Standing at 2,058+ MASL, this Mountain located at Sibuyan Island, Romblon holds a reputation and one of the most respected mountains here in the Philippines not because of it’s elevation akin to that of Apo, Dulang-Dulang and other highest recorded peaks, but because of it’s technicality and perilous trails which this famed mountain gained the respect of Filipino Mountaineers. Mount Guiting-Guiting is considered to be the toughest hikes in the Philippines with a 9/9 difficulty trail as being scaled by majority of the mountaineers. It was also dubbed as the “Galapagos of Asia” because of it’s virginal biodiversity.
Mount Guiting-guiting is preeminent among all the mountains here in the Philippines due to it’s dramatic jagged ridges which is the major highlight of the mountain. Famous landmarks that most of the mountaineers look forward upon venturing this mountain were the following: Knife Edge, Kiss The Wall, Mayo’s Peak, and Peak Of Deception. As they say, only hikers with enough stamina, well prepared in terms of physical state and planned itinerary are advised to contest the mighty of Guiting-guiting.
Join me on this breath-taking and major bucket list of mine despite of all the intimidating and scary introductory remarks this mountain implanted to us hikers who experienced it’s mighty among all the mountains we hiked. 🙂
When I was in my childhood years, I’ve always seen this Majestic mountain towering above in a far distance. I also known his reputation as the highest summit in the Philippines through lectures in history, textbooks and journals. Every afternoon, me and my little brother had this moment of going on the roof of our house just to witness sunset on Mount Apo. I always wondered what it feels like stepping on its apex and experience it’s mighty among all the mountains here in the Philippines. Back then, never in my wildest dreams would I conquered not only Mount Apo but also completed the tough/top five highest mountains here in the Philippines. During my review days (board exam preparation), I always imagining myself being at the top of the world and promised myself that, If I topped and passed the board examination, I will go to this mountain and shout to the world how thankful I am to the Lord that I passed and topped the board exam. But those were wishfully thinking coz I didn’t make it on the top, but still thankful to Him for allowing me to pass one of my crucial point in my life: BOARD EXAMINATION. Anyway, Join me and be thrilled as I venture this another milestone in my life as a mountaineer.
This entry was supposed to be posted last year, but another katangahan moments hits me. It was unintentionally deleted as well as the photos due to technical problems on my laptop (virus sucks!). Anyway, let’s continue and join me on my adventure on this exhilarating mountain.
A lot of people are having interest on doing hiking/mountaineering/climbing (whatever you may called it). They opted to have their travel and leave credits (for those having their work) on this kind of outdoor activity rather than on the beach, city tours, among others. Trending ika nga! I considered this climb as a “tick-off’-the-bucketlist” and out of plan adventure (will tell you later the reason on why is it an “out of plan” adventure).
This famous mountain of the south is remembered as the crash site of Flight 387 of Cebu Pacific last February 1998 (Mount Lumot to be specific). Mount Sumagaya traverse Mount Lumot is located in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. After that crash incident, this has been a popular hiking destination here in Northern Mindanao aside from the famous “Kitanglad-Dulang-dulang traverse or KD2” in Bukidnon. It has an elevation of 2248+ MASL for Mount Sumagaya and 2320+ MASL for Mount Lumot making it as a 3-4 days climb. For the hardcore, it can be done by a 2-3 day climb. Some of the blogs that I’ve read would say, it would be better if we had this climb as Mount Lumot traverse Mount Sumagaya but in this case, we do the reverse to save time because Mount Sumagaya’s jump-off is much nearer to Cagayan De Oro City than Mount Lumot. The PART I of this blog entails the venture of our Mount Sumagaya climb.
After we have our Mount Ulap climb in which it gave us a warmed up and wonderful views, our next climb was the beautiful and highest peak in Luzon, MOUNT PULAG.
Mount Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon (2,922+ MASL) and rated as top 3 highest mountains in the Philippines. This mountain is considered to be one of the most beautiful with a very majestic ocean of clouds (I didn’t used the word “sea of clouds” because it’s too mainstream haha!) and possibly the most breathtaking scenery among all mountains here in the Philippines. There are at least 3 most common trails in which climbers can have: Ambangeg, Akiki and Tawangan Trail. Ambangeg Trail was the easiest among them. Akiki and Tawangan Trail have different type of difficulty and specs but based on ratings, they are both 7/9 trail difficulty.
This “mini-Mount Ugo” as what other mountaineers and locals described the mountain showcases stunning views of the neighboring mountains, grassland ridges, pine trees and burial caves upon descending. Mount Ulap Eco-Trail is located in Itogon, Benguet. A 30-40 minute ride away from Baguio City will do to reach the said place. It is a very feasible day-hike climb with a 5-6 hours trek and very established trails.
Mountain climbing is one of the trending outdoor activity nowadays. I’ve seen a lot of posts on different social media about “Buhis-Buhay Shots”, “Sea of Clouds”, “Selfie na nakatalikod para makita ang view haha!” and a lot more. Like most big challenges though, the feeling and satisfaction on reaching the peak gives a vast sense of fulfillment, achievement and success which ensures a feeling that can last a lifetime.