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Mt Trus Madi Climb via Tambunan

Mount Kinabalu Tours - 3 days

  • Mt Trus Madi Climb via Tambunan
  • 3 days / 2 nights
  • Max. group: 40 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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> Enjoy views from the summit at sunrise
> Reach the summit of Mount Trus Madi
> Get to know nature in its purest form

Mount Trus Madi is one of Sabah's ecotourism and mountain climbing destination. At 2,642 meters high, this peak is the second highest of both Sabah and Malaysia. This mountain is situated within the Trus Madi Forest Reserve. One of the main attractions of this trek is the diversity of exotic flora and fauna, typical of the region. On this 3-trek we will take you through through Tambunan to the top. The second night of the trek you will spend at Mirad-Irad Base Camp. Join us in this unique experience and enjoy the views from the top of Mount Trus Madi at sunrise!


What's the plan?

Day 1

We will depart from Kota Kinabalu at around 10:00 am. We will drive for about 1 hour 30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan. You can have your early lunch at Tambunan (at your own expense). At 12:00 you will meet your guide is Tambunan and you will be driven in a 4×4 vehicle to the starting point of the trek (25km – 2 hours estimated). Once you arrive at the Forestry Gate you will have to register and have your Climbing Permit checked. At 14:00 starts your trek up to the Resthouse (2km -3 hours estimated). Along the way, you will see how the vegetation changes from the Lower to the Upper Montane Forest.

Overnight: Resthouse
Meals: Dinner

Day 2

We will wake up at 01:30 and have breakfast. At 02:00 starts your final 2.9km trek up to the summit of Mt. Trus Madi, it takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach the summit in time for the sunrise. Along the way, you will see mostly the Upper Montane Forest & Mossy Forest. During the walk, you will be enchanted with the wild orchids and Nepenthes plants found in abundance, especially the Nepenthes Trusmadiensis (endemic to Mt Trus Madi). Other species of Nepenthes found on the mountain are Lowii, Microphylla, Tentaculata & 10 species of Rhododendrons. Once back at the Resthouse you will have lunch. After lunch, you will continue your descend back to Mirad-Irad Basecamp. There you will have some free and leisure time before settling down for the night at the Basecamp. You can also choose to swim in the nearby river.

Overnight: Mirad-Irad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
We will wake up at 08:00 am to have breakfast. At 09:00 am we will continue our journey back to Tambunan in a 4WD vehicle. Once in Tambunan, you will meet your transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals: Breakfast



√ Pick up and transfers
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. During the trek, all transport is included.

√ Accommodation during the trek
On our way to the top of Mount Trus Madi, you will spend the first night at a rest house, there are 2 bunk beds per room. The second night you will spend at Mirad-Irad Basecamp.

√ 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 through the most beautiful views up to the top!

√ Meals
All meals detailed in the itinerary are included. Meals will be basic, but we will make sure that you get all the energy you need to make it to the top.

√ Permits
The climbing permit and the Mt Trus Madi Park entrance fees are included in the price of the trek.

√ Certificate
After the completion of the trek, you will be handed a certificate as proof that you reached the top of the second-highest mountain in Southeast Asia!


× 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.

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



On our way to the top of Mount Trus Madi, you will spend the first night at a rest house, there are 2 bunk beds per room. The second night you will spend at Mirad-Irad Basecamp. The accommodation is basic in nature but comfortable enough for you to have a good rest before you reach the summit!

Packing List

Packing List

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

- Rucksack / Bag Pack
- Hat
- Good Trekking Shoe
- Water proof bag for your valuable
- Warm / Extra Clothing
- Raincoat
- Extra Socks
- Water Bottle
- Head torch / flash light with extra Battery
- Personal Toiletries
- Hat
- Personal Medical Kits
- Camera for unforgettable moments
- Small Towel
- Power Bank

Optional for rent:

- Sleeping bag (180 + 30)cm x 75cm = RM 10,- / EUR 2.2,- / USD 2.5,-Per day

Mount Kinabalu Tours

Mount Kinabalu Tours

Here in Sabah we have it all, from the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains is South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world's top dive sites, Sipadan Island. Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. In Mount Kinabalu Tours we work hard every day to make sure that all our clients get to enjoy the best of Sabah, with quality treks, and friendly and professional staff. Join us and get ready for an adventure!


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 climbing Mount Tus Madi, however, we recommend doing it during the dry season, in March and April. Anyhow, rain can occur at any time of the year. The least recommended months are November and December because of the 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 in 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.



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. 

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. At you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. 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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