Mt. Matutum is an active volcano, located in Tupi South Cotabato. Its cone shape like is a perfect back draft from this vast pineapple plantation as seen in the highway of Tupi.
This mountain is within a protected landscape does securing permit is necessary from DENR-TUPI.
Reaching the jumpoff requires a 30 - 45 minutes of habal-habal ride within the vast pineapple plantation. You will never get bored during the travel because the view within the plantation is a feast.
The trail starts from a gradual to few ascend inside the forested area. This is what I love about this mountain, the entire trail to summit is covered from trees. A very good sign that the locals are protecting the said mountain.
The challenge for this hike commenced after Phase 1. Phase 1 is an open space, a spot perfect for camping or for take 5 before proceeding to summit. From here, the trail become full assault that from time to time you need to use your hand to pull your self up.
The trail becomes strenuous until summit. The summit do not have complete view, since it is covered with trees. It has metal railings and a marker. According to our guide, Jefferson Mateo, reaching the crater will possible takes 1 hour in full decent and the crater is not that wide though.
Mt. Matutum is one mountain worth hiking within Tupi, very challenging.
Tupi – Mt. Matutum – GenSan – Gumasa Beach Itinerary
03:00 Wake up; prepare for Mt. Matutum dayhike
05:00 Ride habal-habal to Sitio Glandang
05:30 Arrive jumpoff; register
06:00 Start trek
07:00 Phase 1
11:00 ETA summit (2,293 MASL); lunch
16:00 ETA jumpoff; ride habal-habal to Tupi Municipal Hall
16:30 Arrive Tupi Municipal Hall; wash up and break camp
17:30 Ride van to Gumasa Beach
19:30 ETA GenSan; dinner
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