Monday, March 10, 2008

Mt. Mantalingajan (2,086+)

Southern Palawan

Major jump-off: Brgy. Ransang, Rizal, Palawan
Exit point (Traverse): Brgy. Malis, Brooke's Point, Palawan
LLA: 8°48'N 117°40'E, 2086 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-5 days / 15-20 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail Class 2-5
Features: Indigenous tribes, ultramafic forests, unique fauna and flora

2014 Update: I have returned to Mantalingajan to do the traverse and am in the process of updating the information in this website. 

Palawan is the last frontier in Philippine mountaineering. Known more for its beaches, marine life, and tourist spots such as the Puerto Princessa Underground River, Palawan's potential as a hiking hotspot is overwhelming. The length of Palawan spans over 600 kilometers, bordering South Luzon and North Borneo. On its central axis there is a mountain range,  many peaks of which are unnamed and unexplored. The literal pinnacle of these highlands is Mt. Mantalingajan, locally revered as "The Mountain of God". Rising at 2086 MASL, this wild and mysical realm encompasses the southern towns of Rizal, Brooke's Point, Quezon, and Bataraza.

Mt. Mantalingajan was once home to the feared Tau't Daram, the "People of the Night" who built houses high on the forest canopy. Never documented because of their cannibalistic ferocity, the Tau't Daram were said to have superhuman abilities such as the agility to leap from tree to tree; the use of poison darts with blowpipes; as well as the strength of carry whole trunks of hardwood. Although this tribe has become extinct with the death of its final chieftain decades ago, its legend lives on, and old accounts of the hike spoke of "shadows" that leapt over the thick jungle at night.

Today, the Tau't Bato, the "People of the Stone" continue to dwell on its forests, living by hunting birds and animals; gathering forest fruits; and perpetuating the 'kaingin' (slash-and-burn) system of farming. Although fast dwindling in number, the Tau't Bato is perhaps the last tribe to live with the old ways. Polygamy, arranged marriages, the use of potions and magic charms, and other customs continue to be practiced. If these people are to be believed, there are also other dwellers of the mountain, such as the spirit-people who live on the caves, visible only to the native priests; and the man-eating bats who hide on a ridge. Then there is said to be the giant serpent, called Ubud, who dwell on a mountain called 'Ubudun'. Other high points in the domain have an equally colorful etymology, such as the Bukid ni Salay, "Mountain of Death" and Kamandag, "Venom Mountain" where the poisonous darts get their lethal tool. This intricate, and living, system of beliefs add to the uniqueness of the Mantalingajan adventure.

Further enriching the mountain is its biodiversity, which has come to the limelight after the discovering of new species in 2007 by Conservation International. A dizzying array of tropical trees such as ipil and kamagong comprise the lowlands, succeeded by upper montane forest trees. At the highest regions, you can see the endemic pitcher plant (Nepenthes mantalingajanesis) and other exotic plants. In fact, some of the flora I saw there have only been just described in 2007! As of time of writing, the orchid shown in the photo has not yet been assigned a scientific name. The mountain is likewise a birdwatcher's paradise having a rich variety of birds, many of which are endemic to the island and the mountain. Even non-experts can attest to this by the cacophony each hiker would hear at night: each hour brings a unique birdcall.

An average of 4-5 days must be devoted to scale Mantalingajan - earning for it the distinction of being the mountain with the longest minimum time to reach the summit. Only the physically- and mentally-prepared are encouraged to attempt the climb, because it is really very difficult
(PinoyMountaineer gives it a Difficulty 9/9). Indeed, A hike to the mountain requires crossing the sheer length of Mt. Halcon, and overcoming the sheer difficulty of Mt. Guiting-Guiting. The constant menace of malaria - though dwindling - further highlights the perils of the place.

The travel time alone consumes an entire day, as the town of Rizal is 5 hours away from Puerto Princesa's San Jose Terminal by van. The Day 1 of climb is mostly a cultural experience, passing by two villages of the Tau't Bato tribe. This is also the same trail eading to the Singapan caves of tribe, which has come to media attention after a local journalist, Reyster Langit, and two others who visited the caves died of malaria. Several mountains must be crossed in Day 1 to reach the Balu'in campsite. Along the way, you will encounter tribesfolk carrying out their routine of collecting fruits, hunting, and doing other activities.

Day 2 is an arduous trek to the Paray-Paray campsite (I originally used 'Palay-Palay' following Panglima's suggestion). From Balu'in to Paray-Paray, the trail is steep and narrow, passing by a succession of environments, each with its distinct variety of plants (i.e. giant tropical ferns; mossy forests) Again, several small mountains would have to crossed just to reach Paray-Paray (so called because of the rice-looking grass in the area). Just before Palay-Palay, a foreshadowing of the following day's adventure will be met in the ascent to Pulanggok Peak (I originally used Mt. Tulanggok) - where one will experience trekking through the ultramafic trees for the first time. If climbing right after a downpour, the rare spectacle of grand, long waterfalls cascading from the peak will be seen. The campsite, which also has the final water source, has a soft, mossy ground, making it ideal for camping. Here, you can hear the convergence of the west winds coming from the South China Sea and the east winds from Sulu; as they collide, a howling sound will be heard throughout the night.

A At long last, at Day 3, the summit will be reached. It is normally assaulted from Palay-Palay, because taking your pack to the summit is virtually impossible -- you will have to boulder your way to the top, walking on the very canopy of the dwarf forest and then crawling up the knife-edged rocks. Here, gloves are required; the weather is also very volatile. After the Palay-Palay forest, one will emerge into slopes of jagged rocks interlaced with century-old trees. The trail is virtually nonexistent. Landmarks include a large rock where one can have lunch (Simba Rock). At the very summit, after 2-3 hours of bouldering, you will see the magnificent view of Southern Palawan and the surrounding seas: Brooke's Point and Sulu Sea to the east; Rizal and South China Sea to the west; Quezon up north and Bataraza and the southernmost coast of Palawan island south. The other mountains in the range can also be seen, but they do not match the majesty of the Mantalingajan summit.

One must go down before the onset of afternoon rains, which may render the bouldering difficult. Two further days of descent complete the experience. By the fourth and fifth day, your Tau't Bato guide may offer a drink of the life-giving bark called 'pangopsa' - a native energy drink which the hunters take in times of fatigue. The months of June-August is the season of fruits and they would have been a great source of trail foods, but the rainy season is prohibitive of climbing because the trails would be utterly inaccessible. The last day may be spent interacting with the Tau't Bato; partaking of their local rice wine; or simply going straight to Rizal to unwind. On the way back, sidetrip possibilities - if you still have energy - include Tabon Cave in Quezon and Estrella Falls in Narra. Going further south to the municipalities of Bataraza and Babadac will take you to the southermost. At the town of Rizal, you can still see the towering presence of Mantalingajan - a reminder of its powerful experience. All said, Mt. Mantalingajan can arguably be considered the ultimate hiking destination that the Philippines could offer!

via the Tau't Bato (Ransang) trail

Day 0
1000 Arrival at Puerto Princesa; take tricycle to bus terminal
1100 Take Charing Bus Lines to Rizal, Palawan (P250)
1700 ETA Rizal, Palawan. Head to Castelar Lodge (P150/night)
1730 Pay courtesy call to mayor

Day 1
0700 Shop for supplies at market
0800 Take jeep or ride motorcycle to Brgy. Ransang jumpoff
0900 ETA Brgy. Ransang; start trek
1000 Arrival at first village (Balin-Balin)
1100 Arrival at second village. Secure porter/guide. Early lunch.
1200 Resume trek
1600 ETA Mt. Dulangbukid; cross the four brooks
1800 Arrival at Balu'in campsite (water source nearby)
1830 Dinner

Day 2
0600 Wake up call / Breakfast
0700 Resume trek
1200 Arrival at Kawayan campsite; lunch
1300 Resume trek
1400 ETA Agong-Agungan (place of week-long wine feast)
1600 Reach start of canopy walk at Mt. Tulanggok
1800 Arrival at Palay-Palay campsite (water source nearby)
1830 Dinner

Day 3
0600 Wake up call / Breakfast
0700 Commence summit assault; bring packed lunch
0845 Reach Simba Rock
0930 Arrival at First Peak (2055 MASL)
1000 ETA Mt. Mantalingajan summit (2086 MASL)
1200 Lunch at summit
1300 Descent
1530 Back at Palay-Palay campsite
1600 Rest time
1800 Dinner / sociaks

Day 4
0600 Wake up call / Breakfast
0700 Start descent
1000 Arrival at Mangkopa campsite
1200 Arrival at Balu'in campsite / Lunch
1300 Resume trek
1730 Arrival at village
1800 Dinner / Interaction with locals

Day 5
0600 Wake up call / Breakfast
0700 Start descent
0800 ETA Balin-Balin village
0900 Back at jump-off
1200 If time permits, take last trip to Puerto Princesa

Day 6
Head back to Manila or sidetrips / other destinations

Transportation from Puerto Princesa
(1) Van from San Jose to Rizal – P300 (Several departures daily; last trip 1200H or 1400H) 
(2) Motorcycle from Rizal to Brgy. Ransang -  P400 per person; also possible to rent a jeepney for the group 
If doing the traverse:
(3) Van from Brgy. Malis (exit point) to Puerto Princesa - P300 (More frequent departures; first trip 0300H; last trip 2200H). Alternative but slower way is to take the RORO Bus
(1) Logbook and P100/person at DENR-CENRO Quezon (ask van driver to drop you off; it should not take more than 5 minutes)
(2) Logbook, Rizal Tourism. No fees.
(3) Logbook, Rizal Police Station. No fees.
(4) Logbook and P100/person at Brgy. Ransang.
If doing the traverse: 
(5) Logbook at Brgy. Malis, Brooke's Point. No fees.
Total fees per hiker P200
Available: 500 per day for guides and porters. If expediting the trip, consider giving the full four or five days. Note: Allot additional fee for guides' transportation back to Rizal. 
DENR-PASU (Claris Pador) +639287129155
Rizal Tourism (Evelyn Reyes) +639981846682
Guide (Kuya Binoy) +639308624828
Usual campsites include Olango Camp 3, Mayo's Peak, Traditional Camp 3 and 2.   
Water sources
Numerous, including several streams on both sides of the traverse. Balin-Balin, Kabugan and Paray-Paray campsites all have nearby water sources. Note that drinking water from some streams are said to be taboo. 
Cellphone signal
Present in many parts; stronger in the West (Brooke's Point) side. 3G signal present in Paray-Paray campsite. (Globe, Smart)
River crossings
Minor crossings but nothing that can compromise the hike. 
Roped segments
None but some segments during the summit assault and on the way to Magringgit Peak require extreme caution and possible assistance 
Yes - minimal to mild 
Singapan Cave - cultural home to the Tau't Bato tribe. Estrella Falls in Narra and Tabon Cave in Quezon. 
Alternate trails
There are definitely lots of possibilities as the Mantalingajan range. 
For a group of 5 persons, 3000-4000 pesos from Puerto Princesa 


Malaria. Mosquito care is important as Rizal, Palawan is still endemic for malaria in spite of improvements in recent years. PinoyMountaineer highly recommends prophylaxis of Mefloquine (Lariam S), 250 mg tablet once a week, from one week prior to the climb to two weeks after. Also, physical protection using long-sleeved and tight-fitted clothing is recommended at night. Mosquito nets must be used if spending the night in the village huts. Insect repellant is also recommended for use throughout the day.

Limatik is also present but only in a short segment of the trail just beyond Mt. Dulangbukid (see Limatik overview article). Night trekking was not advised by my Tau't Bato guide because of presence of snakes. Should one deviate from the trail, other unverified dangers such as those of the man-eating bats have been reported. Also, cultural sensitivity to the customs of the tribe must be observed. Many members of the Tau't Bato, for instance, are still xenophobic for fear of catching the common cold (against which the tribe has little immunity).

The closest higher mountain to Mt. Mantalingajan is already Mt. Kinabalu in North Borneo, the highest mountain in archipelagic Southeast Asia (sans Papua island).

The 'panglima' (chief) of the Tau't Bato village who accompanied the blogger during his climb was also the guide of Reyster Langit and his company to the Singapan caves in the Tau't Bato territory. Further conversations with the Tau't Bato revealed other tales, such as the magic charms called pugay which could give men virility and power over women; chants that can ward off snake and scorpion bites, among others. The place is really enchanting - culture and nature merge to form paradise!



Anonymous said...

congratulations sir! i enjoy reading your articles; they are very informative and highly evocative. more power! - ANDREW, HONOLULU

gideon said...

thanks sir!




gideon said...

thanks - southern palawan is really nice and its quite an experience being in that pristine land. i hope to come back to palawan again for the other mountains there such as mt. victoria and cleopatra's needle.

Greg Morales said...

Bro had i read this earlier I probably had second thoughts of going to the Singnapan Valley. I am glad i did not read it earlier. Was able to reach the bottom of the songnapan valley and do a medical mission with the tau't batom Met with chief opoker and lomihay diklay. It was truly difficult. it was wet and slippery. there were parts where you could barely stant on the trail. i rolled down three times and even dislocated my camera lens in one of those falls. thanks for the info. visit my palawan pictures in

Anonymous said...

unbelievable! hardcore k tlga sir gid, taga d2 ako sa puerto princesa..kahit kming mga mountaineers d2 di pa naaakyat itong MANTALINGAJAN- MOUNTAIN OF GOD kng tawagin ng mga locals.

very few people climb mantalingajan..cguro one expedition lang every 1 or 2 yrs.

kudos to pinoymountaineer, tnx to ur site andami naming alam 2ngkol sa iba't ibang bundok sa pilipinas, tnx also for featuring our CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE. mrami pang iba d2.. well send u details sa email sir..

tnx ulit,, mabuhay ang mga mtnrs!

gideon said...

nice to hear from residents of palawan. a palawan-based club was the one who shared with us the itinerary for cleopatra's mountain. as for mantalingajan, i had to find out for myself exactly how it was and what can i say? it was the most difficult mountain i climbed -- and it was even more challenging since i was only accompanied by guides!

i will appreciate it if you can send us more mountains from palawan. it is truly "the last frontier of Philippine mountaineering".

Greg Morales said...

Check out my tau't Bato pics on my

Anonymous said...

Hi Gid! I stayed in Palawan for 2 years. I intend to climb a mountan on my next visit there. May I know yung name ng Palawan based na mountaineering club? Pwede ko ba makuha yung contact person sa club and yung contact number nya? Thanks! =)

arvinmcfree said...

great adventure!
thanks for all the praises you gave sa palawan... u were the lone witness of what is the truly adventurous mountain in palawan. btw, i am from brooke's point. said...

hi,gideon, I meen ,we met us during our trip to taut batu in march 2008 on the path in forrest. we climbed up to singnapan, you went down from the were 3 boys from slovakia - middle europe, with our guide named buano,... arent you?
send mail, please

Jay Z said...

Ang tikas sir gid! a true hardcore pinoy explorer! soon we will aim for mt. mantalingajan! guiting guiting muna then mantalingajan na power to yah! said...

hi! i found particular interest in this article, i was wondering if you were able to actually talk to the tau't bato, because implanning to go there as well. and i would love to know on how i can that. hoping you could help me on this.. email me back pls.

Anonymous said...

Sir is nice to have this article for Mt. Mantalingajan. Our group is planning to have experience this kind of adventure. We are not yet scaled Mt. Halcon but I think we will first experience this before planning out for Halcon and compare which is the best and the most difficult mountain destination in Philippine Mountaineering.

dew_drops said...

quoted verbatim from todays site:

"President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared Mt. Mantalingahan in southern Palawan protected, securing some 120,000 hectares of mostly old-growth forest in an area severely threatened by mining projects and illegal logging.

The President signed Proclamation 1815 on June 23, which created the Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MPPL), according to a statement of the nonprofit Conservation International Philippines on Saturday."

dunno kung sarado na din sa akyatan......i can't post the whole article. disabled n ng admins ang copy and paste.....

Anonymous said...

accrdng to my friend sa palawan, extend and proclamation to bataraza (neighboring town), closed for any activities daw manatalingajan, wala daw umapela na mountaineering group to exclude ang ban sa climbing, pati daw po cleopatra's needle sarado na...even underground river, though open for tours, wala n daw yung trail, sa kalsada at dagat na daw ang daan...
di ko lang alam kung totoo lahat..cguro totoo nga..


gideon said...

we welcome this act to project mjan, lets hope it really gets protected from mining. when i was there, rumors were really rife that permits were granted to mining companies. mabuti napigilan.

i have lost touch with the kuya fidel patidol, the tourism officer of rizal, palawan who guided me in my solo expedition up mantalingajan last year so i cannot verify this. however, i am of the opinion that the ban does not cover trekking activities.

even if there is a ban, this may just be in paper if the town itself will allow climbers. there are no DENR ranger stations to speak of and this is really wilderness and real "permit" needed to climb this mountain would come from the mayor of rizal as well as the datus of the tau't bato in ransang. it is also a challenge to find a guide because very few persons have summitted the mountain.

will keep you posted if i get wind of changes in the status of mantaligajan.

Anonymous said...

yes sir, sinarado daw mining activities sa for the climbing, rumors has it that the people are wary, apparently meron daw climb just for the sake of "spying", kung ano pede ma-log kaya merong ban...pero sana walang ban sa climbing, sayang naman mga nangangarap dun.. hope your site can provide us more info...


Anonymous said...

hey guys im from narra paawan..actualy ngaun ko ng nalaman na my trail na pala s a freelance mountaineer but i have friends from a mountaineering group in cavite..we are panning to try scaling mataligahan ds summer..2nd week of april..see u guys..rei tayamora

Anonymous said...

mt. mantalingahan was declared procted area but i think it is not close for mountaineers i have friend from rizal,Palawan. he said it is not closed for mountaineers.

rei tayamora said...

sir gid, im from narra palawan..we are pleased to unform the mountaineeering society that vctoria peak is now open for climbers...please help us promote tourism in our town especially mounataineering..thanks

Jay Z said...

sir rei do you have info about mantalingajan about the status and guide contacts wala kc kami makuha im planning to go sa taut bato to visit the panglima kahit advance party lang kami to set dates lang plan na namin i scale ang mantalingajan as soon as possible hope u can help us sir thanks

gideon said...

hi rei, yes please, give me ur contact details so we can discuss how to promote victoria peak.

regarding mantalingajan, i know there are groups planning a climb. unfortunately my guide (fidel patidol) can no longer be contacted. nagpalit ata ng number. i hope someone gives us contact details soon.

i encourage everyone to try mantalingajan. its really an unforgettable adventure.

Anonymous said...

magandang araw mga kaibigan
pwede ako tumolong sa inyo sa pagakyat sa mantalingahan dun ako dati kasi naka assign when i was working sa NGO we can contact guides..

hi kaibiangan gideon im finish working with the article to mt. Victoria i'll send it to you this day. thanks for helping in promoting our place

bojie cervancia

Anonymous said...

To those who aspire to climb MT. Mantalingajan, I would suggest to visit the local group SUAKWAL in Puerto Princesa City. The group could give you useful information for your safety and conservation as well.
email me at
Thank You!

Jay Z said...

sir bodjie Jay Z here may email po ba kayo sir or any contact numbers pwede ko po ba makuha we are planning to climb Mt. mantalingajan as soon as possible eto po email ko sir maraming salamat po sir we will wait for ur message god bless..

Anonymous said...

sir gid and sir jz, rei tayamora from palawan but im now working in in cavite, i was in palawan last sept 7 to 16, i was supposed to climb mt. victoria with sir bogie cervancia,pero hindi kinaya ng schedule ko, i had other maters to on dec. we are inviting everyone to climb victoria, i hope ma materialized n tlaga..sirs it would be a great honor on our part if u guyz could climb with us.i'll be home on dec 18...sir gid e2 ung number ko..09052112203, and my email. sa matalingajan, im still trying to contact ung guide n kakilala ko..i'll share his info as soon as i get it..hindi pa rin ako naka akyat sa mountains ng palawan, i hope ds time m2loy na.w'll be waiting for ur messages long...

Anonymous said...

hi to all......

you can visit the tourism office at rizal municipal hall. you can get information there about mt. hubby and four other friends hiked sinagpan valley back and forth for one whole day. its really hard but worthy....
summer is the best time to hike. there are also nice beaches at rizal.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a dream mountain to climb. . . i hope to climb this mouintain while i can still can, for me this is will be the clim of all climb."IF" i get to climb it. . .hope i really do . .. someday maybee . . .really a good site sir. .keeps people dreaming and achieve!!!

keep up the good work ..


Anonymous said...

¿cerca de Rizal (palawan) existe alguna pared de roca para escalar?
jose rodriguez (españa)

Anonymous said...

I am working in Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape here in Palawan. Soft impact activities are not included in the ban. So, mountaineering and the like are very welcome provided that we will secure permission to the Protected area superintendent or its mngt for the scheduled activity.

lets help mantalingahan mngt in the protection and conservation of our remaining natural forest to help mitigate climate change.

its me Rainier Manalo
CI staff, palawan

Anonymous said...

anyone planning to climb this mountain this comng holyweek? pasabit! :D One my dream climb.


Anonymous said...

hello x...
i'm planning to go there on the second week of may...i just need to know first if i can buy some fuel supplies (butane) in palawan. nung pumunta kc kami sa puerto, di kc kami nkpag gala ng maayos.

sir gidz, and any1 from puerto princessa,san po pwedeng bumili ng butane?
if you knowe any,pls be kind to let me know...shalamatz

pablo maquiling jr.

rei said...

sir pablo..may mibili na butane sa NCCC mall..but i suggest na mag dala din kau ng multi fuel na stove..just in case na walang stock sa mall.madalas kc maubusan,by the way im from plawan..have a safe climb.

Anonymous said...

shalamatz,sir rei!
you come from a very beautiful place..malaking tulong po ang binigay nyong info... wala na po kc akong contact from puerto. i'l drop by sa NCCC when i get there...
excited ako na natatakot at the same time sa project kong 'to.
shalamatz ulit.


Anonymous said...

sir mgkano estimated all in all budget Mt. Matalingajan climb f from Manila..

sizzlingsquid said...

this is quite an interesting read. now i'm convinced this mountain is perhaps more challenging than Halcon & G2 combined!

Anonymous said...

kung cnu aakyat ng mantalingajan ds 3rd or last week of may...baka pwede ako mg join..pls txt me at this num..09052112203...taga plawan ako..thanks

anton said...

very fascinating and challenging ang mt.mantalingajan...hope to climb this mountain next year....this is the new mountaineer's dream mountain....god bless to all climber


Anonymous said...

goodluck sa lahat na gustong umakyat sa manta...

Anonymous said...

balak ko umakyat dito, march or april next year... bigyan nyo naman po ako ng info kung sino pwd contact don...

melo sanchez

Maldz said...

anyone climbing this october 6?goin to palawan oct 6-9th

Anonymous said...

hanep ang hrap mkita!

Bong said...

Anyone climbing Mantalingajan first quarter next year? Dream climb ko po to baka pwede pong sumama? Just email me at

Anonymous said...

elo sir congrats to your hardcore expedition ilike your article hope ican have a high-res pix hehehe we can post this to swag magz? if its ok to you? thanks shalom


Anonymous said...

bojie cervancia, phil lacson and king martillano are currently having the first day of their climb in mt. manta.. last week apr 5-8 2011, they climbed and summitted mt. victoria.. good luck guys.. estimated date of arriving in narra is apr 16 2011.. sarap ng climb nyo guys..
take care always and Godbless..
congrats..!! ^_^


Anonymous said...

I will be in the area in august and I really really really would like to climb this mount.
Are they some guides ok to accept the trip even if it is the rainy season ? It will probably take more days than 5 but I'm ok to take all the time it need!

mark NOEL MUMAR MENDE said...

pls advice the most appropriate time of the year to climb mt mantalingajan. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Admin, we are interested in scaling the mighty Mt. Mantalingahan. Please advise us when is the most appropriate month to climb the said majestic mountain.

We are also interested in charms and magic that the tau't bato will offer. Totoo po ba ito? How about the "Pugay"? Is the said "pugay" a local viagra or a "gayuma"?

Thanks and more power


Jojo Antonio said...

Hi sir Gideon, we are scheduled to climb Matalingahan this coming November. I would like to know how cold it gets at the campsite at night in preparation to what fleece to bring or if needed at all. Thanks and more power.

Anonymous said...

Nakakalungkot na sa kagustuhan gawing palakasan ang bundok...may mga grupo na gustong umakyat sa Manta na ginagawang mass climb ang pag akyat. Sana naisip ninyo ang takot na maidudulot ninyo sa mga tao na nakatira sa bundok na yun. Wala naman siguro masama akyatin yun pero sabi nga mismo ng local groups na tagapag alaga ng bundok na yun...DON'T CLIMB IN LARGE GROUP. Makikita nyo ang takot sa mga kabataan at kababaihan ng tau batu na di sila sanay na may mga dayuhan sa kanilang paligid. Ni hindi sila sanay makipag usap sa dayuhan at mismong chieftain lang nila ang usual na nakikipag usap. Unang una nilang pinangangalagaan ang tubig ng bundok kasi sa taas lahat ng nangagaling ang kanilang tubig pang-inom.

lagataw said...

Yep...hope whoever organized the climb may be responsible enough to know their limits and be aware of the extent of the impact with which they would leave the mountain. Hope that in their jubilation over having climbed a tough mountain, they are aware that some people actually don't really care about the toughness of the mountain they climbed but more about how responsible their journey had been.

Anonymous said...

madami kasi dito .,,gusto sila lang ang matawag na magaling,,na sila lang ang naka akyat sa tough mountain..Kaya pag may mga uma akyat ng iba.. kung ano ano na ang sinasabi.,di lang kayo ang magaling ,malakas at may resources..Be happy na lang sa ibang uma akyat ng mga bundok na inakyat nyo..

Dennis Hisanan said...

Super Ganda talaga ng Mt. Mantalingajan. pro mas mganda to akyatin in small groups(like 4-6 person).. saka sa tingin ko eh magdala narin ko ng extra na food na pwede ninyo ibigay sa mga lokals dun. Halos ang kinakain lang kasi nila s araw2 eh kamoteng kahoy at gabi.. Sana matulungan natin sila lalo na ang mag future climbers na aakyat ng mt.Mantalingajan.

Castle Mountaineers

Tin said...

I'm planning to climb Mt. Mantalingajan on June 7-11. Baka may gusto pong sumama. If interested, please email me at Salamat!

Bachwitz said...


I have recently completed the Mantalingajan via Traverse trail. I'd like to share additional info for those who are planning to climb this mountain, you may refer to my blog for on how the trail and the mountain is.

Hope you dont mind Sir Gid if I post my blog address.


angela blanca j. decena said...

completed our mt. mantalingajan traverse last aug 7-12 2012..
thanks sa mga sumama sa binuo kong climb sa aming probincya ng Palawan.. salamat kina, sir onin galano, sir churchill remaneses, sir jay z jorge, palawan climbers na sina sir mayo, sir jasper camacho., sir rex, mam soren baltazar at sa partner ko Leo Campos..
kelangan tlga sa climb na to, food food food, pasensya, lakas at pananampalataya at pambalot sa katawan kapag nasa Paray paray campsite, at sa unang campsite s traverse (actually e-camp kmi)..
makakasalubong ka p ng mga tribong takot sa mga dayuhan na gaya natin.. mga tribong nppreserve nila ang kultura nila na matutuwa kang isipin n my mga ganung grupo ng tao p pla n ngppractiz ng ganun..

photo album on my facebook acct..
angela blanca j. decena

maraming salamat sa mga mentor nmin sir bong magana, sir reynold boringot, sir mark mendres at sa schoolmate ko jehson cervancia.. at ang mga naunang grupo n umakyat na ngbigay ng tips etc..salamat..

sa aming guide, porter na sina tatay dinyo, binoi at ang nkisabay sa aming si tikil..

maraming salamat..

khit ako pinakamabgal, natapos din ng safe at maayos..

npaka gnda ng palawan..!

i'm proud to be a palaweña..

-angela decena-

Anonymous said...

Hi Po mga mam and sir cnu po may climb ng mt.mantalingahan d2 balak ko po sana sumabit tnx eto po no. ko


Anonymous said...

good day mga ser/mam... my sched po kami manta. this july 5-10 anyone n inetested kindly send me
tx only

Fernando Jr. Lopez said...

Good day my brethren in the mountains! We'll be climbing Mantalingajan this March 2-5. Feel free to tag along. Here's my mobile: 0927-9313845

Anonymous said...

Doing a traverse on January me if you are interested to join, GENE LABIO

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