Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mt. Apo/Kapatagan-Kidapawan Traverse Trail (2,956+)


MT. APO (KAPATAGAN-KIDAPAWAN TRAVERSE)
Davao del Sur and North Cotabato

Entry point: Brgy. Mainit, Digos
Exit point: Brgy. Ilomavis, Kidapawan City
LLA: 7°0′30″N, 125°16′33″E, 2,956 MASL (#1)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 10-11 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 2-4

BACKGROUND
The different flavors of a Mt. Apo climb are reflected in the different trails, and in the past decade two major trails have emerged: the Kidapawan Trail in North Cotabato and the Kapatagan Trail in Davao. Whereas the Kidapawan Trail features hot springs, river crossings, and a steep forested trail that leads to a swampland ultimately leading to Venado, the Kapatagan Trail on the other hand has a more "volcanic" feel - initially wide trails lead to a mossy forest; and then arrives the challenge of boulering your way up the crater of Mt. Apo and ultimately reaching the summit - the highest point in the Philippines.

The two trails form a traverse of Mt. Apo, spanning two provinces and the above-mentioned attractions. Another common route, Kidapawan-Magpet which focuses on the North Cotabato side of the mountain, is detailed on the original Mt. Apo page in PinoyMountaineer.

ITINERARY
From Davao City

Day 1
0500 Early breakfast
0600 At Davao Ecoland Terminal, take bus to Digos
0730 ETA Digos; take tricycle to Digos market
0800 Breakfast / Buy supplies
0900 Take Kapatagan-bound van
1100 ETA Kapatagan; Registration. Arrange guides.
1130 Take habal-habal to Mainit jumpoff
1200 Arrival at jumpoff; start trek
1730 ETA Camp 1 (Goodygoody camp). Set up camp
1830 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0600 Breakfast / Break camp
0800 Commence trek to crater via Boulder trail.
1200 Arrival at crater. Lunch
1300 Arrival at Mt. Apo summit; Set up camp
1400 Explore vast summit area

Day 3
0600 Breakfast / Break summit camp
0700 Start descent
0900 ETA Lake Venado
1200 ETA Mainit Hot Spring; start river crossing
1500 End of trek, Lake Agko
1600 Take habal-habal to Kidapawan City
1700 ETA Kidapawan City; take van to Davao City
2000 Back in Davao City

*The reversibility of this itinerary is not exact but complementary; if doing a Kidpawan-Kapatagan traverse, the reverse of Day 3 will become Day 1-2; the reverse of Day 1-2 will become Day 3.

ARRANGING A MT. APO TRIP
Mt. Apo, as the highest mountain in the Philippines, attracts a lot of attention from hikers all over the world. PinoyMountaineer.com can help visitors arrange a trip to Mt. Apo. We can secure hiking permits, English-speaking guides, porters, and even tents and camp foods, as well as design itineraries based on your schedules. Depending on your specifications, we can contact local guides or even link you with local hiking clubs. A 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, and even a 5-day Apo are also possible, and there are several trails to choose from. Just email info@pinoymountaineer.com for details.

SPECIAL CONCERNS
Budget
. This is commonly the number one concern when climbing Mt. Apo, and I suppose we should begin with the expenses involved. Of old we often hear of backpacking groups making their way to Mindanao via SuperFerry, or even via the Philtranco bus. With the advent of budget air travel, however, it is no longer recommended to resort to these measures. Instead, fares may be purchased from Cebu Pacific between P3000-4000 roundtrip, if you book early.

Aside from the airfare, the climbing fees are also quite expensive. As of 2010, the prices have increased even more (with fees reaching P1000 per trail). For a hassle-free Mt. Apo climb, one can arrange a climb through PinoyMountaineer.com. Click this page for more details.

Transportation. From Davao, whether bound for Kapatagan or Kidapawan, the departure point is Davao's Ecoland Terminal. The jeepney system in Davao City is quite complex, but it is very convenient to just take a taxi to the terminal. Night trips are limited especially those coming from North Cotabato, so please check the last trip while in Ecoland.

Logistics. Fuel and food may be conveniently purchased in Davao City's malls, while market supplies may be bought in Digos or Kidapawan markets.

Climbing notes. Water sources are available in Camp 1 and the summit. Being an inactive volcano, Mt. Apo has sulfuric vents and there are some parts that have a mildly sulfuric smell on both sides of the traverse, more so on Kapatagan. Cellphone signal is absent in some parts of the trail but it is strong in the summit and good on Lake Venado,

TRIVIA
Henceforth, assault will refer to segments of climbs when light packs are commonly employed and the heavy packs are left at campsite.

MT. APO TRAILS
Mt. Apo/Kidapawan-Magpet: Davao + North Cotabato / 2956m (#1)
Mt. Apo/Kapatagan-Kidapawan: Davao + North Cotabato / 2956m (#1)
Mt. Apo/Sibulan-Kapatagan: Davao del Sur / 2956m (#1)

152 comments:

miracle said...

we've climed and got to the summit of mt apo last nov 22-24.. and all i can say is,it's one hell of an adventure.. felt great at d summit and going over d trail, kidapawan-kapatagan made this climb d most memorable and enriching one for me..i never thought id climb this mountain but thanks to my Sykes Outdoor group, you're great guys.. thanks for sharing the experience with me..

plus we did have a sidetrip to camp sabros, where we did zipline and also white white water rafting in davao.. one adventure of a lifetime..

Jay Z said...

Mt. Apo is a dream come true been there last nov 22-24 im also with SYKES OUTDOOR the experience is very memorable and challenging as well... TROY our expedition leader told us... "reaching the country's rooftop aint an easy feat.. traversing region 12 to region 11, kidapawan to kapatagan with weather disturbance is painstaking... share the glory!" thank you guys! you're the best! also our group would like to acknowledge the efforts of SIR GIDEON LASCO kudos to you sir thank you for keeping us informed with your website and pinoymountaineer is indeed the leading mountaineering website in the country! also to SIR ERWIN "PASTOUR" EMATA (2nd Filipino to Summit MT. EVEREST)our guide in the "Roof of the Phil" MT. APO.. The grandfather of phil mountains,The Majestic peak of the south,the highest peak in the country...one adventure of a lifetime...

Anonymous said...

ALAB NG PUSO! Kailanma'y hindi sumuko... TAGUMPAY!!! I SALUTE YOU FELLOW MOUNTAINEERS!

Anonymous said...

We are planning to open the Mt. APO Davao Side trail via Baracatan hopefully matulungan nyo kami for this proposal. dahil sa tingin ko ito ang pinaka magandang trail sa lahat.

from Boyet ng Sandawa Apo Batch 86

duntug said...

sir gideon were planning to climb mount apo 1st week of march, kumusta po pala ang temperature don compared to pulag that time of year? galing po kami pulag last DEC sobrang ginaw. ano appropriate na clothing dalhin?

Anonymous said...

no offense bro,my opinion for your proposal....i dont agree with that,it'll just degrade the beauty of the mountain.we already have a lot of trails going to the summit,i dont think its necessary....well,you can still push through your proposal anyway it's just my opinion.

gideon said...

@boyet, et al: we are in favor of opening new trails for popular mountains to unburden the load of the other trails and their respective carrying capacities. however, any attempt to do so must be coordinated with the DENR and the local government. they are in the best position to judge whether reopening new trails may be justified.

if you have a proposal, however, we can also study it so we can give our opinion regarding the plan.

duntug said...

hey man, how about the climate??? is it as cold as pulag up there?? pls. man need to know, we'll be going there in a couple of weeks

sylvester said...

sir a newbie here. i was wondering what needed for the camping/backpacking for mt apo?? thanks.

you can reach me at MASTERZYPHER@YAHOO.COM

IP II t o IK said...

if you're going w/ a mountaineering group they could always take care of stoves and cooksets for the group. for your personal needs:
1. water container or bladder 3 lts.
2. poncho or raincoat
3. at least 3 t-shirts(quick dry material)
4. gloves
5. bonnet for the cold summit
6. sleeping bag
7. tent

you can also bring trail foods, i prefer powerbars light and healthy...
when are you planning to climb?

King said...

Hi!duntug! Our group will be climbing mt apo on march 6 via kapatagan. Baka sabay tayo. We hope to jump off from mainit at about 9am of march 6. I suggest you bring raincoats and to keep you warm. mag layering kayo. You can start with thermal underwear which you can buy at SM. Tapos dry fit shirt. Sweater. Then jacket. Gloves and bonnet. That should keep you warm.

Jay Z said...

Hi duntug! jay z here I suggest u bring raincoats,jackets,bonnets,extra poncho,gloves and scarves kc last tym na pumanik kami last nov. biglang nagka storm ng walang warning sa summit sobrang lamig nya temp dropped to 3 degrees and also kung dadaan kayo sa boulders medyo amoy sulfur cya u can use ur scarf as a mask na din instead of using an earthpad i suggest u use insulator u can buy it sa local hardware stores its cheaper and mas pack lite cya and its really warm even our guide is using one and pastour emata told us na un din ang ginagamit nila sa everest... good luck sa climb sa apo! power to yah!

Anonymous said...

bring thermal blanket mga sirmam. and if ur planning to camp sa summit bring breads or fuds na luto na or yung pagsaing niyo ng lunch sabay niyo na dinner. medyo mahirap magsaing sa taas , lakas ng hangin. may water source sa summit.;)

Anonymous said...

Thinking about Mt Apo in April... Is there a supplier of screw-on Iso-butane canisters in Davao? Like those made by MSR, Primus, and SnowPeak.... Appreciate any information. Would like info on potential rental gear suppliers as well.

Thank you,

Oregontripper
Portland, Oregon USA

Mark said...

hello planning on climbing this april. what should i wear to start? shorts? jogging pants ? slippers or shoes ? or any advise tnx

gideon said...

@oregontripper: im not sure about supplies in davao. hopefully the guys from davao will comment - i can ask our correspondent from mindanao.

boboypogi said...

@mark
sir if your taking kapatagan-kidapawan traverse wear trek shoes and trek pants. bring gloves also. bring the 40liter packs na di lagpas sa ulo niyo, may mga gapangan at suutan na sasabit ang packs kung mataas. bring rope also since may trail pababa na nag-erode, you can use the rope to secure your team para di diretso sa bangin just in case madulas. and gaya ng post ko po sa taas bring foods na luto na, dahil mahirap magsaing sa summit sa gabi. ingat po sa lahat.:)

@oregontripper
sir theres a shop in davao named HABAGAT, you can google their website to inquire for butane canisters you're loking for. Goodluck!

Anonymous said...

hi... may kakilala kau nah pwede mg-guide sa amin ppnta mt. apo? when and how?? please ...... nikka

Anonymous said...

ano ba yang mt.apo n yan sa lake venado may nagtitinda na ang sagwa nman nawawala ang climbing spirit ...magtinda nlang din kaya tayo hahahahah .yung gustong umakyat sa mt apo wag nag tumuloy ang pangit maraming tindahan parang boracay yakkkks .dapat bawalan yan

Anonymous said...

sir gideon, makakadaan pa ba sa mainit hot spring pababa from venado? just heard from someone na di nadaw ito passable, kc daw under na ito ng PNOC?

Anonymous said...

For those hardcore enthusiasts, you can also try the Talomo-Apo double-major traverse. Entry is in Calinan (Tamayong trail), up Mount Talomo, cross to Lake Venado, up Mount Apo and exit either Kapatagan or Kidapawan. They say the jungle trek is superb though this is not for the faint of heart as this will involve 6-7 days with an average of 8-hour trek time per day. I haven't tried it myself though I plan to do so next year (2010). This trek takes you deep into the heart of the Mount Apo National Park (the thick jungle you see between Apo and Talomo). If you exit at Kapatagan, your climb experience will be complete with a trek down the boulder face. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Ganun talaga pag Holy Week kayo aakyat... may manininda, parang fiesta... mas maganda kung hindi kayo sasabay sa Holy Week crowd. The Mainit trial is not passable due to the threat of landslides (as per other Mountaineers). The trail has been diverted through Ko-ong (you take a right on the way down and by-pass Mainit). The Marbel River will still be trekked though the River trek will be shorter...

gideon said...

Talomo-Apo is very very interesting to me. thanks for bringing this up!

gideon said...

i have no updates right now regarding the kidapawan trail but as far as i know it is still passable.

Anonymous said...

March 16-20 climb to Mt.Apo. Thanks to our Davao guides Alids (09159444466) and Gerry (09297317388) who not only guided us but cooked our meals and pitched the tents for us. We had a great time especially watching the sunrise at the peak. The Kapatagan-Ilomavis trail was punishing but exhilirating and the dip at Agko Resort hot spring was refreshing. Mike, Mimmy, Philip and John...Sydney

Anonymous said...

kumusta sa mga mountaineers im from novaliches q.c share ko lang experience climb ko sa apo last march1 to 5 sariwa pa din sa isip ko ang adventure na nangyari sa buhay actually first climb ko to talagang nabigla ako sa climb at hirap at sa mga gamit ko puro kulang d ako prepared sa climb namin buti nalang nandyan mga friend ko na nakihiram ako ng gamit sa kanila. jacket,tent,pinggan,kutsara.... wala akong quick dry na damit d ko alam na ganun kahalaga mga gamit pati gloves wala ako lintik pala sa lamig dun sa peak. advice ko lang take muna ng minor before major kc sa totoo lang d ka gaanung enjoy.parang survival na lang talaga nagyari nakakatawa na kakainis ang feeling pero dko akalain first climb ko highest in the phils nakaya ko salamat sa mga ka buddy ko sa climb na to at sa best tour guide namin ung sa taas....... nature lover

Anonymous said...

hellow sir gideon

I am a freelance mountaineer (by choice) here in davao city and have climbed Apo thrice thru 3 different routes (kapatagan, bansalan and kidapawan). I read somewhere in the comments that you are interested with the Talomo to Apo Traverse, well... same here! :-) This trail is one of our dreams, hope we can collaborate one of these days for the plan. We have heard that Talomo up to this date is close because of reasons like the Military Insurgencies and environmental issues. We would be very glad to have you with this route.


Maricar of davao city

gideon said...

hello maricar,

yes i am very interested in doing futher explorations in southern mindanao. please email me at info@pinoymountaineer.com so i can contact you about this!

gid

Anonymous said...

Hi! I too have conquered Mt. Apo via this trail during a recent vacation back to my hometown, Davao City, mid-March this year. (thanks to our guides, my mates Jer & Lids!). It was one of the most difficult yet astounding adventures I have ever experienced. The view from the peak is indescribable (esp during sunrise). Can’t wait to try a different trail on my next visit!

Happy trekking!

Rgds, Mi (myrnagrace25@yahoo.com.au)

PS. congrats to my dad who conquered Mt Apo at the age of 50! you're the best!

Anonymous said...

freedom climb.....mt apo here we come!!!

"pag malipot, magkapot sa lobot"

Anonymous said...

kita kits sa freedomclimb.. mt.apo

Anonymous said...

we were the only participants at mt apo freedom climb, 14 of us, 5 bicolanos,1 from valenzuela, 3 palaweños and the rest from davao.. it was a great experience.. hell yeah. tnx to engr albert gabriel for giving us the best rocking moments during the climb.. \m/ rock on.. no matter how heavy your load is, as long as you bring redhorse beer , its worh it. believe me you gonna need it at the camp site. ito ang TAMA....

Anonymous said...

is oct/nov a good month to climb Mt. Apo.?

Anonymous said...

may nakontak ako sa davao php5500 daw pag solo cimb including transpo,guide,porter, registration, certificate,tent, stove,cookset,,,,,,

yung food ng porter at guide sagot ng climber

airfare- 4400 rt
climb fee- 5500
pocket monay- 5000
total;;;;;;; 14,900php

dami ko mabibiling durian chips at pastillas ohooo ohooo wohooooooo

JR

ernesto pandagani said...

wohoooo update yung 5500 petot yun ang price pag solo pwede pa mabawasan yun hahaha... yung trail is sibulan-kidapawan traverse

jr

Anonymous said...

sarap umakyat ng apo. kaso nagmahal ng 100 pesos ang registration fee via kapatagan. 600 na ngaun. 350 for student kaya dala kayo ng ID. Last climb Oct. 23-26, 2009. Kapatagan - Kidapawan Trail.

Anonymous said...

sana maakyat ko rin ang apo.. baka po may magyaya dyn, sama naman ako..

-melo/09183436034/melosanchez.multiply.com

mike ignacio said...

will be climbing mt apo this dec 27-29

Anonymous said...

sir prehas tau ng date ng climb 27-29 din kmi ksma kmi s MMS openclimb ng APO-kapatagan-kidapawan trail..kita kits n lng..

prodigy..LMT

Anonymous said...

mga sir kita kita nalang tyo sa apo dec 27 29 din ang climb namin.......

piccolo said...

we will climb mt. apo on March 29 to April 01 of 2010. If anyone is interested to join you can email me at piccolo_914@yahoo.com. Mas marami mas masaya and mas tipid.

MIKE MEJIA said...

nkrting n me ng mt.apo noong march.27-31 2008 bgo me ikasal 1 month b4,mssbi ko lng mghanda k u lht ng dpt dalhin,mag ingat k u dhil my part s pg lagpas ng lake venado pbb s ilog n gumuguho ang lupa.pngalagaan ntin ang buong nsskupan ng mt.apo.kapatagan-kidapawan trail ang aming dnaanan,s lht ng gustong subukin ang pg akyat s mt.apo,gudluck n enjoy!....d k mag sisisi...msaya,my hrap,at d mo mlilimutan hanggag s iyong pg tnda n ikaw 1 s pmilya mo n nkrting s pnk mtaas n bundok s buong pilipinas...pgktapos nyn isinunod ko ang kota kinabalu at mt.kalimanjaru,...NEVER STOP EXPLORING!

Anonymous said...

piccolo, sir, gusto sana namin climb apo pero april 1-4 lng kami pwede.. 5 kami.

piccolo said...

@ anonymous sir/mam tingnan ko po muna kung pwede pa namin maiadjust ung sked namin for this climb. email nyo na lang po ako para mainform ko po kayo.

Anonymous said...

mr/ms anonymous/mr.piccolo

interested din kami 7 kami...april 1-4 lang din kami pwede.... jason mlee.. feel free to contact/txt me...09108123131/09238718317

Anonymous said...

i am just curious, is it safe to bring a foreigner?

Anonymous said...

can i also join the climb on april 1-4 im coming from baguio can you email me ur i.t. so ill know what route your taking? do email me Will, wilcapjr@yahoo.com thanks

Anonymous said...

if wala pa kayo service a susundo sa inyo sa davao airport papunta sa jumpoff saka pagsundo,,eto contact number ng driver na pwede maging service nyo pati na rin mga sidetrip nyo sa davao..name nung driver is ogie 09086669468...

Anonymous said...

ive climbed apo twice. pinakamahirap na trail pa rin papuntang apo ung talomo to apo transverse. 5 days na mabilisang lakad un pwo aus naman sulit ang pagod. going to apo ds holy week via bansalan trail naman. hehe. see u at the peak fellow climbers.

Anonymous said...

I've climb Mt. Apo last Dec2008 via Kapatagan-kidapawan trail. What a experience, unforgetable talaga. Masarap at Hirap pinagsama talaga, breath taking naman pag narating mo na ung summit... at lalo na kung explore nyo ung 4peaks ng APO... =)
To all my fellow climber who will conquer Mt.Apo stay safe and enjoy... (Magbaon ng mahabang pasensya) hehe

- PROPHET 45

Anonymous said...

Never in my life dreaming of climbing the highest mountain peak Mt.Apo.But since my adventurous husband wants our 3 teenage kids to see the summit so I joined them rather than magworry to death ako @ home thinking of them..Twas indeed very risky & challengng,but really enjoyed the trek w/my family..that was May 26-28,2008.We tooked the Kidapawan kapatagan trail.Who said 52 yr. olds can't climb Mt. Apo? Thanks God for the great opportunity He gave us.Thanks din sa patient tour guides namin Ej,Rudy.

Anonymous said...

grabe ung tril kpagud msyadong malau pero pgnkarating kna sa pick wow grabe sarap ng pling.!! that was my 1st hiking na kmasa mo almost 1 thousand people the `1st bansalan singit sa kinaiyahan mt. apo opening tril.!~

Archie said...

Hi all, ill be on a solo climb on April 25, just want to know if someone will be climbing also. Would be great to meet new friends up there. Cheers

al del barrio said...

Hi guys! We are planning to climb Mt. Apo by last quarter of the year... hopefully open na yung APO... we are looking for interested participants... visit our site for future updates...
www.voyageradventureclub.multiply.com

Thanks...

Anonymous said...

I went there from Kapatagan to Kidapawan last April 26, meet 2 groups up there both from Kidapawan. Seems wala namang problema about closure.

www.freewebs.com/kalit-kalitmountaineeringsociety said...

hello guys, pwede makahingi ng idea kung magkano ang regular fee ng guide sa apo per day? yong contact kasi namin masyadong mahal, pahingi na rin ng contact number ng mga guides sa apo. salamat and more power. taga cebu kami, climb sked june 10 to 15 2010, kapatagan trail

Anonymous said...

guide is 500/day
porter is 400/day

Anonymous said...

they live in kapatagan, if price is ok, i can give you their contact numbers. taga cebu pud ko.

Anonymous said...

contact me i can be your guide to mt.apo 500/day this is my no.09193612419

lagrimasgodfrey said...

sir can i have their numbers? mine is 09268041656. im from cebu, member of kalit-kalit mountaineering group. thanks

lagrimasgodfrey said...

can i have their numbers please? mahal kaayo ang uban, 1500 per day hingi nila, grabe naman. my number is 09268041656

Anonymous said...

will be climbing mt. apo june 11 to 14, anybody else climbing? see u there.

Anonymous said...

guide is at most 500/day, suggestion: just contact the DOT for their accredited guides

Anonymous said...

akyat po kami sa july 22-26, sino po ang pwedeng guide? dalawa lang po kami.. thanks! :)

light2shyn said...

anyone climbing apo this august? i plan to go there on aug 4-9 and hopefully climb it on aug 4-6. can anyone give me an idea how much it would cost for the climb and how to get there from davao city and how to get a permit. everything po to know so this can happen for me. im a female is it safe to climb it alone with just the guide and the porter?

pls give me updates: light2shyn@yahoo.com

thanks.

Best wishes to everyone.

Anonymous said...

Hi archie,

how much does his services cost per day?

thanks.

Anonymous said...

Anyone climbing Mt. Apo this september? Pa-join naman para medyo makatipid. 0906 - 2496379

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

will climb mt. apo tomorrow. mejo nagpapa presyo ang guide ko so i'm looking for another one. 500/day lang budget. any recommendations? Thanks!

-karlo

rhickz alvior sumera said...

manaka ta ninyo tanan karong october 22, 2010..

kitakita ta ninyo tanan dito mga mountain people.... godlessyou all

Anonymous said...

sir, just want to verify this "rumor" circulating around davao that there was this advisory of "climb at your own risk" due to a very poisonous snake and there are several casualties already.

hope you could verify on this...thanks!

kikoman said...

to Archie of cebu.
would you mind emailing me brod. seems you've been solo climbing mt apo. want to get info from you. perhaps you could help. planning solo climb this oct ahead of the whole gang! kikoman35@yahoo.com. you may drop me an off line message if u could. thx a lot.

Anonymous said...

hello,

does anyone could recommend a guide from davao city? need to know. thx a lot.

kikoman (kikoman35 sa yahoo)

Anonymous said...

Kikoman,

Just take the public transportation to Kapatagan. From there you won't have any trouble looking for Porter-Guides. You can hire almost anyone ;-)

kikoman said...

to anonymous,

i know, thanks dude. but i'm not into the beaten path. :)

archie said...

to kikoman, sorry for my late reply. Yes, i did have a solo climb last April. What info do you need. Cheers

Anonymous said...

Hi, we are going to Mt Apo on Oct 22-25, 2010. What do you suggest is the appropriate type of clothes to wear? Is it warm or cold on those montains?

Archie said...

Hi, I went up there on a summer and recorded 8degCelsius at 6pm. Now might be colder up there.

Anonymous said...

panay ulan ngaun d2 s davao kaya expect alot of rain and freezing cold temp.,.,hehe goodluck mates

Anonymous said...

I've heard na pahirapan daw ang registration? Totoo ba? Planning to Climb Mt. Apo by Feb 2010. Any suggestions on what easiest Trail to take?

Japo Parcero said...

Sino pong may climb sa Apo ngayong late Nov or early December? Pasabit naman po.:)

Anonymous said...

try also the mt. apo-bansalan trail via lake macadac- pnoc reforestation area. for fast hikers you can reach the summit in just one day if you reach lake macadac before 4am. lake macadac to mt. Apo's peak is roughly 45 minutes to just one hour.

Anonymous said...

when would be the best time to go up mt apo? i went up pulag last jan 29-30 and it was so foggy, i dint see the sunrise or the "sea of clouds". im planning to climb apo on oct. is that good?

- pao

Anonymous said...

anyonw wants to climb mt. apo on the second week of june? Maybe the 8th-13th. Please let me know, balak ko pong akyatin ang mt. apo pero brother-in-law ko lang kasama ko....thanks

AIRAM said...

Just sharing my Mt. Apo via Kapatagan-Kidapawan climb experience..

http://ooohneh.blogspot.com/2011/02/climbing-mt-apo-philippines-highest.html

Thanks.

josilda said...

Anybody po who will climb apo on MAy 5-8, 2011? please comment or email me at jinnee.gen@gmail.com.. Me and my frnd will climb Mt. Apo on these dates and kaming 2 lng. mkikisabay po sana kmi. =)

Anonymous said...

hi! i'm just wondering how much ang fee to go to mt. apo via bansalan? we will be leaving on the 12th of May. Just wanted to be sure para ma ready ang cash. thanks. email me at nico_143@yahoo.com

latebloomer said...

good day to all,

myself and a small group (5-6) are planning to climb Mt. Apo in early December 2011. I'm from Digos so most probably we'll be starting from Bgy. Mainit on the Kapatagan-Kidapawan trail. Anyone else who have the same plan, we'll most appreciate the company.

If you have a day or two to spare or if we can't climb agad for any reason, pwede tayong mag-camp sa bahay ng mga ate ko dun.malawak ang bakuran,kasya mga 4-5 tents

interested? email me at knightindementia@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Mga sir/mam

Anu po ang ratio ng guide per climber?
my nagsabi 5:1 daw tama po ba?
500 a day for a group of 5

sa porter ganun din po ba?

salamat

Mitch said...

What is your recommended mountain for a training climb before mt. apo? preferably with similar terrain?

Anonymous said...

About the ratio...
Depende po siguro yan. Last climb namin May 20-22 isang guide lang naman hired namin. Bali 14 kami. Taz porter namin yung bro-in-law nya. 500 per day ang guide pero humingi sya ng balatong 500 pesos kaya 2000 lahat. At yung 300 per day ng porter humiling rin na gawing na lang 1000 entire climb duration.

Sobra naman yata yang 5:1,,, Para sa akin isang guide pwede na. Porter siguro, hire ng marami if mejo mahina o mga baguhan ang aakyat. Yun lang po.

Anonymous said...

Sir,

salamat.. naisip ko nga din, hindi naman mga bata ang aakyat, 5:1 un kasi sinabi nung guide.

wala naman problem sa dagdag reasonable naman mgbigay ng tip lalu ayos ang serbisyo.

Sir pwede ba makuha contact number ng guide nyo last May? salamat uli

Anonymous said...

mam/sir tanung ko lng po kung reasonable ba yung 3,500 na guide fee sa Mt.Apo,Kapatagan-Kidapawan traverse, 3 day climb...

Anonymous said...

mahal na yon.. 350 to 500 per day would be fair.

see here..

http://www.pbase.com/pikes007/mountaineering

Anonymous said...

ADVENTURISTA CAMPING TRIP
INVITE YOU TO
MT. APO ADVENTURE CLIMB
Via. Kapatagan - Kidapawan trail Side trip samal island

OCTOBER 27 THURSDAY
4:45 am MANILA-DAVAO departure
OCTOBER 30 SUNDAY
7:00 pm DAVAO- MANILA departure

BOOK YOUR ON TICKET
BUDGET TO FOLLOW

FACEBOOK ACCOUNT: adventurista.travelinc@yahoo.com
maximus_jovi@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

sir/mam,
tanung q lng po.. panu po ba ang registration? dun na po ba? panu po kya yun? magssecure pa po ba kme ng permit?

salamat po!

Anonymous said...

hi! mam sir sa ngayonpo 12 na po kaming may mga ticket sa mt. apo,yung permit po ako na po bahala mag lakad as of now din wala png estimated na budget para sa climb proper,didiscuss po sa pre climb pag nagawan na nang budget..09283092112 pa txt na lang ako mam sir sa mga tanong..tnx

Anonymous said...

Just hiked this in July, and want to highly recommend Oneal as a porter. I hiked with Oneal lang (walang guide; Oneal has been a porter for 14 years and knows the mountain extremely well). He lives on the road up to Kapatagan. Next time I go I will use him again. I post here kc people might not know that they can just hire a porter to show them the trail, and save money on a guide.

Best of luck.

Ronel ("Oneal") Mamac (kapatagan/davao/digos) 09197515988

Anonymous said...

There are 4 of us planning to hike December 8 and 9 and would love to join a group - Mt. Apo/Kapatagan-Kidapawan. Willing to chip in for guide and porter. Please e-mail at pantonlaw@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

magndang araw po sino po may contact ng murang van sa davao papauntang jump off ng mt. apo sa kapatagan..maraming salamat po..

Anonymous said...

my friends and I wants to climb mt. apo on the last week of january 2012?(its our 1st time to climb mt apo) anyone interested to join just email me... boy_singkit23@yahoo.com

magkano na ngaun ang price ng porter, guide at registration fee? thanks po...

Anonymous said...

my friends and I wants to climb mt. apo on the last week of january 2012?(its our 1st time to climb mt apo) anyone interested to join just email me... boy_singkit23@yahoo.com

magkano na ngaun ang price ng porter, guide at registration fee? thanks po...

bernard said...

gandang araw po sa inyo kung cnu naman po ang gusto din umakyat sa MT.APO pwede po tayo magsama-sama sa april19-22 after holyweek 5 pokami mga unang beses pa lng po aakyat sa MT.APO,para po makatipid tayo,
kung cno man po ang interisado pwede po kayo makipagugnayan kay

monsoure bayani
bernard bodiao
sa FB

salamat po..

Al del Barrio said...

Just want to share what our previous campers at MT. APO summit campsite did to the place... here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150472490618064.425778.749683063&type=1

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Marcus said...

Filipino from Manila seeking guiding service at short notice (transport from Davao, guide, tent (with sleeping bag if possible), registration, cooking, transport back to Davao) on the Kidapawan to Kapatagan traverse (or reverse).

Tentative dates: Dec. 11-12

Please call (0905) 305-6442. Marcus

victor said...

hi. group of 5 climbing apo, kapatagan-kidawapan trail. feb 23-25 2012. kindly email me if anyone wants to join. vycayari@yahoo.com. tnx

wowoo ranada said...

good day everyone...

i am climbing on april 15-21 2012 via kidapawan to kapatagan "reverse" trail. my question is...can i use this itinerary for my choice of trail? or is there a separate IT for this "reverse" trail?

if there is...please email me thru wowoo.ranada@gmail.com

thanks and cheers! :)

jeannard said...

Climbing the Apo just a week ago was my greatest adventure at the moment... it feels so great singing on top of the highest point of the philippines with the icy wind blowing as the beautiful sun rises from the vast waters of the east... t'was amazing and fulfilling... when i reached the highest peak, i forgot all the pains i got along the way... God be praised for such an experience! hoping to climb another mountain the next days of my existence.

Anonymous said...

kumusta mga kapatid sa pamumundok,

aakyat kami ng mga kaibigan ko this coming June 1st week, may mairerekomenda ba kayong guide/porter pati sidetrip resort sa Samal?

pwede din sumabit kahit sino.

maraming salamat
bluevodka
09053133880
bluevodka23@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

mam/sir,

sino n po nkadaan s bansalan trail? magkano po budget s guide? at pano po kumuha ng permit? salamat po..

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Benj Aguilar III said...

Good day Mam/Sir:

We already have our confirmed flight to Davao on August 27. (we are only four) I just want to ask if there are groups that will climb apo on the said date. Proper climb will be on Aug 28-30 via kapatagan-kidapawan. Wanna join? just contact:


Benj Aguilar/ 09178157130
Thank you and God bless us all:)

Anonymous said...

bansalan trail... just contact 09392908841...

anon said...

we are planning to climb mt apo via kapatagan-kidapawan trail. saan po kaya kami dapat makipag coordinate for the registration, orientation and certificate? sa kapatagan or kidapawan... meron po ba kayong contact ng tourism office nila... thanks po.

Camp Apo said...

This is one of the views going to Mount Apo. I would love to share our photos during the reopening of Mount Apo Kidapawan Trail, sad to say there's only few pictures left because we lost our pictures. Here are some of the pictures during the reopening of Mt. Apo and the making of Koong Trail. http://campapo.blogspot.com/2012/05/mt-apo-koong-trail-in-making.html#.T87uWdVYu7g

Dandy Balingit said...

Self is planning to climb Kapatagan-Kidapawan this August 24-27..Anyone wanna join?

Here's my number: 09178729234.

Dandy Balingit said...

Self is planning to climb Kapatagan-Kidapawan this August 24-27..Anyone wanna join?

Here's my number: 09178729234.

erwin magbanua said...

dyagood day po.. meron po bang mag climb ng 2ndweek ng september.. baka po meron,pwedeng maki join sa registration ko nalang po kayo tatagpuen.. eto po # ko 09157477995 salamat po...

C_O said...

Hi, we are climbing mt.Apo kapatagan-kidapawan this nov.2 - 4, flight namin darating on nov.1 sa hapon. Pls contact me 0923 8870070 / karldelacruz99@gmail.com for those who want to share guide fees. 2 lang kami, hope aabot tayo ng 10 para maka tipid. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi just want to confirm if open ang Mt. Apo for climbing this November? May Nagsasabi kasing Close daw Mt. Apo sa ngaun.

Anonymous said...

Hi Im Eli from Manila, 3 climbers will be heading Mt. Apo this Feb 15 to 19 2013, this will be my 2nd time, anyone interested please let me know.

09176146423

Thanks,
Eli

Hmm said...

Sino po gusto sumabay samin. Dalawa pa lang kasi kami, mas maganda kung may kashare sana ng expenses. Climb sched: between Dec 20 and Jan 4. Email lang ako kenjo_kenjo@yahoo.com.

mark balag said...

the mountain that started it all!!! a very unforgettable experience... me and 2 of my friends decided to climb it the next day on a whim... no permits, guides and porter... the climb was kapatagan-lake vinado-kapatagan trail... and of course what do you expect, we got lost 5 times (once in the boulders)and from a 3 day journey, it became 5. it was not climbing season and from start to end, we never saw any climbers (not to mention the man-made rock guides in the boulders were destroyed). we ran out of food and resorted in eating field grown "patatas" and drinking water in unsure sources. it was like a round trip to hell but my experience gave me a valuable lesson!!! to respect the concept of mountaineering and never underestimating nature... but anyway, climbing it led me to love mountaineering.

Anonymous said...

hi meron po ba aakyat ng apo kapatagan-kidapawan trail ng january or feb 2013,

pwede po ba makisabit..
txt nyo lang po ako sa cp#09162690940

jinx kaii said...

hi aLL,

anyone who is interested to climb by mar 28-31, 2013?




jinx kaii said...

hi aLL,

anyone who is interested to climb my holyweek, mar 28-31?

Anonymous said...

We are doing the Talomo-Apo traverse on Mar 23 - 27, 2013. Email me at davinci34@ymail.com

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi to all sino gusto mag hike sa Mt.Apo ngayung 1st week of April, kasi April 2013 ang Plan ko mag Hike doon. interested PM me at my Facebook Account: Deike Battōsai
or Email me
deikeytech@yahoo.com

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Hi to all sino gusto mag hike sa Mt.Apo ngayung 1st week of April, kasi April 2013 ang Plan ko mag Hike doon. interested PM me at my Facebook Account: Deike Battōsai
or Email me
deikeytech@yahoo.com

God Bless!

micheal delima said...

For mount Apo tour guide package and services,please contact this number- 09994948129 or email- michealdelima777@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Meron po ba'ng aakyat ng Mt. Apo (Kapatagan - Kidapawan trail) ngayong dadating na May? Makikisabit po sana ako.

Pa email nalang sa jrasalonga@yahoo.com

Salamat!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Meron po ba'ng aakyat ng Mt. Apo (Kapatagan - Kidapawan trail) ngayong dadating na May? Makikisabit po sana ako.

Pa email nalang sa jrasalonga@yahoo.com

Salamat!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

aakyat sana kami mt. apo dis april 27-30 via kapatagan - kidapawan traverse. tanong lang po kng may exit fee pa ba yan sa ilomavis? tnx:)

Anonymous said...

Hi,

aakyat sana kami mt. apo dis coming april 27-30 via kapatagan - kidapawan traverse. tanong lang po kng may exit fee pa ba yan sa ilomavis?

Malds said...

Just climbed Apo on this trail, it was awesome :). Medyo mahirap lang sa simula pero ok naman. Init nga lang sa boulders area and mauubo ka sa sulfur so make sure you bring a mask if you're planning to go up.

Anonymous said...

We almost touch the sky yet our feet still on the ground.

-umc mountaineer

Anonymous said...

everything about awesome adventure in Mt. Apo has been said in the long line of comments here and i can no longer say anything except to confirm the great outdoor adventure everyone has experienced in trekking through the lush forest in and summiting the country's highest peak! my group climbed the mountain last march 28-31, 2013 with an equally adventurous and awesome seasoned guide, Reynaldo "Jhoc" Nalda, who was not only knowledgeable of its every corner but an excellent highland chef as well! He not only assisted us in pitching our tents but also ensured everyone's satisfaction during the entire duration of the summit quest. His more than 30 times of climbing Mt. Apo will surely make everyone confident in hurdling the endurance test and wading through the flat and vertical trails to reach the roof of the country. witness the magnificence of Mt. Apo's sunrise and sunset and experience the chilly temperature at its summit via Kapatagan trail. make your one of a lifetime adventure possible through mountaineer Reynaldo "Jhoc" Nalda. you can reach him through 09172558923.

Anonymous said...

nice blog sir gideon...we are planning to climb mt.apo this june,baka merong gs2ng sumabay para mas marami...just contact us 09481386186

Rob Esgue said...

Question lang po...

Nag-inquire po kasi ako sa Kidapawan Tourism Office about opening the trail sa October. At the same time nagtataka lang po ako kasi may fee pa na babayaran pagbaba(Exit) Php 500(local) and Php750(foreign) aside from the entry fee na babayadan mo sa Kapatagan. Ganun po ba talaga ang procedure dito? Parang sobrang mahal naman yata masyado, let's just say na Php500 din yung Entry Fee sa Kapatagan...

sana po may makatulong na maglinaw...

Marami pong Salamat' Doc Gid...

Rob Esgue said...

Question lang po...

Nag-inquire po kasi ako sa Kidapawan Tourism Office about opening the trail sa October. At the same time nagtataka lang po ako kasi may fee pa na babayaran pagbaba(Exit) Php 500(local) and Php750(foreign) aside from the entry fee na babayadan mo sa Kapatagan. Ganun po ba talaga ang procedure dito? Parang sobrang mahal naman yata masyado, let's just say na Php500 din yung Entry Fee sa Kapatagan...

sana po may makatulong na maglinaw...

Marami pong Salamat' Doc Gid...

Gerald said...

Hi Sir Rob,
Tama po yan, kasi magkaibang municipality ang entry at exit ninyo.
Each municipality want's to have a share on tourism fee

Thanks,
Gerald

Batang Makulit said...

Hi, Im organizing Mt. Apo Kapatagan-Kidapawan traverse next year, April 12-14, 2014. Interested joiners may contact me at my email batangmakuletz@gmail.com or text me at 09993471785. Thanks

Francis said...

tama lang po yan.. ako rin po.. organizer din po ako ng Talomo -APO, Kapatagan - kidapawan. . or pwede rin kyong mag suggest kung anong gusto nyong trail sa murang presyo po ito po yong possible na mga inclusions namin:

Contact For Reservation : +6309205775531
Mr. Francis
Inclusions:
Required Partial: 500 / Guest for Reservation

1. Transportation RT (Davao City International Airport – Jump Off)
2. One Night Hotel Accommodation in Davao City
3. Climbing Fee
4. Registration Fee
5. Guide Fee
6. Food for the whole duration of the climb (Lunch on the 1st - Lunch on the 3rd Day/ Last Day of Climb.)
7. Porter Fee
*Add 300 / Porter (1 Porter min load of 15kilos)
8.Documentation Videos & Photos on CD/Website
9. Mt. Apo Souvenir T-Shir

Francis said...

tama lang po yan.. ako rin po.. organizer din po ako ng Talomo -APO, Kapatagan - kidapawan. . or pwede rin kyong mag suggest kung anong gusto nyong trail sa murang presyo po ito po yong possible na mga inclusions namin:

Contact For Reservation : +6309205775531
Mr. Francis
Inclusions:
Required Partial: 500 / Guest for Reservation

1. Transportation RT (Davao City International Airport – Jump Off)
2. One Night Hotel Accommodation in Davao City
3. Climbing Fee
4. Registration Fee
5. Guide Fee
6. Food for the whole duration of the climb (Lunch on the 1st - Lunch on the 3rd Day/ Last Day of Climb.)
7. Porter Fee
*Add 300 / Porter (1 Porter min load of 15kilos)
8.Documentation Videos & Photos on CD/Website
9. Mt. Apo Souvenir T-Shir

Anonymous said...

Hi mr Francis,ask ko lang po mga magkano po total budget kailangan para sa pag akyat.from Davao.thanks.

DianShan said...

Anyone interested in climbing Mt Apo sometime between 26-28 Jan 2014 ?

Anonymous said...

Pwde ako sa 26-28 jan 2014

Anonymous said...

pwede din ako ng Jan. 26-28, 2014

Anonymous said...

ako din po pasabit naman available ako ng ganyang date Jan. 26-28 2014,

ideasall said...

hi, Permission to post po.

we are planning to climb Mount Apo "Climb with a Cause"
Kapatagan, Talomo traverse these coming February 13-18, 2014

and Mount Dulang-dulang, Kitanglad Traverse on April 14-19, 2014.

(kanya kanyang hawak ng pera)
NOTE: Self containment

You can also reach our page for more infos and updates. https://www.facebook.com/sakatapolan?ref=hl

daghang salamat admin..

Francis said...

Page: www.facebook.com/mtapotravelers
website:
www.mtapotravelers.net84.net

Contact For Reservation : +6309205775531
Mr. Francis
Required Partial: 500 / Guest for Reservation

Inclusions:

1. Transportation RT (Davao City International Airport - Jump Off)
2. One Night Hotel Accommodation in Davao City
3. Climbing Fee
4. Registration Fee
5. Guide Fee
6. Food for the whole duration of the climb (Lunch on the 1st - Lunch on the 3rd Day/ Last Day of Climb.)
7. Porter Fee
*500/Day Porter (1 Porter min load of 15kilos)
8.Documentation Videos & Photos on CD/Website
9. Mt. Apo Souvenir T-Shirt

And Please Join on April 17 Holy Week Climb, 2,500/pax.

Inclusions:

1. Transportation RT (Davao City International Airport – Jump Off)
2. Climbing Fee
3. Registration Fee
4. Guide Fee
5. Mt. Apo Souvenir T-Shirt
6. Certificate
7. Medical

Francis Pogosa said...

Hello guys meron kaming Event Ngayong April 17-20, May 11-15 and October 1-5. .

Affordable Po Ang Package, Contact Francis Pogosa: 09205775531

Inclusive: 3days Climb w/ Meals, Permit,Guide,Porter, Transportation Davao-JumpOFF-Davao and Tshirt.

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