Mt Kalatungan – Mt Wiji Traverse 2880MASL

A massive mountain range section surrounded by the town of Pangantucan, Talakag etc in Bukidnon. It is now officially the 5th highest mountain in the Philippines at a height of 2880MASL after confirmation from several altimeter reading. It displaced Mt Tabayoc of Benguet.

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To be continued

 

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Mt Obabis 410MASL Dayhike of San Pablo, Laguna

March 2015
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Imok Hill or Mt Obabis or locals called it Telefast, located at San Pablo, Laguna. This has a height of 410 MASL and perfect hike for beginner. Like Mt Kitanglad or Amuyao, it serves as relay station for communication system so the hiker are off-limit to get into their premises but still there is some vantage point where you can see the vast plain of Calauan, Mt Makiling and Mt Kalisungan-Mt Atimla. The road elevation is already at 180m. All are accessible by foot and no specialize gear require. The hike would take between 1-2hrs. Better start early in the morning to enjoy the hike. This mountain can be combined together with minor climb Mt Prinza or Mt Kalisungan which is just neighbor of this mountain and line up along the road. (more…)

Mt Prinza Dayhike of Calauan, Laguna

March 2015
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A viable hiking destination in Laguna that can be done on a dayhike and even can combine with Mt Obabis (Imoc Hill) as doable for twin dayhike. This is one of the mountains that surrounds 7 famous lake of San Pablo. This has a height of 486 MASL based on google earth but on the GPS of my buddy is 510 MASL and offering 360 degrees view if the tall cogon grass will be cut. Just 10m below the summit, I called it viewpoint which is offering 270 degrees with a scenery of neighbor mountain like Mt Kalisungan, Mt Atimla, Mt Mabilog, Mt Cristobal and Mt Banahaw, Laguna de Bay with Mt Tagapo in Talim Island. The nearest among the seven lake is Lake Mojicap and second one nearby is Lake Palakpakin. It can be climbed within 1-2hrs and perfect for beginner. The cost will be

What attract me to climb this mountain is I was amazed at the view of Mt Mabilog and there is a protruding peak which we can identify as Susong Dalaga ng Laguna? Out of my curiosity, I begun to put it on schedule and was very eager to be the first to document this hike and share it with my fellow hiker. (more…)

Mt Udok Dayhike 750MASL of Maria Aurora, Aurora Province

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View from Mt Udok Summit

April 2015

A wonderful and fascinating mountain along the chain of mountain ranges which is located at Maria Aurora, just 17-20km before the famous town of Baler. Rising to 750MASL, it is situated at the innermost barangay of Bazal at the base of the mountain. Mt Udok play a vital role in lowland community which is the source of potable water and irrigation to their farm. (more…)

Mt Binacayan Dayhike of Rodriguez, Rizal

February 2015

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“Hold on tight, you know she’s a little bit dangerous”. Lyrics of a song that came into my mind to describe Mt.Binacayan. A twin mountain of historical landmark which is Mt Pamitinan where it is located at Brgy. San Rafael, Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal. Rising to 338MASL based on google earth with coordinates of 14°43’30.39″N 121°11’24.67″E, this is one of the prominent mountain in the area. A budget friendly climb that may cost less than 500 pesos even for a twin dayhike. (more…)

Mt Pamitinan Dayhike of Rodriguez/Montalban, Rizal

February 2015
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It is situated at Brgy. San Rafael, Wawa Dam, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal with a coordinates of 14°43’52.67″N 121°11’29.60″E rising to 368 MASL based on google earth. In between those two mountain is the wawa river and its main contributor of water are coming from the Sierra Madre and Boso-boso in Antipolo as our guide told us.

An historically recognized place wherein Andres Bonifacio together with Katipuneros held assembly and officially declared their independence from the ruling of Spaniards. During the Japanese invasion, the japanese soldier took haven on this cave and mountain. According to folklore legend, Bernardo Carpio have separate the 2 mountains, on the left side is Mt Pamitinan and at the right is Mt Binacayan. (more…)

Mt Pinatubo Hike via Sta. Juliana of Capas, Tarlac

February 2015
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If there is one thing that hiker or tourist may ask me, what do you prefer a destination among the mountains in the Philippines that it is near, easy to access and worth travel for? The answer is Mt Pinatubo which is relatively a very easy hike. This mountain is bounded by 3 provinces such as Tarlac, Pampanga and Zambales wherein the main crater was under the territory of Botolan, Zambales. The famous attraction here is the crater of the volcano which form lake and surrounded by the rim. There were times that the color of the water is inter-changing depending on the season. The rim was a remnant of this mountain that survived after the powerful eruption. (more…)

Mt Daraitan traverse Dayhike + maytuntong Cave of Tanay, Rizal

January 2015
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A prominent mountain in front line of Sierra Madre rising to 2157 ft or 658 MASL. It is bounded by 2 province under the jurisdiction of Tanay, Rizal and Gen.Nakar, Quezon. Most of the hiking approach are coming from the remote barangay of Daraitan in Tanay. Surprisingly despite of the trees around the summit, there are limestone rock formation where you can have greater view of the Tinipak river and vast field. Few mountains have been mentioned to us that can be witness above like the Mt Batolusong, far distant Mt Irid, nearby mountain which will entail 3-4hrs coming from other sitios, lastly Mt.Mamara that you will encounter along the traverse trail going to Tinipak River.

There are 2 choices that you choose going to summit, you may start to: (more…)

Mt Ugo Traverse 2150 MASL of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya – Itogon, Benguet

January 2015
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Mt Ugo is one of the finest attraction and popular hiking destination among the mountains in the Cordillera mountain range which offer the scenic view across the trail. Rising to 2150MASL, the trailside is mainly consist of pine trees with breath-taking view of the surrounding and dubbed as “ A WALK TO REMEMBER” because of the long hike that hiker have to endure. The trail is quite lengthy and open, stretching 33KM from end to end jump-off from different province. It is bounded by 2 provinces, Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya although majority of the territory is covered by Benguet. This is also attracts trail running activity be held on this place. This is not difficult hike but require long endurance and stamina due to lengthy trail. The summit is reachable within 8-13hrs coming from Kayapa and the descend through traverse will take 6-9hrs to Itogon. (more…)

Mt Cinco Picos- Mt Dayungan traverse to Nagsasa Cove Dayhike of Zambales

December 2014
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A famous duo that can be done on dayhike wherein they have the common point which is the Cinco Picos campsite which overlook the Silanguin Cove beneath the slope. The possibilities of having a dayhike and camping to Nagsasa campsite is by following strictly on the itinerary. During the summer time, most of the coastal mountains in Zambales are covered in grass which were burned and re-grow again during rainy season. At amihan season(northeastern wind), the wind is too strong that may topple hiker hiking in Mt Balingkilat and Mt Cinco Picos but it not that dangerous however I advised not to take Mt Dayungan coming from Mt Cinco Picos’ campsite that period because of the danger that you will passing ridge which is closer to the cliff. (more…)

Mt Banoi Dayhike 850MASL of Lobo, Batangas

December 2014
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The very visible mountain that will welcome the hiker upon arrival at the Lobo Town Proper. You can easily spot it by looking on your right side upon dropping to market and it towers at a height of 900MASL+ called Mt Banoi or other notes is Mt Banoy. Remarkably you can pinpoint it from a distance by seeing the 2 tower which were burned long time ago. Almost lower half of the mountains are inhabited by locals and the highest place that have community is Sitio Malabnig. (more…)

Bangkalan Peak of Lobo, Batangas

October 2014
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Bangkalan Peak as viewed from Nagpatong Peak

Just in striking distance in Manila with total travel time of 3.5-5 hrs away, it is dependent on how early the bus trip that you will take and the route it will ply-by. The fastest to get there is to take the 2:30AM trip from Cubao via Alps Bus and as early as 6AM you may arrive at the Lobo Town proper if you can catch up the “palusot” trip in front of the Lobo jeep terminal. Bangkalan peak  lies on the mountain ranges running across on Lobo, Batangas extending to San Juan,Batangas; rising to 670 masl. A grassland peak wherein the 2 popular destination such as Nagpatong Peak are located in the same area but only separated by fork so called “dalawang daan” or 2 route. Sometimes locals placed their cow on this peak to graze on grass. It can be reached within 3.5hrs to 6-hrs depending on the group pace. The trail is similar to Mt. Banoi wherein there are local house along the trail but differs on the following; (more…)

Mt Balungao Dayhike of Pangasinan

October 2014

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Just 4-5 hrs away from Manila, Mt Balungao is prominent strato-volcano mountain seated on the boundary of provinces Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija; rising to 382 masl. I dubbed it as mini- Mt. Cristobal because of its steepness and forested trail features. Along TPLEX or rosales-umingan road, this mountain can easily be distinguish by its rounded peak and resembling like a lady’s breast. The main jump off is located at Balungao Hot and Cold Spring Resort, just (3.7km uphill)15-30mins away from the main road. LGU promote it as Hataw- Balungao which offer an adventure amenities likea dip through its spring, ATV, zipline and secondary is hiking. Every lenten season, there are pilgrims climbing from the opposite side of the mountain for who were establishing the trail. (more…)

Mt Tibig (560MASL+) of Lobo, Batangas

September 27, 2014

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An alluring hike located at the coastal town of Lobo, Batangas is Mt.Tibig rising to 560MASL. It is still consider a peak beneath the slope of Mt.Banoi. According to our guide (Kuya Erwin), the tibig side is part of Batangas City while the jump off is at the side of Lobo town and just separated by the river in between. From the jump off view, the Tibig summit can be easily distinguish among the peaks in that area because of light green grassland while the lower part are forested and in lush green. The difficulty set for this mountain is 2/9, very easy except on the first part which have  short cardiac trail. In a matter of 1-3 hours,summit can be reach. From the summit, you can have 360 view but the grandest part is in rock formation below the summit. (more…)

Mt. Pundaquit – Anawangin Cove Traverse via ridgeline

July 2011
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Commonly the Zambales Coastal town is famous of beach destination and secondary is having a hike to the mountain. One of those popular destination in this mountain range is Mt. Pundaquit. It is located at Pundaquit Beach in San Antonio Town, Zambales. Meanwhile Anawangin Cove is hidden on the other end either accessible via having boat ride from pundaquit beach or having traverse hike from Mt. Pundaquit. Next to this cove is Nagsasa Cove on the other end of Mt. Balingkilat and farthest in Silanguin Cove at the coastal of Cinco Picos.

My article will focus on hiking with swimming to this destination. (more…)

Mt Balingkilat Traverse Dayhike 1078 MASL of Subic, Zambales

June 28, 2014
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A famous hiking destination among mountaineers in proximity at Manila just 3-4hrs travel trip located at famous landmark in Zambales is Mt. Balingkilat (pointed peak) situated at coastal mountain range of Subic . Among the famous Cawag Trio Mountains, Mt Balingkilat is the highest; followed by Cinco Picos and co-equal is Mt Dayungan or commonly known as rounded peak in height. This mountain is popular as hiking destination because of its craggy landscape similar to G2, the astonishing 360 view at the summit and the beautiful cove on the opposite side known as Nagsasa Cove. This trail is quite very long extending up to 20KM+. (more…)

Mt Romelo of Famy-Siniloan, Laguna

November 1-2, 2011

The attractions that make the tourist and hikers visited this place are their famous multiple falls such as Buruwisan Falls, Lansones Falls, Sampaloc Falls and Batya Batya Falls bounded by the town of Famy or Siniloan, Laguna. It is a series of mini-mountain at the gateway of Sierra Madre, for hikers community they called it Mt. Romelo while locals called it Mt. Famy named after the town. The difficulty set for this climb is just 2/9 which is relatively easy however the difficulty became higher if the trail becomes muddy particularly during rainy days. There is no summiting involve here. There is regular ordinary bus plying to this area (Raymond Bus Terminal) bound to Infanta taking via Manila east road route. The jump-off starts at the highway leading to a road. (more…)

Mt Tagpaya 1807 MASL of Kibungan Circuit, Benguet

May 24-25, 2014

Kibungan circuit, for me is one of the best long distance hiking destinations in Cordillera which is equally as attractive as the Purgatory traverse but there is a twist of challenges along the way. The challenges offers are ridging, river crossing, steep pine tree rope, rock bouldering, rice terraces trekking etc. This town is located 4-5hrs away further north of baguio but on separate highway parallel with Halsema Highway. The highway leading here is almost cemented and partly has some rough road. For this climb I will give a rating of difficulty 6/9 challenging. This circuit is not typical, where the start of trek is in pure descend with great elevation drop then rise again. The final leg of returning to jump off is in ascend hike.

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Mt Tagapo in Talim Island via Brgy. Janosa, Binangonan, Rizal (Easy Dayhike)

Updated hike: May 10, 2014
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My article will focus on more frequently used trail by hiker to climb this mountain. At the heart of Laguna de Bay, the Talim Island is located and rising to its core is this popular Mt. Tagapo famously known as Susong Dalaga which resembled young lady’s breast. Previously I have discussed the article for Mt. Tagapo traverse for which the hike start from Brgy.Lambac then descend via Janosa trail. (more…)

Mt Kinabalu Dayhike 4095 MASL of Sabah, Malaysia

One of the prominent mountain at South East Asian Nation lies at Sabah, Malaysia rising 4095.2MASL for which the city was named after it, formerly it is Jesselton City under british colonial. An icon of Mt. Kinabalu drawn in the flag representing the Sabah . From Kinabalu Airport, you can view this behemoth mountain rising majestically although you are still far from it. This mountain is under national park which served as sanctuary for endemic species of flora and fauna. One of the famous inhabitants here are the orangutans representing fauna and very rare rafflesia (corpse lily) representing flora, etc. (more…)

Mt Bulusan or Bulusan Volcano Hike of Irosin, Sorsogon

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One of the most active volcano in the Philippines. It is located at the southern tip of Luzon, a very beautiful mountain yet deadly the Bulusan Volcano. Rising at its prominence of 1565 MASL with the difficulty classification of 6/9 “challenging”, it is one of the highest mountain in Sorsogon province for which it is bounded by 5 towns, Barcelona, Bulusan, Irosin, Casiguran and Juban. Among the attraction it offer is the 360 views on its crater-rim summit plus the 3 lakes namely; Bulusan Lake, Aguingay Lake and Blackbird Lake and lastly the wide open hole of its craggy landscape crater. This mountain is protected and declared as national park under the prevailing law governed with the jurisdiction of DENR. Prior in climbing it, permit shall be secured first and arrange thru Wildboars Bulusan. They can be reached via email wildboarsphil@yahoo.com to document all your transaction and make reservation, then to make some follow up with your intent to climb; you can reach Ms. Angela thru +639192231536 or Sir Philip Bartilet. (more…)

Tirad Peak 1388MASL of Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur

Tirad peak at the jump off

Tirad peak at the jump off

One of the most alluring hiking destinations in the Phillipines is Tirad Peak rising 1388MASL located at the famous  Tirad Pass National Park in the remote Gregorio Del Pilar town, Ilocos Sur. The attractions here is not only the beautiful and well maintained established trail but being historically rich places where our popular general Gregorio Del Pilar who battled and defended the Tirad Pass despite of their small numbers to help Pres. Aguinaldo to escaped from being captivate by American Soldier.

Reaching the Tirad Pass monument marker is accessible with an easy trail and trekking time varies from 1.5hrs to 3hrs. From marker up to summit is 2.5hrs – 4hrs. The trail class is 1-2 from jump off up to marker, class 3 on the upper portion of forest to small grass, beyond going to summit where segmented rope is needed is class 4.  Due to sharpness and steepness, the summit can accommodate 7 persons at a time which present a 360 view including the view of Sigay town, Salcedo’s mountain range, Quirino Province and Gregorio del Pilar(GDP) downtown. The perfect time for climbing is during summer time where river is not yet high. (more…)

Mt Isarog via Panicuason Trail 1966 MASL, Naga, Camarines Sur

We have scaled it last August 2011.

Mt Isarog is representing the highest mountain of Camarines Sur and 2nd highest at Bicol Region next to Mayon Volcano standing at a prominence of 1966 MASL with no interconnected mountain nestled on vast rice field on the surrounding town of the province. Formerly a stratovolcano, this mountain is a protected park administered by DENR PASU c/o Yolanda Abante 09104824615 and declared as National Park. There are 2 trails accessible via Naga using Panicuason Trail and the other one is Patag-Patag campsite although there is trail leading to Goa but it takes 3-4days doing traverse. My article will only focus at Panicuason trail where we used to climbed on this trail. (more…)

Mt Kalisungan -Mt Atimla Traverse Dayhike of Calauan, Laguna

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Mt. Kalisungan and Mt Atimla are straddling in between Laguna de Bay and Mt. Banahaw’s complex. Both mountains are part of small patch of mountain ranges and surrounded by famous 7 lakes. It is bounded by the towns of San Pablo, Nagcarlan and mostly part of Calauan, Laguna. Rising 760MASL, it is the highest in those interconnected mountain. A popular mountain which is Mt Mabilog with side trip at Bunga falls that lying nearby. There is possibilities to connect both by passing the ridge connecting Kalisungan and Atimla then turning to right fork that will lead you in Sta. catalina, san Pablo city.
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Mt Timarid 1527 MASL and Mt Simagaysay 1341MASL of Solsona, Ilocos norte

Standing at 1527 MASL (Mt.Timarid) and 1341MASL(Mt.Simagaysay) respectively lies another hiking destination in Brgy. Manalpac, Solsona, Ilocos Norte. This is an alternative path going to Mt. Sicapoo passing through these 2 mountains if crossing the gasgas river is impassable due to strong current, rain and high tide.  Combining 2 mountains is pose a lot of challenges. Mostly pine trees forest trail but the 2 alone (set aside the trail going to Sicapoo) have a difficulty of 7/9 “strenuous. It is justifiable by its long trail length, steep slope of Mt. Timarid, 90% sun exposure along the trail, lengthy knife edge and challenge of having 4×4 trekking climbing up. Descending/ascending the forest in between Timarid and Simagaysay also offers challenge in battling with the thorny plants.

My itinerary is only applicable for small group for easier management/control of rest time and pacing to adapt actual itinerary.The summit view of Mt. Timarid and Mt.Simagaysay offer you 360 views and from here you can view the whole plain and downtown of Ilocos Norte.

Mt Timarid as viewed from Mt.Bubuos

Mt Timarid as viewed from Mt.Bubuos

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Mt Sicapoo (Rosary trail) 2354MASL of Ilocos Norte (3D/2N)

We have scaled it January 2012.

No doubt for its rating as difficulty of 9/9. Mt Sicapoo is the highest mountain of Region 1 standing at a height of 2354 MASL seated like a queen at the deep mountain range in the northern gateway of Cordillera, the Solsona Mountain Range. It is bounded by 2 provinces, Ilocos Norte and Apayao. It is literally crossing 7 mountains to get on its location. The whole traverse covers 49km for which the hiker by average finished it in 4 days others are 5 days, as of the recent news someone have successfully done in making it as a day hike. The 3 days IT is very tight if you try and it will push you to your physical limit. In the past, hunters never come in close with Mt Sicapoo until it was explored by ODMG and Tatay Emilio, pioneering the exploration. The amount of time required to reach the summit varies from 14-20hrs depending on the hiker’s strength. (more…)

Mt Kalawitan Traverse 2714 MASL of Bontoc-Sabangan, Mountain Province 3D/2N

Mt. Kalawitan is the 4th highest mountain of Luzon. We have scaled it last November 2012 and named it Halloween Climb. In fact it was one of my memorable climb and gladly that I was part of the 2nd exploratory team who did traverse for this mountain and I’d like to thank you Ms. Jay for bringing up to my knowledge this event. To the team leader (Sir Migs) of this expedition for accepting me to be part of this special case hike, I would like to say him thank you very much. As of this moment the traverse trail coming from Bontoc is littered by hunter’s trap and quite risky if you will attempt to try without guide.
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Mt Amuyao Traverse (Barlig- Batad) of Mountain Province 3D/2N

A highly sought hike because of grandeur view and challenges. Standing at a 2702 MASL this mountain is currently the 5th highest of Luzon which was displaced by its neighbor mountain Mt.Kalawitan 2714MASL into 4th place highest in Luzon. This mountain is easily can be spotted from the summit of Mt Pulag, rising an island into the sea of clouds. The summit is remarkably occupied by the broadcasting station such as GMA, ABS CBN etc and the debunked company station which standing at the highest point of this mountain and currently used as bunker house by hiker or guide. Despite of this obstruction you can roam around to its perimeter to have you 360 view of the surrounding. One of the attractions here also are the sea of clouds, neighborhood mountains such as Mt. Kalawitan and the highly visible Mt. Pulag.

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Mt Napulauan Traverse 2D/1N of Hungduan, Ifugao

Mt Napulauan at a height of 2642MASL, it is belong in one of top 20 highest mountain in the Philippines located at Hungduan, Ifugao. One of the toughest among the mountain hiking destination in Cordillera with difficulty rating worthy of 7/9 strenuous and challenging. The summit can be reached within 6-11hrs depending on the hiker’s strength which offering you the view of Mt. Amuyao and Mt. Pulag if the weather is good. The summit is remarkable which mostly composed of dwarf bamboo and bonsai tree. At the same time, sea of clouds is highly possible. Ifugao is famous for its rice terraces one of them is the Hapao Rice Terraces located at Hungduan, Ifugao which is equally scenic like Batad Rice Terraces. (more…)