1 Day Kinabalu Crocker Range Trek (Maragang Hill - 2,232M)


REGION: Kota Kinabalu
AVAILABILITY: Everyday (Pre-Book Needed)
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
PICK UP TIME: 04:00-04:30 Hrs
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
DROP OFF TIME: Varies Depending on Tour Option Chosen
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

  • Rugged Natural trails
  • Cool Mountain Air (16-18 Degrees Celsius)
  • Beautiful 360-degree views from wooden platform
  • Majestic backdrop of Mount Kinabalu and Mesilau Trail
  • Hotel Pickup / Drop Off


Nestled on the east ridge of Mount Kinabalu and about 2 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu town, Maragang Hill is situated in the cool mountainous land of Kampong Mesilau. Trek up and down rugged trails and muddy slopes, clamber over moss-covered tree trunks, and spot the occasional pitcher plants as you make your way to the top. On cloudy days, gaze up at the visions of mist that hugs the tall trees along your trail. With a peak that touches 2,232 metres above sea level and a majestic backdrop of Mount Kinabalu in the background, this hill offers a rewarding view and tons of photo opportunities from the summit platform!


Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu / Mesilau / Maragang Hill / Kota Kinabalu (Or Extended Tour)

Option A: Trek Only

04:30hrs : Start your first adventure in early morning with a leisure 2 hours overland drive to Mesilau, Kundasang. 

06:30hrs : Upon arrival at the Registration office, meet your local guide for the day and get an introductory briefing on safety, Do’s and Don’ts, and things to expect on the trail. 

06:45hrs : You will be transferred in a four-wheel drive to the starting point of the trail, where your adventure begins!  

The roughly cut, narrow trail to the peak will take around 2 hours of hiking through dense vegetation and natural slopes.  While the trek starts with a “warm up” 600 meters of uphill paved roads, it soon enters into thick forest with a 45-degree angle slope where you may need to grab on to a nearby tree branch or rope for an occasional helping hand.   

The trail gradually evens out with a short flat stretch of romantically mossy path before continuing upwards again.  Breathe in the fresh, crisp mountain air as you listen out for specific bird calls and keep your eyes peeled for pitcher plants and other unique features of this trek.  Be sure to pause for a Photo stop from the midway viewing point!  

Upon turning round the “corner” of the bushes to the summit clearing, stride proudly up the wooden stairs and take in the stunning view from 2,232 meters!   If the weather favours you, the clear blue skies will herald the jagged grey peaks of Mount Kinabalu towering high above.  On other days, you may just get teasing glimpses of the mountain in between the low-hanging clouds and perhaps a sneaky rainbow!   From another point of the Peak Platform, you may be able to spot the rolling green fields of Desa Cow Farm far below. Re-energise yourself with water and energy snacks as you soak in the peaceful ambience and pleasing views.  

09:30hrs : After snapping photos to your satisfaction, descend using the same trail.   

At the ending point, you will be transferred via four-wheel drive back to the Registration office where you can proudly receive your Certificate of Achievement!  

12:00hrs : Proceed for a warm meal at a local restaurant before transferring back to Kota Kinabalu.  

If you chose “Option B: Trek + ATV” or “Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour”, you may proceed to the starting point of your next adventure.   

Notes: above itinerary is applied for "Option A: Trek Only" package. If you choose "Option B: Trek + ATV ” or “Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour", please read the following itinerary stated below

Meals : Lunch

Day 1 - EXTENDED TOUR (Trek + ATV / Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy Walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour)

Option B: Trek + ATV
Continue your journey to ATV Adventure
(Route: Desa Cattle Farm + Garden Farm)

Proceed for an adventurous journey that will let you experience the beautiful Kundasang mountain side in a unique way: riding a quad bike!  

Be amazed by the scenic drive up and down rolling hills, going through rivers and quaint villages amongst some of the best landscapes in Borneo. Along the way your guide will make some stops to tell you more about the life of its people and fauna. This will be a guided scenic adventure unlike anywhere else in Borneo. 

Note: The ATV activity duration is from 12:00 Hrs to 14:30 Hrs. Climbers who have selected this Option will need to finish the hike by 11:00 Hrs, in order to proceed for lunch before the ATV activity.


Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour
Continue your journey to 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour

After roughing it out on the trails, it is time for a more leisure experience of Kinabalu Park!   

Transfer to the mountain resort for check in and freshen up.  Free and easy in the evening to rest or visit the nearby roadside Kundasang Market and Desa Cow Farm.  Dinner and overnight at the mountain resort.   

On the second day, depart on an hour’s journey to Poring Hot Spring.  Dip in the all-natural mineral-rich hot springs water, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. There is also a cold-water pool nearby for those who prefer a cold dip. Your day wraps up with an immersive exploration of Mount Kinabalu’s treetops and especially The Canopy Treetop Walk that invites you to witness the grandeur of a hundred million year old rainforest. A 20 minutes’ trek is needed to reach the Canopy Walkway.    

After a relaxing soak and lunch, head over to Kinabalu park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark. Kinabalu Park itself boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for a guided walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden, to learn more about the Kinabalu Park’s biological treasure trove.    

Bid Kinabalu Park goodbye as you return to your respective hotel in Kota Kinabalu city. 

(01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches, 01 Dinner, 01 night Mountain Resort Stay included)

Meals :

Meals Option A: Trek Only & Option B: Trek + ATV:
01 Lunch, Drinking Water 

Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy Walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour:
01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches, 01 Dinner
Includes Option A: Trek Only & Option B: Trek + ATV:
Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Meals as Stated, Permits & Conservation Fees, Trail Insurance, Trekking Coordinator, Certificate of Achievement

Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy Walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour:
Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Meals as Stated, Permits & Conservation Fees, Trail Insurance, Trekking Coordinator, Entrance Fees to Desa Cow Farm, Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Walk, Butterfly Farm, 01 Night Accommodation
Accommodation (applicable only for "Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy Walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour")
01 Night Kinabalu Pine Resort or similar (Twin/Triple Share)
Excludes Porters (to carry personal belongings), Camera and Video fees, Personal Expenses, Travel Insurance, Any Items Not Mentioned


  • Lightweight Clothing: Dry-fit T-shirt & Trek Pants
  • Good Hiking / Walking Shoe with good grip ( Tip: Can get rubber shoes called “Adidas Kampung” )
  • Light Jacket / Wind Breaker  – we reached Mesilau Registration office (elavation approx. 2000m above sea level) as early as 06:00hrs - 06:30hrs, you might need this during beginning of the trek.
  • Whistle – in case you need immediate attention during emergency.
  • Hiking Pole / Stick – (optional) for balancing support throughout the hikes especially descending.
  • Durable Raincoat/Poncho
  • Water – please bring minimum 1Litre of water for to prevent dehydration, no stopovers to refill water. (Use hydration salt to prevent muscle cramps)
  • Light Energy Food
  • Small First Aid Kit – Altitude sickness pill / muscle relief / pain killer / personal medication
  • A Small Towel to wipe off your sweat throughout the trek
  • Waterproof Backpack – if you don’t have, pack everything in double plastic bag. 
  • Set of changing clothes, showering toiletries (optional), slippers
  • Baby Car Seats (for infant aged 0-2) and Child Booster Seats (for children aged 3-11) are available for rental. Please check with your tour consultant for availability.

Option A: Trek Only

  • Participants must be physically fit and between the ages of 5 to 65 years old.
  • Children below 12 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • All participants are required to sign a liability release form.

Option B: Trek + ATV

  • If your tour is fall on weekend (Saturday & Sunday) / School Holidays & Public Holidays, the route will be changed from the default to "Earthquake Historical Site + Garden Farm".
  • Participants need to be 18 years old and above with a valid car/bike driver’s license. Please also have a photo or scanned copy or the original license itself when asked so that we can verify that you are allowed to drive the quadbike.
  • Please be warned that this tour involves an element of risk. All participants are required to sign a liability waiver form prior to riding. 
  • We reserve the right to instruct you to ride as a pillion passenger with the accompanying guide if the guide feels that your driving might endanger your safety.
  • Quad bike tour is subject to cancellation in the event of adverse weather conditions. If the tour cannot be held due to safety reasons, a substitute tour, postponement, or a full refund will be offered.

Option C: Trek + 2D1N Kinabalu Park & Poring Canopy Walk & Desa Cow Farm Tour

  • You can choose to wait at the resting area if you do not wish to proceed for any of the nature walks.
  • Get up close and add a personal touch to the experience by bottle and grass feeding calves, an activity families will surely enjoy (at own expenses).
  • You may opt to enter the Rumah Terbalik (Upside Down House) and 3D Museum (located beside Rumah Terbalik). Entrance fees are at your own expenses.
  • About Kinabalu Park
    • Kinabalu Park is at high altitude approximately 1500 meter above sea level, it can get cold.
  • Your safety is our top priority. Should the weather render it unsafe to proceed for this tour, Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to change or cancel tour. Tour will be refunded accordingly.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • Cut your toe nails before the start of this adventure to prevent the nails hitting the front of the shoes during descending as this will cause pain and discomfort.
  • It is recommended for you to bring some energy snacks (eg. banana, chocolates, sweets) to replenish your energy during the climb and while enjoying the views at the platform.
  • For ATV activity, you are advised to wear long pants as the unit engine will be situated on the right side of the vehicle and may be uncomfortable for those wearing shorts.