starts at the resort, passing by an adjacent property that is literally void of trees and into the river for the first river crossing. The trail is on the other side of the river and I strongly suggest that people stick to the established trail.
The trail to the waterfall is an easy walk. It is clearly marked, obviously often used by trekkers. There are several slip offs along the way but one should just follow the main route and that should lead them to the waterfall.
The group I was with on this trip consists of friends of diverse interest. But on thing all the guys share in common is the interest for edged tools. Yup, knives it is. So, we took the obligatory knife picture. Showcasing some of the small blades we brought along. We had brands like Spyderco, Esee, Fallkniven and Benchmade among us. Some of us got their knives online here.
Someone was kind of enough to leave a printed and laminated sign pointing the slip trail on the right down to the waterfall. Now, it is really a steep descend. So steep, some kind soul put up some ropes to help people decent safely. One will also notice some of the smooth tree trunks on both shoulders of the trail, an indication of visitor’s grasp as they make their way down. One wrong step can cost you a tooth or two really.
Perting waterfall at Perting near Bentong Pahang is exactly as I remembered it. The water spinning round the rocky surface like one of them rides in a water theme park plunging into the dark depths of the pool. As much as I am tempted to swim loser to the falls, the string of drowning cases here in the past remind me to stay away and suffice to appreciate its beauty and grandeur from the safety of its sandy shallow parts of the river.