It was the day we dreaded but also the highlight of the trip. We had known beforehand about the whopping 18.5 kilometres trek through the tropical heath and lower montane forest of Maliau Basin. The first half of the trek was extremely pleasant as we feasted our eyes on various species of pitcher plants and orchids. The almost flat terrain made the whole experience enjoyable as we eased our way through the misty mossy forest.

We were at the 6 kilometres mark when we had reached the intersection between Ginseng Camp and Maliau falls. From here onward, the brutal 5 kilometres descent towards the belly of the Maliau falls is enough to deter the unfit from pursuing further. We looked at each other assertively. There was no turning back now.

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