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Overview

Challenge physical and mental capabilities on a scale up Mount Trus Madi also known as Garden in The Sky. As the second highest mountain in Malaysia, trek untouched jungle terrain, moss forests and encounter some of Borneo’s rarest birds and distinguish unique plants, some of which grow nowhere else in the world.

Trip Highlights

Mount Trus Madi Trek

Trek up challenging Mount Trus Madi

Explore the diverse ecosystems of Mount Trus Madi while trekking up challenging terrains of Malaysia’s second highest peak.

Spot rare flora and fauna

Trek untouched jungle terrain, moss forests and encounter some of Borneo’s rarest birds and unique plants.

Enjoy spectacular sunrise on the summit

Wake early, gear up and climb to the summit of Mount Trus Madi for sunrise and amazing views of Mount Kinabalu.

Itinerary

1

Kota Kinabalu – Sinua Basecamp

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu City to Sinua Basecamp: (210km) 5 hours

Depart Kota Kinabalu at 10:00 for a 5-hour drive to the Sinua Basecamp for the start of the two days mountain trek up Sabah’s second highest mountain, Mount Trus Madi.

Leave the city of Kota Kinabalu behind and head to the hills of Crocker Range and into Borneo’s rugged island interior.

Stop for lunch at Cinnamon Café, Manis Manis Resort at Crocker Range. Then quick stop in the small town of Keningau to shop for supplies before continuing on the journey to Sinua Basecamp.

On arrival check-in to the basecamp and prepare for dinner.

After dinner. it’s time to relax and prepare for the trek tomorrow morning.

Please note: Sinua Basecamp is simple accommodation with basic toilets and showers. Sleeping arrangement will be on a stretcher hammock with mosquito net provided. No pillow or sleeping bags are provided.

Main luggage will need to be left either at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu or can be left at the basecamp. Carry a small day pack for the climb to include water, sleeping bag and personal items.

Porters are available and to be arranged directly via Cash payment MYR72 one way for every 10kg (144MYR for the full trek).

Overnight Sinua Basecamp on stretchers.

2

Sinua Basecamp – Camp Two

Trekking time to Camp Two: (8km) 5-6 hours Activity Level: Medium

Breakfast at basecamp before starting the climb up the second highest mountain in Malaysia with a peak of 2,642 metre above sea level.

Trek starts at 08.00 to Camp Two. Along the way, enjoy Mount Trus Madi’s wide range of vegetation, covering at least five separate ecosystems during the ascend. The path crosses the river on a well-constructed suspension bridge heading towards Trus Madi forest reserve.

From the starting point at the basecamp, ascend for 680m to approx. 1,800m above sea level. The best approach to the climb, is to take it slow and steady and take a break periodically at the rest stops. After 7 km of trekking experience a mossy forest, an abundance of moss covering the ground and vegetation, before arriving at Camp Two.

Spend the rest of the afternoon free to relax and enjoy the scenery on the mountain in preparation for tomorrow’s long summit climb.

Please note: Sleeping arrangements will be similar to the first night on stretchered hammocks and basic toilets. The weather will be much cooler and can become very breezy. No mosquito net is provided tonight due to higher elevation.

Overnight in Camp Two. 

3

Camp Two – Mt. Trus Madi Summit – Camp 2 - Basecamp

Trekking time from Camp Two to Mt Trusmadi Summit: (4.2km) 3-4 hour Trekking time from Summit to Camp Two: (4.2km) 3-4 hours Trekking time from Camp Two back to Basecamp: (8KM) 4-5 hour Activity Level: Hard

Wake up at 00:30 and have an early morning breakfast. Dress warm as the initial climb may be cold. Prepare daypacks to be ready for the challenging but exciting day ahead.

Head torches ready, start the trek to the summit at 01:45 by torchlight through mossy forest with the aim to catch the sunrise on the summit at 05:50. The trail this morning takes up to 4 hours along a single file jungle trail. Some parts will require crawling and the use of ropes to assist. There will be a lot of underlying jungle growth that requires climbing up and over and keeps the trek adventurous.

On a clear day, see the stunning view of the majestic Mt. Kinabalu 40 km north.

At 07:00 on the trek back to Camp Two, it is possible to see most species of Nepenthes, orchids and rhododendrons. The trek back takes up to 3-4 hours to reach Camp Two. In between, take a one-hour break for lunch.

From Camp Two proceed 4 – 5 hours to the basecamp in the late afternoon/early evening for an overnight stay.

Overnight Sinua Basecamp.

4

Sinua Basecamp – Kota Kinabalu City

Transfer from Sinua Basecamp to Kota Kinabalu City: (210km) 5 hours

After breakfast at 09.00, depart for the 5 hour transfer back to the city of Kota Kinabalu or continue onto the next destination.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Return Transfer in air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Communal sleeping for Mount Trus Madi Climb
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English Speaking Adventure Guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Local Mountain Guide on the mountain for up to 6 people
  • Sabah Parks Entrance fees at Cinnamon Café, Manis Manis Resort
  • Daily drinking water
  • Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  • Mountain Permit
  • Forestry and Conservation Fees
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mount Trus Madi trekking certificate
  • Snacks during trekking

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Borneo)
  • Visa for Malaysia
  • Camera/video entrance fees

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