For hiking enthusiasts, reaching the summit of Mt. Mantalingajan (Mt. Mallnuu) is a dream and traversing it is beyond achievement. To give you an overview, this mountain is rated 9/9 as its difficulty level and categorized as Major climb with a possible 6 days to traverse it by pinoymountaineer.com
Day 1 - Better late than Postponed
It rained that time and we had to rest at Balin-balin village for a while, while waiting for the rain to stop. Most hikers stays at Balin balin village for a night before proceeding thus considering it as their Day 1 for their Itinerary.
The trail going to Bulldog's house will start from gradual to some slope terrain to full assault going to the campsite.
Luckily the 4 of us were able to manage our pace accordingly before nightfall. During the entire trek, we witnessed few slash and burn on the other parts of the mountain, we met some Palawenos Tribe near the campsite
Water source is available about 5 mins before reaching Bulldog's campsite
Day 2 : The 'Petiks' of all PetiksKabgun Village
Reaching the village was a challenge, few slippery trail and assaults that will surely test your patience. Thus from this portion 'til the end, Mantalingajan traverse is no doubt a Major Climb.
Kabgun's Village is actually an abandoned village by Tau't Daram (a tribe who practiced cannibalism in the olden days). They left the village after a massive climb was conducted and used their village for a night, a very unfortunate event shocked the entire tribe triggers them to leave the village for good however they visit the village every Saturday for Church activities.
We arrived earlier than expected and Kuya Binoy agreed that we can use one of those open Hut instead of using our tents and water source was also available thus we had a good bath that day.
Day 3 : Off to Mantalingajan's Summit
While we had our Petiks day, day 3 was the opposite... more assault, more difficult trail was way ahead. We arrived at Kawayanan Campsite (supposed to be campsite for day 2) early, a good sign that we will be at Paray paray before the sun sets as per Kuya Binoy.
At Kawayanan campsite, Kuya Binoy outlined the trail we need to pass reaching the summit and the traverse trail, one word.... FAR! the distance was way too long and few mountains needs to be crossed.
Few meters away from the campsite, this part of the trail wild boar's trap were installed. Kuya Binoy showed us a sample signs and yes it was installed almost every where. These traps contains some chemicals that paralyzed its victim, so better be careful.
Also, Kuya Binoy showed us a tree sap that ignite fire, used by local tribes for bonfires (even sold in the local market, sorry I forgot the name).
After we pitched our tent and rested for a few, we decided to scale all the way to the summit since we had enough time. As recorded, reaching the summit will take 2 hours from Paray - paray campsite but I guess that time frame only covers a non stop hike... The trail was so beautiful enough that you do not want to miss a "selfie" moment.... seriously, it was awesome.
If some mountains are covered with Cogon grasses, this one is almost covered with Pitcher plants.... small, medium and large.
Another perfect spot is the water source area..... The sunset view was superb. We called it a night then, lights out...... while hundreds of fireflies lights the entire campsite
Day 4 : The End . . .We survived!
The trails within that
range were technically difficult.
We passed that landslide portion (right side)
then exited at the back of that range.
Our second guide was nowhere to be found, we inform Kuya Binoy so he retraced and saw our second guide resting just below Kawang kawa slope. He planned to stay their instead because he was too exhausted already.
Off to Kupang Village
By the time everyone was able to scaled that portion, we were now following a flat ground trail. We were ecstatic because as per blogs, way ahead will be the main highway but since it was too dark we just continued not expecting too much that we were almost there.
This blog may be selfish in describing the terrain but hey! I don't want to spoil you on the things that awaits every hikers who wants to explore the mountain.