Mount Trus Madi is Sabah’s second highest peak, located in the central part of Sabah, in the 1,400 square kilometers 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, so a visit will prove to be very special, as well as challenging.
You will sleep in basic camps in stretcher hammocks.
Communal eating – vegetarians and special diets catered for. Your guide will be cooking simple meals.
Bucket shower and basic camps.
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 Trusmadi Expedition is 1:8.
We can also accommodate private guide or specialist guide eg. Birding guide requests.
After an early lunch on your own, picked up by your driver and guide from your hotel at 12:00 PM and head for Sinua Village at the base of Mount Trus Madi, in the heart of the Crocker Range Park. Arrive by 4:00 PM 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 8 kilometers 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.
2.30 AM 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. Enjoy lunch before we take the 4 hours transfer back to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu by 4:00 PM.
Return land transfers from Kota Kinabalu, meals, Sticky Rice Travel nature guide, drinking water, coffee & tea, snacks, Sabah Park ranger, entrance fees, trekking permit, sleeping bag.
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, good walking/trekking shoes, personal toiletries including towel, personal medication and basic first aid kit, light clothing for trekking, gloves for hand protection for when holding onto stumps, small trees or vines along the climb.
*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 because the camps are very basic. You must also expect rain or shine weather, including a lot of uphill terrain in hot and humid environment for extended hours (5-7hours) during some days. You must also be prepared to carry your own personal belongings including up to 3 litres of water – you must request for a porter for personal belongings in advance. Suitable for those wanting to explore a beautiful area with limited infrastructure and are prepared to take up a challenge.