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Crocker Range Trekking - The Real Thing!

Tour code: FD008

Activities Duration
Hard Core Jungle Trekking 4 days / 3 nights full board
Rates - 4 or more participants Rates - 2 or 3 participants
RM 1588 per person RM 1888 per person

This is jungle trekking at its best, through rugged and wild terrain far off the main stream of current tourism destinations. This journey promises thorough immersion into the jungle, and the local culture. Trekking in the Crocker Range demands good fitness and stamina, resilience, and a good mental preparation. The trails used by the locals to join the main road are demanding, slippery, steep and leech infested.

Trail Map


Day 1 0800 hrs - pick up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu. We meet our jungle guides at Donggongon, and continue on the DonggongonTambunan Road to Mile 32, our starting point for ‘the real thing’: a 4-5 hours trek from 1640 m a.s.l. to 670 m a.s.l. (7 km) takes us to Kg Longkogungan, our first overnight stop.

Overnight: homestay
Meals: lunch (packed), dinner (local)

Day 2 0900 hrs – after breakfast we continue along the Papar River to Kg Kalanggaan, and then to Pongobonon. To-day’s trekking takes anything from 2½ to 5 hours, over some 10 km. In places, the path is very steep and slippery, and you have to watch every step. We have to ford the river several times, and you need to be prepared for it. In the afternoon expect rain for a further thorough drenching. We’ll have a simple lunch-break on the way, consisting of ‘linopot’ – rice wrapped in leaves, and dried fish. In the afternoon we arrive at Kg Pongobonon, where we will stay over for two nights at a local house. After dinner story telling and some rice wine.

Overnight: homestay
Meals: breakfast, packed lunch and diner (local)

Day 3 Wake up to the calls of roosters and other domestic animals. Expect your legs to feel a bit funny to-day, as you have already mastered two days of hard jungle trekking over unaccustomed terrain. To-day, we take it leisurely. Observe the local people in their daily life, go for a refreshing river-bath, go fishing and collect local, wild-growing vegetables. Immerse yourself into the simple life of the ever so hospitable Dusun people and learn more about their life style, their culture and legends.

Overnight: homestay
Meals: breakfast, lunch and diner (local)

Day 4 9.00 am – we have to leave our hospitable Dusun family and make for the main-road, over a trek that is used by the locals to go downtown. Again, it is tough going, with several river crossings, and you need to expect to get wet. The path leads along the Papar River, and later along the beautiful Kelangga’an River right through the Crocker Range National Park. We will have again a simple, traditional packed lunch consisting of linopot and dried fish. The last part is again steep and very demanding. We have to walk a total of 11 km, and the last three kilometres take us from 605 m a.s.l. to 1035 m a.s.l. on Mile 25 of the Donggongon – Tambunan Road. We should arrive around 4 pm for transfer back to town. Before we take you to the hotel we reward ourselves, sweaty and all, with a sumptuous dinner at a local Chinese restaurant in Donggongon.

Overnight: no
Meals: breakfast; lunch and dinner

Trail Map

Related features on this site:
Crocker Range Trekking Trekking (et surtout fêter) hard dans la Crocker Range – en images (French article, with lots of pictures)
A Dusun Wedding  
Leech Attack! Myths & Facts about Leeches  



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