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Top 10 Hikes & Hidden Trails in Sabah

The Borneo rainforest is considered to be 130 million years old, making it older than the believed age of the Amazon rainforest. 750 distinct tree species have been reported in just 25 acres of Bornean forest, which is more than the 700 species found across North America. 

The rainforest is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Visitors to the forest can see a variety of different trees, including towering dipterocarps and impressive strangler figs, as well as a wealth of other vegetation, such as ferns, vines, and orchids. In addition to the vegetation, there is also an abundance of wildlife to be seen, including primates like orangutans and macaques, as well as a vast array of bird species, reptiles, insects, and other creatures.  

One way to see all these is by exploring Borneo’s rainforest on a jungle or hiking trails. With options to hike along the stunning views of Mount Kinabalu, witness the crystal-clear waters of Semporna, and so much more, you will surely experience the wonders of nature like never before! 

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is a majestic peak in Sabah known for its stunning natural beauty and challenging trekking trails. It is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia, standing at 4,095 meters and providing amazing panoramic views of the surrounding area.  

The trek to the summit is a memorable adventure that takes visitors through diverse terrains, including lush forests, granite rock formations, and alpine meadows. Along the way, hikers can marvel at the unique flora and fauna of the region, including carnivorous pitcher plants and squirrels. With its awe-inspiring scenery and thrilling ascent, Mount Kinabalu is one of the world's safest and most conquerable mountains. 

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Bohey Dulang 

Bohey Dulang hike offers a mesmerizing display of natural beauty, with stunning views of lush tropical forests and towering cliffs rising high above the azure waters of the Celebes Sea. As you climb higher, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see, including the neighbouring islands of Pom Pom and Mataking. The summit also offers a breathtaking bird's-eye view of Bohey Dulang's stunning blue lagoon, surrounded by colourful coral reefs home to various marine life.  

For those looking to explore more of the area's natural wonders, nearby Sipadan Island is a popular destination for scuba diving, with its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine ecosystem. 

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Maliau Basin

Maliau Basin, also known as the Lost World of Sabah, is breathtakingly beautiful.   

This pristine wilderness is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, with its untouched rainforest, crystal clear rivers, stunning waterfalls, and an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. One of the best ways to experience the true beauty of Maliau Basin is through jungle trekking.  

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a beginner, it offers a range of trekking routes that lead you through dense jungle, across river crossings, and up and down the hills, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore this unique and spectacular landscape. From the sounds of birds and insects to the sight of rare wildlife like Bornean gibbons and orangutans, Maliau Basin is a true wonder of the natural world, and a jungle trekking experience here is not to be missed. 

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Danum Valley

Danum Valley is a breathtaking conservation area known for its awe-inspiring natural beauty and remarkable biodiversity. It is estimated to be over 130 million years old, making it older than the Amazon rainforest! 

The valley boasts of ancient trees that tower above the sky and a diverse range of wildlife, including the Borneo Big 5: orangutan, proboscis monkey, rhinoceros hornbill, estuarine crocodile, and pygmy elephant. Indeed, the most captivating aspect of Danum Valley is its jungle trekking experience. Walking through the lush green forest is an unforgettable experience, each step revealing new wonders of the jungle, including crystal-clear rivers and waterfalls, exotic bird species, and a host of other flora and fauna.   

If you're looking for a truly unique adventure, Danum Valley is an absolute must-visit destination. 

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Aura Montoria

Aura Montoria is a nature lover's paradise located just 1.5 hours away from Kota Kinabalu. Visitors can experience the stunning beauty of nature while trekking through the lush rainforest of Aura Montoria. Along the trek, you can witness gorgeous caves, breathtaking vistas, and several cascading waterfalls, including the stunning Tinuman Waterfall, which is a perfect spot to cool off with a refreshing swim, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an adventure in Sabah.   

With its challenging terrain, stunning vistas, and diverse flora and fauna, the trek through Aura Montoria's rainforest is an experience that any trekking enthusiast should not miss. 

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St. Veronica’s Hill

Looking for a magnificent morning hike with panoramic views of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding landscape? Look no further than the Top of the World Sunrise Leisure Hike on St. Veronica's Hill, located near the small town of Tamparuli! As you make your way up the winding pathways towards the top, soaking in the splendour of the lush flora and the sound of songbirds along the way, this leisurely journey offers the perfect combination of nature and adventure. As you reach the summit, be prepared to be mesmerized by the stunning sunrise that illuminates the landscape below.   

The view from the top is truly unparalleled, making this hike spectacular for outdoor enthusiasts and explorers. 

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Maragang Hill

Maragang Hill is a stunning destination in Kundasang for adventure enthusiasts. Located in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, Maragang Hill is a moderate climb that offers stunning panoramic views of the iconic mountain and adjacent valleys. It is a great way to experience the beauty of the lush rainforest while getting some exercise. The trail is challenging but manageable, and visitors can expect to encounter beautiful flora and fauna along the way.   

At the summit, hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the countryside and the chance to take stunning photos of Mount Kinabalu up-close. 

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Long Pasia

Long Pasia, a small village in the Interior Division of Sabah, is a hidden gem that offers an unforgettable jungle trekking experience.   

Long Pasia's beauty resides in its pristine rainforest, home to some of the world's rarest and most distinctive plant and animal species. Jungle trekking in this area takes you through the deep jungle, through rivers and waterfalls, and across and down challenging routes with spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. Long Pasia is a must-see destination for those looking for a real and awe-inspiring jungle trekking experience, whether you're an expert trekker or a beginner. 

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Ranau Tambiau Forest House Hiking

Tambiau Forest House trail is situated in the Crocker Range, nestled in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, one of Sabah's most iconic peaks. This destination at Kampung Tambiau is renowned for offering visitors the panoramic views that you'll be treated to from the top. On clear days, you can see for miles, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding highlands. The view is especially spectacular during sunrise and sunset, making it a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.  

The Tambiau Forest House trail is a fantastic way to experience the beauty and diversity of Sabah's natural landscape. 

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Sosodikon Hill

Sosodikon Hill is a hidden gem in Kundasang that provides visitors with a unique experience. The trail takes visitors on a leisure hike with a gorgeous panoramic view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu and the nearby Kundasang township. At the top, visitors are treated to a stunning sea of clouds that roll over the mountains, providing a truly magical experience.  

Sosodikon Hill provides an excellent opportunity to explore Sabah's natural beauty and experience a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

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