Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Mt. Malindig (1,157+)

Mt. Malindig
Buenavista, Marinduque
Jump-off point: Brgy. Sihi, Buenavista
LLA: 13.2413°N; 122.0136°E; 1157 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4.5-5.5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-2

BACKGROUND
Mountains are deeply steeped into the culture of Filipinos. Pampaguenos have Mt. Arayat; Tagalogs have Mts. Banahaw and Makiling. For the residents of Marinduque, they have Mt. Malindig. In fact, Marinduque itself have been derived from "Marindik" or "Malindik". Anthropologists may trace this cultural link to the volcanic origins of the island. Indeed, Malindig is being proposed as an inactive stratovolcano. The therapeutic, sulfuric springs of Malbog is one sign of this historical - if not prehistorical - volcanism. As for the name itself, Malindig, it is linguistically descriptive of the gentle slopes that characterize the mountain, as well the island's high areas.

Armed groups were still active until the past decade, when the military seems to have kept them in check. This paved the way for Malindig's discovery as a mountaineering destination. Its unique location, at the heart of Southern Tagalog, creates a panorama that encompasses Mindoro, Verde Island, and Southern Luzon all the way to Bicol and Burias Island. The Tres Reyes islands are particularly enchating. Elephant Island, reportedly being developed another "Boracay", may also be seen SW from the military radio outpost, 900 MASL. This outpost is also the staging ground to the summit assault. From this point on, you will be hiking across the forests of Malindig. Lush and mossy, they are not different from the forests in Mt. Makiling.

Mountaineering groups also do what is called a "Marinduque Traverse", involving the other mountains in the area. Notable sites to visit include the Bathala cave in Sta. Cruz, as well as several waterfalls i.e Kawa-kawa falls which is near the jumpoff to Malindig.

Going to Marinduque is usually commenced by a bus ride to Lucena. From there, you can board a ferry to either Sta. Cruz or Mogpog towns. Within the island, tricycles, jeeps, and vans ply inter-town routes, but be advised that places are faraway from each other, and transpo costs are quite significant.

ITINERARY

Day 0
2100 Board Dalahican-bound bus from either Buendia or Cubao (P190)

Day 1
0200 Board ferry to Mogpog port or Sta. Cruz (P140)
0600 ETA Marinduque, make arrangements for transportation to Buenavista. (P50-100/person)
0900 ETA jump-off point in Brgy. Sihi. Start trek.
1130 ETA military outpost, 900 MASL. Lunch.
1230 commence summit assault.
1330 ETA summit. It is covered with trees and there is much to see.
1345 start descent
1430 back at the outpost.
1615 ETA jump-off point. Proceed to Malbog Hot Springs for post-climb dip
1730 Back to Boac or your planned sidetrip. Last trip back to Lucena is at 2000hr.

SPECIAL CONCERNS
Trails are generally easy to moderate, but Mt. Malindig can become really muddy during the rainy season, so prepare accordingly. In particular, the one-hour summit assault may not be advisable if weather is severe. Also, be advised that the military may enforce some policy changes, so ask first before planning the trip. An update on 3/25/08 says that a permit from Camp Aguinaldo must be secured in order to go past the military outpost.

The above itinerary may also be difficult on a very sunny day, because there tree cover is minimal. Adjust accordingly; if you want to avoid the sun, an overnight trip may be suitable. You cannot stay at the outpost, but there is a campsite nearby, called Digelo point by some.

From the military outpost to the summit, long-sleeved shirts are advised due to the "poisonous" plants which irritate the skin. If you brush with these plants, apply alcohol or vinegar to the affected skin part. These plants proliferate during the rainy season. The grass and shrubs grow fast as well, so if you're not climbing on the summer months, trails may be hard to follow.

TRIVIA
It is said that on a very clear day, Mt. Mayon can be seen from Malindig. This claim has yet to be verified.

The old name of Malindig, used during the American period, is Mt. Marlanga. Until now it is debatable whether this volcano should be classified as "extinct", "dormant", "inactive", or "potential active".

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62 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi sir gid,

how much is the guide fee here? do they have an established trail? is the camp aguinaldo permit still mandatory?

thanks!

gideon said...

i haven't had updates on malindig lately...parang wala akong nababalitaang nag-mamalindig recently but ill let you know if we have updates. i don't think they will be strict though. as for the guide, siguro 400-500 per day parin./

mark said...

yes sir. wlng nag mamalindig, pero nice mountain yung malindig. pag baba mo may white sand beach. im mark from marinuque, wala nGa atang guide dun eh, di naman kci nila priority.

ernesto pandagani said...

anu guyz akyat ayo dito sa january unahin ko muna pulag at tarak ridge.. anu game? kuya mark updates naman sa fees at contact persons please......

JR

Anonymous said...

been there last May. medyo muddy kasi nagkataon umakyan kami e umuulan.

mark said...

cge sir. inform nio lng ako. tingnan ko din kung andun aq sa marinduque, kc d2 aq manila ngaun. nagaaaral.

micko said...

sir gid, ask ko lng. lam nio ba sir ung mt. damas ba sa tarlac? i heard sobrang ganda daw dun? major ba un sir or minor climb? tsaka how much the budget? and di po ba delikado dun? salamat ng madami sir.

Anonymous said...

im from marinduque and produ to say Mt malindig has a magnificent view taken at Poctoy White Beach resort in Torijjos (my hometown).

you're right, wala masyado akyat sa malindig and i can say medyo rare pa lang nakapunta dun. mahigpit in terms of protecting the plants, animals and others. sobra kasi peaceful sa place eh.

pero marami akayt dun kpag holy week kasi they try to expereince Moriones Festival..

glad to assist you should you have concern, melodathletic@yahoo.com

thanks

Anonymous said...

hello mga sir,

I'm based in Buenavista, Marinduque. I'm working with communities around Mt. Malindig. If you need contact info or arrangement for the local guide, i can help you. Bihira pumapanik dito, ako din walang makasama at madalas walang time. may iba pang destination sa malindig maliban sa summit nya. Based sa mga nakakausap kong mga nagpupuntang locals sa malindig, okey puntahan ang arkong bato (rock formation), di namin napanik nung magsummit na kami, as advised nung guide namin masyadong foggy at sobrang lakas ng hangin, delikado sa mga wild bees. Madami pang wildlife, monkeys, madami ding ahas at sawa ayon sa guide namin, kahit na wala akong nakita hehehhee..
nag eexplore pa rin ng ibang trail from other barangay

email lang me rev_butz@yahoo.com, kung punta kayo


revbutz

Anonymous said...

hello sir...
resident aq ng sta.cruz mduque...
antagal ko n naninirahan sa sta.cruz pero ndi p aq nkapunta sa malindig..
sna m2lungan nyo kmi ng mga kaibgan ko
tex nyo lng aq pag..meron mang mgguide...
09272580066
slamat

Anonymous said...

san ka sa sta. cruz? plano tayo climb tayo sa malindig. kumpleto ba kau sa gamit sir?

Anonymous said...

sa banahaw ako pre...ikw b????tga san k????bgay m nlng contact m...

Anonymous said...

interesado ako akyatin ang malindig,,,, taga marinduque din ako,,,Sta.Cruz Marinduque, pero nasa Cavite ako ngayon,
sana may mag organize ng climb dito, uuwi ako ng Marinduque ng november,d ko pa sure ang date, mga nov 6-13 siguro.
try natin mag set ng climb dito!

you can contact me at 09176434580 or dreal_cornetto@yahoo.com
ym : dreal_cornetto

Anonymous said...

sir..kumpleto kb s gamit..
kung s bgay..minot climb lng naman ung malindig according sa mga frends ko...
plano tau minsan sir magassualt..
tga sta cruz dn aq...

dominique...

Anonymous said...

hi im one of the mountaineers who have climbed mt damas in tarlac twice , the first time was with game-nest and teh 2nd time was with bimbo of philippine outdoors tribe.. yes maganda dun,, mahirap din xa, mas maganda kung di masyado maulan para mapuntahan nyo po ung ubod falls .. for pics of damas forbiddenink01.multiply.com



-ken-

Anonymous said...

sir, taga marinduque din kmi at gus2 din namen akyatin ang mt. malindig.. sana maplano natin ung mga contact mga guides, and trails at ang mga kelangan. climb tayo sir d2. plano tayo eto number ko sir 09276710900.. kc gus2 ko din dalhin ung group ko d2..

Anonymous said...

@dominique
yes sir, i think i have the right gears and equips, schedule lang ang wala, nandito po ako sa Cavite, pero kapag nagka sched po ako ng uwi sa Marinduque, i will let you all know.

bakit hindi tayo magusap-usap ng ibang gustong pumunta ng Mt.Malindig. taga Marinduque man o hindi.

Already sent an e-mail to some of the contacts above,pero hindi po sila nag reply, i will try to contact them again. As soon as malaman ko kung kailan ako makaka uwi ng Marinduque, i will text all no.s above to invite them sa magiging climb natin doon.

i will save all your contact no.s,
but i need also your email address,to send our logistics and more informations sa magiging climb natin dito

please don't hesitate to text me, my no 09176434580
email : dreal_cornetto@yahoo.com
ym: dreal_cornetto

Anonymous said...

pa-sali mga sir/mam,pede po ako by january 2010 advance nio lang dates.Taga Manila po ako,gamit ko pang-dayhike lang. Salamat Mabuhay kau!

Just send your IT's at romer.torricer@gmail

-tagalupa

mico said...

sir email ko, micofrias@yahoo.com, sana m2loy ang climb pag mgnda ang schedule natin sir. plano ko dn kc isama ung group ko sa mt. malindig.

Anonymous said...

thank you sir...

cge po sir...ako dn meron dn aqng mga equips and gadget...n mkakatulong sten...

tex2 for more updates and info...
save m n din digits ko...09272580066

dominique...

Anonymous said...

hi sir - ask ko lang po, kung safe ang place sa mga wild animals? and ilang hrs po ang akyat going to summit? if ever po makakasama ako sa friend kong aakyat this weekend... meron po ba kaming makakasabay sa taas?

Anonymous said...

elow ask lng po namin kung s ngaun kailangan p rn ung permit, totoo b ung s camp aguinaldo kukuha ng permit o tsismis lng un?

Anonymous said...

sir,

sa camp aginaldo or sa campo sa lucena citi. if red alert no permit sir.

register din kau sa sihi para dobol safety. the best ang mt. malindig hindi pa lamog ang trail.

ok naman army post basta pakilala kau at show id and permit from GHQ.

Anonymous said...

sir, pano yung mga tga marinduque na tlga san kame ku2ha ng permit?

Anonymous said...

Sir, i best believe that mt. malindig is extinct, because as I have known from the locals (even if i am a marinduqueƱo blood descent) that it has sustained a hole on its side from its last explosion and it is where steam billows from its insides. If it would be active again in the near future, its explosion may not be as powerful as the last.

Ferdie said...

Sir
plan din namin umakyat sa Mt Malindig, kaso last week pa ng February.tanong ko lang po kung san talaga dapat magpa register. Balitaan nyo nalang po ako kung magkakaron ng prob.
@ Ernesto Pandagani, ok sa Tarak Ridge, kakaakyat lang namin nung last week ng December.
Sir E-mail nyo nalang ako sa mga updates

ferdie_montiel@yahoo.com

micofrias said...

cnung mag cli2mb ngaun sa malindig? dis coming holyweek!

Anonymous said...

Hello Pinoy Mountaineers,

Any reliable information about Mt. Malindig? Especially someone who know the area and can recommend a local guide? I am planning to go on the first week of July 2010. Thanks in advance for your help.

Liz -- rubyred200540@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

sir / mam,

register to sihi bgry hall at meron na din kau makukuha na guide doon na mga locals. for me no need guide the trail is well established.

kahit naman sa munisipio pede kumuha ng permit basta makipag usap lang kau ng maayos lalo na kung nasa military check point na kau.

you can get permit from

sa camp aguinaldo manila

sa campo sa lucena city

sa munisipio

just bring valid i.d. such as skul id, voters id, passport, etc...

Anonymous said...

mga sir at mam,
may plan po kmi umakyat ng malindig this coming Dec.2010 baka may gusto sumabay. BBC Outdoors 09208000635.

Anonymous said...

uy mgndang plano yn s dcember mt. malindig..kelan s decmber climb nyo mga sir?..d kc kmi n2loy nkraang holyweek ncra sked nmin kya un ngbeach n lng kmi nstranded kc kmi s port ng lucena dming tao gang pguwi nmin strnded prin kmi..sma kmi ng mga grupo ko pg 2loy kau s december mga BBC outdoors..hirs my # 0919-9274498..lmt_prodigy16@yahoo.com.ph

prodigy..LMT

Anonymous said...

prodigy16....
i send ko po ung IT ayusin pa lng po nmin para d tayo ma stranded. pls save email. natzpalacios@yahoo.com.ph

Anonymous said...

Hi here, I'm planning to hike in malindig 2nd wk sept, anyone interested just leave your # open to all or email romer.torricer@gmail.com
thanks pinoy mountaineer.

-Santos Kaliwa Trekkers (SK-TRek)

Anonymous said...

SK Trek,
sir/mam pede po i post nyo result ng climb nyo sa sa mt.malindig plano po nmin sa december pa hingi lng po kmi konting background salamat po,.gud luck po sa climb nyo.

Anonymous said...

sir at mam,

pa update nman po kung matutuloy kayo sa mt. makiling our group are plan to climb dis coming December.

salamat.
bbcoutdoors

Anonymous said...

sir ken,,, isa ako sa mga nakasama nyu po sa mt.damas.. memeber po ako ng game-nest.. me fb account po ba kau??



pa add po. chadtorres7@yahoo.com

me tanung lang po ako. hehehe

Anonymous said...

SK Trek,
sir/mam natuloy ba kayo sa mt. malindig pa update nman po may plano po ang group nmin sa December.salamat po, at sa pinoy mountaineer.

BBC Outdoors

ALEXIS said...

sir this sembreak nlng...wla bang plan this coming sembreaK????

Anonymous said...

sir taga Sta Cruz Marinduque po oko sa sa Bayan. di pa rin ako nakarating sa Mt Malindig.bago pa lang ako sa mountaineering.Plan ko sana ayain mga kasamahan ko,kya lang di ko alam if pano mag umpisa.

nightcreature said...

@anonymous

Tara mag plan nalang tayo.. tayo nalang mag organize.

Anonymous said...

looking forward to climb mt.malindig this coming dec. anyone? contact me, 09217210227..

Anonymous said...

sir,kpag me mlaki kyo group naakyat ng mt. malindig try ninyo ang "south face"facing banton island & bellarocca island resort,mas maganda ang view dun.im native of torrijos kya alm ko ang terrain ng mt.malindig.start from maulawin base camp then trail to the ridges unti u reach the summit.dont forget ur zoom camera.talagang perpect.

Anonymous said...

mag kitakita na lang po tayo sa mt. malindig dis coming December 26 to 28.

bbc outdoors

natz said...

mga sir/mam,

sa lahat ng taga marinduque na mahilig umakyat ng bundok at mountaineers na aakyat sa mt.malindig mag kitakita po tayo sa Dec.27 sa summit or sa jump off sa bry.sihi.

BBC OUTDOORS.

Anonymous said...

i've been to marinduque pero malas di ko alam n may akyating mountain pla dun.tama ung isang nagcomment d2..very peaceful tlga sa marinduque and the white sand are awesome..till we meet again marinduque by that time tell mt. malindig that I will be there..

Anonymous said...

i wish they would protect this precious mountain. kapag may pinatay na hayop kailangan buhay din kapalit.....

Anonymous said...

akytat po kami malindig ngayn dec 27... i will try to make an update sa bundok nato.... BRO BBC Outdoors....

Anonymous said...

What a great yearender climb.... we just dayhiked mt. malindig...grabe ung summit assault kc umulan...ok naman po akyatin to but cguro sa summer nlng po kasi napakadulas pg umuulan....nd ung trail sa mossy forest mejo hnd na visible in some parts...email nlng po nyu ako if u nid details about this mountain...cawo_42@yahoo.com

Bro BBC Outdoors...

Anonymous said...

Gid

I know you might not post this comment but I just thought you should see this.

http://boyjack.multiply.com/photos/album/37/Mt._Malindig#photo=25

BPS

Anonymous said...

Sir Gideon good day!
Magmamalindig kami this 26-27 March. Any updates po about this mountain?
Anybobody here planning a climb to Mount Malindig. Sama sama na lang po tayo.

Gary
BMS
09179955040

Anonymous said...

Last december umakyat po kami ng mt. malindig i suggest po day hike na lang kayo,pwede kayo sa marinduque hot spring mag stay, madulas po masyado kapag umulan bihira ang umaakyat,safe naman ang lugar.this is my email add. for more details.,natzpalacios@yahoo.com.ph

BBC OUTDOORS

Anonymous said...

we're planning to go to marinduque this holy week.meron ba jang pwede makasama umakyat ng malindig?taga sta.cruz marinduque lng kami..
thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Kami rin sir, plano namin akyat sa Holyweek, April 21 - 24 kami sa Marinduque

Manila base po kami


proyektosatabi_39@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

aakyat kami sa april 9-10 sa mt. malindig, Dampulan Side ang trail namin. Sana may makasabay kami..


-mico (hlm)

Anonymous said...

sarado po ang mt.banahaw

PICCOLO said...

@proyektosatabi : mam FEONA pwede ba makasabit? planning to climb Mt. Malindig this Holy Week kaya lang wala makasama eh....

mitch said...

hi po, we're planning to go to malidig on april 21 po, baka po meron may update na pwedeng namin mahingan ng tulong? from manila po kami..

baka po may taga-marinduque na pwede mag-guide sa amin..thanks po.
please email me at md_edrozo@yahoo.com

thanks,
Mitch

noel jose said...

I'll daytrip Mogpog, Marinduque on Easter Sunday for the Moriones, but if I find someone to climb Mt. Malindig with, I'd be willing to stay for a day or two more. Please lemme know if you're planning to climb this mountain on the 25th thru this comment section. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Sa lahat ng interesado umakyat, I can recommend Sir Jhoker - 09089707303

very accomodating, he can even arrange a guide for you. Pastor Lito guide namin.

He can help you with a jeep if you want to charter one.

Malakas ang hangin sa campsite at malawak, solb!

Anonymous said...

For those who are interested to climb Mt. Malindig or visit caves and/or beaches sa Marinduque, you may contact Sir GQ (Gerald Querubin).. He is based at the Marinduque State College (MSC).. Member din dya ng U.P. Mountaineers.. 0919 - 2483769 / 0916 - 4349515.. or sa facebook account nya na Gerald Querubin..

Anonymous said...

Sa lahat ng nagnanais umakyat at matikman ang Mt. Malindig. Makipag-ugnayan lang o tayo sa Tourism Office of Marinduque. Pls. look for Menan or Dindo. Tel. (042) 7540136 or txt 09175600291..

May cross-marinduque trail din po... Anyone interested? =)

Anonymous said...

Pwede rin direct s brgy official ng sihi,.. Cla n mgbibigay s inyo ng guide

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