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Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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.

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.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail There are several streams along the way and slippery rocks

There are several streams along the way and slippery rocks

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Mushrooms

Mushrooms

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail There are several fallen trees along the trail, you have to climb over them.

There are several fallen trees along the trail, you have to climb over them.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Some fallen fruit on the forest floor

Some fallen fruit on the forest floor

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Wild Durian

Wild Durian

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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.

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.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We stop to catch our breath at the junction where the signboards are.
One trail leads to Purut Falls the other to Rhino ridge.

We stop to catch our breath at the junction where the signboards are. One trail leads to Purut Falls the other to Rhino ridge.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail A large mushroom.

A large mushroom.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Steph chopping a branch with his Machete. Just next to his right foot are three termite mounds

Steph chopping a branch with his Machete. Just next to his right foot are three termite mounds

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail The termite mounds.

The termite mounds.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We found this feather on a branch

We found this feather on a branch

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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.

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.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Another feather

Another feather

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Meera is trying very hard to get a picture of the entire length of the tree. I am not even trying.

Meera is trying very hard to get a picture of the entire length of the tree. I am not even trying.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We find these fruits fallen on the ground. Steph tells me that they are wild lemon.

We find these fruits fallen on the ground. Steph tells me that they are wild lemon.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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.

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.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail A very large specimen of the Shelf fungus

A very large specimen of the Shelf fungus

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Some more fungi

Some more fungi

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Meera is photographing the Liana

Meera is photographing the Liana

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail This is the picture Meera got of the tree. Do you see the tree top ?

This is the picture Meera got of the tree. Do you see the tree top ?

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Lianas everywhere.

Lianas everywhere.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Udit looks on while I photograph the Lianas

Udit looks on while I photograph the Lianas

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Art on the forest floor

Art on the forest floor

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail This vine has thorns

This vine has thorns

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Another sprouting Dipterocarp seed. Notice its wings. This seed flew down like a helicopter from the canopy.

Another sprouting Dipterocarp seed. Notice its wings. This seed flew down like a helicopter from the canopy.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail A tranquil stream

A tranquil stream

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail and a leech

and a leech

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We have to walk under some very low branches

We have to walk under some very low branches

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Just look at the size of the tree

Just look at the size of the tree

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail The trail takes us on a steep incline over a fallen tree. The yellow and black ribbon is the trail marker

The trail takes us on a steep incline over a fallen tree. The yellow and black ribbon is the trail marker

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail A large fallen tree

A large fallen tree

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Some more tree crossings on inclined ground

Some more tree crossings on inclined ground

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We reach the first tier of Purut waterfall

We reach the first tier of Purut waterfall

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We continue further upstream to reach the waterfall

We continue further upstream to reach the waterfall

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Udit against a backdrop of the thick rainforest

Udit against a backdrop of the thick rainforest

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Meera is getting tired. It was almost 1pm, we had been walking since 8:30am non stop

Meera is getting tired. It was almost 1pm, we had been walking since 8:30am non stop

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail The channel was too wide for Meera to jump across, she decides to walk across over the tree

The channel was too wide for Meera to jump across, she decides to walk across over the tree

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Steph and Udit work closely with us all through watching our every step

Steph and Udit work closely with us all through watching our every step

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail We zig zag across the stream  walking amidst the bushes on the side to go upstream

We zig zag across the stream walking amidst the bushes on the side to go upstream

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Udit can see the waterfall, its just round the bend

Udit can see the waterfall, its just round the bend

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail There it is just about the height of a two storey building, peaceful and hidden

There it is just about the height of a two storey building, peaceful and hidden

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail There is a good amount of humidity here that the trees are covered in moss

There is a good amount of humidity here that the trees are covered in moss

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail The ground is infested with several leeches and they make way towards us

The ground is infested with several leeches and they make way towards us

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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.

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.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail Keep away from this stuff, it causes a painful rash if it comes in contact with the skin

Keep away from this stuff, it causes a painful rash if it comes in contact with the skin

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Danum Valley Purut Waterfall Trail 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

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