Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Six Waterfalls

Location: Kitti
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 5-7 hours
Cost: $20/person if five or more, more for smaller groups
Watch out for: Too much rain can make parts of hike impossible. Be careful of flash floods.

Description: This is a long, beautiful hike through the waterfalls of Salapwuk, Kitti. The trail is like a teardrop in shape, so you'll start and end on the same path, but have a circular route in the middle. The path is often very muddy and rocky, and involves wading through rivers. You will get very wet, so choose shoes carefully and protect valuables in waterproof bags.

There are six waterfalls to see, each spectacular. You can swim and dive in most of them, and your guides will give you plenty of time to enjoy each. After reaching the first fall, you'll find that two and three are close by. A short hike will eventually bring you to four and five. Getting to the last waterfall requires a swim upstream. If you want your bag with you, your obliging guide will bring it for you along a more difficult, but dry route.

Heading back, you will likely climb up, up up, until returning to the path where you started.

Directions: You'll need to arrange for a guide. You can contact the Peace Corps volunteer in Salapwuk, or call the Peace Corps office at 320-2531 and speak to Kikulynn Hebel. To get to the start of the hike, take the Island Circle road towards Kitti. Just after the very terraced house and before you get to the turn for the Nahlap dock, turn left at the street pictured below. Follow this road until it turns to dirt, and park on the right side of the road. Continue along the dirt road until you reach the elementary school, and you will meet your guides there.

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