Kon Chu Rang Reserve is a primeval forest spread over the land of 4 provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh. K50 Waterfall (also known as Hang En Waterfall) in K'bang district of Gia Lai, is likened to a princess hidden deep in the sacred forest of poisonous water in the Central Highlands.
K50 Waterfall is ranked among the most beautiful natural waterfalls in Asia. The waterfall is 54m high, cascading down in the midst of majestic nature. In recent years, K50 Waterfall has been one of the "must visit once in a lifetime" spot for trekking and photography enthusiasts.
Especially, from January to June is the most beautiful time of the year to conquer K50 waterfall because this is the dry season, the weather is warm, dry roads are easy to walk, there are not many squeezes and insects. In the rainy season, the forest road is not too difficult to walk, except for the last section that takes effort due to having to cling to ropes to climb inside the falls. The rainy season is a lot of squeezing, insects, visitors should prepare long-sleeved clothes, non-slip shoes. Many young people choose to conquer the dry season for comfort, but this place is very interesting when experiencing the rainy season. This season water is plentiful. Standing inside the waterfall listening to the rumbling and splashing of water, it felt really good.
There are 2 roads that can reach K50 waterfall: From Binh Dinh and from Gia Lai. If from Binh Dinh, you find An An village, An Lao district, then hire local people here to lead the way through the forest to the waterfall.
From Pleiku (Gia Lai), you have to travel along Highway 19 for about 80km to reach An Khe commune and continue to K'bang junction then turn left and move about 30km to K'bang district.
From K'bang district, you go another 60km to Kon Chu Rang sanctuary. Here, you send your vehicle back and start the trekking journey to conquer the K50 waterfall.
After 14km of motorcycling and 4km trekking through the forest, up and down many slopes, crossing many streams, sometimes not daring to breathe hard to avoid deviating from the steering wheel and plunging into the depths, the magnificent K50 waterfall will appear before your eyes.
If you're brave enough, take a hiking rope deep into En cave to take photos of the K50 waterfall from the cave overlooking it. At this time, the majestic waterfall seemed to fall from the eyes of the cave. It is called Hang En because there are always flocks of swallows flying out from the cave, wobbling on the top of the waterfall.
You also need to prepare good physical strength and stamina because the days in the forest conquering the K50 will be the days of "three no's": No electricity, no clean water, no phone signal (and of course, no internet). You can hardly even have a flat back because you will have to sleep in a tent under the bumpy stone brick floor... In return, the impressive wild scenery. In particular, they can watch the starry sky - a difficult moment to admire in the crowded city, smog and traffic jams.
Photo: Nguyen Trong Cung
Video: Discovery Kontum