Overnight Hike to Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg Traverse

Hi everyone! Wouldn’t you agree that one of the best feelings in the world is being able to accomplish something you once thought was impossible? This was what I felt as soon as I got back from my recent hiking trip last January 30-31 in Mt. Pulag which is my 13th mountain and my first major climb.

Mountain Stats:

Elevation: 2922 MASL

Location: via Akiki Trail – Kabayan, Benguet, via Ambangeg Trail – Bokod, Benguet

Difficulty: via Akiki Trail – 7/9, via Ambangeg Trail –3/9

Trek to Summit: via Akiki Trail – 10-11 hours, via Ambangeg Trail – 4 hours

*Please note that our group used Akiki Trail to ascend

I have been talking about wanting to climb Mt. Pulag in some of my previous posts and in this one; I can finally share my firsthand experience in conquering Luzon’s highest mountain and the Philippines’ third highest!

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Hiking FAQs

I noticed that every time I see relatives or friends again after some time, they would all tell me almost the same things like, “Ang galing mo, umaakyat ka na ngayon ng bundok. Pano yun?” which I of course take as a compliment. And from there, they would often ask me about my hiking experiences which is why I decided to make a post about their questions and my answers.

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Twin Day Hike Series: Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Two weeks ago, I was invited to join a trilogy (summiting three mountains in one day) in Montalban, Rizal. Because the location is far from where I live, I needed to consider a lot of factors before I could join the climb – getting to the meet up place at 4:00AM, going to work the next day following the exhaustion of the climb and most importantly, convincing my parents to allow me to join the hike. And because I was invited early, I was able to sort these factors out.

Of course it is without a doubt that I wanted to join because the mountains in Montalban are included in my “Hike Checklist”. I was so excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to go and experience the Sierra Madre mountain range which I only know from my Sibika and Hekasi class in elementary. I used this as motivation to get me through the daily work grind. And finally, last August 31, I was able to summit my 5th and 6th mountains:

Mountain Stats:

Mt. Pamitinan

Height: 426+ MASL

Location:Brgy. Sitio Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal

Difficulty: 3/9

Trek to Summit: 2 hours 30 minutes

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Height: 517+ MASL

Location:Brgy. Sitio Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal

Difficulty: 4/9 (according to pinoymountaineer), 7/9 (according to the locals)

Trek to Summit: 3 hours

The original plan was to do a trilogy but several things happened that day resulting to us doing a twin day hike (summiting two mountains in one day) instead. But at the end of the day, it proved to be a very fulfilling and humbling experience.

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Twin Day Hike Series: Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao

Let me start off by saying that this twin day hike experience made me feel all sorts of emotions ranging from extremely happy to extremely scared. Nonetheless, this is really one for the books!

There was a plan for a twin hike when I climbed Mt. Kalisungan. However; that time, my right knee was still injured so we decided to go with Bunga Falls instead of Mt. Atimla. But last Sunday, August 2, I finally conquered two mountains in one day: Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao.

Mountain Stats:

Mt. Talamitam

Height: 630MASL (from Pinoy Mountaineer)

Location: Sitio Bayabasan, Nasugbu, Batangas

Difficulty: 3/9

Trek to Summit: 1.0 – 1.5 hours (based on our pace)  

Mt. Batulao

Height: 811MASL (from Pinoy Mountaineer)

Location: Nasugbu, Batangas

Difficulty: 4/9

Trek to Summit: 2.0 – 2.5 hours (based on our pace)

Read on below for the full story. (Image-heavy post beyond this point)

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Weekend Escapades: Climbing Mt. Kalisungan and Soaking in Bunga Falls

Hi! It has been a while since my last hike and last week, I felt the need to climb one again to replenish my “happy fuel”. Thankfully, my friend, Robin, was willing to organize the itinerary for a day hike.

I suggested several mountains to Robin and he picked Mt. Kalisungan out of all of them. Upon further research, I found out that this mountain is historical because apparently, this was where the Japanese had their last stand towards the end of World War II. The photos I saw online also helped manage my expectations but of course, the actual experience of climbing it was still unexpected. To be honest, this mountain is, by far, the most challenging and the same time, most humbling.

Mountain Stats:

Location: Calauan, Laguna

Height: 760 MASL

Difficulty: 3/9

Trek to Summit: 2.5 – 3 hours

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Summer Escapades: Off the Grid in Kwebang Lampas

Hi! It took a while but I finally found the time to share all about the second part of my weekend last, last week (first part was the climb to Mt. Maculot). Last May 16, me, my sister, my cousin and some friends went to Kwebang Lampas or formerly known as Lukang Beach in Pagbilao Quezon.

Before this trip, I had plans to join a fun run with my office mates. However, I was tasked to organize and make the itinerary for May 16 – 17.  I told my office mates to just go without me and that I would join them in their next run in June. At first I was regretting my decision of giving up the run but when we got to the place, the regret slowly faded away.

This was my second beach camping experience. Read on below to know more about it.

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Summer Escapades: Climbing Mt. Batulao

Hi! I went on another “slightly spontaneous” escapade yesterday (I’ve been having slightly spontaneous trips lately, amazing). The reason why it was slightly spontaneous is because we found out that the initial plan, Plan A, was not doable a day before the trip and I had to think of a Plan B asap.

I suggested that we go on a day-hike to Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas.

I’ve always wanted to go on a hike but what stopped me was my fear of not being able to reach the top and finish the hike, mainly because I used to frown on physical activities (Kindly refer to previous blog post, Eyes on the Prize) and I have a slight fear of heights. But this time I thought that I can already do it because my stamina, endurance, upper and lower body strength have already improved compared to before. The only thing that bothered me was my slight fear of heights but I decided to just screw the fear and try the hiking experience for myself.

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