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Mount Trus Madi | 4 Day | Sabah, Malaysia


Mount Trus Madi, located in the Crocker Mountain Range, is Malaysia’s second-highest mountain at 2,642 metres. Mount Trus Madi is located in a beautiful Forest Reserve and is home to a stunning array of flora. This trek is a great alternative to Mount Kinabalu and is suitable for the adventurous trekker with above-average fitness. For large group enquiries please contact us for a special quote.

Note – The price displayed above is per person and based on a group size of 7 persons

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Mount Trus Madi Climb via Sinua (4 Day), Sabah, Malaysia

Mount Trus Madi, also known as Trusmadi and referred to by the local Malaysians as Gunung Trus Madi, is Malaysia’s second-highest mountain at 2,642 metres (8,668 ft). It is on the same mountain ridge in the Crocker Mountain Range as Mount Kinabalu. Mount Trus Madi is located in a protected forestry reserve and offers a wide range of unique flora and fauna, including the beautiful Nepenthes Macrophylla, a species of pitcher plant.

Unlike Mount Kinabalu, Climb Mount Trus Madi sees few tourists venture up Gunung Trusmadi and very often, you have the mountain all to yourself. This is partly due to the remote location of the reserve, as well as the steep and challenging terrain of the mountain. From the summit of Mount Trus Madi, you can enjoy watching the sunrise over Mount Kinabalu and enjoy an out-of-this-world view! One of the many highlights when you climbing Mount Trus Madi.

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During the 4D3N Climb Mount Trus Madi trek, you will stay overnight in basic camps. You will sleep in stretcher hammocks and have access to bucket showers and toilet facilities. The trail via Sinua is considered the safest to Climb Mount Trus Madi and obviously reach the summit.

The Climb Mount Trus Madi trek is rated as ‘Challenging to Difficult’ – it involves challenging treks in various types of terrain, including difficult uphills/downhills, and may include 5-8 hours of trekking daily. You need to be above average fitness level to enjoy completing this trek.

Additional Wiki Information on Climb Mount Trusmadi

Typical Itinerary – Climb Mount Trus Madi

You get picked up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu around 12 noon and start your journey by road to Sinua Village, located at the base of Mount Trus Madi – the starting point for your climb Mount Trus Madi trek. You will arrive at Kampung Sinua around 4 pm and settle in at your camp for the night – Camp 1. Camp 1 is on the border of the Trus Madi Forest Reserve. After dinner, you will relax before starting your trek the following morning. Tonight we will be sleeping in jungle hammocks. And for your information, we are now 700 metres Above Sea Level (ASL), so it can get a bit chilly at night.

Meals: Dinner.

You have now started your Climb Mount Trus Madi Adventure 🙂

Today you start your Climb Mount Trus Madi trek. Today’s trek will take about 4 – 5 hours (about 8 km) to Camp 2. The forest is beautiful, and there is water available along the majority of the 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 of wildlife. Or you can choose to have a rest during your Climb Mount Trus Madi adventure and just 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 at Camp 2. You are now halfway through your Climb Mount Trus Madi Adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Today we get up at 2:30 am and trek for 4 km (4 – 5 hours) to the summit of your Climb Mount Trus Madi Adventure. As the trail gets higher, the forest type changes to heath forest and pitcher plants appear everywhere on the trail. This section of trail used for your Climb Mount Trus Madi is steep and can be slippery when wet as moss grows on the rocks and tree roots. Once you reach the summit of your Climb Mount Trus Madi trek, you will enjoy the sunrise and also enjoy the view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu (weather permitting). You then trek back down to Camp 2. Arrive back at camp for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, or you have the option to go for a short walk. Overnight Camp 2.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After breakfast, you will trek back to Camp 1, arriving around lunchtime. Enjoy lunch before you start your 4 hours transfer back to Kota Kinabalu, arriving there around 4 pm. Say goodbye to ‘Climb Mount Trus Madi’.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pre-requisites for your Climb Mount Trusmadi Trek

  • A good level of fitness – you must be happy and comfortable walking uphill in a hot and humid environment for up to eight hours a day.
  • Be prepared to rough it! The camps are very basic.
  • Be prepared to carry your own personal belongings and up to three litres of water. Porters are hired to carry foodstuff and cooking gear. If you let us know in advance, you can hire a porter to carry your own kit for a small additional fee.

What is included in your Mount Trusmadi trek?

  • You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable nature guide who will be supported by a Sabah Park ranger & porter.
  • Simple Malaysian meals and water
  • Transportation from Kota Kinabalu during your Climb Mount Trusmadi Adventure!
  • All park guides, fees and permits
  • Accommodation in camp (stretcher hammocks).
  • Sleeping bag.

What is not included in your Climb Mount Trusmadi trek?

  • Porters are to carry personal kit (up to 12kg of weight per porter). Porters can be booked in advance – let us know if you want to use one.
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Tips for Guides.

Recommended packing list for the Climb Mount Trusmadi Adventure!

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm fleece and hat (beanie)
  • Good walking boots
  • Long trousers and a t-shirt/shirt for trekking
  • A towel ‘Micro Fibre’ type is recommended, and spare socks.
  • A dry set of clothes for evening and sleeping. Warm clothes are very important as it is cold in the evening because we camp 1,600 meters asl. The temperature can get down to 13 degrees Celsius.
  • Sunglasses
  • Leech socks
  • Water purification tablets (iodine) – just in case
  • Rucksack
  • Waterproof bag for inside the rucksack. Bin liners can be used.
  • Your favourite trekking snacks
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small personal medical kit including plasters, personal meds, plenty of insect repellent, sun cream, etc.
  • Light-weight bowl, mug and cutlery
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Good pair of garden gloves for hand protection (you will need to hold on to stumps, small trees, and vines along the way, and it can get cold)


  • Prices are valid for trips up to 31st March 2021 (with 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from May 2019).
  • Minimum two persons per booking.
  • Safety is always the priority, and if the park guide and tour leader feel that it is not safe to continue for any reason, then their decision must be respected.
  • All climbers need to book at least one month before your scheduled Climb Mount Trusmadi dates. This is to allow time for approval from Sabah Forestry Office for your permits to climb Mount Trusmadi.
  • This article on the best dry bags could be useful for this trip


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Mount Kinabalu

  • Is Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, an active volcano?

    The very simple answer is no. Mount Kinabalu is a huge granite mountain or dome (pluton in geographical terms). That was uplifted above the surface about 7 to 8 million years ago due to the Magma intrusion and collision from the crustal plate movements. That was a long time ago. This non-volcanic mountain was not formed from smoke and lava. In fact, the birth of Mount Kinabalu is a result of long, dramatic and complex geological processes in different stages, which began about 40 million years ago.

    BACK STORY – On 5 June 2015 at 07:15 MST, the area around Mount Kinabalu was damaged by an earthquake. Eighteen people, including hikers and mountain guides, were killed by the earthquake and a massive landslide that followed it. Ranau and many parts of Sabah West Coast were affected, and Donkey Ear’s Peak was heavily damaged.

    Six days before the earthquake, around ten western tourists (comprising six men and four women from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) “stripped and urinated at the mountain (which locals believe has angered the spirit at the sacred place)”. The tourists also allegedly shouted vulgarities when they were told to desist by their mountain guide, but this was later dismissed by the judge in their trial.[citation needed] This provoked outrage among certain Sabahans, who want all of the alleged offenders charged in native court and forced to pay the “sogit”, a type of compensation given in the form of money or livestock, to appease the aggrieved party according to local Kadazan-Dusun customs. It is imposed on wrongdoers for the purpose of appeasing “the aggrieved”, thus placating the community. However, as most of the detained tourists have been released from Malaysia’s prison and escaped the native court, the local villagers had to perform their own rituals. Following the incident, some of the tourists and their families expressed their apologies to all involved parties, and the government of the United Kingdom began to review its travel advice for Malaysia.

    The back story was taken from Wikipedia, the link to the article https://bit.ly/3PWilwl

    To experience the beauty and magnitude of Mount Kinabalu yourself, why not book our 3-day Climb package via Timpohan Gate.

  • What it’s actually like to climb the via ferrata on Mt Kinabalu

    Latin for ‘iron way’, a via ferrata is the bridge between scrambling and climbing. It requires very little equipment and a good head for heights. Unlike climbing or bouldering problems, a via ferrata is a route marked out by metal rails and rungs embedded into the mountain. It’s easy to follow and a great way to tackle otherwise impassable cliffs and ledges. Whether you’ve done it before or are planning a new adventure, these are eight things that you need to know about via ferratas.

    An alternative via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu is Low’s Peak. This can be climbed by a person in good physical condition, and there is no need for mountaineering equipment. Climbers must always be accompanied by accredited guides due to national park regulations and may experience altitude sickness.

    Why not join experienced tour guides on our Mount Kinabalu Climb via the Ferrata for a memorable two days.

  • How to get into backpacking (hiking) if I've never gone before?

    Start by day hiking. Do some reading on the subject; go to a public library and borrow a few books on the subject. Find a mentor; this might be done in a club, or a class or with existing friends who do it. It depends (factors) on your age, available resources, etc.

    I was never a member of the Scouts (a good start, whether as a kid or an adult leader (like a friend (mom) with a son needing male role models)). My first mentor was my 10th-grade biology class teacher (I just saw him yesterday (we’ve known each other 46 years now)). My first-day hike was 16 miles round trip with 4,000 feet elevation gain (you need not take a hike this strenuous; I was 14). Other people and groups are possible (e.g., Sierra Club, AMC, CMC, Mazamas, Mountaineers, ad nauseum; I presided over my high school’s club, the Trailblazers and university 2 terms in our mountaineering club, friends were Trail finders (a school)).

    Get a sense of your limits: walking distance, elevation gain, and time (your most important outdoor resource). Take lunch (from your reading, you should get an idea of what to take). Avoid buying too much of anything. It’s not about the gear. In time, it’s generally a good idea to learn to push your limits (but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves yet).

    Some people take courses like Outward Bound or NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). This is not necessary, but some people like this. The whole topic of what’s called outdoor education is controversial.

    Start slow: walking, buying things, learning. Pick things up by slow progression. You will not learn (much) by reading or lecturing. It’s about putting 1 foot before another and experiencing.

    Try car camping. Learn to sleep on flat ground. Learn about and minimize sleeping bags (learn to borrow or rent if possible), foam pads, and tents (handling environmental conditions like rain). Learn about camp stoves (do learn to prime, but you can also use other warming methods). Learn to do evening things in daylight like a tent set up. A mentor watching over you (should not necessarily be an instructor (course work)) can help critique you.

    Then, finally, work up to one overnight night hike. (I only did car camping later.) My first overnighter required walking 8 miles in with 4,000 feet of gain to 11,500 feet (and I think we had to carry most of our water in). My teacher also brought his young son (maybe he was 10). You don’t have to do a hike this seriously. Very windy summit (a little hard to sleep), and I was back a month later (2nd overnight hike). My 3rd overnight went to the top of Mt Whitney (14.5K ft) (twice, over a weekend, with my #2 mentor).

    Repeat – Take a first aid class and CPR. Pick up other skills like a river crossing. Practice with a map, compass, and GPS separately. Realize that it’s not what you learn in a class but what you retain in the way of problem-solving. Transition to winter (learn to ski, not snowshoe). Learn what to pick up in the way of skills and gear. Learn to minimize (this is mathematically called the knapsack problem (what you place on your back)). Make new reliable friends. Travel the world.

    Avoid adventures. Avoid drama. The last thing you want to deal with is dead bodies. Real dead bodies (friends have). Jedi don’t crave adventure, and neither should you.

    Taken from https://bit.ly/3FWQN5z – This article was written originally by Eugene Miya, who has been a climber and trekker since 1970s

  • What are the facts about Mount Kinabalu?

    Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu, Dusun: Gayo Ngaran or Nulu Nabalu) is the highest mountain in the Malaysian Borneo – Federal state of Sabah. The mountain is 13,435 feet (4,095 m) and is the third-highest peak of an island on Earth. Being the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence, it makes a great challenge for visitors to tackle. Mount Kinabalu is in Ranau district, West Coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park – World Heritage Site.

    Mount Kinabalu was originally listed at 4,101m tall but after a resurvey in 1997, using satellite technology established its summit (known as Low’s Peak) height at 4,095 m (13,435 ft) above sea level. 6 m (20 ft) less than the previously thought.

    Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified. Among these are the famous gigantic Rafflesia plants and orangutans – UNESCO World Heritage status.

    • Third-highest peak of an island on Earth
    • 4,095m Tall (1997 Survey)
    • 5,000 to 6,000 Species of plants
    • 326 Species of birds
    • 100 Mammalian species
    • UNESCO World Heritage status
    • Earthquake 2015
    • 7 to 8 million years old

    Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for yourself on our 2-day Trek Via Timpohan Gate.

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