Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mt. Cristobal (1,470+)

MT. CRISTOBAL
Dolores, Quezon; San Pablo and Nagcarlan, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon
LLA: 14.064° N 121.428° E, 1470 MASL (600m gain)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3

BACKGROUND
Countless legends surround Mt. Cristobal. With its summit taking on a characteristic 'W' shape, like that of stealth bomber, it is flanked by the grander Mt. Banahaw to its northeast, and together, they figure prominently in folklore. For instance, it is said that while Mt. Banahaw is a holy mountain, Mt. Cristobal is the "Devil's mountain", and the two mountains possess good and evil energies that cancel out. The primeval forests of Cristobal, decked with ferns and thorny plants, culminating in its ancient crater, seem to fit the bill of an eerie mountain. Furthermore, there are tales of voices or apparitions, such as the creature called 'Tumao', waylaying mountain climbers; many hiking groups have their own "ghost stories" to tell. Even locals believe these stories; some guides say they have amulets to counteract the negative energy.

These legends notwithstanding, there is no reason to be afraid of Mt. Cristobal. Its forests are pristine, with a splendid array of flora that include giant pakpaklawin, varicolored flowering plants, rattan, etc. Two types of civet cats, the musang and the animus, roam freely in the forests. There are also reptile species, including those locally known as the bubuli and the balikakas.

THE DOLORES TRAIL
The Dolores trail is by far the most common trail used to climb Mt. Cristobal. This trail commences just before you enter Brgy. Kinabuhayan (the jump-off to Mt. Banahaw). To your left, there is trail; you could see the range-like Mt. Cristobal looming to the west. A thirty-minute walk, through on-and-off cemented paths, would take you to house of the psychic, Montelibano. There are citrus fruits (dalanghita) along the way. From the Montelibano house, the forest ensues, taking 2-3 hours to cross. Take note of the ferns that demarcate the trail all throughout. Occasionally, there would be views of Tayabas Bay, with Mt. Daguldul to the west and, on a very clear day, Marinduque to the south. Due to the dense forest, however, panoramic views are rare. Further up the jungle, the western portion of the crater rim would have a striking resemblance with the Rockies of Mt. Maculot. The trail is pretty straightforward; there's only one confusing fork, marked by a big rock. Go straight to the right trail. At 1130 MASL, you will cross the cogon line.

At 1380 MASL, a small campsite will be found. From here the path leads to the crater, taking around 20 minutes. At the crater, the land is flat; oftentimes it has a misty appearance. A "Cristobal Lake" may be formed in the crater after heavy rains, creating a swamp-like appearance. There are at campsites here; able to accommodate several tents.

OTHER TRAILS
A traverse of Mt. Cristobal entails crossing over to the Nagcarlan side, north of the crater. You will reach a high point at the crater rim, and from there, it will be a descent through similar forested environs. The entire trail takes 3-4 hours to negotiate. It would be best to get a guide though, as the trail here is not that established.

Mt. Cristobal may also be accessed by Brgy. San Cristobal in San Pablo, forming the third and longest route to Cristobal. Be warned that the hunter trails here are quite confusing. The first parts would be grasslands or woodlands with sampinit (wild berries) growing; a dense forest follows - perhaps the densest in the whole mountain. There is an area called "Koronang Tinik" in which the whole place is surrounded by thorny trees, palms, and vines; branches of thorns stick out of the trail, and can only be removed by moving one step backward. Katmon trees, bearing edible fruits, also grow here. Ultimately, you will reach the crater rim at 1400 MASL.

Between the San. Cristobal (west) and Dolores (southeast) sides of the mountain is a wide cogon grassland; for many reasons, avoid this area when you are trailblazing/exploring Mt. Cristobal.

ITINERARY
DOLORES (STA. LUCIA) TRAIL

0500 ETD Manila
0700 ETA San Pablo City (bus:P120). Rent jeep to Brgy. Kinabuhayan
0800 ETA jump-off at Brgy. Kinabuhayan. Start trek
0840 ETA Montelibano house
1100 ETA crater rim; descend to crater
1130 ETA Crater.
1200 ETA Jones' Peak (highest point in trail)
1230 Start descent
1530 Back at the jump-off
1600 Head back to San Pablo
1700 ETA San Pablo
2000 ETA Manila

*take note that the normal IT for Cristobal takes 2 days; give allowances accordingly. this was an actual IT for a Cristobal daytrip the author did on Sept. 15, 2007

SPECIAL CONCERNS
The transportation to San Pablo City is serviced by Lucena-bound buses e.g. Green Star, JAM, Lucena Lines. There are stations in Buendia and Cubao. From San Pablo City, best options are private vehicles or a rented jeep, since public transport is irregular. There is no registration to Cristobal. In the main street of Brgy. Kinabuhayan, the same Banahaw guides can guide you to Mt. Cristobal, at P200~P300 per day. A contact number is +639152409138.

Cellphone signal is sporadic throughout the Cristobal trail in the Dolores and Nagcarlan sides; it is more stable in the San Pablo side. Take note that the crater can become a swamp in the rainy season; if so, two nearby small campsites can accommodate tents. Strong winds plus high elevation equals a cold and windy night when camping, so prepare accordingly.

Useful numbers include those of the Quezon Provincial Police Office, +63427102351, +63427103101. A nearby hospital is San Pablo City Doctors' Hospital, +63495627992.

TRIVIA
During coffee season, around January, the civet cats feed on coffee beans and excrete them undigested. These excreted beans litter the trails and are a sought-after delicacy, fetching thousands per kilo in Europe. The explanation is, because of the cats' acute sense of smell, they are able to select the best beans.

The Cristobal trails are one of the cleanest mountain trails. When asked why, our local guide said: "Because only mountaineers climb here." His words are a shining testimony of hikers' reputation; hopefully we will be able to live up to this name in the future, in Cristobal and elsewhere.

On a humorous endnote: The author first climbed Mt. Cristobal via Brgy. San Cristobal. What was supposed to be a daytrip become an overnight adventure. We spent the night in the inclined cogon slopes, 1275 MASL. When our companion woke up, his sandals were gone! The malignant spirits of Cristobal at play? Lacking provisions, he had to descent through the dense forests and woodlands – all the way to his home in San Pablo – barefoot!

© PinoyMountaineer 2007. All rights reserved.

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Anonymous said...

Ganda ng site mo. Sana ma-maintain mo ha. More power.:-)

neilnacario said...

Been there last nov 1 & 2, 2007. Ang daming basura sa camp site , 3 large garbage bags ang nag pile. Hindi namin nakayang dalhin lahat pababa, sana ang iba magdala rin instead na magdag-dag.

gideon said...

hmmm. this is bad. ganda pa naman ng crater campsite ng cristobal. thanks for the update, sir neil. hopefully we'll have no more of this in the future.

gideon said...

"Ganda ng site mo. Sana ma-maintain mo ha. More power.:-)" -

thanks sir. we'll do our best to keep it up!

jerome said...

sir thank you sa info, astig ang site nyo.

plan namin umakyat kasi dun.

gideon said...

hello jerome, thanks -- and have a nice trek!

Anonymous said...

Sir this site is very helpful, whether your a mountaineer or just a trekker! more power!

-Moymoy

arnel said...

Sir,your site if very helpful in finding info for a certain mountain..thanks and hope you could maintain this kind of site... We will climb cristobal this april..thanks and more power

gideon said...

to moymoy and arnel: mga sir, maraming salamat! we will do our best to keep up the site :D

saku said...

sir tanong ko lang po, san barangay sa nagcarlan ang jump off pag dun kami magsisimula ng trek? balak namin i-traverse ang cristobal nxt week july 5-6...

Anonymous said...

sir gid,

aakyat kami ng 07/20/08 - 07/21/08 tanong ko lang kung anu ang budget sa hinahanap ko kasi yng breakdown hindi ko makita, thanks.. more power!!

Halumigmig said...

When I finally got a taste of the San Pablo-Kinabuhayan Traverse of the fabled 'Devil's Mountain', I was a guest of MFPI when they took this trail for their 20th Induction Climb (Feb10-11, 2007). I was able to join the exploration since some of the MPFI Group 20 Inductees are my students (Jose Rizal University - BSCOE).
Although the slopes of this trail is quite manageable, the difficulty lies in locating the trail itself, because practically, there are no established trails specially when nearing the grassland and the slope turns steeper and steeper.
It is advisable that this assault be done with a trailmaster knowledgeable of the traverse itself (unless you're a group of hardcore explorers who can manage with navigational tools only). Also, a jungle bolo or a 10" hunting knife is a must for trailcutting.
The view on the summit is spectacular arriving just in time for dusk, where one is afforded of the view of the neighboring mountains. Truly an edifice to remember!

gideon said...

i experienced the san pablo trail myself in 2004; unfortunately we didn't make it to the summit. our highest elevation was 1380 MASL. it foliage was simply too dense and we didn't have enough preparation. but a bolo was able to make it that far - everyone should have one if doing the san pablo trail!

arktrekker said...

sir mam, ask lng po grupo nmin kung may water source po sa camp site, aakyat po kc kmi Aug. 16 to 17, 2008, ARK TREKKER po mula sa Val. City

gideon said...

@arktrekker: i don't think there is a reliable water source in the campsite proper of mt. cristobal. there's one in the early on in the trail though.

i hope your group would have a nice trek to cristobal!

arktrekker said...

@@@gideon@@@ thanks po sa concerned, hope magkita kita po tayo sa summit kung magkakaron ng pagkakataon, thank u po ulit>>>>

arktrekker said...

@@@@gideon@@@@ Thank po sa concerned, hope our bought groups gona meet some where sa summit,thanks po ulit....

gideon said...

@arktreker: ur welcome! tnx for supporting the site.

jacks said...

been there last may 31. i'm only a beginner but started some hiking way back in high school days. i find it very hard at first since we did a night climb and being a newbee. i had a series of vomit leaving signs along the trail. sobrang nakakapagod but its worth it khit na accident prone that i slipped on the rock and almost fell buti na lng sumabit ung bag ko. a wonderful experience!!

thanks for the bunch of info here! this really helps and reading the blog itself parang i was able to experience na rin every mountaineer's greatest adventure

gideon said...

@jacks; you're welcome. good luck in your future climbs!

jaya said...

Just got back from Cristobal. It was a nightmare. I told my friend who knows I don't believe in ghosts and old folklore that this would be the closest I could get to something that could make me experience one, and I wanted to be proven wrong just this one time.

Instead we were haunted and terribly annoyed by fellow campers whom we shared the campsite with. This Aug 23-24, there were probably four groups of climbers in the area. In the crater we were with a group of 25, a group composed of homosexuals. Hell it was like a convention as I've never been to a place this densely packed with gays. I won't mention their group but...

I've never been to a climb that was as noisy as my Cristobal experience. They were noisy with loud blaring music from their stereos (I think they brought large speakers) and had colored lights. A lot were shouting, laughing all night. One was dancing nude while playing with lights, as my friend said, just like what you'll see in gay bars. Our guide scolded them but they didn't bother.

It rained hard at night and didn't stop til we got down the next morning. Of course according to the locals, it was to punish the homos disturbing the mountain.

These

gideon said...

@jaya: sorry to hear about your sad cristobal experience. although i am in no position to judge what transpired not having heard their side, in popular destinations near manila it is really not uncommon to have several groups in the same campsite, and of course noise may be inevitable - this is why sometimes i opt to climb on weekdays, para wala masyadong tao.

i wish you a better climbing experience in the future!

Anonymous said...

Sir Gids,hi.I want to commend you on your site;Very helpful and informative.Our group would like to climb Mt.Cristobal this September,is it safe even during rainy season? Is night trek possible?How much is the fee for guides?

gideon said...

yes, the forested nature of cristobal makes it resistant to trails getting muddy and other problems related to precipitation. however, if you are to climb during rainy season bear in mind that the campsite might turn into a pond - so choose your campsite well in the crater.

night trekking is always a possibility as long as there is trail familiriaty (or you have a guide).

guide fee? i think 350-400.

trekker said...

Sir,good morning!Thanks for taking time to answer my queries.I really appreciate to get a reply from you so soon, as my groupmates are excited to know if we're goin to push through with our Cristobal climb next week.Thank you again,and more power to your site.God bless you!

Ari said...

To Jaya (The Raving Lunatic): In all my Mt. Cristobal climbs, I have never experienced a night without rain. The mountain was kind enough to give us a beautiful starlit night because we celebrated the sincerity of our hearts. Our party stopped a little after your guide calmly asked for our intentions for climbing the mountain. It was a toned-down form of belligerence. That was 9:30pm. We were celebrating our 3rd anniversary as responsible mountaineers. Maybe it's our preference to party like wild animals, but do not attribute this preference because we are homosexuals. And, for your information, a good 20% of our Cristobal group are heterosexuals.

After a while, most of us calmed down and our very early celebration was whittled away to whispered gossips. I ambled to my tent observing your group's campsite. I overheard someone talking inside one of your tents saying, "Ito na ang pinakamaaga kong tulog." I can only wonder why this poor guy was forced to sleep this early.

Your guide disrupted the mountain's ecology bringing down plants from where they naturally grew. You left cigarette butts in your campsite, which we had to clean ourselves. Cigarette butts are highly non-biodegradable.

Noise pollution from rowdy mountaineers has been a problem in my old mountaineering group 20 years ago, with it's 1989 batch of applicants named "Alakban" because it was the year of banning alcohol from all climbs. So, this is not the sole territory of gay people. I apologize for our extreme noise BUT I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR BEING A HOMOSEXUAL. The "rain" came not because of whoever your finger was pointing to but because of your bigotry, self-righteousness and hatred.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sir Gideon

My Mt. Cristobal experience last week Sept 13-14 was really fun, as you have mentioned on this blog, indeed Cristobal has the cleanest mountains in our country, by the way Kuya Lito was also our Guide thanks to the number you have posted.

-moymoy

Cecil said...

If the crater area is flooded with water or climbers, just continue trekking to your right until you reach a narrow clearing on a ridge. (I was told this is the route toward the summit). It can accommodate about 10 tents. I love the interplay of wind and fog at dawn.

gideon said...

@ari: thanks for airing your group's side on the matter...i believe that harmony among mountaineers is very important and gender should never be made an issue anywhere.

@moymoy: nice to hear abt your climb. lito not only guided me to cristobal, but also to banahaw which i dayhiked!

@cecil: sir would you know if there is actually a trail that leads all the way to the summit, and how far it is from the crater?

Cecil said...

I think some in my club have summited in the past, but not in recent years. I don't know the distance from the main campsite to the summit. The one leading to the small ridge campsite is +-30mins from the crater.

Tom said...

aahhhmmm. for my own, friends & fellow climbers (10 years ago) point of view lang po sir at mam. di po yata dapat gumamit ng tabak or itak para bumutas or mag open ng trail. sana po wag na natin ituro yan sa iba. madami pa naman baguhan climber na bumibisita dito. baka ma absorb nila na tama yun. sa panahon ngayon madami nag aasam maging mountaineer, may nag sa succeed at may nag end up wasted makisama at pasaway. may mga madami na inakyat pero di pa din tama ang gawa. lahat tayo ay bisita lamang sa bundok. ihalintulad nyo kaya sya sa bisita nyo sa bahay na biglang ilipat yun sofa nyo from living room to bathroom dahil trip nya dun ilagay. parang di kayo papayag diba. sana lahat tayo maging responsableng climber hindi mapang abusong turista. good luck sa lahat.

Anonymous said...

To all,
Legal Basis
Proclaimed as Mts, Banahaw- San Cristobal National Park under Proclamation No. 716 dated May 21, 1941. As initial components of the NIPAS, it was declared Mts. Banahaw- San Cristobal Protected Landscape on June 25, 2003 under Presidential Proclamation No. 411.

noli

KARL of PIKNIKERS MOUNTAINEERS said...

Hi sir gid, nakaakyat na po kame sa mt.cristobal last saturday.. ok po sya maganda ang trail parang hagdan.. ganda rin nun flora sa trail at yun mga fauna.. syempre may pasalubong ako sayo pics nun nasa friendster namin piknikersmountaineers@yahoo.com.ph kaya lang kasi nireresize namin yun pic para ma upload.. pero yun ori pic nya naka 10.1 megapixel..ang maganda pa pasalubong ko is a new contact person.. sya si sir Lito Evangelista contact number is 0920-470-49-69 nagpaparent po sya ng jeep from 7/11 to jump off tsaka pwede din from manila to jump off kasi may 7 sila jeep na may tag name ( lady boss ) yun house nila is sa may jump off mismo at may store sila ng plants dyan sa corner ng quezon ave at edsa sa Manila Seedling ang name is DEL"S ORCHIDS so kung gusto ng friends natin personaly transact. pwede nila puntahan yan store nila.. nga pala i met a friend sa cristobal.. he's so big and fat.. but a very nice guy who is in training to be a climber.. so full of perseverance and good attitude.. i admire this guy.. they call him "pakal".. thanks sir gid. till next time - KARL of PIKNIKERS MOUNTAINEERS

Anonymous said...

sir karl, ikaw po ba ung umakyat sa campsite and nag-take ng pics nung mga nagbe-break camp? kung ikaw un, ako ung tinanong mo kung anong grupo kami. and you introduced yourself and the name of your group, yun nga piknikers. you were also talking about sir pakal..he'f from CAINTA group...bilib din ako sa determination nun and to his buddy, sir boy.

karl of piknikers mountaineers said...

hi sir boy, yes sir ako po yun... nice meeting you ha.... yah na miss ko nga si "pakal".. sana makita namin sya ulet soon.. sayang nga di ko sya na picture...thanks sir boy.. more power to your group.

Anonymous said...

good day sir karl. di po ako si boy na buddy ni pakal...im chard from ATMG, ako ung naka-usap nyo when u went to our campsite. sila sir boy and pakal are from different group.

btw, nice meeting u too sir. kita kits sa iba pang bundok.

karl of piknikers mountaineers said...

ah ok sir chard.. sige sir hope 2 see u guys again.. more power and god bless always. add us sa friendster para in touch po tayo eto po address piknikersmountaineers@yahoo.co.ph

Anonymous said...

ok sir karl, noted po.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I hope you can help me, a friend invited me to go with her group to climb Mt Cristobal a weekend from now, however, i am not a regular mountaineer and this would only be my 2nd time. I have done some research pero i think mas helpful if i get info from the 'experts' in climbing. Could you tell me if the trail is manageable for someone like me and if you could give me tips on what to expect, para di naman nakakahiya sa sasalihan kong group.

Thanks!

~marcos

Anonymous said...

sir
sana may ung IT ndi lng ung png dayhike sna mron din ung 2day

livetothemax said...

wow incredible ang mura sa cristobal i just spent php 217 frm calamba! hehehe

stalk23 said...

Hi Sir Gideon, we are planning to climb Mt. Cristobal this coming march 31. I whould like to know if there is a restriction on climbing the mountain? is there any water source near the camp site? and is there any falls in that mountain?. I know my questions are disturbing hope you dont mind and more power to this site.. ASTIG!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir Gid! Me and my group are planning to climb Mt. Cristobal this coming Holy Week. I'll just ask kung madami po ba campsites dun? Thank you and more Power!!!!

BOOTS

gideon said...

there is technically a restriction but it is not enforced; just make sure u register at the jumpoff near the school.

there is no watersource and there are no waterfalls along the trail.

the campsites are found within the crater. on a dry day, there will be space for around 50 persons in the crater itself though when its raining the area recedes. there is another nice campsite on the way to jones' peak and the traverse trails -- on higher ground around 3-5 minutes from the crater. take the right turn.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info sir gid.... big help to my group. More power to you and to this site....

BOOTS

Anonymous said...

makakapunta rin kmi jan mam/sir..hihii

Anonymous said...

elow po sa lahat lalo na sa site....gus2 ko lng malaman kung pwde ng akyatin ang mt banahaw sabi nung iba bukas na daw pls....tell as nmn po tnx...

Anonymous said...

Sir Gidz and fellow mountaineers,

may mag climb po ba sa Cristobal this coming April 4-5? mag climb po kasi kami ng grupo namin ask ko din po kung madali lang yung trail I mean hindi naman po ba nakakaligaw? salamat po. More power to pinoymountaineers.com

pikoy

Anonymous said...

(pikoy) im mheann from taguig free lance lang ako kasama ko mga kaibgan ko umakyat kmi last april 8-11 sa mt.cristobal.. musta climb nyo?

boots said...

Sir Gid! salamat po ng marami sa info nyo 'bout Cristobal. Our group successfully summited it thru your info. big thanks sir!

@mheann mam nagkita po siguro tau dun sa cristobal kasi same date po ung climb natin... san po ba kau nagcamp dun?

Anonymous said...

sir, thank you for your information about mt. cristobal i have plan to go there this year. am a beginner in this kind of sports but i feel great if i succeed. my 1st trek is Mt. Makulot. ng matapus ko ung akyatin i decided to explore more mt. here in Philippines, sir tanung ko lang how can you say na mountaineers kna? pls send it to me the ans. exmen_aries@yahoo.com. thank you and more power!god bless.

Anonymous said...

sir gid...just want to know some information... me and my friends was planning to climb mt. cristobal this coming april 18, a friend of mine told me that mt. cristobal is infested with NPA...just want to know if its true?

mitch said...

Hi! A friend of mine told me to check out this site. l would like to know if anyone is interested in some climbing/repelling gear that I am selling (used only twice). My email is mitch.shivers@gmail.com. I will forward you images of what I have. Thanks!

Mitch

Anonymous said...

this is kiko of hamogputik

sir gid. ask ko lang magkano rent ng jeep from san pablo to jump off. akyat kami ng may 9 and 10. salamat more power

Anonymous said...

SIR GIDS! IM A NEWBEE

natz said...

gid, safe ba umakyat ng cristobal kung medyo maulan

Anonymous said...

kuya kiko wag ka na mag rent ng jeep my byahe naman dun sa likod ng san pablo mall tanong ka lang sa mag taga dun kung saan sakayan papuntang dolores kinabuhayan dun mismo sa jump off ang daan nun, at pagbaba nyo mas maganda kung di na kayo aabot ng mas late pa sa 3-4pm para makasakay kayo pablik ng san pablo 60 petot yata ang bayad sa jeep, o kaya kunin nyo na lang number nung jeepney driver pasundo kayo kaso double price na ang singil nila pag ganun..hapyy climb po. pendong

Anonymous said...

(mheann) im from taguig din.. hehe.. san ka sa taguig? siguro nagkita teo sa mt. cristobal.. sino po kayo dun? nag climb kame dun apr. 10-11...

ganda sa cristobal.
tnx po sa moderator nitong site.. kip it up sir...


-joan-

edge said...

@kiko,

From San Pablo proper u can rent a jeep at a price of P600 (one way)up to jump-off.And likewise get the # of driver to picked u going back. Much better if u're many wud attempt to divide the expenses.
If u choose the passers jeep,w/c is very seldom and only up to kinabuhayan dolores, i think at least a 200m walk up to jump-off wud suffice u.^_^

hapi trek.

Anonymous said...

ganda ng cristobal !

-monz-

Anonymous said...

sir/maams

Safe po ba na mag climb sa Mt. Cristobal ngaung month po ng july at august?

-butch

edge said...

@butch

No worries naman po sa pgclimb d2..kahit naman summer,xtobal was pouring rainshower.It is common and said a majestic mountain i know.But all in all it is safe.

hapi trek!

Anonymous said...

sir edge,

maraming salamat po sa info. more power and god bless.

-butch

Anonymous said...

sir edge,

Question lang po? safe po ba mag luto sa loob ng tent?

-butch

nienna said...

@butch

mas safe po siguro if hindi nyo gagawin yun.

..happy trails!

edge said...

This is for Anyone,

As a general rule of thumb, it's not wise to mix combustion and the inside of a tent.
Stoves and lanterns burning white gas or propane give off carbon monoxide, an odorless and tasteless gas that is a deadly, deadly, dangerous (did I say it was deadly?) gas.
Then there's always the risk of fire.

In other occasion,some cooked inside Vestibules,any mountaineer will tell you the same thing.

The key is ventilation.

Vestibules make good places for a kitchen because they can be vented easily and any carbon monoxide trapped inside may stay in the vestibule rather than drifting into the tent. But, when cooking, one should always have at least two doors or windows partially unzipped—ideally, one low and one high so that warm air can rise out of the tent and pull in cold, fresh air from outside.

Prudence is the key. Keep plenty of fresh air in the tent and you should be OK.

Remember,though.


hapi trek!^_^

Anonymous said...

may reliable water source po ba sa dolores trail? tnx! - rex

edge said...

@rex,

The only reliable water source that u can get is in Montelibano haus(basecamp)..other than this,as stated there is no water source or falls in the trail..

gudluck!hapi climb!

Anonymous said...

ingat kayo sa moooo moooo!!! T2... hehehe

ochock said...

spooky!

Joel C. said...

I'm based outside Phils. and do I need to join or just hitch a club to climb the mountain? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

just a comment.. the pic of mt. cristobal was taken at rizal, laguna... but the rizal trail was not mention as an option.. :)

nice site! :)

Gecarl said...

Hello Sir Gid,

Ano po ba reasons bakit forbidden po mag trailblazing between San Cristobal (west) and Dolores (southeast) grasslands? Di po ba possible mapuntahan yong highest peak ng bundok na to? Does anyone tried it before?
Curious lang po ko... Thanks a lot.
You site has been very helpful to us.

Gecarl of PEAK

Anonymous said...

ahm.. question lang po..


since nabasa ko po na ang mt.cristobal ay devil mountain..


sa tingin ninyo po ba dapat ng wag isama yung isang kasamahan namin na may 3rd eye?.. ayoko ko na po kasi maulit yung takutan namin sa mt. maculot.. because of that nag unahan kami umakyat sa camp site..


balak po kasi namin umakyat this oct...


what kind of scarry creatures po ba meron dun?


ahahaa...


thanks po sir!!

astig po yung site nyo!!

Anonymous said...

pwede ko po ba malaman ang budget sa pg punta sa mt cristobal at kung maeron bng pwdeng mcontact sa DENR doon - derek

JR-STO said...

Sir/maam,

ask ko lang po if pede umakayat ng cristobal kahit walang guide?

Anonymous said...

@jr-sto
sir pwede naman po umakyat kahit walang guide, pero need nyo ng permit from PASu kasi sakop sya ng protected area ang Mt.Banahaw at Cristobal. sa 24-25 of October may aakyat jan pa open climb ng T.U.C.O ( The United Climbers Organization )manila base yan to yung contact number para sabay n lng kayo sa kanila. 09162303014 look for sir irvin. ok na yung permit nila sa DENR/PASu maganda may permit para n rin sa atin yun maganda tingan na sumusunod tyo sa mga regulation nila.

MMR

JR-STO said...

@Sir MMR

thanks and more power sir!

s said...

sir/maam,

baka po may aakyat ng nov 27-28 baka po pede kami makisabay... 4 lang po kami sa group para tipid po sa guide at may makilalang bago... if meron po e2 po no. ko 09162522623

Anonymous said...

gud pm po..

ask ko lang po kung stablished na ba trail sa Dolores?
akyat po sana kmi this november.. medyo baguhan pa lang po kami..

kailangan po ba talaga mag-rent ng jeep?

tnx po

gracie

edge said...

@gracie,

Well established po ang trail and safe din.
Meron pong pila ng kinabuhayan-dolores jeep sa San Pablo town proper,ewan kung 60petot pa rin last trip nyan 5pm pabalik sa bayan.

Kung madami naman kau ok din ang rent (600php)fr town proper - jumpoff.

Kung lahat baguhan,i suggest mgpaguide kau (300php) iwas ligaw.

Hapi Halloween sa Cristobal!:)

Anonymous said...

sir edge tnx po sa info..

sana maging successful akyat namin.. hehe..

god bless!!

gracie

Anonymous said...

@ gracie,
kelan po climb nyo? mam ask ko lng po kung ilan kyo para bigay ko yung kontak sa jeep nyo pabalik para d n kayo mahirapan. and pwede rin kyo mag wash up dun sa brgy. kinabuhayan malinis ang CR.salamat!!!

Manny

Anonymous said...

@ manny

akyat po sana kami this Nov. 21-22 kung ok ang weather.. more or less 7 po kami.
tnx po ng marami..

gracie

Anonymous said...

@gracie cge mam txt nyo po ako 09157484008 para pag may tanung kyo madali nyo agad ako makontak. sana gumanda panahon para maka akyat kyo txt ko kyo if ok ang weather and chek din kyo sa accu weather. if gusto nyo mag guide sa jump off ng cristobal yung paakyat na papunta montelibano ask nyo lng name ni " LUPIN " sya kunin nyo guide mabait yan sabihin nyo ni refer ka ni manny ng KABAN. and pag pababa na kyo sabihin nyo kay LUPIN dalhin kyo kay kuya DOMENG yung may kainan para dun n kyo mag wash up at kumain malinis ang CR dun at mababait sila. sila n rin ang kukuha ng tricycle na sasakayan nyo pa uwi. sabihin nyo lng name ko manny ng KABAN. salamat!!! ingat sa climb!!! " Leave No Trace "
manny :-)

Anonymous said...

Sir Mam akyat po yata sina Sir Gilbert....sa Nov 28-29........sama kayo .........kasama po yata ang mga SPiMC laguna....depende pa daw po sa dami ng trbaho baka magkapasok po sila....
kukunin ko po ang kontact number ni Sir Gilbert kung confirm po sa MT. CRistobal sta lucia trail po yata,,,,matagal na daw po di nakakaakyat.. sama po kayo para kitakits po tayo don

Anonymous said...

tnx so much po sir manny! :-)

gracie

Anonymous said...

gudpm po.. magkano na po pamasahe ngayon from cubao to san pablo city?

tnx po..

gracie

rici said...

SYOUT minor climb at the "Devil's Mountain"...Mt Cristobal.Took a hard time to reach "the crater" campsite because the trail is not quite easy for noobies(like me). But the most challenging here was when the dusk came and there's no choice to hit the campsite but to have a night trek.
A fantastic view of Seven Lakes of San Pablo and neighbooring mountains like Mt Batulao will dazzle your eyes after the 30 of mins of assult to summit.
Postclimb and enjoyed the cold water of Bato Resort.

Anonymous said...

congrats to SYOUT!!! for the successful climb!!! wag sana natin itabi ang pangalang devils mountain sa pangalang mt. cristobal. ayaw ng mga taga dun na tinatawag na devils mountain yun and also the DENR base sa quezon. Kasi pangit tingnan and para sa mga baguhan pa lng aakyat baka lalo matakot sila. salamat!!!

STO said...

baka po may aakyat d2 ng nov 28-29 baka po pede kami maki merge climb 2 lng po kc kami if ever po e2 po contact no. ko 09157058136 -jeser

Anonymous said...

Hi to Sir and maams of SYOUT.. Ask ko lang po ung way nyo po papuntang summit from the crater.. were to climb these weekend po kasi nov 28-29..



keiv - uplb mountaineers

Anonymous said...

Hi to Sir and maams of SYOUT.. Ask ko lang po ung way nyo po papuntang summit from the crater.. were going to climb these weekend po kasi nov 28-29..



keiv - uplb mountaineers

Anonymous said...

Good day to all. Update lang po mga mam/sir.

Arroyo declares Mts. Banahaw, San Cristobal as protected areas
12/12/2009 | 03:58 AM

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday signed a new law declaring Mounts Banahaw and San Cristobal in the provinces of Laguna and Quezon as protected areas.

Republic Act No. 9847 or "An Act Establishing Mounts Banahaw and San Cristobal in the Provinces of Laguna and Quezon as a Protected Area Under the Category of Protective Landscape Providing for its Management and Other Purposes" would ensure the protection and conservation of the mountains, including the flora and fauna in the areas.

The president signed the new law in Barangay Mapagong, Calamba, Laguna on Friday afternoon.

An article posted on ops.gov.ph said Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal protected landscape covers 10,900 hectares in the municipalities of Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Lucban, and Tayabas in Quezon, and Rizal, Nagcarlan, Liliw, Majayjay and San Pablo City in Laguna.

With the RA, the management of the areas will be now handled by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) that will be chaired by the regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Among those who witnessed the signing were: DENR Secretary Jose Atienza, Calamba City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco, and Laguna Governor Teresita Lazaro, among others. – ABS, JV/GMANews.TV

--> julie

Anonymous said...

good afternoon sir/mams,

i would like to just give thanks to this site for al info about cristobal and specially one of the nicest guides i've ever met in all my hiking..

thank you sir lito, ate sally and sir christian we'll see you again.

more power to this site, thank you sir gid.

Anonymous said...

sa mga aakyat sa san cristobal update naman dun sa batong malaki naka hang supported by the tree and file sack of ground soil kung andun pa? as you passby the crater 5 mins to crater rim campsite (ridges)last seen july-august09 pssst may treasure haunting ata dito ewan ko lang kung yun nga yun!!!nakasabay lang naman namin dito ang amci at gma7 kapuso may ginawa atang documentary nun...

regards, edge paramdam ka naman, karlhell happy trekking

nolismog

Anonymous said...

We're planning to climb mt. cristobal this coming February 27-28. Medyo malayo pa po, pero just wanna ask kung pwede po ba magtrek kahit wlang guide? We're form Dasma,Cavite kung meron po sana knowledgable dito na gusto sumama txt lng po ako @ 09298507356.

-allan xD

Anonymous said...

hello! we're planning to climb mt. cristobal thurs.-friday, jan.21-22,if interested to join just contact @0927400056..kukuha na lang doon ng guide para sigurado sa trail..:)the more the merrier!

Anonymous said...

We just climbed mt. cristobal last sat and sunday (jan. 16-17). It rained all throughout our climb accompanied by strong gusts of wind. We just had snatches of sleep or none at all because all our ground sheets got wet due to the non-stopping rain. We also did not push thru with climbing the summit due to the weather.

However, despite the weather, we had so much fun because of the challenging trails. It was like a puzzle you need to cross in order to go up and down. The climb was fun also because of the company. Although all of us were wet, including all our packs, we were still able to smile and laugh and treasure the rainy experience.

Hope to climb Mt. Cristobal again on a sunny weather!

Next climb is on Jan. 30-31 in Mt. Mabanban, Zambales. How come it's not here on the list? =)

Michelle - SMC

puje said...

1,500 na daw overnight rate ng isang guide?

Anonymous said...

sir/mam
tnong ko lng kung bukod sa jip from san pablo ano pa pdeng mskyan kung 2 lng kme?

paolo

Anonymous said...

ahaha sa fed 27 akyat po kem ng cristobal..cnu gs2 smama ung mga tga dasma cvte ..ahaha kontak me..

09104006008..look 4 "GASPOL"

pando said...

pwede pasama sir?

Anonymous said...

sir/mam bukod ba sa jip my iba pang pde skyan 2 lng kse kme e..
tnx

pao

Anonymous said...

alam na ba nang denr na my nagmimina d2..nakkasira nang kalikasan....

Anonymous said...

Who can give me the best IT from dasma to brgy. kinabuhayan? raise your hand! please. just kiddig, naguguluhan kasi ako sa it na ginagawa ko. :D

bj-salonga said...

sir pao,

pwede ka makipag bargain sa mga trike sa palengke papunta ng kinabuhayan, pero actually sa jeep may biyahe ng kinabuhayan dun din sa palenke at hindi niyo na kailangang umarkila ng buong jeep kung dalawa lang kayo.. magtanong lang kayo sa mga barker at sabihin niyo na biyaheng pa kinabuhayan kayo at sakto na yun..

happy climbing,

Anonymous said...

happy valentines day to all pinoy mountaineer!SIR GID ask ko lang magkano budget per head ngayon 2010 ? umakyat ng mt.cristobal overnight lang kami...and need pa ba kumuha ng permit?, from caloocan..thanks..

Anonymous said...

This Sat (02/27) akyat kami, Sino po punta? kita kits nlang. . .

-ja0- GILAS

Anonymous said...

Kami sir, kita kits
geri

Anonymous said...

sir gid tnx sa site mo nkrting at nkaakyt kme ng cristobal last sat.feb27 dhl sas info mu d2 sinunod lng nmn tnx sir..

gaspol (TALAMAK MOUNTAINEERING SOCIETY)

Anonymous said...

sir saan ba sakayan ng bus papuntang san pablo laguna? dadaan na ba ng kinabuhayan?

Anonymous said...

Ang bus Terminal po papunta sa San Pablo ay sa kanto ng Beundia at Taft Avenue matatagpuan.. pwede nyo po sakyan JAM or JAC bus liner byaheng Lucena.. dadaan po ito sa San Pablo... Hindi po dadaan ng Kinabuhayan ang Bus... Bababa po kayo sa San Pablo City... Mag-tricycle po kayo papunta sa Lianas Supermarket sa harap ng Flores St., Malapit na po dito ang byahe ng Jeep papunta sa Kinabuhayan.

JAY

Anonymous said...

may aakyat ba this march were planning kc if meron post nyo po dito kung kelan? sama kmi dalawa lang kmi.

Anonymous said...

http://pinoymtnr.proboards.com/index.cgi
pasok po kayo dito for info and update

noli

Louie Patrick Aguilos said...

Sana makaakyat ulit ako dito. It had been a year since my last climb. Kakaibang adventure. I am only 5'0 tall at first time ko umakyat ng ganun kataas. I normally do minor climbs dahil newbie ako sa ganitong sport and the people around me are afraid na mapahamak ako. Pero matigas ang ulo ko at minahal ko na ang sport na ito. Sayang lagi lang busy sa work at hindi ko na namemeet ang mga kasama ko palagi sa climb. Pangarap ko rin maakyat ang Banahaw at Pulag this year. Sana nga matupad. Fascinated ako sa mga stories ng experienced mountaineers. Grabe sana maexperience ko din yung adventures nila!

Anonymous said...

sarado po daw ang san cristobal dhil sa wild fire? pls confrm..

Anonymous said...

wild fire???? s tingin ku hindi wild fire ,ung ngclimb kmi dmi nmin nkita n pinagsigaan ng apoy along the trail n s cogonal peak cnsadya yun pra mclose ung cristobal ,may illegal mining na gngawa dun after s crater paakyat ng ridge!

Anonymous said...

nakita namin yung mining site, parang abandoned na kasi natabunan na ulit yung entrance. maganda sa summit, puro ulap nung umakyat kami...

Anonymous said...

sir ask ku lang ku sardo po ba cristobal kc akyat po kmi ngaun apr 17

tnx
jhay (ospi)

Anonymous said...

sir ilan po kayo magclimb ng cristobal baka pwede po sumama this is my no. 09162697079..freelance po ako .

Anonymous said...

update po sa mt. cristobal...planning to climb ds May 1..

09178212381 Melo thanks for the info..

Anonymous said...

gudam.. sir bukas po ba ung cristobal ngaun?? balak po kc namin first week ng may.. c

shining_bambolyas said...

ei..my aakyat ba ng cristobal this may? 'round 28 cguro para may buwan...

shining_bambolyas said...

sir gid..
san po pde mkkuha ng map ng cristobal?
any websites taht you can suggest to download o san pde umiscore?
tnx & more power on your site.
my our tribe increase!

Anonymous said...

.........gnda sna cristobal kya lng dmi engkanto, kung akyat kau magdala kau ng itak xe matataas talahib pra kita nu 7 lake...sma sma nlng kau s tent pagdting gbi den mkiramdam s paligid....ingat s a2kyat pagdating ng dolores kinabuhayan tanong nu lng c joey na guide masasamahan kau nun ok po un kil2 n dun...climb safe mga dude

shining_bambolyas said...

Brod..pde mkuha ung contact # nung "joey"?
tnx in advance dre...

Anonymous said...

may mga aakyat po ba ng May 29 sa cristobal..

Anonymous said...

mgclimb kme d2 s may 22...kitakits s taas!

arckthompson said...

sir yung aakyat po ng cristobal sa 29, alam nyo po ba yung trail? pwede po bang mkisabay?
sure po ba kayo ng 29?

arckthompson said...

sir mam , un aakyat po ba ng mt.cristobal sa may 29 sure na? at alam nyo po ba ang trail? kung sure po kyo sabay po kami sa inyo. were from cubao quezon city po. family po kami lahat aakyat. tnx. ito cp no. ko 09165638186

arckthompson said...

sir gid, ask ko lang po kung ano the best trail gamitin para mas madali at safe, and need pa po ba talaga ng guide? i have an info found also on this site the guide fee is ranging from 500php a day to a rate of 1500php. for overnight. wer planning to climb mt. cristobal this may 29 with my kids and nephews, we just climb mt.romelo last april 01-03-2010 and mt. sembrano last may 01-02-2010 all at this same year our target is three mountain to climb before they will go back to school and the others find a job. thanx,,, more power to your site i found this very helpfull to me as a mountain explorer.

Joaquin Rodriguez said...

SIR/MAAM sana po matulungan niyo po kami maikalat ang nakarating sa aming balita na ang Mt.Banahaw daw ay magkakaroon ng golfsite pinaboran na po ito ng mayor at ni ivy arago(congresswomen). Valiche liliw laguna daw po ang tatamaan...ikalat po sana natin ito...natutol tayo sa proyektong ito...SAVE MOUNT BANAHAW...maraming salamat po.

Anonymous said...

Mt.Banahaw daw ay magkakaroon ng golfsite pinaboran na po ito ng mayor at ni ivy arago(congresswomen).

...SAVE MOUNT BANAHAW...

Anonymous said...

sir, plan po naming umakyat ng cristobal, may contact po ba kayo na jeep na pwedeng i-rent from san pablo to kinabuhayan..? mga magkano po ang rent ng jeep? thanks po = Silong

Anonymous said...

To all independence climbers at Mt. Cristobal,
see you there! ^^

Anonymous said...

can anyone help us ..

how much is the fare from buendia to jump off??

please detail it ..

thanks ..

Anonymous said...

mga sirs and mams, ask ko lang po magkano rent ng jeep from san pablo to jumpoff? balikan. is 1500 resonable?

Anonymous said...

sir/ma'm

pa update naman po ng fare buendia-jump off..at ung jeep po balikan my contact po ba kau?..pa share naman po.. establish po ba ung trail gusto po sana namin mag explore this coming july 3-4,
thanks..

-ian

Anonymous said...

sir/ma'm

buendia-san pablo city po pala..at kung my water source po ba or bago kami pumunta dapat full load na ng tubig?..

-ian

Anonymous said...

sir ian

sir balak din po namin umakyat this july 3-4.. sabi daw nila may water source daw sa taas pero mas maganda siguro dala narin ng atleast 4 liters.. sna magkita kita po tayo dun

-Jerah

arckthompson said...

sir gid, good pm. i own a (garmin) GPS. a handheld navigating device,i've already learn some of its feature and already know how to use it. my question is? is the coordinates that you published here at pinoy mountaineer site in all the mountain that is listed here are the exact coodinates that i can manually input in my GPS navigating system,as my WAYPOINT,,,and this coordinates will lead me to the summit of each mountain i wish to climb? hope you can give me a hint on how you get that coordinates,, the lattitude and longtitude of all the mountain listed here.where planning to climb mt.cristobal next weekend without a guide and hoping that i can use my GPS on that expedition,hope you can help me with this.. thanx more power to your site...keep it up sir!

arckthompson said...

sir /mam, pasabay kami un aakyat sa july 3-4 where from cubao 4 kami.txt txt nlang if positive po lahat. tnx jett... 09165638186 aka. arckthompson. i will test my GPS navigating device,,, sir gideon need your help asap im excited to use my GPS.

Anonymous said...

@jerah

hindi po ako sure kung makaka climb po kami ng 3-4 kc pina adjust po ng iba ung sched..pero try ko p din po ipush ung climb..traditional trail po b kau?

-ian

Anonymous said...

@ian

Opo sir pero baka balak po namin mag traverse dun po dadaan sa kabilang trail.. Sige po sir ian kung makatuloy po kau kita kita nalang po dun.

@arckthompson
sige po sir kita kita nlang po tayo dun.. text ko po kau kung nandun na po kami.. nice po yan may GPS po kau..

-Jerah

arckthompson said...

@jerah,,, positive pala kyo sa july 3-4... cge if positive kami txt txt nlang tyo dun, puro newbee ksama ko. lam nyo ba trail cristobal? useless GPS ko kasi dipa answer ni sir gid un tanung ko. tungkol sa exact coordinates ng mt.cristobal kya dko pa mi input un data sa GPS navigating device ko. pero kung lam nyo trail dun ok lang kc kung mag strt tyo jump off point un na ang gagawin ko reference waypoint ko. just incase di makita trail o maligaw tyo i can use my GPS to navigate pabalik kya wala tyo ligaw pauwi...

Anonymous said...

@arckthompson

ok po sir txt ko nalang po kau kung tuloy na tuloy po kami.. may iba akong mga ksma nka akyat na po dun ako po ngyn plng aakyat dun..

Anonymous said...

any updates para sa mt.cristobal?
aakyat kami sa july 9-10, please reply. thanks.

-jorell

Anonymous said...

any mt. cristobal climb this july...pls sama kami...09155022355...vvv

Anonymous said...

sir.. hindi ako natuloy ng july 3-4 pero ung mga ksma ko natuloy baka pwede maki hitch sa inyo balak namin is july 17-18. kasama ko gf ko bali 2 lang kasi kami..

-jerah

Anonymous said...

@jerah

24-25 pa po kami sir.. sama po kau?

@anonymous

pwede po samin..naka akyat na po ba kau sa cristobal? explore lang po kc kami..

Anonymous said...

Sir tignan ko po ung sched ko ng 24-25 bka po kasi mag conflict nanaman po ako. hindi po ba kau pwede ng 17-18?

-Jerah

Anonymous said...

August meron ba? tsaka anong number nung isang matangakad na guide dun... Sir Teng ata pangalan.

shining_bambolyas said...

@ Jerah

we're planning to climb mt. cristobal this 17-18.
4-5 pax kmi.

Anonymous said...

anyone plnning to climb Mt.Cristobal this coming sat??
july 10?
need companion, 2 kmi..
d kc sure bout s jeep papuntng kinabuhayan..
traverse ang balak
09051560666

shining_bambolyas said...

sir kabisado nyo po ba yung path?
sabay na lang tayo..
we're coming from alabang area.
location nyo po?

Anonymous said...

@shining_bambolyas : Alabang Area din ako.. Im planning to go back to Cristobal this August.

Anonymous said...

kakaakyat lang po namin dito kahapon. unang beses ko naakyat ito. Napakaganda po nang cristobal, pero nakakapanghinayang po makita ang mga kalat sa cristobal. Andami mga bote ng alak atbp sa trail at sa campsite dun sa may crater. Nung umakyat po mga kasama ko sa peak, tumambad po sa kanila yung mga tshirt na nakakalat, napakagulo po sa peak. Kakaiba po kung makikita niyo ang weird po nung place na yun. Iisipin niyo na parang may nakatira dun sa lugar kaya bumaba kagad mga kasamahan ko.

Pakiusap lamang po sa mga aakyat ng Mt. Cristobal Sana lang po palagi natin ipractice yung leave no trace, "leave nothing but footprints". Nakakaawa pong pagmasdan na ganito sapitin ng mt.cristobal, sana po ay maagapan natin.


"dont kill the mountain, let the mountain kill you"

-christianmervin

Anonymous said...

^ @ -christianmervin

thats BAD ha... based on Trivia above...

The Cristobal trails are one of the cleanest mountain trails. When asked why, our local guide said: "Because only mountaineers climb here."

nag-babalak pa naman kami pumunta..
but will see.. nakaka disappoint..


- Kirby

Anonymous said...

Mt. Cristobal Open Climb - July 17-18'10

Text me if you are interested. tnx!

Check my FB posting on this link.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=130589670313309

rgds,
Nono Fines
09152945091

Anonymous said...

mga sir/ma'am, if hindi matutuloy yung akyat namin sa Tarak 24-25, baka mag Cristobal nalang kami nun, konti palang kasi kami may gusto pumunta ng Tarak, though 2nd option namin sa Cristobal....meron po ba gusto sumama sa Tarak sa 24-25? kahit sino pwede sumama, mas ok sana kung meron din pwede sumama na galing na dun....

Anonymous said...

We climb Mt. Cristobal last July 3-4 the trail and campsite was almost perfectly clean...
We tag it as one of our most beautiful climb nice weather, clean trail and perfect view...
Cristobal is unlike any mountain wherein you can see litters along the trail It wasn't so bad..Hmmm what could have happen after july3-4.. a large group messed up the mountain in a day? That's kinda hard to believe but if you say so...well that doesn't sound good
Cristobal is one of the cleanest mountain eversince I started mountain climbing. I climb Mt. Cristobal way back 5 years ago and it is still the same clean mountain when I came back.

So,to all my fellow climber please don't litter this mountain or any other mountains forgod sake!

Anonymous said...

- TCF-09178390614

Have a nice, happy and safe climb to those climbing Mt. Cristobal this weekend the way we did last-last week...

If you do not have a local guide yet ask me and I'll provide one for you. 500 per day. guide has his own tent just share him some food as act of kindness. He is very much familiar with the trail and his family can cook for you after the climb and take you to the best spot of water falls in kinabuhayan for refreshment...

Anonymous said...

- TCF

For the transpo our suggestion is for you to just take a jeepney ride to kinabuhayan price rate is at 30 per head ( originaly ) because we were able to get a ride for 50.00 per head. Then if you have a contact guide already ask them to meet you up at the langkaan where there is a half basketball court and is already at jump off point. Then just rent a jeep back to san pablo for only 600.00

tatoy said...

Sir,

ano po malapit na side trip sa cristobal? gaano po kalayo pa ang majayjay falls?

Thanks in advance - tatoy

Anonymous said...

sir,mam
wala ba aakyat sa inyo sa july 24,2010.para may makasabay din kaming ibang grupo.tnx.

Anonymous said...

Good day sir, mam kame aakyat sa 24 25 check out nyo nalang http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126458710723058 kita kits thanks
-ben

vhaturgo said...

galing kmi cristobal last month mdyo naka2ligaw ang traverse kc d masyado established ung trail.. dpat nagcarlan kmi exit napunta kmi sa san pablo hehe.. saya ng experienced.. meron water source sa montelibano pde kau don mag full load pra d masyado mabigat..

Ben said...

Good day Sir/Mam di po tuloy akyat namin this sat, niresched po namin july31-aug1, freelancers lang po kame sana may makasabay kame ibang group thanks

shining_bambolyas said...

we've been to cristobal last july 17-18..astig po yung trail! npakalinis po.
Advise lang...
make sure na water proof yung gamit nyo.
I was soaking wet paakyat & pababa nun.

sana mamaintain natin yung ceanliness nung bundok.

Sa mga wala palang contact you can try mang Doming so 09396268631 09217260735
He can arrange the jeep & guide & cook meal for you.
Nasa kinabuhayn yung karinderya nila.
hope this helps.

Please observe Leave No Trace policy.

Anonymous said...

hehehe mahina tubig sa montelibano malas mo pag ikaw ang huling maliligo

Oyet said...

anyone who have tried night trekking sa Mt. Cristobal?

Thanks!!!

vhaturgo said...

mdyo mhrap mag night trek.. ung trail kasi makipot lng tska my part na kailangan kumapit sa tali at cogon..

Oyet said...

ok po... salamat ng marami.....

Anonymous said...

sir anong trail po ba ng cristobal ang masmura ang budget?
quezon o laguna?

Anonymous said...

sir gid meron nbang water source sa cristobal ?

Anonymous said...

galing kami last August 14-15,2010 dito...Nasurprise kami sa ganda ng bundok...medyo may challenge ang akayatan pero sulit habang palapit ng palapit sa camp site..malamig ang hangin dahil sa hamog.maganda yung campsite sa taas ng crater malapit na sa Jone's peak...medyo mahirap lang yung papuntang Summit dahil sa matataas na grasses.nakayuko ka ng matagal bago makarating..the best si mang Lito mag-guide.isa sa pinakamabait.hinatid lang kami sa taas tapos dumerecho din kami sa bahay nila pagbaba para sa buko na pinahanda namin,sabay sinamahan kami sa Bukal para maligo.sinamahan kami 12-7pm dahil masyado kami nagenjoy sa paliligo at sumama pa rin sa Jeep hanggang San Pablo.the best na Guide!...Mali yung Negativity na sinsabi ng iba about sa Dark spirit sa Cristobal...One of the best climb!mabuhay ang Pilipinong Mangangakyat!...
-Norman of Hamog(Haksonero Mountaineering Group)

Anonymous said...

nakakamis ang mt.cristobal .napakaganda at napakalamig . puro fog kahit umagang umaga :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Norman pinaka dabest na guide tlaga si Mang Lito. Inakyat nya kami sa cristobal at banahaw.

Hopefully makasama ang group nyo sa pinaplano naming climb for a cause para sa asawa ni mang lito na kailangan maoperahan dahil sa sakit na myoma...tulong na rin para sa pagiging patas at mabait nya at ng kanyang pamilya...

sa mga nangangailangn ng mag aakyat sa inyo sa cristobal at banahaw itext nyo lang ako I can help you with the guide, transpo at permit or banahaw.

TELE - 09178390614 TCF

Anonymous said...

hanggang saan po s banahaw kayo nkarating? mga mgakano po pti ang gastos? tnx

Anonymous said...

Durungawan II. gahol na kasi sa oras kaya hindi na kami nakapunta ng Durungawan III one hour trek pa kasi yun from Durungawan I .800 ang gastos from buendia. kasama na lahat pero kailangan at least 10 or more kau na group..sakto na yung 800.

oyet said...

we climb Mt. Cristobal last September 5-6, we never expected na ganun ang makikita namin sorroundings. Super dense forest. Halos lahat ng makita at mahawakan mo basa at may lumot... plus nakakita pa kami ng Philippine Forest Rat na dito lang sa atin matatagpuan. Yung trail medyo nahirapan kami lalo na yung malapit na sa campsite... Kaya dun sa mga nagbabalak umakyat ng Mt. Cristobal.. i guarantee na mag-eenjoy kayo to the max... Ingats....

Anonymous said...

@sir oyet, traverse po kayo sir? plan po kasi ng group namin na umakyat sa October.. thanks po..

-Cory

Anonymous said...

ser/mam,,
hmnnn! yaj pu to ng taguig..
tanong ku lang kung may madadaanan po kaming water source kapag trinaverse namin ung papuntang mt. banahaw from mt. cristobal..........

by this coming month of october sana yung magiging climb namin....

Anonymous said...

oct 31 - nov1.. may aakyat po ba?
makikisabay po sana.

-pol

Anonymous said...

sa mga gusto umakyat ng cristobal akyat po kmi dis coming oct.23 kitakits n lng po sa camp site

bbcoutdoors

Anonymous said...

bbcoutdoors,

we're scaling mt. cristobal on the 23rd. what time kyo sa jump off?

bregmalambda extreme adventure team

Anonymous said...

Ok lang po ba akyatin cristobal tom.(16-17) despite of the super typhoon daw? :-s

Anonymous said...

we base our climbs on a 5-day weather forecast, just to be safe just re-sched your climb bro.

bregmalambda extreme adventure team

Anonymous said...

hi, i'd like to ask lng kung hindi ba mashadong mahirap ang trekking sa mt. cristobal. First time ko kase and gustong-gusto ko tlg. SEY here :)

BlueCrewTrekkers said...

We climb mt cristobal on the 16th to 17th. Ang ganda ng weather kahit approaching pa lang si Megi. Mt Cristobal is far from being spooky or even devilish.

Anonymous said...

Is there any club na open for new recruits? I'd like to ask sana..gusto ko sumali at umakyat ng bundok. -Chellie

Anonymous said...

akyat kami bukas bbcoutdoors see u there!!!
@ chellie.. add me in ur fb cawo_42@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

@CAWO: bakit nmn bukas agad? :( chellie

Anonymous said...

kami kaya kailan makakaakyat ng Mt.cristobal/KPMC

Anonymous said...

@chellie... hi chelle... we had a successful climb last sunday... sobra lakas hangin and ulan ..tsk sayang... nyway meron ulet kmi sa satrday...if u want sama ka... cawo_42 this is my fb accnt...

Anonymous said...

@CAWO: ano ba yan. hindi ako pwede sa sat. bakit ganun? :(
i sent you message sa fb..and i added you na rin. :))

Anonymous said...

@Sey.. kaya mo yun basta prepare ka mabuti.. exercise..:).. We climbed Mt. Cristobal last Oct.23-24.. ganda ng trail.. :)

-Cory

Anonymous said...

@Cory: sino mga kasama mo? spooky ba tlg ang mt. cristobal?? sey here :)

Anonymous said...

nov. 20-21....


-akyat baba moutaineers

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