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Purut Waterfall is situated on the way to Mt. Danum. It takes about 4 hours of jungle trekking from the Field Centre to reach the waterfall
The person in the black tshirt is Steph, our ranger. Also in the picture are the Swiss guys who were trekking with us in the area but on a different route.
In comparison to the Tembaling waterfall trail this trail is much tougher with a lot of ups and downs and absence of a well marked trail. Like the head ranger suggests, two rangers are needed for this trail. It is very easy to get lost on this trail and a second ranger is necessary to get back to the field center to get help in the case of an emergency
There are several streams along the way and slippery rocks
Leech socks are absolutely essential on this trail. Since the trail is not so well tread, the plants grow very close the trail and there are leeches waiting on them
There are several fallen trees along the trail, you have to climb over them.
Some fallen fruit on the forest floor
Thats Udit following Meera. Both Rangers were so professional. Steph would always lead cutting vines and branches to make way when needed with his Machete. Udit would always be the one trailing us no matter how slow we were. He would always be behind us patiently. Amazing Guys.
We stop to catch our breath at the junction where the signboards are. One trail leads to Purut Falls the other to Rhino ridge.
This was one large Liana. The Liana is a type of vine rooted in the ground but uses trees and rocks for vertical support to climb up to the forest canopy
A large mushroom.
Steph chopping a branch with his Machete. Just next to his right foot are three termite mounds
The termite mounds.
We found this feather on a branch
A sprouting Dipterocarp seed. There are millions of these sprouting on the forest floor. As we walked we took care not to step on them.
Meera is trying very hard to get a picture of the entire length of the tree. I am not even trying.
We find these fruits fallen on the ground. Steph tells me that they are wild lemon.
We decide to try eating them and Steph gets to work with his multipurpose machete. Compared to the lemon cultivar this has very less flesh and more skin
Well, it does taste like lemon but not the lemon from the supermarket. For me its was an interesting find, like someone handing out a glass of lemon soda in the middle of wilderness. I quickly start eating the lemon although its taste was quite strong for my throat. I was enjoying it until the lemon juice took control of my throat and I began to cough uncontrollably.
A very large specimen of the Shelf fungus
Some more fungi
Meera is photographing the Liana
This is the picture Meera got of the tree. Do you see the tree top ?
Udit looks on while I photograph the Lianas
Art on the forest floor
This vine has thorns
Another sprouting Dipterocarp seed. Notice its wings. This seed flew down like a helicopter from the canopy.
A tranquil stream
and a leech
We have to walk under some very low branches
Just look at the size of the tree
The trail takes us on a steep incline over a fallen tree. The yellow and black ribbon is the trail marker
A large fallen tree
Some more tree crossings on inclined ground
We reach the first tier of Purut waterfall
We continue further upstream to reach the waterfall
Udit against a backdrop of the thick rainforest
Meera is getting tired. It was almost 1pm, we had been walking since 8:30am non stop
The channel was too wide for Meera to jump across, she decides to walk across over the tree
Steph and Udit work closely with us all through watching our every step
We zig zag across the stream walking amidst the bushes on the side to go upstream
Udit can see the waterfall, its just round the bend
There it is just about the height of a two storey building, peaceful and hidden
Right in front of the waterfall is a large circular chamber. We are in that chamber. We are surrounded by tall rock faces on every side
There is a good amount of humidity here that the trees are covered in moss
The ground is infested with several leeches and they make way towards us
We cant stay there too long. We give ourselves 45 minutes for lunch and recuperation before we head back on the same trail that we came. Energies are low and we have a 4 hour trek ahead of us. We have to hurry if we want to avoid walking back to field center in the dark.
Keep away from this stuff, it causes a painful rash if it comes in contact with the skin
There are several areas close to the waterfall where the trail gets tough. I have not photographed those areas as I was on even ground myself
We have to get back to the field center as soon as we can. I decide to take a photograph of Meera with Udit (left) and Steph (middle) and keep the camera inside my backpack shortly after so that we can walk as fast as we can.
We really enjoyed the Purut waterfall trek. The trek must be classified medium hard if you intend to do it in one day due to the 8 hours of continuous walking. The brochures at the field center did not indicate the level of difficulty of the trek.
Steph and Udit were excellent guides throughout its a pleasure to be lead by such able folks. It greatly improves the overall confidence level and makes a difficult trek seem easy and enjoyable. My heartfelt thanks to Steph and Udit. You have been amazing.
- Kiran and Meera