Monday, August 20, 2007

Mt. Iglit (1,432+)

Mt. Iglit
Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro
Jump-off: Mt. Iglit-Baco NP, Calintaan
LLA: 12°51'N, 121°10'E; 1432 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days /9-11 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with bouldering (250m)

BACKGROUND
Most climbers view hiking as an interaction between man and nature. In Mt. Iglit, this interaction is added with extra dimensions for it is also home to the Mangyan tribesfolk, and the habitat of the endangered tamaraw. Indeed, aside from the summit assault which is quite challenging, a chance to encounter our ethnic brothers, free from the dilution of modern culture, is a unique experience. They, after all, are the real mountaineers – they live with the mountain and understand it more than we do. Until 2007, they continue to wear their traditional ‘bahag’ (loincloth) costume, although some have added a modern touch to it – wearing briefs instead.

Then, there is a chance to see tamaraw in the wild. These beasts, like their carabao cousins, love to roam on grasslands; but hunting and habitat destruction have pushed them up to the mountains. Sadly, the chance to see them is getting slimmer and slimmer as their numbers dwindle. As of the last count, which the author of this itinerary witnessed, only 500 tamaraw remain in the wild. They can be best viewed in Mt. Magawang, which is part of Iglit. DENR officials in Mindoro call on mountaineers to help save the tamaraw by publicizing this advocacy.

A major attraction of Mt. Iglit, of course, is the hiking experience. During the summer months the temperature is unbearably hot. But once you reach Station 2, the temperature is cooler. The rangers there plant a variety of fruit trees. The ascent, as mentioned, is challenging. The trails are very steep (50-60 degrees) and loose rocks would just fall off. At the peak, however, you can see Mt. Baco and the surrounding mountains; as well as the northern part of Sulu Sea; even Apo Reef – a tiny speck in the ocean. The dramatic, dangerously-narrow Mangibok ridge which you have to pass before the summit is a ‘danger zone’ and a landscape of grand proportions; it is the highlight of the Iglit climbing experience.

ITINERARY
From San Jose, Occ. Mindoro: you may take an airplane to San Jose from Manila, or a ferry. Alternatively you can take the long way: Manila – Batangas Pier (3 hours); Batangas Pier – Abra de Ilog (2.5 hours) then 5-hr bus to San Jose. For this long way the total cost is around P500 one way.

Day 0
Secure permit from the DENR office in San Jose, Occ. Mindoro. Buy supplies. You may visit White Island or the nearby beaches also.

Day 1
0400 ETD ‘Basketball Court’ in Mt. Iglit-Baco NP by long tricycle ride(P80/person)
0500 ETA Basketball Court; courtesy call to Brgy. Officials.
0530 Start trek
0730 ETA Station 1 then Hanging Bridge (there is a water source here)
0930 ETA river (another water source)
1130 ETA Station 2. Lunch break.
1300 Resume trek
1340 ETA Nipa Hut (there are guava trees nearby)
1410 ETA stream (water source). Start of summit assault
1600 ETA Mangibok ridge
1630 ETA summit.
1640 Start descent
1830 Before sundown, reach Nipa Hut
1930 Back to Station 2, set up camp.

Optional day for viewing tamaraw
0800 Breakfast
0830 Break camp; set out to Mt. Magawang
1130 ETA Mt. Magawang (Station 3). Set up camp.
1200 Lunch
1300 Use binoculars and observe the tamaraw
1700 Peak hour of tamaraw sighting
1730 Head back to Station 2
2000 Back at Station 2

Day 2
0530 Breakfast
0600 break camp
0630 start descent
0930 ETA station 1
1130 ETA jump-off point; take tricycle to highway at Calintaan
1215 Lunch; head back to San Jose
1300 ETA San Jose

SPECIAL CONCERNS
Access to Mt. Iglit is admittedly difficult. To maximize your travel time and expense, you may opt to visit the famous Apo Reef, or explore the other mountains in Mindoro. Take note that Mt. Halcon is closed at least until 2009. Mt. Baco is another possible destination but there is little information on how to climb this mountain.

It is advisable to make contact with the DENR first before attempting any climb to Mt. Iglit. Sometimes, too, they ‘close’ the mountain when a tamaraw count is being done. The presence of NPA can still be felt in Mt. Iglit, with forest rangers recalling their encounters. However, the DENR would be in a position to advise you if it is dangerous to go, so securing their permission is a must.

TRIVIA
Mt. Iglit is known to the Mangyans as Mt. Mangibok, which means ‘Steep Mountain’. It is so steep and dangerous that several lives have been claimed: one, a researcher, fell from the ridge. This native name is used in this guide as the name of the steep, narrow ridge that leads to the summit.

Propelled perhaps by an interest in their school symbol, the tamaraw, mountaineers from FEU are among the first to climb Mt. Iglit.

WEATHER OUTLOOK: CALINTAAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

sir,
do you have the contact # of denr in san jose? i tried to call the #s search thru the net and also asked denr here in manila, but the #s are no longer active..
thanks..

Anonymous said...

hi sir, any new news from mt.baco?

gideon said...

no word on mt. baco, but this is something id like to find out as well. will post updates when we get them.

Anonymous said...

hi sir,when mt halcon will be open again?thanks and more power...

Arvin said...

We've been here in summer 2003. It was called Iglit-Baco National Park. I suggest going strait to Sito Magawang on Day1. May kubo dun, no need to bring tents. Day2, trek back to Station 2, then assault to Mt. Iglit. Day3 will be just trekking from station2 to Brgy Poypoy. Climbers should coordinate well to the assign PASU. Pede rin kayo magpasundo going to PASU office. Sobrang init pag-summer. Some of the guides are scared in guiding upto Iglit summit, dahil marami na daw nahulog. So choose your guide well.

Anonymous said...

hi sir, may mabibilhan po ba dito ng butane sa mindoro?

Anonymous said...

sir inform nyo naman ako pag my sched ng akyat dito sama ako txt nyo lang ako 09162697079 thanks more power to pinoy mountaineer site

Ana B. said...

thank you sa site na toh at nalamang kong may pwede pa lang akyating bundok malapit samin :)
anyway, very accessible naman ppunta ng San Jose, 3 airline na ang nag ooperate dito, PAL-morning flight, Zest air-morning flight and Cebu Pacific-afternoon flight.
-may nabibilhan naman ng butane sa San Jose, try nyo sa Hap Seng or any hardware., maliit lang ang San Jose hindi kayo mahihirapan.. :)
From San Jose, may mga jeep na ppuntang Calintaan, sa palengke mostly ang paradahan nila. mga 1 hour na byahe lang to from San Jose..
pwede rin kayo mag sidetrips sa Ambulong Island sa San Jose, it will take 2-3 hours naman going to Ambulong from san jose, very accessible din mga bangka, mostly sa Caminawit ang mga rentahan ng bangka. i noticed may mga boulders din na pwede mag rock climbing don pti spelunking.. i believe dami pa hindi na didiscover sa occidental mindoro, i assure mag eenjoy kyo :)
see yah in the mountains!!

Anonymous said...

mam, inform mo ko if ever na my plan kayo umakyat this is my number anyway this is ian from ==mindoro mountaineers just text me ha 09162697079

Anonymous said...

Good evening sir :) I'm a UPLB student from the college of forestry and natural resources.We did report about Mt.Iglit-Baco National Park.We have been asked to contact someone who can answers some of our questions about the mentioned park.Can i have your e-add so we can have a good conversation?Hoping for your positive reply.Thanks in advance!:) God Bless!more power!

Anonymous said...

love the pic gid. I remember that mohawk well. pa grab ha, wala ata ako copy niyan e. May latest working number ka ba nung denr tamaraw center dun sa city? the one we took before wala na nag rereply e. want to sneak one in pag may long weekend ulit. same pa rin number ko or email me nlng at am_gud@yahoo.com if you can make time. thanks!

andrea gallano said...

sir...
good morning!
is mount iglit open to climbers this latter part of april? i'm going to occidental mindoro for a four-day vacation and is hoping for a dayhike or an overnighter... =)

Anonymous said...

sir update mo ko kung okey ang iglit ihike just text me this is my no. 09162697079 thank you sir

Anonymous said...

Dito na po ako nakatira sa San Jose, Occidental Mindoro for almost two months. Wala po talaga akong makitang nagbebenta ng butane fuel cans. Meron lang mga butane cartridges na refill para sa lighters. Tinry ko na mga hardwares pati dun sa Hap Seng. Wala po talaga. - Enan, UPLB Mountaineers

Anonymous said...

sir/maam..climber po ako from manila...pro,may haus kami sa san jose..baka pwedeng sumabit if ever na may mag set ng climb sa iglit.. 09309517788 RON..

Enan said...

May aakyat po ba ng Iglit sa long weekend sa August? Baka pwede pong sumabit. If ever pwede, please message me in Facebook. Thank you.

lauro gonzales said...

for those asking about the latest contact number ng denr tamaraw conservation center in san jose where permits for climbing are given, it's 09183386135 look for sir danny roca they have an email add too but at present the computers have broken down and they still have no budget for repairs. It is a whole different mountain when climbed in summer vs rainy season. worth climbing twice in different seasons

Anonymous said...

March 8,9 and 10 akyat po kme dito.
-Samalahat Mountaineers

Radames Kahlil Montalvo said...

Sir, is it posssible to do a solo climb at mt. iglit?? if so, what are the special concerns regarding the area? thanks in advance...

pinaytunay said...

saw tonight a documentary on the tamaraws over at GMA 7 Born to be Wild. ang ganda ng bundok na ito!

Aristotle Cedilla said...

planning to climb Mt. Iglit before end of this year. Any contact number of a guide?

Thanks to PinoyMountaineer


Regards,
Aristotle
09279670658

Anonymous said...

KAmi kuya aakyat sa december....pero hanggang bridge lng

beuwolf buenaobra said...

kung sino man ang pede mgsama sken s mt. iglit angkas lng ako txt nyo ako 09326414888. thanks mga brads

Anonymous said...

Planning to go here sept 5-7...anyone else going on that date...would love to join you...

Ryan 09065588312

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