Conquer the 2nd Highest Mountain in Malaysian after Mt. Kinabalu at 2,642 meters (8,668 feet) in height, located about 70KM east of Kota Kinabalu City in the central part of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo – some say more challenging than Mt. Kinabalu! Along the way passing Tambunan and Gunung Alab to the foot of the mountain visit Butterfly Farm and Orchid Nursery. One would also get to stay 2 nights at Sabah’s first Entomology camp.
Ex-Kota Kinabalu Mt. Trus Madi is home to five different types of vegetations – lowland mixed dipterocarps, hill mixed dipterocarp forest, lower montane forest, upper montane forest and summit scrub. The forest is full of Sabah‘s endemic plants and bird life with more than 600 species of plants and more than half of over 682 species of Sabah Birds can be found here. Home to the Nepenthes Trusmadiensis which can only be found here and nowhere else in the world along with the very rare Nepenthes Microphylla, it is a botanist’s paradise. In addition during this 3D/2N package climbers spend two nights at Sabah’s first Entomology Centre.
Rich with insects, beautiful morning butterflies, day insects followed by night fall moths and night creatures that come dancing in the camp lights. Trus Madi has recorded a phenomenal 5000+ species of insects. The camp only accommodates a maximum of 20 people overnight and is very popular for study groups so early booking is required. Our guests enjoy learning the regions entomology and the research being conducted whilst resting at the lodge before and after the Trus Madi summit climb.
The journey to base camp for your overnight stay will pass through scenic countryside along the Crocker Range. Enroute, visit the Butterfly Farm, home to hundreds of butterfly species and an insect museum with 500 butterflies and 3000 beetles as their exhibit. Their Orchard grows over 500 species of native Orchids which grow well in the park.
On your second day, avid mountaineers and adventure seekers take heed! If it’s a challenge that you are looking for, look no further than Mount Trus Madi!
The mountain offers a very different kind of trek to the famous and highly traversed Mt. Kinabalu trail as one probably will not meet any other hikers on the narrow, overgrown, muddy and virgin 4.2KM Apin-Apin Trail from the starting point to it’s summit. To reach the summit from the starting point, climbers need to step on tree roots and fallen trunks while holding onto vines and some more challenging areas of the climb are equipped with ropes and ladders.
Having reached the summit of Mount Trus Madi, weather permitting, one will be enraptured by the breathtaking view of the valleys below and maybe even catch a glimpse of Mt. Kinabalu – an absolutely rewarding climb!
- Hardcore Trekking in Primary Forest
- Summit Mt. Trus Madi
- Butterfly Farm & Orchid Nursery
- Summit Mt. Trus Madi
- Stop over at Gunung Alab
- Overnight at Sabah’s First Entomology Camp
0900hrs: Depart Kota Kinabalu City Centre via Downbelow Mini-Van.
1000hrs: Arrive at Butterfly Farm and Orchid Orchard for a visit.
1100hrs: Depart to Gunung Alab.
1130hrs: Arrive at Gunung Alab and enjoy the scenery of the Crocker Range.
1230hrs: Lunch is served at a Local Restaurant.
1330hrs: Continue Journey via 4-Wheel Drive to arrive at Tambunan Township for last minute shopping of personal items required for the trip.
1500hrs: Arrive at base camp for check in and relax after the long bumpy off-road ride.
1800hrs: BBQ Dinner is served at base camp.
1900hrs: Take rest or get some sleep before midnight climb.
Meals : Lunch at Gunung Alab, and Light Supper at base camp.
0600hrs: Prepare to depart to starting point of the climb with Packed Breakfast and Light Supper is served.
0100hrs: Depart from base camp to starting point of climb.
0200hrs: Start Climb to the summit.
Reach the summit of Mount Trus Madi between 0600hrs to 1000hrs – depending on individual’s level of fitness and pace. Packed Breakfast at the Summit. Expect a late lunch on this day.
1400 – 1500hrs: Expected time to reach back to starting point and 1hour drive back to base camp.
Once arrive at base camp have Late Light Lunch, refresh and prepare for dinner.
1900hrs: Dinner is served with BBQ to follow. After, learn about Insects and the camp’s Entomology Research.
Meals : Packed Breakfast at the Summit, Light Late Lunch and Dinner at base camp.
0700hrs: Wake up for Breakfast.
Free at Leisure until check out at 0930hrs.
1000hrs: Depart back to Gunung Alab via 4-Wheel Drive.
1230hrs: Arrive at Gunung Alab and board Downbelow Mini-Van back to Kota Kinabalu.
1330hrs: Expected time to arrive back to Kota Kinabalu City Centre.
Meals: Breakfast at base camp.
- Return Land Transfers via Downbelow Mini-Van and 4-Wheel Drive from Kota Kinabalu City Centre as described in itinerary. Entrance Fees for visits, Forestry Permits, Climbing Permits and Climbing Certificate for successful climbers. A Mountain Guide and a Ranger during your Climb. All Meals as described in itinerary. 2Nights stay at Sabah’s First Entomology Camp based on Twin Sharing Room with Shared Bathroom.
- Meals and Items not stated, Porter Fees – if required at RM 100 per porter (up to 12kg of weight per porter), Pick up or Drop Off from Outskirts City Centre Hotels / Resorts at RM 84.80 per person per way, Video or Camera Fees.
- Warm and Protective Gloves (preferably with good grip), Own Towels, Waterproof Jacket, Leech Socks (available for purchase with us at RM 31.80 per pair), Trekking Pole / Walking Stick (available for purchase with us at RM 77.40 Single Pole / RM 185.50 Double Pole), Warm fleece, Warm Hat, Good Walking Boots, Mosquito Repellent, Sunscreen, Binoculars, Camera, Personal Toiletries, Long trousers and a T-Shirt/shirt for trekking, A dry set of clothes for evening and sleeping, Rucksack, Waterproof bag for inside the rucksack or rucksack cover, Snacks (nuts, energy bars, etc for the climb), Small personal medical kit including plasters, personal medication, etc. The Guide and Ranger will also carry a medical kit, Water Bottle (that can take hot water), Torch Light or Head Lamp. An Adventurous Spirit!!
Pre-Requisites : A very good level of fitness – must be happy and comfortable to walk uphill in hot and humid environment for up to 10hours and be prepared to rough it!
Be prepared to carry your own packed breakfast and up to three litres of water. (A porter can be hired at additional cost). There are no sources of water on this mountain so it is necessary to always carry enough water to last a full day of trekking.
Safety is always the priority and if the Guide and Ranger feel that it is not safe to continue for any reason, then their decision must be respected. Should this be the situation there will be no refund in part or in full for your climb.
Your booking includes a mountain guide which is compulsory and are with you to keep you safe, ensure that you stay on the correct summit path and should visibility reduce due to rain or fog, ensure that you do not become lost or disorientated. Also, should you need assistance or evacuation they will summon it for you. The guides are licensed and employed by The Forestry Department, a government authority and are not employed by individual operators. Therefore we cannot pre-book guides for our clients, however we do always request that you guide speak English and we request those we are familiar with. However, on occasion especially at peak times our preferred guide may not be available and it may happen that your guide cannot speak English. Rest assured however all are expert guides and are local men and women from the area and your safety remains their priority.
Due to the altitude, the weather on the mountain can be very wet and very cold. Please refer to the Climbing Description in the Mt Trus Madi Medical Statement link below.
Ensure you are medically fit, please refer here for the Mt Trus Madi Medical Statement – please do understand as well as accept the ‘Climbing Description’ listed within this statement. It is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb. If you have a history of suffering from the following ailments, it is highly recommend that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity, Chronic Asthma, Muscular cramps, Hepatitis (jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climb.
Climbers or Hikers will also be required to complete a Climber’s Liability Form upon pick up from your Hotel.
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.
Wildlife cannot be predicted nor guaranteed because it is a spontaneous chance to spot any in their natural habitat.
Butterfly Farm & Orchid Nursery is closed every Mondays and Tuesdays.
Bloom of Rafflesia can never be guaranteed nor predicted – However, our Travel Guide and Park Ranger will do their very best to spot one for you as you trek within the conservation centre.
Meals included for your trip are provided by the local community. The food is basic and probably not what you are used to eating, mostly simple Asian food. We suggest taking extra sources of food such as nuts and energy bars.