Sunday, September 2, 2007

Mt. Kitanglad (2,899+)

MT. KITANGLAD
Impasug-ong, Bukidnon
Major jump-off: Sitio Intavas,La Fortuna, Impasugong
LLA: 8°8'2"N; 124°47'0"E; 2,899 MASL (#4)
Days required / Hours to summit:
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 2-4

BACKGROUND
Mt. Kitanglad is the fourth highest mountain in the Philippines. Amazingly, there are bunkhouses with electricity at the summit, for it is a communications center. Since people actually work at the summit, the trails going up are well-established. Still, the trails are challenging, the views beautiful, and experience unique. There are steel stairs that will assist you in ascending the very steel trails, and at the top, so many mountains and places in Northern and Central Mindanao are visible. The Kitanglad mountain range is very rich in biodiversity, and the forests are refreshing. A more thorough discussion is found in the "Mt. Dulang-Dulang" entry in this blog.

ITINERARY
INTAVAS TRAIL
Day 1
0400 Depart from CDO to Impasug-ong
0800 ETA jump-off at Sitio Intavas. Register and start trek.
1200 ETA "Aerial Roots" area; lunch along the trail
0330 ETA summit. Sa
1800 Prepare for next day's climb, dinner
1900 Attend ritual sacrifice by the Talaandig tribesfolk
2100 Lights out

Day 2
0600 Mountain-viewing session: Mt. Ragang, Mt. Balatucan, D2, etc.
0700 Breakfast, break camp
0800 Start descent via Intavas trail. Muddy and steep.
1100 Reach "Aerial roots": roots suspended in air
1300 ETA rough road
1400 ETA jump-off point at Sitio Intavas.
1500 Take jeepney back to Malaybalay or CDO
1800 ETA CDO

SPECIAL CONCERNS
It would be much better if you can make prior arrangements to reserve bunk-beds at the summit. You may contact the DENR - Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park at (088) 813 3453. A bunkbed will protect you from the otherwise chilling temperature at the summit. Two persons can snugly fit in one bunkbed. There is electricity at the summit; you can even watch TV there. Cellphone signal is ample throughout the climb.

Be careful because the electric wires run parallel to the trail up to the summit. These high-voltages lines are a potential hazard. Also, apply the same caution with the communications towers at the summit.

It is advisable to bring a map because so many places are visible atop Mt. Kitanglad. You can see Cagayan de Oro City, as well as Camiguin Island up north, along with the various mountains of MindanaO: the Balatucan mountains, Mt. Ragang, and the other peaks of the Kitanglad range, most prominently Mt. Dulang-Dulang.

TRIVIA
According to a DENR newsletter, the name Kitanglad came from a legend: a great flood submerged the native lands and only the tip of the mountain, the size of tanglad (lemon grass), remained visible (kita in Tagalog). Today, it is the domain of several old cultural communities like the Bukidnon, Higaonon and Talaandig.

WEATHER OUTLOOK: IMPASUG-ONG, BUKIDNON

34 comments:

gideon said...

i've been informed that as of nov. 2007, for future referrals in case hikers need direct contact for kitanglad guides, contact kagawad walter galasanay (0919 6755019) of sitio intavas.

given the present situation in dulang-dulang, hikers now go for kitanglad as the closest alternative.

Jun said...

thanks gideon.speaking with kagawad, a small portion only goes to their porter's association and their barangay. i think it make sense as our contribution to these folks to contact them directly and give them this job directly without middlemen. their rate is reasonable and affordable than independent guides.

Anonymous said...

anybody out here knows of the late Erwin Henson (Yogads) and his mountaineering exploits?

Anonymous said...

how much is the estimated cost if i go to mt. kitanglad.. the rate of their guide, the porters,

King said...

Hi anonymous!

Our group was in Kitanglad last July and we paid 500 per porter per day. Kasama na ang food nila doon.
As gideon said in his comment, you can contact Walter to arrange for guides and porters. Very reliable contact person. Walter was our lead guide during our climb.
You may also visit our blog socialclimbers79.blogspot.com for some tips.
Happy climbing!

King

lagataw said...

i'm in malaybalay city right now...just did a d2k trek. trek wuz hell! but wuz heaven up there. just wondering why sir gid never made any mention of his guide in his d2k exploit!

joker_taongbundok said...

bk my mkuha info about s MFPI Midyear congress climb Mt.Dulang-Dulang travesrse Mt.Kitanglad.This april 16-19 2009......
Baka may nakaka alam dyan?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
joker

Anonymous said...

yes sir just log-on at www.mfpi.org

Anonymous said...

on d way

Anonymous said...

hi sir! i'm pong from cag. de oro. i never thought i would be able to climb mountains again due to a kidney transplant operation i had in 2005. but 4 years after my operation, i scaled mt. kitanglad with 4 friends from cag. de oro. we did it last sat sept 26 (during the height of typhoon ondoy). we started the trek at 7am and weather was just fine along the trail with occasional showers only. the view was really great until we reached the peak at 3 pm where the weather suddenly deteriorated. the winds were blowing really hard at the summit and the temperature plunged to 8 deg. good thing, there's a bunkhouse which protected us from the rain, wind and the cold...
visibility was really poor so we did not see much at the peak but we still enjoyed the climb.. thanks to our guide walter galasanay. he says hi.... God bless to all and stay safe..

Anonymous said...

ah ah ah bakit may bayad ang mga locals dyan sa intavas.i'm from that place and i know libre ang pag akyat dyan.heavy ba masyado ang backpacks ninyo and you need an assistance.i don't know much about that said guide i think na hindi sya native ng impasugong hindi familiar ang family name nya sakin .coz i know my folks very much well.hospitable ang mga taga impasugong hindi mukhang ninoy....

Anonymous said...

how i wish one day i can climb to mount kitanglad. am from mindanao but never gone that far as mt kitanglad. why go to mt everest if we our very own mt kitanglad. regarding the bayad its just okey wala namang libre sa ngayon lahat may bayad kahit nga the air we breath were paying for it.

ntrl_mystc said...

we will do a Kitanglad-Dulang dulang traverse this coming Holy week. there will be six of us in the group all coming from cebu. our guide will be Kagawad Walter and we already contacted him in advance to take care of the necessary permits. we'll be posting details of this climb.

bj-salonga said...

nakakainggit naman ang grupo niyo sir/mam, pangarap ko din yang D2 traverse.. safe trip po, at sa info kung may makukuha sana kayong contact number ng guide at jeepney rental panalong panalo yun..

safe trip ulit,

Asenath Cadavos said...

Just got back from a great hike. Took us about 8 hours to go up and 7 hrs to return. The experience was quite challenging, but amazing at the same time. Thought I'd never go back...but perhaps someday I will. The door "aint" closed yet. A big thanks to our guide Ron-ron and the men that work up there. Thank you all for your kind reception of our group. It was a great bonding time for MCBC members and we enjoyed our short stay with you. God bless you all.

nomad1104 said...

anyone who has plans of climbing kitanglad between august 2-5? can i join?

Anonymous said...

this nov 27 - 29? who has plans...can I join?

Anonymous said...

one day ill go that place together with my beloved wife... she's been there for a number times already... but she said she loves to go again if i'll go with her... maybe this coming december if we have enough time we'll go... everybody is envited to go with us...

Anonymous said...

hi every1. we`re planing to traverse mt. kitanglad- mt. dulang2x dis 27-29. any1 interested to join? were from cebu by d way.

Anonymous said...

Sir ilan kayo and how much ang gastos per head excluding airfare? I want to join. Btw I'm from Manila.

Anonymous said...

I'm on vacation from Sept 21 till October 6 meron ba sched for Mt Dulang Dulang baka pede ako sumabit! text me 09184430573 for details tnx!

Anonymous said...

gudpm! there is new schedule to climb to Mt. Kitangland this year?

Anonymous said...

Hello all!

plan namen mag climb Mt Kitanglad this dec 9-12 2011, anyone wants to climb along?

email me! - add.moko@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

hi is anybody planning to climb up to mt kitankad sometime january 2012. im enterested to join. email me maxnoblejas@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

im in CDO. any group that wil climb Kitanglad this january pls. inform me... im interested to join.. pls. contact me.. 0923-680-4853.. thanks!

James said...

Good day! sinong gustong sumama samin ngayong Holy Week sa Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Dulang-Dulang, may dalawa pa po kaming available slots. Actual climb namin is April 6 to 8, 2012. Text nyo lang po ako ASAP sa 09197223166 or email me at corpsjames@yahoo.com. Salamats.

Anonymous said...

Sir James, sama aq sa nu ds Apr 6-8, Mt. Kitanglad traverse Mt. D2!

Henry Mark Binahon said...

may west peak pala na pwede puntahan, mababa ng konti sa kitanglad peak, 30 mins away from kitanglad. maganda ang view of mt. kitanglad and mt. dulang dulang.

Little Miss G said...

we've been here! for a group of first time climbers, it surely is an experience we will never forget.

http://www.tripnatripkoto.com/photo-travel-philippines-up-2899-meters/

helmet said...

sir gidz, pa post lang po..
thanks..

mga sir,, post ko na, para makapag abang na kayo ng seat sale..
the bukidnon almigh-3
kitangland-dulangdulang-maagnaw traverse
Dec 1 arrival in Cdo, dec 2-6 climb date, Dec 7 onwards uwian na..
Abang abang na ng seat sale.

jobaqs said...

Hello po. Im planning to climb Kitanglad on May 28-29. Meron po ba kayo mga contacts sa impasugong? Thanks.

jobaqs said...

hello po. Im planning to climb Mt. Kitanglad on May 28-29. Ill climb with my two friends. Meron po kayo alam contact numbers sa Impasugong. Paano po ba yung transportation ng CDO to Intavas? Thanks

Anonymous said...

I just heard no so long ago that there where NPA sightings in the mountains of bukidnon, I really wanted to climb Mt. Kitanglad, its not that I'm having a bad feeling with the NPAs, just ensuring my safety.

dinggoi castaƱares said...

ung mga gusto pong umakyat ng D2K,contact nyo po itong number na to...09481386186

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