Hike Malaysia's third highest peak amidst spectacular rainforest

  • Cost: US$745 per person for 5D/4N (all inclusive from start point to end point)
    (equivalent to approximately UK£550 or €660 at time of publication)
  • Start Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • End Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • Group Size:  6–8 (inquire for cost for smaller parties)
  • Bespoke Tour: If you do not wish to join a group tour, we can customise a private trip to fit your dates and interests. Please email us for details and a quote.

Mount Tambuyukon may not have the height of Mount Kinabalu and is slightly shorter again than Mount Trus Madi, but it is certainly the most challenging of the three, offering an unparalleled opportunity to hike through pristine lowland, montane and cloud forest, as well to camp in Borneo's World Heritage rainforests, the most ancient and diverse on the planet.

A climb of Tambuyukon requires participants to camp in tents or hammocks for the three nights spent on the mountain, starting in one of the lower camps alongside rushing rivers of cold mountain water and ending up at the cool, breezy pre-summit camp that sits on a ridge top amidst tropical conifers. From here, the landscape gives way to a startling, rocky summit of ultramafic boulders covered in a bonsai forest of fantastic plants, including some of the largest carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants in the world, such as N. edwardsiana, N. burbidgeae and the massive N. rajah! Three of our groups have had close encounters with wild orang utans whilst climbing this mountain, while almost all groups will see or hear the amazing calls of gibbons and rhinoceros hornbills along the route.

Mount Tambuyukon features in our Giant Nepenthes Expedition video!

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Following an early pickup from your hotel, we travel to the town of Ranau where we transfer to 4WD vehicles. These take us on to Kampung Monggis, Kinabalu Park, where we register and begin our ascent of Mount Tambuyukon to Wuluh Camp (10.5 km). It is a long day of trekking but takes us through beautiful primary forest that clads the steep terrain. We overnight in our tents and hammocks with camp cooking.

Day 2: In the morning we begin our trek from Wuluh Camp to the pre-summit Musang Camp. Early arrivals into camp can put up their tents or hammocks and may chose to visit the lower summit area if energy levels allow (the beautiful pitcher plant Nepenthes burbidgeae occurs within 20 minutes of the camp and striking N. edwardsiana approximately 1 hour away) while dinner is prepared.

Day 3: A pre-dawn departure under torchlight sees us ascend towards the summit of Mount Tambuyukon and its main populations of N. edwardsiana, N. rajah, N. villosa and plentiful young N. x kinabaluensis. We descend to the campsite for dinner. It is a long and strenuous day of hiking, but nowhere can so many spectacular carnivorous plant species be found in such close proximity.

Day 4: Starting early, we descend Mount Tambuyukon to Kampung Monggis before transferring to Poring for the evening. If the giant Rafflesia flowers are in bloom, we will be sure to visit a stand. Nepenthes mirabilis and N. gracilis may be encountered in the roadside areas nearby. Overnight at a Poring inn.

Day 5: Following breakfast we return to Kota Kinabalu in time for lunch.



Getting there

This expedition begins in Kota Kinabalu, which is served by various airlines including Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Dragon Air, Korean Airlines, Silk Air and others. Flights can be easily booked through all major airline websites.

Adventure Rating: Moderate

Strenuous trekking over long distances is integral to this adventure, however treks are well-supported and the trails good, if challenging.

Participants must be capable of walking or clambering on often steep or rocky terrain, carrying a day pack with water, camera, weather protection and some food. River crossings are required. Local porterage can be arranged at cost if you cannot carry your camping gear.

Possible extensions

Combine your visit to Sabah with a climb of venerable Mount Kinabalu (3D/2N)
or explore the incredible moss forests of beautiful Mount Trus Madi! (3D/2N)

To get a quote for any extensions, simply mention which extension(s) you are interested in when you apply to Join this Adventure!

What's Included

All transport during the itinerary
Professional guide
Porters for group logistics
Accommodation (on a twin/double basis)
All main meals during the itinerary

Note: single room upgrade is available at extra cost

What's Not

International flights
Personal porters (if requested)