Minimum 4 days, suitable for the more experienced trekker!
The Crocker Range was designated a forest reserve in 1968. In 1984, Crocker Range Nature Park was then established to protect the water catchment area, a major resource of water supply to the west coast and the interior of Sabah. It was renamed Crocker Range Park in 1996 and is managed by Sabah Parks.
The Crocker Range Park area used by Outward Bound Sabah is located within the Penampang District. It consists of both hills and mountains of 1,200-1,800 meters high with different species of flora and fauna endemic to Borneo. Outward Bound Sabah has a building facility, Annex at the starting point of the trek. There are no accessible roads here, but there are trails used by the local indigenous people from the interior to get supplies from the nearest town. The journey will pass through a few local villages, walking along the local trail. The trek will take you into the heart of the Crocker mountain range, where the ethnic people still live in simple, agrarian existence with one’s nature.
The journey starts from Outward Bound Sabah Annex building at mile 28 Jalan Tambunan. Overlooking the Crocker Range valley, you will trek through dense jungle for about 5-6 hours to the first campsite, next to the stream. Here you will experience first hand experience bush camping and cooking.
The second-day trek is slightly more rigorous as you need to climb over a few hills. Getting into the heart of the beautiful lush rainforest you will reach the first village (6-7 hours) and get a first-hand experience of living with the etnic people. It is a great opportunity discover their way of life in the middle of the rainforest!
You will continue another 5-6 hours of trekking with experienced instructors to the next village. The trail winds through streams and crosses paths with a primary school in the heart of the rainforest! You can stay in the community hall or with other villagers (if you have extra Maggi Mee, leave it with the villagers).
The final part of the trek is a challenging uphill hike. The temperature and weather are unpredictable as with mountain weather. It may drop from 15°- 10°C at an elevation of 5,000ft above sea level. Exiting the jungle at Jalan Tambunan Road, you might get the opportunity to see the largest flower in the world! Rafflesia!