Karena sudah sore, kami tidak mungkin bisa berlama-lama di tempat ini, walaupun sungainya sangat menggiurkan untuk trekking sampai ke sudut-sudut tertentu yang menurut informasi masih banyak spot menarik di sana. Sesampainya di atas, kami nongkrong sebentar di jembatan gantung yang merupakan penghubung antar 2 kabupaten. View sungai ini juga terlihat sangat menarik dari jembatan gantung.
TROUBLESOME TREKKING TO GEMBYONG VILLAGE
Because of my friend, Han, inadvertently asked about other sites around Nglanggeran Mountain to a parking attendant in Embung Nglanggeran, we were led to a waterfall nearby. It’s around 3 km from Nglanggeran Mountain. This waterfall lies in borderline between Gembyong village, Gunung Kidul, and Gayamharjo village, Sleman. Gembyong village’s name reminds me of Dae Jang Geum’s foe in Jewel in The Palace series.
This place hasn’t been opened officially as a tourism site, but local bloke provide free parking lot and trekking guide to the waterfall, which locally known as Jurug Gembyong. In my imagination, the waterfall will be on a roadside and we only need to leisurely stroll there. But, alas! To reach the waterfall we need to trek on a new path that the reeds just been cut two weeks ago. Two weeks old path, folks! Actually, I don’t have any problem with trekking or rugged terrain *smug*. But, the thing is I was wearing wrap skirt and nice sandals. Definitely wrong outfit. Since we already there, I had to left my nice sandals on roadside and continue trekking barefooted. Mind you that this is a new path, complete with rock fragments, imagine how hurt it was to my feet. We were guided by a lokal bloke named Henry. He was very patient waiting for us walking in our elderly footstep . So, there was I, troublesomely trekking, worrying my skirt and toes.
When we reached the waterfall, all those foot reflexology that I had was paid handsomely. The height of Jurug Gembyong is about 20 metres, the water falls between rocks that probably is a part of Nglanggeran ancient rocks. There’s a big pool in the base of the falls, habited by catfishes. The depth of the pool is about 8 metres, so if you can’t swim, jumping into pool is not recommended.
After enjoying the waterfall, we trekked back to where we left our motorcycles. This time Hendri took us to another path by the river and up to several beautiful small falls along the way. The river itself is captivating, has rocky contour and gentle stream. There are small ponds in several places, suit for swimming or playing splash.
The sun was setting, so we cannot stay there longer eventhough the river tempted us to explore its nooks. We were informed that there are many interesting spots to explored. We also crossed a suspension bridge that connects 2 municipals and stayed there for a while. From there we can see an interesting view of the river.
- On the way to Jurug Gembyong
- Jurug Gembyong, ngroro-oro
- Let’s climb the waterfall
- Trekking along river
- Gembyong suspension bridge
Translated by KamarAna