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Listen up adventure seekers!

For outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Sabah makes a wonderful playground as she is blessed with vast tropical rainforests and challenging mountainous terrains.

Whilst most people from around the world would recognize Mount Kinabalu as the highest mountain in Malaysia (and once upon a time, in South East Asia), many are unaware that the second and third highest mountains in Malaysia —Mount Trus Madi and Mount Tambuyukon—are also situated in Sabah.

If you are an avid climber, make sure to pencil in all three mountains on your bucket list!

#3 Mount Tambuyukon (3rd Highest)

Lying between the boundaries of Kinabalu Park, somewhere in the middle of Ranau and Kota Belud is Mount Tambuyukon. At 2,579 meters tall, Mount Tambuyukon is the third highest mountain in Sabah and Malaysia after Mount Kinabalu and Mount Trus Madi.

Unlike Mount Kinabalu, whose grandeur is apparent from afar, Mount Tambuyukon doesn’t have any distinguishing feature that makes it picture perfect.

Instead, the only distinguishing feature of the Tambuyukon is its twin peaks that look like a camel’s hump. Nevertheless, the rugged terrain and the fact that Mount Tambuyukon is anything but touristy make it a hit amongst hard core adventure seekers.

If you like a good challenge, this is the one to take.

Facts & Figures:

  • Location: Kinabalu Park; base at Kg. Monggis sub-station
  • Height: 2, 579 meters above sea level
  • What to see?: Nephentes (pitcher plants), orchids and rhododendrons
  • Watch out for: Leeches!
  • Duration of climb: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Tips: If you have a recurring knee injury, or even a history of it, you might want to sit this one out—four days of trekking on this MERCILESS terrain will do more damage to your injury.

For more info:

TYK Adventure Tours Sdn. Bhd.
KKKP3443 (Company No. 477861-U)
Block E, Lot 38, 2nd Floor, Damai Plaza IV, Luyang, Sabah, Malaysia.

P.O Box 22763, 88787 Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel: (6088) 232821 Fax: (6088) 232827 Email : and
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#2 Mount Trus Madi (Second Tallest Mountain)

Standing at 2, 642 meter tall, Mount Trus Madi is the second tallest mountain in Malaysia after Mount Kinabalu. The peak is located amidst the Trus Madi Forest reserve, which is bordered by three districts—Ranau up north, Tambunan in the west and Keningau down its south.

Trus Madi was once upon a time a popular hunting ground amongst the locals, but ever since its declaration as a Class 1 Forest Reserve, it has attracted plenty of botany-enthusiasts who are keen to explore its rich flora.

It is said that from the summit of Mount Trus Madi, you can see the best view of Mount Kinabalu at dawn—shrouded by thin mist, with just a hint of light.

Facts & Figures:

  • Location: At the Ranau-Tambunan-Keningau border; circa 70 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu
  • Height: 2, 642 meters above sea level
  • What to see? : The Nepenthes x trusmadiensis (a natural hybrid between Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes edwardsiana) is endemic to Mount Trus Madi. There rich vegetation of this mountain also houses many species of birds, other wildlife and plants.
  • Watch out for: Muddy terrain and slippery slopes.
  • Duration of climb: 2 days / 1 night
  • Tips: Must bring warm clothing and a well-insulated sleeping bag as the temperature can dip to 8 degree Celsius and lower at nighttime.

For more info:

Traverse Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Lot 227 – 229
2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: +6 088 260501/ +6 088 260502
Fax: +6 088-261503
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#1 Mount Kinabalu (Highest Mountain in Borneo)

This majestic 4,095.2 meter-tall granite massif is synonymous to Sabah. The first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Borneo, is one of the main reasons tourists from all over the world flock to Sabah each year.

Aside from being topographically prominent, Mount Kinabalu’s surrounding is also one of the most important botanical and biological sites the world has ever seen, with over 4, 500 plant species, 326 bird species and a hundred mammalian species recorded. Unlike Mount Tambuyukon and Mount Trus Madi, conquering Low’s Peak is a fairly easy affair with a well-defined route.

However, if you’re game to take on a bigger challenge, you can opt to climb via the Mesilau route or the Via Ferrata.

Facts & Figures:

  • Location: Kinabalu National Park
  • Height: 4, 095.2 meters above sea level
  • What to see? : A variety of flora and fauna, especially the endemic Nepenthes rajah, which is dubbed the ‘king of the pitcher plants’.
  • Watch out for: Nothing, really. This mountain has been conquered by many and has been proven safe even for children.
  • Tips: Warm clothing is essential! Also, food served at the restaurant on the mountain can be a little expensive. Therefore, it’s best to pack your own food and drinks to save up on budget.

For more info:

Sabah Parks
Lot 45 &46,
Level 1-5
Block H Signature Office
KK Times Square Coastal Highway
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Mailing address:
Sabah Parks
P.O.Box 10626
88806 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Telephone & fax
Tel: +6088-523500 (30 Lines)
Fax: +6088-486435 – Administration
486434 – Operations
486436 – Director’s Office

Email address: /
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