Start out by hiking Mount Trus Madi, Sabah's second highest peak located in Crocker Range Park. With an abundance of birds, orchids, and nepenthes, you will be rewarded with beautiful views as you follow the trail from the village of Sinua to the summit of Trus Madi. Unlike Mount Kinabalu, very few tourists venture here, especially for a longer three-night trek, so a visit here will prove to be very special, as well as challenging.
At Sapulot, you will experience Murut hospitality, where people drink bottomless rice wine from huge ceramic jars and have endless chats about their Murut headhunting ancestors. Challenge yourself to scaling the 800 foot limestone pinnacle called Batu Punggul, explore mysterious caves, and sleep on stretcher hammocks in a jungle camp perched high on a riverbank. Enjoy traditional Murut food and navigate rivers that run through pristine rainforest in traditional longboats.
• Trus Madi Basecamps
Camping tents with expedition hammocks.
• Pungiton Camp
Basic camp with stretched hammocks perched high up on the riverbank. Equipped with western toilet & showers, eating area, and sleeping area.
• Kabulungou Waterfall Cabin
Basic wooden hut with sleeping mats and blankets located right next to the waterfall. Equipped with western toilet and showers, eating area and sleeping area.
• Romol Modern Longhouse Family home, equipped with western toilet and showers. Sleeping is in communal room with mattresses on the floor with full bedding.
• Trus Madi Basecamps
Communal eating (your guide will be cooking simple meals)
• Orou Sapulot Delicious local food cooked by host family
*Vegetarians and special diets catered for
• Trus Madi Basecamps
Bucket shower and basic camps
• Orou Sapulot
Comfortable jungle and village accommodation.
*information available upon request
Be met by your guide on arrival to Kota Kinabalu airport and transfer to your hotel in city. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 7 PM to take you to dinner and give you an introduction to your trip.
Depart from Kota Kinabalu at 12pm and head for Sinua Village at the base of Mount Trus Madi, in the heart of the Crocker Range Park. Arrive by 4pm and settle in for the night at Camp 1. The camp is surrounded by farm lands on the border of the Trus Madi Forest Reserve. We will have the evening to eat dinner and relax before starting the trek the following day. Overnight Camp 1 in stretcher hammock.
Today's hike has a total length of 8km and an elevation gain of 1000 meters. The trail slowly climbs over the 4-5 hours of trekking. The forest is beautiful, and there is water available along the majority of trail that follows a river. Upon arrival at Camp 2, enjoy lunch and have the afternoon to go for some short walks around the campsite in search for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. Sit and relax overlooking the Crocker Range from the beautiful viewpoint next to Camp 2. In the evening, there is an optional night walk. Overnight Camp 2.
2.30am wake up to head for the summit of Trus Madi. Today the trail is steeper, with ropes in the slippery sections. The distance to the summit is 4 km, with 1,000 meters elevation gain. As the trail gets higher, the forest type changes to heath forest and pitcher plants appear everywhere on the trail. The most common are Nepenthes Lowii and Nepenthes Villosa. Arrive at the summit just before sunrise, to take in an amazing view of the Mount Kinabalu and Borneo below, if cloud cover allows!
Make your way slowly back to Camp 2. On the way, we will explore the unique plants and summit in daylight. Arrive back at camp for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, or, you have an option to go for a short walk. Overnight Camp 2.
Wake up and eat breakfast before getting back on the trail. We will descend back to Camp 1, arriving around lunch time. Have a bite to eat, before we take a 2 hour drive to Orou Sapulot. Upon arrival to Labang village, take a short boat transfer to Pungiton Camp. Settle in and enjoy lunch at the camp. After lunch, embark on a short walk to discover the unexplored Tinahas Caves. Walk through a cave with an underground stream and wonder at the formation of stalactite and stalagmite. Continue trekking to explore more of the cave system if you want. Return to camp for a refreshing swim by the river. Enjoy dinner and watch the night sky from the eating area before falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
Early wake up for breakfast. Check out of the camp and transfer to Tataluan village by 4x4 vehicle for your excursion to Batu Punggul, an 800 feet limestone pinnacle, rising out of the jungle. For the adventurous, scramble and climb up to the top (45 min - 1 hour) for a magnificent view of the jungle canopy below. Upon your descent, enjoy picnic lunch by the riverbank before continuing your journey by boat and 4x4 to the waterfall. Afternoon is spent exploring the waterfall area and swimming. Sleep by a hut overlooking the waterfall.
Spend first half of the day relaxing at the waterfall before transferring to the village for check-in, where you will sleep in a modern longhouse. The day is spent learning about their traditions and customs. The longhouse sits above a valley, overlooking the forest and surrounding areas. Evening is spent feasting on Murut food, wine and local dancing.
Early wake up for breakfast and bid goodbye to your lovely host at 8am for your transfer out to Keningau, concluding your adventure in Sapulot Country. At Keningau town, you will be met by our driver for your journey back to Kota Kinabalu. Expect to be back around lunch time, concluding your adventure in Sabah.
All accommodations, meals, activities and guide as specified in programme. Overland transfers. Trekking fees, mountain guide included.
Spending money, tips and gratuities.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, toiletries, cash (no ATM), hat, trekking shoes, leech sock, headlamp, swimwear, sunglasses, binocular, drybag
* It is important to bring warm clothes for temperatures down to 10 degrees celsius on the summit of Mt. Trus Madi. Gloves, warm hat recommended.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure.
Be aware that you will be in a reserve area and a sensitive environment. Consider your actions:
• Cut out plastic - remove and recycle plastic packaging before coming into the area
• Bring rechargeable batteries as disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals as they degrade in landfill, and recycling facilities are scarce in areas like the Malaysian Borneo
• Bring your own metal water bottle – you can fill up at the eating area instead of purchasing bottled water
• If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground or in the forest – dispose of them in ashtrays or bins.
• During outdoor and nature activities, take your cues from the expert local guides. Follow their instructions when observing wildlife. Be aware that you may need to take extra care in these areas to respect the natural environment.