Avid mountaineers and adventure seekers take heed! If it’s a challenge that you're looking for, look no further than Mount Trusmadi.
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.
To reach the summit from the starting point, climbers will be trekking through 4.9 kilometers of heavily foliaged virgin rainforest. 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.
The forest’s rich vegetation acts as a habitat for birds, wild animals, as well as a number of exotic floras such as orchids and several types of medicinal plants. Another 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!
Closure of Mount Trus Madi Climbing Trail via Tambunan
Due to construction works taking place at the Packaged Tourism Facilities project site within the Trus Madi Reserved Forest (FMU10) in Tambunan, the Mount Trus Madi climbing trail via Tambunan will be closed beginning 9th September 2011 for an estimated duration of 17 months. The trail is scheduled to reopen in 2013 at a date that will be announced once confirmed.
For more information, please contact:
The Deputy Director’s Office (Management)
Sabah Forestry Department)
Tel: +60 87 331203, +60 87 331330 Fax: 087 332244
Tuan Haji Mohd. Nooh Haji Mohd. Jiran
Encik Jafin Abu Bakar
Encik Awangku Effendy Pg. Mahmud
Tuan Haji Afifudin Haji Jadin
Getting to Trus Madi Forest Reserve takes 2 hours by 4 wheel drive from Kota Kinabalu.