Climb Mt Trus Madi the 2nd Highest Mountain in Malaysia after Mt. Kinabalu at 2,642m. Located 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, Orchid Nursery and Rafflesia Conservation Centre.
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 full of Sabah 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.
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 species of butterflies 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. One will also visit the Tambunan Rafflesia Centre, with enough plots and documented flower buds to increase one’s chances of viewing the Rafflesia (largest flower in the world), get an educational experience of this rare and strange flower as well at their exhibition centre.
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!
It offers a very different kind of trek to the famous and highly traversed Mt. Kinabalu trail as one probably will not meet many 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 Mt. Kinabalu – an absolutely rewarding climb!
- Hardcore Trekking in Primary Forest
- Butterfly Farm & Orchid Nursery
- Rafflesia Conservation Centre
- Summit Mt. Trus Madi
- Stop over at Gunung Alab
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 Tambunan Rafflesia Centre for a visit and should you be lucky find a Rafflesia in bloom.
1430hrs: Arrive at Tambunan Township for last minute shopping of personal items required for the trip.
1600hrs: Arrive at base camp for check in and relax after the long bumpy off-road ride.
2000hrs: BBQ Dinner is served at base camp. After, it is free at leisure to enjoy the brightly-lit sky full of stars (weather permitting).
Meals : Lunch at Gunung Alab and BBQ Dinner at base camp.
0400hrs: Wake up call and Breakfast is served.
0500hrs: Transfer via 4-Wheel Drive to the starting point of your climb.
0600hrs: Start your climb to the summit of Mt. Trus Madi (approx. 10 hours trek – 5hours to the summit). Packed Lunch enroute.
1600hrs: Arrive back at the starting point and depart to Gunung Alab via 4-Wheel Drive.
1900hrs: Arrive at Gunung Alab to board Downbelow Mini-Van back to Kota Kinabalu.
2000hrs: Expected time to arrive back to Kota Kinabalu City Centre.
Meals: Early Morning Breakfast at base camp and Packed Lunch during climb.
- 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. 1Night stay at base 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 RM84.80 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 RM31.80 per pair), Trekking Pole/Walking Stick (available for purchase with us at RM77.40 Single Pole/RM185.50 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 up to three litres of water. (A porter can be hired at additional cost). There are few 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.
Due to the altitude, the weather on the mountain can be very wet and very cold.
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.
Trip timings will differ from the published itinerary (Depart Kota Kinabalu City at 0800hrs on Day 1) for departure on Sundays only.