Friday, April 6, 2018

My Hiking Guide at Mt. Manalmon

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Hiking is a great way to spend time outside, get some exercise and explore beautiful outdoor locations.
Best of all, hiking is a very accessible outdoor activity that requires very little gear to get started.
Whether it's your first time hiking or you've already been mountaineering, I've put together this hiking guide to Mt. Manalmon.
Mt. Manalmon is located at San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines.
It requires half day to reach the summit and very friendly for first-time hikers.
It's a minor climb with difficulty of 2/9 and trail class of 1-2.
It is part of the historical Biak-na-Bato National Park.
There are also nearby sites such as Bayukbok Cave(which I will be sharing with you in my next post) and Madlum Cave.
Once you completed Mt. Manalmon, you can also opt to try the Mt. Gola which you can visit by turning left that lead to its peak.
I suggest you pay a visit to this mountains early morning as for our experience we are stuck in the traffic for almost 5 hours and we reached the location noontime.
And as we all know, that it's not the perfect timing for hiking because of the temperature.

0600 From Taft bound to NLEX(San Miguel, Bulacan)
Arrived late due to traffic & poor waze(a big no-no!)
1200 Arrive at Jump-off; register and get guides in the community
Fees to be collected:
Entrance Fee - P20/person
Registration Fee - P10/person
Guided Tour - P300/group max of 10 persons
12:05 Start Trek
13:35 ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon; Take pictures
14:00 Start descending
1500 Back at community; Take lunch
15:30 Visit Bayukbok Caves
16:30 Back at jump-off
17:00 ETD from location going back Manila
SAMPLE ITINERARY (Public Transport)
0500 From Cubao or Pasay; take the Cabanatuan-bound bus
0730 ETA Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel; take a tricycle to jump-off
0800 Arrive at jump-off; register and get guides at community
0900 Start trek
1030 ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon; take pictures
1100 Start descent
1200 Back at community; lunch
1300 Visit Madlum and Bayukbok Caves
1530 Swim at Madlum river
1700 Back at jump-off; proceed back to Brgy. Kamias
1740 Take a bus back to Manila
The estimated budget for this trip is P650-P1000 pesos.
If you have spare time, you can visit Mt. Gola that is an additional 30 minutes-1 hour hike.

Here are some of the essentials you need to get ready/bring in the hike:
* 2L of water
* Trail Food(such as nuts, chocolates, fruits, etc.)
* Changing clothes & towel
* Camera & Action Cams(which is very important for me haha)
* Being Physically Fit(workout a day before heading for a hike for better preparations)
*  Hiking gears(bags, clothes, shades, etc. which are appropriate for hiking)
* Energy(which I guess needs to be there always to keep you going)
* Flashlight(for those who are interested to visit the caves but if you didn't have any, you can rent their head light for P20 pesos)
* First Aid Kit(It should be a necessity that one of the team should have this for emergency purposes)
* Sunscreen(especially when you are hiking after 9 am and it keeps you from skin sun damage)
The experience is definitely surreal when we finally reach the summit.
The view is spectacular and makes you stress-free!
How do you find my adventure?
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading.
See you again on my next adventure.

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