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Mt Trus Madi

River Junkie - 4 days

  • Mt Trus Madi
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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> Stay away from the crowds
> Climb Sabah's second highest peak
> Spend your nights in camps

Mount Trus Madi is Sabah's second highest peak, located in the central part of Sabah, in the 1,400 square kilometer Crocker Range Park. With an abundance of birds, orchids, and nepenthes (pitcher plants), 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.

?Recommended for: Adventurous travelers who are fit, and willing to rough it out as camps are pretty basic. Expect variable weather and a lot of uphill terrain, hot & humid environment's and extended hours of hiking (5-7hours) during some days. Suitable for those wanting to explore a beautiful area with limited infrastructure and are prepared to take up a challenge.


What's the plan?

Day 1
We suggest you have a good lunch before our driver and guide come by your hotel at around 12pm to pick you up and head for Sinua Village, at the base of Mount Trus Madi, in the heart of the Crocker Range Park. Arrive by 4pm 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.

Day 2
Today's hike has a total length of 8km 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, which 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 at Camp 2.

Day 3
We will wake up at 2.30 am 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 enjoy 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 can go for a short walk. Overnight Camp 2.

Day 4
??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-hour transfer back to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive at Kota Kinabalu by 4 PM.



√ Pick up and transfers
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. The trekking company will drive you to Crocker Range Park, the starting point of your trek.

√ Accommodation during the trek
On our way to the top of Mount Trus Madi you will spend your nights in camping sites. Your trekking company will take care of the equipment.

√ Mountain guide
You will be accompanied at all times by one of our experienced guides. They are trained to keep you safe and to guide you throught the most beautiful views up to the top! A Sabah Park ranger will also join you.

√ Meals
All meals detailed in the itinerary are included. We will make sure that you get all the energy you need to make it to the top. Drinking water, coffee & tea, and snacks will also be provided for.

√ Permits
The climbing permit and the Crocker Range Park entrance fees are included in the price of the trek.

√ Sleeping bag
The trekking company will provide you the sleeping bags you will need at the camping sites.


× Flights to and from Malaysia
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Malaysia. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Malaysia.

× Porters
Porters are not included. Be prepared to carry your own personal belongings including up to 3 litres of water. If you want to add a porter to your trek, you can do so at an extra cost (up to 12kg of weight per porter).

× Tipping
Tips for guides are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be benerous, they will appreciate it.



On our way to the top of Mount Trus Madi you will spend your nights in camps. Your trekking company will provide you with all the equipment necessary for it to be a nice and confortable stay.



Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. Furthermore, a park ranger will also be joining us during the trek, both for safety, and to share with us all the secrets of this magnificent area.

Packing List

Packing List

No matter where you are going. If you are trekking, you need to be prepared. River Junkies prepared a recommended packing list for you to take into account when packing for your adventure:

- comfortable hiking backpack
- head lamp
- mosquito repellent
- sunscreen
- hat
- your favorite trekking snacks
- raincoat
- sunglasses
- binoculars
- 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.

River Junkie

River Junkie

River Junkie was established in 2008 as the sister company of Scuba Junkie and made our mark as a white water rafting company based in Kota Kinabalu. In the earlier years, we were sending groups rafting to both Padas and Kiulu River, and things were doing great! As time went on though, we decided to change our direction and focus on more varied trips so we could work with more fellow travellers.

Starting in 2015, River Junkie came back into full swing, looking to provide honest pricing and trips throughout all areas of Sabah. Most of the trips that we operate focuses on nature, trekking and eco-tourism. We have a small but dedicated office team ready to assist you throughout the booking process. They will go above and beyond to help answer questions promptly or adapt as much as possible to suit your travel needs. On the ground, we have trusted and passionate guides and drivers ready to provide quality service. In areas where we do not have our own guides, we work with lodges that we have tried and tested ourselves, as we only recommend what we know and enjoy! We continue to add and expand the products and locations we focus on, so we can provide new experiences each time you visit with us.


Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
Luckily for those planning on trekking in Malasia, you can pretty much Visit Sabah at any time of year. Bear in mind that June to September can be hot. For those interested in climbin Mount Tus Madi, however, we recommend doing it during the dry season, in March and April. Anyhow, rain can occur any time of the year. The least recommended months are November and December because of monsoon season. No matter the season, always carry some warm and waterproof clothes.

Tipping is not common practice in Malaysia and most people won’t expect it. However, it would be much appreciated by your guides. There is no fixed sum that you should follow, but for good service, tipping around MYR 25-30 per day for your guide would be about right. You could give a bit more if you are a larger group, they will appreciate it.

If you want to climb Mount Kinabalu you must get one of the limited permits issued by the Park every day. Luckily for those interested on Mount Trus Madi, this trek does not require a special permit. This is the reason why Mount Trus Madi is usually recommended as an alternative to the Mount Kinabalu trek.

Is the trek to the top of Mount Trus Madi difficult? Am I fit enough to make it to the top? Well, the truth is that it depends on the trekker, always. The climb to the summit is not a hard climb, but it is by no means a walk in the park. The road to the top is characterized by very steep climbs where you will climb with the help of ropes, muddy sections, and high steps. Anyway, if you are relatively fit, you do sport every week and keep in shape, you should be able to reach the top without any problems.

How To Book

How does it work?

On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. In the case of Malaysia, we require the payment of the total amount of the price of the trek. In order to climb Mount Trus Madi, trekkers must acquire a permit. These permits are expensive and non-refundable, so the trekking companies need the total amount of the trek in order to secure your permit. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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