Sungai Chongkak flows through a lush jungle in a valley 150 meters above sea level. It is located about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Driving on Route B52 to Sungai Chongkak, you will pass by Malay villages and stalls. Titiwangsa Mountains are clearly visible along the journey. Gunung Nuang, the highest peak in Selangor with a height of 1,493 meters, is part of this mountain range.
To reach this place, follow ‘Chongkak Park & Resort’ signpost and turn into the small road on the left. Sungai Congkak will appear on your left. The width of the stream measures not more than 10 meters and the water rushes rapidly over boulders in the leafy shade.
The park is built along the stream and divided into 6 zones. A paved road meanders a kilometre along the stream through the dense forest. Crossing over the stream several times, the road is dotted with a host of amenities like campsites, barbeque pits, gazebos, small bridges, suraus, changing rooms, toilets, fields, etc.
The stream is the main landscape attraction in this park. There are several tributaries that flow into the stream. The water is clear. The stream bed is flat and covered with gravels, boulders and palm-sized pebbles, arranged into a makeshift embankment across the stream to obstruct water flow in order to form a small pond for dipping. Yellow Saraca (Saraca thaipingensis), a tree with large yellowish green leaves hanging limply from the branches, crooked roots and branches, dotted the stream bank. Their bright yellow flowers grew in clusters and appeared intermittently on the trunks and large branches, adding a beautiful touch to the surroundings.
A downpour came in the evening, while enjoying the misty scenery of the forest. You will like a hermit living a reclusive life deep in the mountains, separated from the outside world. In the realm of Sungai Chongkak, it’s all about streams, forest, chirping birds, and buzzing insects. Its simplicity is deeply gratifying and time slips away before you realize it. This picturesque tranquillity of stream water and rainforest is only an hour’s drive from the bustling concrete jungles of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
How to get there
From Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, take Route B52 towards Pangsun or Hutan Lipur Sungai Chongkak for about 19km until you come to a ‘Chongkak Park & Resort’ signpost that directs you to turn left. The park is located about 2km at the end of the road.
Be careful of slippery stones in the river.