Why Mount Trusmadi Is More Than Just An Alternative To Mount Kinabalu

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Offering a more challenging trek, breathtaking views, and a deep connection with nature and local culture, Mount Trusmadi is more than just an alternative to Mount Kinabalu. – File pic credit (MySabah)

By NST Regional – March 30, 2024


SABAH, often celebrated for the majestic Mount Kinabalu, hides another treasure within its lush landscapes — Mount Trusmadi. Standing as Malaysia’s second-highest peak at 2,642 metres above sea level, Trusmadi offers a path less trodden, presenting a unique challenge and experience for mountain enthusiasts. Here’s why this mountain deserves a spot on every climber’s list, perhaps even before they conquer the more famed Kinabalu.


Unlike the more commercialised trails of Mount Kinabalu, Mount Trusmadi’s paths are less crowded, allowing for a more intimate connection with nature. The journey to its summit is a rich tapestry of Borneo’s diverse flora and fauna, including the rare and enchanting Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower, which can occasionally be spotted along the trail. The dense rainforest canopy, home to myriad bird species, creates a symphony of natural sounds, enhancing the trek’s serene ambiance.


Mount Trusmadi is renowned for its more demanding trek, which is exactly why adventure seekers might prefer it. The trail’s steepness and rugged terrain present a more challenging climb, testing both physical endurance and mental fortitude. This climb is not just a journey through nature but a personal challenge, rewarding those who reach the summit with a profound sense of accomplishment.

File pic credit (Sabah Tourism Board)


The view from the top of Mount Trusmadi is unparalleled, offering climbers a unique vista of Sabah’s interior. Unlike the often cloud-shrouded peak of Kinabalu, Trusmadi typically provides clear, breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including an awe-inspiring sunrise that many claim rivals or even surpasses that seen from Kinabalu. The sight of the sun rising over the sea of clouds, with Mount Kinabalu in the distance, is a mesmerising experience that alone is worth the climb.


Mount Trusmadi is steeped in local folklore and holds a sacred place in the hearts of the indigenous communities surrounding it. Climbing Trusmadi offers an opportunity to learn about the local culture and the mountain’s significance beyond its physical challenges. This adds a layer of cultural immersion to the adventure, enriching the climbing experience with stories and traditions that have been passed down through generations.


Efforts to conserve Mount Trusmadi’s natural environment are evident, with controlled access to the mountain to prevent overcrowding and minimise ecological impact. This approach ensures that climbers are stepping into a well-preserved natural habitat, contributing to conservation efforts while enjoying the beauty of untouched nature. The commitment to eco-tourism ensures that your adventure helps to protect this magnificent landscape for future generations.

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