Avid mountaineers and adventure seekers take heed! If it’s a challenge that you’re looking for, look no further than Mount Trusmadi.
Mount Trusmadi is located about 70 kilometres southeast of Kota Kinabalu City; its forest reserve covers an area of 184,527 hectares bordering four districts – Ranau up north, Tambunan on the west, Keningau down south and Sook in the east.
Standing at 2, 642 meters (8, 668 feet) tall, Mount Trus Madi is the second highest mountain in Sabah and Malaysia after Mount Kinabalu. However, it is said to offer a tougher challenge to its climbers compared to Mount Kinabalu.
There are three trails (Wayaan) that lead to the peak of Mount Trus Madi:
1. Wayaan Kaingaran (Tambunan)
About 4.9km from starting point to summit.
Accessible only by 4WD (from town to starting point)
Tambunan town to starting point is about 27km, around 2 hours and 30 minutes drive.
Starting point to rest house – 2km about 2 hours trekking.
Rest house to summit is about 2.9km (4hours trekking)
Limit to 20 pax daily.
2. Wayaan Mastan (Keningau)
About 4.3km from starting point to summit.
Accessible only by 4WD
From Keningau town to starting point is about 76km, about 3- 4 hours drive.
Limit to 30 pax daily.
3. Wayaan Mannan (Sinua, Sook)
11.3km from starting point to summit.
Good access road.
From Keningau town to starting point, 103km drive, about 3 hours drive.
Mount Trus Madi consists of five different types of vegetations—lowland mixed dipterocarps, hill mixed dipterocarp forest, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, and summit scrub. One interesting thing to spot is the unique pitcher plant, Nepenthes x trusmadiensis—natural hybrid between Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes macrophylla which is endemic to Mount Trus Madi alone. Having reached the summit of Mount Trus Madi at dawn, weather permitting, you will be enraptured by a breathtaking vista of Mount Kinabalu that lies approximately 40 kilometers north—an absolutely rewarding climb!
All reservations must be referred to the Director of Forestry Department for the approval.