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Taking the Road Less Travelled to the Salt Trail and Mount Trusmadi

4D3N Crocker and Trusmadi Rangers Adventure

Tour Code: AOSBKI-CTA-001
Mount Trusmadi – Second Highest Mountain in Malaysia
Mount Trusmadi, stands at 2,462m or 8,669ft and is Malaysia’s second highest mountain after Mount Kinabalu (4,101m or 13.433ft) but is much tougher to climb. It lies between the districts of Tambunan to the north and Keningau to the south in the interior of Sabah

Unlike Mount Kinabalu which is visited by thousands of people every year, Mount Trusmadi – situated some 70km southeast of Kota Kinabalu – is not a tourist mountain and is rarely visited. Until recently, only one or two expeditions climb the mountain each year.

The slopes of the mountain, which are covered with rich vegetation houses many species of birds, animals and plants, making it a trekker’s haven. The summit (of Mount Trusmadi) is reputed to have the best dawn view of Mount Kinabalu, which lies over 40km to the north. A unique pitcher plant, Nepenthes trusmadienosis (a natural hybrid between Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes edwardsiana) is found here and nowhere else.

Itinerary Day 1: Kota Kinabalu – Papar – Crocker Range National Park Headquarters

  • Pick up at 0800 and drive south to Papar town, 38km south of Kota Kinabalu city.
  • Walk around their local market where local folks still holds a traditional marketplace.
  • Relax with a cup of local coffee at one of the old wooden shop to observe local livelihood on their daily chores. Then proceed to Crocker Range National Park Headquarter which is a 1 hour journey.
  • Upon arrival check into Manis-Manis Rooftop of Borneo Resort inside the Park. Lunch.
  • Afternoon, visit the Exhibition Center, Fernarium and Insectarium. Dinner.
  • Itinerary Day 2: Crocker Range National Park – Keningau – Sinua

    • Wake and enjoy your breakfast over-looking Keningau town.
    • Drive to SINUA Village passing Sook via Keningau town, to the foothill of Crocker Range and the starting point of the trek.
    • Meet the local villager and stay overnight while participate in local activities during your stay.
    • Experience homestay and camping in the jungle.
    • Lunch and Dinner is provided.

    Itinerary Day 3: Trek to Trusmadi Range

    • Start ascend to 2,400M through Mannan Track, a distance of 12 kilometer trail and overnight at Khiong Sulap Point.
    • Camping. Fullboard provided.

    Itinerary Day 4: Summit Mount Trusmadi

    • Wake up at 2am. Get ready and start ascend to Summit by 3am.
    • Reach summit to experience the sunrise.
    • Photo taking, and return to base by 1600pm.
    • After lunch at village, proceed back to Kota Kinabalu city.
    • Arrive Kota Kinabalu city late at night. Fullboard provided.

    Kota Kinabalu Tour

    Prices start from RM2,105 per pax

Tour Code: AOSBKI-CTA-001

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Jungle Trekking in Borneo

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Campfire at night in Borneo

Sunrise as seen on Mount Trusmadi_ExodusBorneo

Sunrise as seen on Mount Trusmadi

Rainforest of Danum Valley is undisturbed forest from human's activities strictly protected by government state of Sabah

3D2N MOUNT KINABALU & TREKKING: MOUNT TRUSMADI (EX-KOTA KINABALU)

Tour Code: AOSBKI-MTR-001
Itinerary Day 1: Kota Kinabalu – Keningau – Kampung Sinua
You will be collected from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu at 7am and driven for two and a half hours into the interior of Sabah and the small town of Keningau. There is time to stop here for a morning coffee before you carry on for another three or four hours to Kampung Sinua. Here you will overnight in hammocks at Sinua Dam Camp.

Lunch and dinner is provided.

Itinerary Day 2: Kampung Sinua – Khiong Point
You will start trekking into the forest reserve early to make good progress before the sun gets too hot. The forest here is very rich in flora and fauna and there is a lot to see along the trek. Camp 2 is at Khiong Point where you will overnight in hammocks.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided.

Itinerary Day 2: Keningau – Kota Kinabalu city
You will travel back to Kota Kinabalu city stopping at Keningau en-route for lunch arriving in Kota Kinabalu at approximately 3.00pm. Breakfast and lunch is provided.

Kota Kinabalu Tour

Prices start from RM2,160 per pax

Tour Code: AOSBKI-MTR-001

4D3N MOUNT KINABALU & TREKKING: MOUNT TRUSMADI (EX-KOTA KINABALU)

Tour Code: AOSBKI-MTR-002
Itinerary Day 1: Kota Kinabalu – Keningau – Kampung Sinua
You will be collected from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu at 7am and driven for two and a half hours into the interior of Sabah and the small town of Keningau. There is time to stop here for a morning coffee before you carry on for another three or four hours to Kampung Sinua. Here you will overnight in hammocks at Sinua Dam Camp. Lunch and dinner provided.

Itinerary Day 2: Kampung Sinua – Khiong Point
You will start trekking into the forest reserve early to make good progress before the sun gets too hot. The forest here is very rich in flora and fauna and there is a lot to see along the trek. Camp 2 is at Khiong Point where you will overnight in hammocks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Itinerary Day 3: Khiong Point – Mount Trusmadi – Khiong Point
Today it is necessary to wake up very early at one or two in the morning. The trail to the summit is 4.2km long and the aim is to arrive there in time for sunrise. If the weather is clear, the view from the summit is stunning as it looks upon Mount Kinabalu. Once the sun is up, you need to trek all the way back down to camp one at Sinua Dam.You will start trekking into the forest reserve early to make good progress before the sun gets too hot. The forest here is very rich in flora and fauna and there is a lot to see along the trek. Camp 2 is at Khiong Point where you will overnight in hammocks.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Itinerary Day 3: Khiong Point – Keningau – Kota Kinabalu city
You will travel back to Kota Kinabalu stopping at Keningau en-route for lunch arriving in Kota Kinabalu at approximately 3.00pm.

Kota Kinabalu Tour

Prices start from RM2,300 per pax

Tour Code: AOSBKI-MTR-002

Campfire at night photo by Ismady@Asian Overland Services

Camping in Borneo

The Road Less Traveled

In the olden days, the Salt Trail was the route traditionally used by the villagers when taking their produce to the tamu

River crossing on the Salt Trail_ExodusBorneo

River crossing on the Salt Trail

Staying with the locals on the Salt Trail_ExodusBorneo

Staying with the locals on the Salt Trail

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Local children along the Salt Trail villages

4D3N SALT TRAIL JUNGLE TREKKING

Tour Code: AOSBKI-STJ-001
Itinerary Day 1: Kota Kinabalu – Inobong Village – Terian Village
The starting point is at Inobong Sub-Station, which is about an hour drive from Kota Kinabalu.  The uphill drive to the sub-station is quite thrilling as the road is unpaved and very steep! Upon arrival, register and meet your assigned jungle guide.

The Salt Trail trek starts with a steep climb, but after Mount Kebambangan (801m above sea level), most part of it is generally gentle slopes to Terian Village. The vegetation, although lush, is sparse. It takes about 7 hours of walking to complete this 10km trail. There are several rest stops along the way and there is a suspension bridge that crosses the Terian River before you arrive at the village.

Spent the night at the village in a rustic traditional house or community hall and the guide will prepare the meals.

Itinerary Day 2: Terian Village – Kionop Village
Leaving Terian Village, it is uphill again before descending into the flatlands on the approach to Buayan Village. Here, the lush greenery vegetation is noticeably different from the sparse jungle atop the mountain ridges. Crossing the Papar River at this stage is still by way of suspension bridge.

However, there are no bridges for multiple crossings between Buayan Village and Kionop Village, which can be quite challenging particularly when the river is swollen due to recent rains.

The distance from Buayan Village to Kionop Village is about 5km and estimated walking time is 3 hours. The total distance between Terian Village and Kionop Village is about 13km and it takes about 8 hours to complete.

Spend the night at the village in a rustic traditional house or community hall and the guide will prepare the meals.

Itinerary Day 3: Kionop Village – Melungung Village
The trekking starts of with 2 hours of reasonable flat trail along Ponobukon River. There are 5 river crossings and although the river is not wide, the current can be strong due to the rain. After a final river crossing, take a rest before ascending the steep ridge for the next 2 hours.

Beyond the top of the ridge, the trail is gentle until you reach Melungung Village. The surrounding vegetation here is dark green tropical jungle, with large dipterocarp trees – it seems like walking at night because the jungle canopy is so thick. The total distance from Kionop Village to Melungung Village is about 11km and estimated walking time is 7 hours.

Spent the night at the village in a rustic traditional house or community hall and the guide will prepare the meals.

Itinerary Day 4: Kionop Village – Melungung Village
This is a short trail that takes less than 2 hours to complete. After several small river crossings and following the path along the river, you will reach a severely eroded and unsealed road.

Continue the journey until you reach a sealed road that is slightly after Tikolod Village and this is where the Salt Trail jungle trek ends. Then, take a 2-hour return journey to Kota Kinabalu city.

Kota Kinabalu Tour

Prices start from RM1,888 per pax

Tour Code: AOSBKI-STJ-001

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Category: Trekking Adventure
City/Region: Ex-Kota Kinabalu
Tour Code: AOSBKI-CTA-001
Pricing: From RM2,105 per pax

Duration: 4D3N
Package: 4D3N Crocker and Trusmadi Rangers Adventure
Min Pax: 2 pax on SIC basis

Meals: As stated
Includes: All ground transfer, fullboard.

Category: Trekking Adventure
City/Region: Ex-Kota Kinabalu
Tour Code: AOSBKI-MTR-001
Pricing: From RM2,160 per pax

Duration: 3D2N
Package: 3D2N MOUNT KINABALU & TREKKING: MOUNT TRUSMADI
Min Pax:

Includes:
Return land transfers, meals as stated in program, Ranger cum Nature Guide, entrance fees, trekking permit.

Excludes:
Porter fees, if requested – MYR100 per porter/per day (up to 12kg of weight per porter), tips and gratuities for guide.

Things to bring:
Comfortable hiking backpack, head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, swimwear, good walking/trekking shoes, personal toiletries including towel, first aid, sleep sheet, personal medication, light clothing for trekking.

Clothes to wear:
Warm clothes are very important for this hike as it is cold in the evening because we camp above 1,600 meters asl. The temperature can get down to 13 degrees Celsius and much cooler at the summit of Trusmadi.

Category: Trekking Adventure
City/Region: Ex-Kota Kinabalu
Tour Code: AOSBKI-MTR-002
Pricing: From RM2,300 per pax

Duration: 4D3N
Package: 4D3N MOUNT KINABALU & TREKKING: MOUNT TRUSMADI (EX-KOTA KINABALU)
Min Pax: 2

Includes:
Return land transfers, meals as stated in program, Ranger cum Nature Guide, entrance fees, trekking permit.

Excludes:
Porter fees, if requested – MYR100 per porter/per day (up to 12kg of weight per porter), tips and gratuities for guide.

Things to bring:
Comfortable hiking backpack, head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, swimwear, good walking/trekking shoes, personal toiletries including towel, first aid, sleep sheet, personal medication, light clothing for trekking.

Clothes to wear:
Warm clothes are very important for this hike as it is cold in the evening because we camp above 1,600 meters asl. The temperature can get down to 13 degrees Celsius and much cooler at the summit of Trusmadi.

Category: Trekking adventure
City/Region: Ex-Kota Kinabalu
Tour Code: AOSBKI-STJ-001
Pricing: From RM1,888 per pax

Duration: 4D3N
Package: 4D3N SALT TRAIL JUNGLE TREKKING
Min Pax: 2 pax on SIC basis

Includes: All ground transfer, meals as stated

What to bring:
Long pants for trekking, sleeping bag at comfort zone 15°C or 23°C, Thermo-Rest or sleeping mat, rain cover or water tight proof bags, raincoat, 2.5 litre drinking water bottle, swimsuit, insect repellent, walking stick, head lamps (including extra bulb and batteries), torchlight, personal toiletries, tissue, good walking shoes, slipper or sandals and energy food (chocolate, raisins, nuts, rehydration salt, glucose, etc.).

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