Sunday, January 6, 2008

Mt. Matutum (2,293+)

MT. MATUTUM
Tupi, South Cotabato
Major jump-off: Sito Glandang, Brgy. Kablon, Tupi
LLA: 6°22'N, 125°06.5'E, 2293 MASL Days required / hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3

BACKGROUND
Beautifully rising in Tupi, South Cotabato, a town famous for its pineapple plantations, is Mt. Matutum. Its characteristic irregular but imposing cone shape dominates the landscape from General Santos to Koronadal City. It is so grand in its rise that it literally beckons climbers passing by the road from GenSan to Koronadal to climb it. Rising to 2293 MASL, it is considered a active volcano.

Realizing the need to protect the mountain, local officials have made it an ecotourism spot, regulating hiking activity. An interesting feature is the requirement for each climber to plant a seedling in a designated area in the mountain (a good idea!). The motto is "Amyak Maleh Matutum!": Climb and plant Matutum!

Commencing at Brgy. Kablon, the first leg is an open trail passing by rolling hillds surrounded with fields and plantations. An hour away is the first camp, which is also the entrance to the forest. There is a water source here. From this camp to the summit is 3-4 hours of trekking through a dense montane forest, full of vines, mosses, and the usual flora. This forest is host to diverse plant and animal species including the Philippine Eagle. In all, there are 110 plant species and 57 animal species.

At the summit, a 360-degree view is at hand, offering splendid views of General Santos City, Koronadal, and Polomolok, as well as Mt. Parker (NW), the Daguma ranges, and of course, majestic Mt. Apo (NE). A metal railing fences the viewdeck, and a marker bearing the history of the mountain as an ecotourist destination can be found. The summit is a suitable place for camping -- it is the highest point in South Cotabato.

ITINERARY

Day 1
0500 Take bus / transport to Tupi, South Cotabato
0900 ETA Kablon Crossing, Tupi. Take vehicle to Sitio Glandang
0930 ETA jump-off; register at Tourist Guard House / DENR
1100 Start trek
1200 Lunch at Camp 1
1300 Resume trek
1700 ETA summit of Mt. Matutum
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0600 Breakfast / sunrise views
0700 Break camp
0800 Start descent
1200 Back at jump-off; return to highway
1300 Take bus back to Davao / GenSan / Koronadal

SPECIAL CONCERNS
The municipality of Tupi requests climbers to secure permission beforehand / coordinate with the Tourism office before climbing. a P150 climb fee is collected together with a P10 fee for seedlings. Guides may be secured at the tourism office, as well as porters.

Safety, a major concern especially among hikers from Luzon and foreigners, is generally assured in Mt. Matutum. Rain protection, insect repellants, are advised. 3 L of water would suffice for each climber from water source at Camp 1 until Day 2.

It is possible to dayhike Mt. Matutum, especially if you're coming from Koronadal or GenSan. It is comparable to Mt. Makiling (starting from the UPLB College of Forestry) in difficulty.

TRIVIA
It is theorized that Matutum may have exploded on March 7, 1911, and is classified as one of the 22 active volcanos in the country.

RESEARCH
This article is a work in progress: PinoyMountaineer is still making inquiries on contact numbers.

67 comments:

Bone MD said...

Sorry Gideon, I haven't replied to your earlier query regarding Mt. Matutum. I don't have the specifics of an IT for Mt. Matutum, I'll ask my guide friend here.

Bone MD said...

I forgot to mention, the most pressing problems we had during our climb were the extreme cold environment and the lack of water source along the trail. The combination of heavy rains (which happens all year round near the peak, the cold weather, dusky skies, steep and very slippery root trails, made my first climb there extremely difficult (compared to let say, dulang). I got lost near the peak during that horrendous climb

gideon said...

thanks sir! ill await your updates. matutum being comparable to dulang makes it really difficult!

cai said...

hi!

I'm a member of Earth Island Outdoor Environmental Club (SocSarGen Chapter). Mt. Matutum is one of our most climbed mountains and we'll be glad to forward you some IT details and contacts if that helps.

I search a lot on the internet for outdoor activities and your site is the most informative I've come across so far. Just exactly what a wanderer needs.

I hope you can also feature the Mt. Candalaga ranges in Maragusan, ComVal Province. I'd be happy to give you a hand if you plan to climb there in the future.

gideon said...

sir cai, sorry for the late reply, i just came from mt. kanlaon. many thanks for your offer! we really need information on mt. matutum and other mountains in mindanao. your help will be acknowledged and greatly appreciated. just email me at info@pinoymountaineer.com!

i look forward to climbing mt. candalaga with your group. i'll let you know if i can do that this year.

i look forward to hearing from you. more power to the Earth Island Outdoor Environmental Club!

gideon

cai said...

hi gideon!

first things first, i'm a girl..thank you..

i'll be sending you files that i've got that will help your site feature more about Mindanao mountains..i'll give you the ones found in the remote areas as they're the ones which need to be discovered..i'll send you an email soon..

Thank you and Earth Island is looking forward to have you join us in one of our climbs..


=)

mimi said...

helo im mimi and im from brgy. kablon,i already experience climbing mt matutum and ki found at first when where walking that it is so tiring but when we reach the top and i see how beautiful being in the top i feel happiness different kind of happiness,before i just imagining being in the top of the mountain but then i did do to climb it...it is so very meaningful moment..during rainy days the way is to slide,but im encouraging you to climb mt. matutum and you can experience what i did try......it is my pleasure that you will visit our place and experience our fresh air and cold weather specially during dawn,,,,and see how beautiful as you are in the top of mt. matutum and you will see how nature is so beautiful..."GO AND CLIMB TO MT MATUTUM PLANT TRESS AND PICK UP SOME GARBAGE" AND YOU CAN HELP FOR THE OUR ENVIRONMENT.GODBLESS

gideon said...

nice to hear from you mimi! hope you can share us more stories about matutum and other mountains ^^

milan said...

hi...haven't done any mountai climbing..but am interested to try..any tips?my co-workers are planning a trip to matutum in a few weeks..

dezz said...

My house were in upper kalsangi. Seemed Mt. Matutum is very close because my nieces, nephews and bro used to climb there all the time lol. I am the only never went there coz I am destined away from home-:(

Anonymous said...

elo sir Gideon:

I'll be going home to gensan this coming xmas... I'll try to ask my frends from there for the contacts numbers and some info's...

ezra

Anonymous said...

hello to all of you here guys, im dexter from cannery, polomolok, south cotabato.....actually i climbed mt. matutum so many times, we always climb during holy week, if i climb this this year i think this my 11th time to do it, anyway guys we have 3 ways to do it, 1 is in glandang, kablon, tupi, south cotabato, 2 is in brgy. limblisong, tupi, south cotabato and the other is in brgy. kalyong, polomolok, south cotabato, the easiest trail is in glandang and the hardest is in kalyong, we have climbed with foriegners with us before, most of my friends are not member of a club, we just do it for fun, just email me guys janexed@yahoo.com, maybe i could give any ingo that you need....

jameZ said...

wala bang mag climb ng matutum ng july 2nd week? i think we will be there.. ehehe seeyou!

thanks for the IT sir!! :)

Anonymous said...

pwide po magtanong kong n\mag kano ang tour guide doon

Anonymous said...

500 sir. been there last sunday pero foggy sa summit.. walang view

Anonymous said...

Maganda pala ng Mt matutum, sayang lang malayo sa maynila...

Anonymous said...

ang ganda ng mt. matutum, sana makabalik ako dya.

tochs said...

Your readers might to interested in a guided climb to Matutum organized by Southern Peak Outdoor Depot in Gen San and Davao on 26 and 27 Sept via Datal. Posted at my site. Thanks www.tochs.blogspot.com

jj coetrz said...

hi,, i lived most of my life in tupi... every day i able to see the beauty of Mt. Matutum... from the town proper you can feel the fresh air,,, foggy morning... almost daily rain.. even on suumer.. the town's average temperature is 23 Oc... fresh cool tap water... comparable to a bottled meniral water... these are many of the town's best asset... and still a secret to many.... hope you discover and coquer.. tupi... and climb Mt. matutum...

Anonymous said...

i love tupi marami ng baguhan at squatter

Anonymous said...

I climbed Matutum in 1964 with 2 of my brothers and a couple of peace corps people, there was no trail but to go up. we spent the night and enjoyed the view. kimo schrader dolefil

tagabukidph said...

sir, please correct the info posted... this should be classified as a MAJOR climb... =)

jurdaj 12 said...

We welcome all mountaineers to join our annual climb to Matutum. Dubbed as Amyak Maleh 2010, the registration will be on March 17 at the Tupi Municipal Hall. A new route will be launched to let you eperience other scenic spots of Tupi like our waterfalls. THIS ACTIVITY IS PART OF OUR LINGGO NG MATUTUM CELEBRATION. If you are an MTB enthusiast, join our MTB challenge on March 17. For more information please see us at Tupi.gov.ph.

Anonymous said...

good day guys, is there a water source at the summit of mt. matutum? is there a lake or spring water to drink? bringing lot of water is heavy. i am new to climbing and just climb mt. talinis of dumaguete where there is also a lake at the summit.

Anonymous said...

hi...i climbed twice already...latest was april 19...based on experiences..there is no more water source along the trail..just consider carrying at least 3liters of water part of the challenge and you will be fine..hehehehe

Anonymous said...

hello guys.. im mark from gensan city..im looking for a mountaineering group here in gensan..i already exprienced to climb mt. matutum..i wanna hike some other mountains in mindanao..help me guys to join a group of maountaineers..thankz!!

Anonymous said...

hi mark...may pa climb ang dolefil mountaineering club this coming june 12-13..baka gusto mong sumama..juz email this lady annelynd@yahoo.com pede kang inquire from her.

RECTUM said...

WILL CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN ON JUNE12!

Anonymous said...

along the glandang trail, the last source of water is at the foot of the mountain. up in the summit there's a source of water only if you can take to drink golden brown (a like) water due to moss trees.. it is safe to drink but to those who are sensitive, you can bring some tablets.. hehe..
MIKE

Anonymous said...

mas astig ang limus trail! hehehe
pinyahan fest. mt. matutum

Anonymous said...

SAKA NAKU DIHA!
ERNING FRM TAAK MOUNTAINEERING CLUB

Anonymous said...

HI! I AM JERRY FROM GENSAN DIRI NA SA CANADA... I CLIMBED MT. MATUTUM SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND THAT WAS MY FIRST HIKING EXPERIENCE... BUT ASSURED YOU GUYS IT WAS SO REWARDING AND CHALLENGING. YOU CAN HIRE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO CARRY YOUR BAGGAGE FOR A FEE, WHILE ENJOYING THE SCENERY UPHILL.

Anonymous said...

teka minor lang ba to?

Anonymous said...

i'll try to climb mt matutum soon. most of your comments r very challenging & alluring. tnks 4 d inspiration. im jojo of basilan.

Anonymous said...

To those who are interested to climb Mt. Matutum, you may contact this no. (083)822-0089. Thanks! JC!

Anonymous said...

JC - can i have your cell # or email ad?

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, any plans of climbing mt. matutum?
Tga davao mi, itxt ko pls kung naa mo plano kay interested mi manaka diha. we're not connected to any mountaineering groups. 09497288880 tnx jinn

Anonymous said...

hello i'm jhingky, and i'm from glandang where u can find mt. matutum.

Anonymous said...

hi i'm jhingky and i'm from glandang where you can find mt. matutum.

Ace said...

I will be going home in GenSan and I from gensan too. I am planning to hike at Mt. Matutum... i will organize and bring my group there...

Trail Running Mistress said...

Hi Gideon! Just did a daytrek of Matutum yesterday. We were lucky to have amazing weather and got a clear view at the summit. Just want to share that Sir Jun Sanico, Tourism Coordinator, was very helpful to us. For those interested to climb Mt. Matutum, you may reach him at CP#(0910)389-4941. Happy climbing! ^_^

Anonymous said...

We just had a climb at mt. Matutum last April 12. I personally can say it is amazing,the trail is not that hard, though the night is very cold and windy on the summit, yet we did enjoy the warm company of each other around the bonfire. for beginner mountaineers, you should try to climb Mt. Matutum.

Anonymous said...

Hi trail running mistress, ilan hours po daytrek nyo? daytrek din po sana plan namin, di pa sure date.

Trail Running Mistress said...

It took me about 3hours to reach the summit. :)

James said...

Good day! To those who are interested to join with us in a 3 day event at Lake Sebu-7 Falls and Mt. Matutum this coming August 28 to 30, 2011 , just text me at 09197223166 or email me at corpsjames@yahoo.com .God bless and have a wonderful day.

Onin said...

Yung interesado, Mt. Matutum October 28 and 29 using Glandang Trail. Text nyo lang ako 09197223166 or email me at corpsjames@yahoo.com

eis said...

hi..we're a group of four and we'll be in gensan by dec2,2011..we plan to have a day trek at mt. matutum by dec 3 morning and be back to gensan by night..is this possible?yong denr fee/permit to climb doon lang ba makukuha malapit sa climbing area?thank you

Anonymous said...

my husband and i are planning to climb mt. matutum anytime between jan. 22-28, 2013. are there any groups or hikers whom we can join with? please text me at 09287177892.

Tin said...

Hello. I'm planning to do a day hike of Mt. Matutum on Jan. 5, 2013. If you want to join, contact me at 0917-349-8243. Thanks!

Keemlai said...

Any one who wants to climb Mt. Matutum.Please do contact this email keemlai@yahoo.com /facebook.com/keemlai

Knights Armoured Mountaineering Responsible Aiding Society (KAMRAS)-GenSan City.

Walking on Water said...

Hi Gideon. This is Jean Alcover (from PGH IM). I already practice in Gensan since late last year. Just climbed Mt. Matutum last Holy Thursday to Good Friday. Yout site really helped prepare me psychologically. Thank you! Minor climb lang pala sya! Whoa! I was really exhausted. Nevertheless, I still want to climb more mountains soon. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

MINOR CLIMB pero needs SURVIVAL SKILLS.

Rush said...

Dayhike IT

430 ETD Gensan to Kablon Crossing
530 Kablon to Sitio Glandang
600 Register at Ranger Station
630 Start Trek
830 Reach Phase 1 campsite
1030 Summit, explore other 2 peaks
1130 Lunch
1230 Descent
1530 Sitio Glandang to Tupi
1600 ETD Tupi to Gensan
1700 ETA Gensan

Gensan-Kablon; yellowbusline- P32
Kablon-Glandang; habal2x - P60

To everyone who wish to climb Matutum you can contact Mr. Maulvi of Tupi Municipal Office at this number; 09269031934/09194092936. He's a humble servant of this town and can arrange your permit, certificate and guide. Tupi charged a P150 fee for every climber, this comes with an OR and a climb certificate. Make sure to contact him 2 days prior to your climb.

Guide Fee, P500. Porter Fee, P300
Mt. Matutum is certified safe for climbing.

AMYAK MALEH MATUTUM

Russel

Rush said...

Dayhike IT

430 ETD Gensan to Kablon Crossing
530 Kablon to Sitio Glandang
600 Register at Ranger Station
630 Start Trek
830 Reach Phase 1 campsite
1030 Summit, explore other 2 peaks
1130 Lunch
1230 Descent
1530 Sitio Glandang to Tupi
1600 ETD Tupi to Gensan
1700 ETA Gensan

Gensan-Kablon; yellowbusline- P32
Kablon-Glandang; habal2x - P60

To everyone who wish to climb Matutum you can contact Mr. Maulvi of Tupi Municipal Office at this number; 09269031934/09194092936. He's a humble servant of this town and can arrange your permit, certificate and guide. Tupi charged a P150 fee for every climber, this comes with an OR and a climb certificate. Make sure to contact him 2 days prior to your climb.

Guide Fee, P500. Porter Fee, P300
Mt. Matutum is certified safe for climbing.

AMYAK MALEH MATUTUM

Russel

Anonymous said...

May isa pang trail paakyat ng matutum...pro di gnun ka popular...sa crater may water source dun....il be going home on july and climb this mountain again..typo error lang siguro yan kaya na lagyan sya ng minor specs.

Traveler said...

We ascended the summit on May 25 via Kyumang Trail in Barangay Palkan, Polomolok. One of our porter/guides told us that what we took is just but one of at least four trails (the other three being Glandang, Limblisong, and Miasong trails). They also said there is a traverse trail starting from Bgy Ulo Landan of Polomolok. To the elite, the trail may be a minor one (Glandang), but it sure was never easy for us...

Anonymous said...

Tingin ko yung mga binanggit mo ay mgA jump off lng pero this will still lead to d main trail ( correct me if im wrong) yung sa purok 2 landan, polomolok ay ang right slope ang approach mo and ul emerge on d peak 2, baba ka ng crater and ascend sa summit..3 days daw un using d landan trail..

Anonymous said...

Hello,
My name is John. I have been staying in gensan since april 2013 and I will be returning in september. I am planning a climb for mid august. I know it's the middle of the rainy season but I just recovered from a foot fungus infection and I am motivated to leave Gensan with a great mountain climb experience.

If anyone is in Gensan and is interested to climb with me (and my group, if i have one) please send me an e-mail JJBUEN@GMAIL.COM I thank you all for the information on this website.

One question: Has anyone report leaches on this mountain climb trail?

Anonymous said...

hello John,

I'm che, we will be climbing Mt. matutum this coming Aug. 24-25. Hope to see you there.. We will be taking Glandang trail. :)

Reynaldino Mayonila said...

That is very true.. and of course self-reliance is a must at ciempre dapat mayroon din sense of humor along the wey.

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone. I dayhiked Mt. Matutum last Saturday. It was tough and challenging. I think it should be classified as a major climb. I would like to thank Mr. Maulvi of Tupi and my guides Jeff Mateo and Noy Vargas as well asPNP of Tupi for facilitating my ride back to Gen. San. late at night since ginabi kami sa trail. -Greg Delgado

Anonymous said...

I had first cast my eyes on Mt. Matutum when I first visited GenSan in March of 1988 (for the total solar eclipse of that year)...
Now I think I'm going to gladly accept the challenging invitation of a good friend to try my luck on this beautiful and spectacular mountain...
Mt. Matutum here I come in November 2013!..
(edgat)

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone again,

Just want to thank Mr. Jun (09103894941) for getting in contact with me with my interest for the climb. Next time Che, I climbed on monday the 12th of August. It was a clear day. Thank you Tupi Municipality for letting me sleep in your building the night before my climb. Thanks to everyone at the Dep of Tourism at tupi for the guidance. Thank you, to my guide Arnold.

-Started climb monday morning -730AM at Glandang
-Reach Phase 1 at 1130 AM
-Summit 330PM
RAIN
SMALL TENT Fit for 2
3 PEOPLE
INTERMITTENT SLEEP
-Breakfast 5AM Tuesday Morning
-Decent 630AM
-Phase 1 10AM
-Base 1230PM
-Small horse ride back to town 50 Pesos. If you are really sore in your legs from the trek, prepare to feel pain from riding a horse bare back.
-Back in Dadiangas at 3PM

Registration 400P
Habal-Habal 60P (I give extra)
Guide 500P(give more)
Horse ride 50P (optional)

Great Climb, My first time for any mountain. It's a safe environment and the climb is challenging. Do not underestimate Matutum if this is your first mountain experience.

Bring a big Tent. My guide had to stay in my tent with me and my girlfriend but our tent was built for only two people. Btw, it was only 3 of us on the climb.
Drink the water at the mountain (boiled). Take pictures. Breathe the air. Feel the cold. Share it with good people.

-There are leaches at the bottom of the mountain. Little small ones. Easy to remove. Bring bug lotion if that will be a problem for you.

And don't forget to plant a tree!!!

-John


Neil Bonto said...

will be there on sunday (Nov 3) .Sa mga kapwa ko mountaineer na aakyat din ng araw na yan.. See yah when I see yah! ;)

Neil Bonto said...

we'll be there on sunday(nov. 3) , see yah when i see yah! :D

Mark Ashley said...

Any updates about Mt. Matutum in this year 2014?

Not just all about mountain climbing.
I mean the surroundings itself or the nature.
I'm just a LITTLE CURIOUS about that thing when I heard a news that it's going to erupt or something? I'm afraid for that to happen.

Is it still safe, for the people who climb there and for the people around that thing, for it is an active volcano? hmmmm?

Mystical Rose Mission said...

Heavy downpour, magnificent lightnings and bombastic thunders last night, rainwater got into tents... Mt. Matutum is still a great place! 5 Americans, 2 French, 9 Filipinos in the team.

Environmental protection fee at P150 per head per local climber but P250 per head per foreigner. Porter's fee is P500.00. Trail Guide's service fee is P1,000.00. Permit secured at Tourism Office of Tupi Municipio, signed by Police Chief, Mayor's Office and Barangay Captain of Kablon. Registration at Tourism Outpost before trek begins.

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