Located in the center of the Crocker Range, the Gunung Alab Hike is an adventurous two-day trek through beautiful montane forests. This program gives you the challenge of conquering the Minduk Sirung Peak at 2,050 meters, and then enjoying stunning views of the Crocker Range while you hike down to Mahua Waterfall. Throughout your hike, you will encounter an abundance of birds, orchids, and nepenthes. You will cover around a total of 12 kilometers over two days of hiking, with a total of 8 to 9 hours of walking.
You will sleep in Hennessy Hammocks (expedition hammocks) in a small and basic shelter halfway into the trail.
Communal eating – vegetarians and special diets catered for. Your guide will be cooking simple meals.
You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Sticky Rice Travel nature guide who will be supported by Sabah Park ranger & porter during your overnight program.
Our group size for Gunung Alab is 1:4 due to the limitation of shelter facilities in the area.
We can also accommodate private guide or specialist guide eg. Birding guide requests.
Depart from Kota Kinabalu at 8:00 AM and head for Gunung Alab Substation. Arrive by 9.30 AM and take a walk around the orchid and nepenthes garden surrounding the area. Then, pack up and proceed with the hike to our camp for the night. The first day brings you through mossy forest with beautiful streams and pristine forest. The trail slowly climbs over the 4 hours of trekking today. Upon arrival at camp, enjoy lunch and have the afternoon to go for some short walks around the campsite to search for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. In the evening, there is an optional night walk.
Wake up and eat breakfast before getting back on the trail. Along the hike today, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Crocker Range and the valleys below as we follow the top of a ridge for the majority of the day. We spend the last 4 kilometers descending approximately 1,000 meters to finally arrive at Mahua Waterfall. Take a swim in the beautiful jungle waterfall, before we have lunch and return to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in the late afternoon in Kota Kinabalu.
Return land transfers from Kota Kinabalu, meals, Sticky Rice Travel nature guide, expedition hammock for sleeping, sleeping bags, drinking water, coffee & tea, entrance fees, trekking permit, ranger.
Porter fees (up to 12kg of weight per porter), tips and gratuities for guide.
Comfortable hiking backpack, head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, swimwear, good walking/trekking shoes, personal toiletries including towel, personal medication and basic first aid kit, light clothing for trekking.
*Warm clothes are very important for this hike as it is cold in the evening because we camp above 1,600 meters asl. The temperature can get down to 13 degrees Celsius.
Minimum booking of 2 pax for departure.
Only for adventurous travelers who are fit, and willing to rough it out in order to experience a night in the montane forest area. Bear in mind that the shelter facilities are very basic here and you must expect rain or shine weather, including a lot of downhill terrain on Day 2 when going down to the waterfall.