Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Maktrav: Mt. Makiling/Sto. Tomas-Los Banos Traverse (1,090+)


MT. MAKILING TRAVERSE (MAKTRAV)
Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Los Banos, Laguna
Entry point: Sitio Jordan, Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas
Exit point: UP College of Forestry, Los Banos, Laguna
LLA: 14.13°N 121.20°E, 1090 MASL (Peak 2)
Hours to Peak 2 / days required: 1-2 days / 5-8 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3 with roped segments
Features: Roped segments, rocky face, limatik, rattan, tropical rainforest
Article history: Last updated May 20, 2013

LATEST UPDATES
As of 2013, PinoyMountaineer.com is removing references to the Palanggana Trail which has been closed by the local authorities.

BACKGROUND
Perhaps the most challenging dayhike within the vicinity of Manila, the Makiling Traverse (which we first dubbed as 'Maktrav' in 2008), remains a popular dayhike, eventually leading to its recognition by park authorities as a legitimate trail that enters from Sto. Tomas and exists in Los Banos, Laguna. Through typhoons and other changes in the mountain, we have alternated our preference between two trails - Palanggana and Sipit - but this year, the authorities have declared that Palanggana Trail can no longer be used, as it sits on private property.

One important change through the years is the way Maktrav has become easier, as the trail gets more established. In 2008, the average time to complete the Maktrav was 12-18 hours; in 2009, it was less than 10 hours; and now it is easily managed in single-digit timeframes. Thus the difficulty rating of Mt. Makiling has changed from 7/9 in 2008 and 6/9 to 2009 to 5/9 in 2013.

The attraction of Mt. Makiling lies in the well-preserved state of its forests, considering its proximity to Manila. Thus you will find it teeming with wildlife - not just the limatik (leeches) that make the hike interesting, especially during rainy season. Moreover, the Makiling Traverse includes a somewhat precipitous ascent in the Melkas Ridge (named after three early explorers of the trail) which is the most challenging part of the hike. The trails are narrow, requiring holding on to branches and trekking on root-scaffolded steps in the upper reaches.

SIPIT TRAILHEAD TO MELKAS CAMPSITE
The trail starts at Sitio Jordan in Brgy. San Miguel. Follow the trail which is marked by 'stations', starting with Station 1 which lies beside an eroded river. Take the trails left of the eroded river until you reach the covergence point with the Palanggana Trail (Station 7). Follow the rightward trail that leads to the Melkas Ridge Campsite.

MELKAS CAMPSITE TO PEAK 2
Melkas Campsite can accommodate a large number of hikers - perhaps this is evidence that the MakTrav was once a very popular destination for the mountaineers in the 1990s (camping is not officially allowed by park authorities as of 2013). In 2008 when the MakTrav was being rediscovered, mountaineers usually arrived at Melkas Ridge past lunchtime so they had meals here. However, with the improvement of the trails mountaineers can now easily reach Melkas by 1100H so the best (and more scenic) place to have lunch is now either the Melkas Ridge (which is 10-15 minutes above the campsite) or Peak 3 (1020 MASL) - the pinnacle of the ridge and one of the peaks of Makiling. Elder mountaineers used to refer to this grassy clearing as 'Mt. Cornites'.

The trail continues, getting narrower yet still distinct. It takes two to three hours to connect from Melkas to Peak 2; the distal portion has come to be known as the Wild Boar Trail. This part of the trail is like an obstacle course which will require you to do contortions, body flexions and extensions in order to negotiate the paths. Finally after around 2-3 hours from Melkas, you will ascend up the familiar grassy flatland that is Peak 2 (1090 MASL) - the summit of Mt. Makiling. 1400H will be a good target arrival time.



THE DESCENT FROM PEAK 2
From Peak 2 there are 30 stations marking the way down the UPLB trail; for a total of 8.4 kilometers. Landmarks include the roped segments at Stn. 28; the start of a big landslide at Stn. 26; etc. Occasionally, one would be offered glimpses of a northern view encompassing Los Banos and neighboring towns, as well as Laguna Lake. Still, however, the main attraction remains the beautiful forest.

After two hours of descending, one should be at the Makiling Nursery, which has stores that sell buco juice (P10) for a very nice and refreshing treat. The famous Mudspring - sulfuric vents of Makiling which is a dormant volcano - is just a 5-10 minutes' walk away and could be a nice sidetrip.

From the Nursery one has the option to rent a jeep to take you down, or walk another hour to reach the UPLB College of Forestry. If you start the traverse from Sto. Tomas at 0700H, you can expect to reach UPLB by 1800H. Bringing lights is a must, therefore, especially since snakes are known to periodically cross the rough roads. At the park entrance you can take tidy-up or take a shower. The UPLB side does not impose exit fees for climbers taking the Sto. Tomas trail.

ITINERARY
Via Sipit Trail (as of 2013)


0430 Take Lucena or any Maharlika-bound bus
0630 Drop off at Brgy. San Felix; Head to Ecopark by trike
0700 Registration at Sitio Jordan; secure guides (optional)
0730 Start trek
0930 Trail Junction (Station 7)
1100 ETA Melkas Ridge (Haring Bato)
1130 Lunch at Peak 3 (1020 MASL)
1200 Continue trekking 
1330 ETA Peak 2 (1090 MASL)
1400 Start descent
1630 ETA Nursery
1730 ETA College of Forestry; take jeep to Los Banos proper
1800 Lunch at Grove
1900 Take bus back to Manila
2100 ETA Manila


PRACTICALITIES: MT. MAKILING TRAVERSE
Transportation
ENTRY
Public (1) Bus (any Lucena- bound), Buendia or Cubao  to Brgy. San Felix [P110, 2 hours]
(2) Tricycle, San Felix/Maharlika Highway - Ecopark, Sitio Jordan [P65/ride, up to 3 pax; 15 minutes]
Private (1) SLEX-ACTEX, Sto. Tomas Exit (2) Maharlika Highway, then turn left to Mak-Ban road (3) Turn left to Brgy. San Vicente before bridge between Sto. Tomas and Bay, Laguna, then follow through. [1.5-2 hours]
EXIT
Public (1) Optional habal-habal from Nursery to College of Forestry gate [P50/person; 20 minutes] (2) Jeep from College of Forestry to Los Banos Crossing [P8; 20 minutes]; (3) Bus from LB Crossing to Buendia or Cubao [P99; 2 hours]
Note: the last trip for Buendia passes at around 2000H; the last trip for Cubao passes at around 2030H. If you are running late, you take a jeepney to Calamba Crossing where there are non-aircon buses to Alabang.
Private (1) Exit UPLB through main gate, follow through road then turn left at LB Crossing; (2) Follow through road to Calamba; turn left at Calamba Crossing (3) SLEX [2 hours]
Registration
Logbook at Ecopark/Trailhead. No fees collected as of Feb 2014
Guides are available upon request; there are no fixed guide fees but I would suggest P500-600 plus fare going back to Sto. Tomas. First-timers are strongly encouraged to get guides. 
MENRO Sto. Tomas - 043-7848434;
Erwin Adornado (Coordinator)- 09183460730.
Makiling Center (Los Banos) 049-5362637. 
Campsites
Melkas Campsite (wide); Camping not allowed in Peak 2 or other parts of the Wilderness Zone beyond Los Baños Stn. 11
Water sources
Kambingan (Stn. 2; 30 minutes past trailhead) but none beyond until the Los Baños side
Cellphone signal
Present throughout the trail
River crossings
None
Roped segments
Fixed ropes in Melkas ridge 
Yes, especially during rainy season
Minimal but present 
Rattan
Yes, especially in Sto. Tomas side
Hiking notes 
Exercise caution while crossing Melkas Ridge; trails in LB are wide and marked with station numbers; backtrack if trail doesn't fit this description. 
Sidetrips
Hot springs in Pansol; Mt. Kalisungan in Calauan, Laguna
Alternate trails
The Sto. Tomas via Sipit and Los Baños (UPLB) routes are the only ones sanctioned by the park officials.
Yes (4-7 hours to summit; 2-4 hours down)
550-850 + guide fee 

MT. MAKILING TRAVERSE PICTURES
The Sipit trail is laden with rocks eroded from the mountain (Jan. 2008)


Views of nearby mountains from the traverse trail (Feb 2012)

As the trail progresses towards Peak 2, it gets more and more narrow hence the term 'Wild Boar Trail (Feb. 2009)


Using the ropes in Melkas Ridge (Feb. 2012)

At the Melkas Ridge, the scenic highlight of the MakTrav (Sipit) trail
of Mt. Makiling from Sto. Tomas, Batangas


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With Leo Oracion at the summit (Peak 2) of Mt. Makiling (Feb. 2012)

Makiling's Peak 2 can at times offer a nice view of the surrounding towns (May 2007)

The Los Baños side has a gentler,wider trail through beautiful forest

Enjoying fresh buko juice at the Makiling Nursery (May 2007)



At the Mudspring - a nice sidetrip if you have enough time (Feb. 2012)


Loving Maktrav in spite of our 'slimy friends' that often accompany the hike. (Feb 2012)

TRIVIA
There are three peaks in Mt. Makiling. The traverse trail connects Peak 3 and Peak 2. Peak 1 has two locations. The Peak 1 known to mountaineers is also along the traverse trail but the official Peak 1 is only 900 MASL and can only be accessed at the UPLB trail at around Stn. 15. It is currently closed due to research.

The blogger unsuccessfully attempted a traverse of Mt. Makiling on Jan. 12, 2008. It was day of continuous rains, and two limatik entered his eyes, one on each eye! The other was manually removed by a friendly villager on his way down, and the other left on its own during his sleep on that night.

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES
A previous version of this page (2009-2013) described the Palanggana Trail in these terms:


Two major paths converge to form the traverse trail, the Palanggana trail from Sitio Palanggana, Brgy. San Bartolome and the Sipit Trail from Sitio Sipit, Brgy. San Miguel. In the 1990s, the Sipit trail was the one more commonly used. But a series of landslides, culminating with Typhoon Milenyo in 2007, has made the Sipit trail difficult and at times inaccessible. Although Sipit is still passable (the blogger climbed up and down Sipit in 2008), PinoyMountaineer.com is recommending the Palanggana Trail.

THE PALANGGANA TRAIL (2-3 hours)

This trail originates from the barangay hall of San Bartolome where you will register for free. Take the cement road which goes on a northeast direction (bear in mind that NE is the way to go for MakTrav). It transitions into a rough road which narrows into footpaths that meander around dead creeks. The first landmark is the Bahay Kubo about 60-80 minutes from the jumpoff; this also counts as the last water source. Then, continue northward to reach the Palanggana Ridge - a series of elevated slopes with breathtaking southeast views and a ravine to your right. After Palanggana Peak, highest point in the ridge is reached, a descent into more forested areas is done and during this descent the convergence point with the Sipit Trail is reached. The combined trail then reached the Melkas Ridge Campsite.


via Palanggana Trail
0430 Take Lucena or any Maharlika-bound bus
0600 Drop off at Jolibee Sto. Tomas; Breakfast
0630 Head to Brgy. San Bartolome by tricycle
0700 Registration; final preparations
0730 Start trek
0830 ETA Bahay Kubo
1030 ETA Melkas Ridge campsite
1100 ETA Melkas Ridge (Haring Bato)
1130 Lunch at Peak 3 (1020 MASL)
1200 Proceed with traverse via Wild Boar trail
1330 ETA Peak 2 (1090 MASL)
1400 Start descent
1630 ETA Nursery
1730 ETA College of Forestry; take jeep to Los Banos proper
1800 Lunch at Grove
1900 Take bus back to Manila
2100 ETA Manila

34 comments:

frostyridge said...

1st comment haha :)

Anonymous said...

hi, question lang.. can we start climbing mt. makiling at the UPLB jump off point then eventually exit at Sto. Tomas side? possible ba yun? parang babaliktarin lang namin ung Maktrav? tska okei lang bang mag-over nyt sa melkas camp site? patulong naman oh.

mantra

Anonymous said...

hi, question lang.. can we start climbing mt. makiling at the UPLB jump off point then eventually exit at Sto. Tomas side? possible ba yun? parang babaliktarin lang namin ung Maktrav? saka okei lang bang mag-over nyt sa melkas campsite? patulong naman oh.

mantra

Anonymous said...

@mantra: yes, pwedeng baliktarin yung IT. as for overnight at melkas campsite, wala naman kaming nakitang prohibitions or warnings when we hiked there last month. pero maraming limatik sa campsite na yon - just like anywhere else sa forests ng Makiling.

M.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info sir M.!

mantra

Anonymous said...

sir M., so kung manggaling kame from UPLB then trek towards sto. tomas bali ma-eencounter namen ung palanggana and sipit trails. we plan kasi na i-trek ung palanggana, so coming from UPLB which side po ba sya? left o right? thanks!!

Andy Gudgeon said...

This is Dr Andy Gudgeon, from UK, but now in Manila for ever. I have just started a new group, the "Manila Walking group" and we did our first trip, up Taal Volcano, on Sunday 13th December. We want to do a walk of 3 to 5 hours on Mount Makiling on 3rd January, but cannot find any good maps or clear information about where to start, or how to find paths, so please can somebody tell us how to get some information? I am happy to drive there with somebody, to check out the route, if necessary. Email me at andy@abccgudgy.f2s.com or andy_gudge@yahoo.co.uk or text me at 09395 11 55 33 if you can help. People are welcome to join us, of course. We are walkers, not climbers or mountaineers, but very enthusiastic to explore. Any other suggestions for walks are welcome! Please try to help me with this! Thanks so much Andy

Anonymous said...

we plan kasi na i-trek ung palanggana, so coming from UPLB which side po ba sya? left o right?

sorry, hindi ako familiar sa sipit trail. gideon knows more about it as he's passed through it at least once, i think.

if i'm not mistaken, the two trails converge somewhere near the melkas campsite.

from UPLB, the two trails should be at the SouthWest (SW) direction. From Melkas campsite, the trail to Palanggana should be SW too.

M.

gideon said...

if coming from UPLB, palanggana will just be the natural continuation (i.e. straight (southwest) path) coming from melkas. on the other hand the sipit trail will involve an abrupt descent from the trail.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your advise mga sir. We succefully climbed Mt. Makiling last dec. 26 but we used the usual way, Sto. Tomas - Los Baños, di na kasi natuloy ung lakad namin sa Batangas eh. hehe. Maraming salamat and more power to PinoyM!

mcdog said...

kakadayhike lang namin dun kahapon.. using the palanggana trail.. nahirapan kami bumaba sa LB trail kasi sobrang putik.. pero enjoy naman.

baki said...

mga sirs, Q lng po.i'v tried, along w/ my friends, the dayhike maktrav trail yesterday (032710). we started from Brgy. San Miguel @ around 5am and followed
the SIPIT TRAIL,but unlucky for us not to finish the trail due to confusing and dead end zone we met. mga sirs san po kaya kame nagkamali, we found
a sign that says "Danger ZOne, DO not enter", and a last ribbon trail sign. And there's a landslide heading the trail. wla na po kameng makitang daan and dicided to head back. its near a river. help po..

Anonymous said...

Ahm.. Di naman na po kasi maxadong pinadadaanan yung sipit trail dahil nga po sa landslide... And yung trail po dun ay malabo kaya talagang maco2nfused kayo....
Passable pa rin yun kung pipilitin yun nga lang mahirap po talaga...

Lenin-HMC

Anonymous said...

the Only thing that I can saY, Astig mag DAYHIKE sa Makiling. wew! maraming kang matututunan.. =)

-Jao-GILAS-

Anonymous said...

wow.. we'll try to do a dayhike.. i'll insist that to my group instead of 2-day hike..hehehe..:)

-Cory

Anonymous said...

wow!amazing love Mt. Batulao tnx guyz!This is the start and im going to explore and become 1 of the mountaineers so0n hahaha love to climb!:)

Anonymous said...

HARDCORE... try to experience Makiling Traverse (Maktrav),this is the best...

- James -

Anonymous said...

waw maktrav the best major climb my first major climb it took us 7 hrs of treking wid too much mud in trail even its not raining..

the best

niko gozun said...

kanino po pwede makisabit sa maktrav? 09072288319...

Louie Alcoriza said...

Mga sir good day po may kakilala po ba kayong pwede mag guide samin dto sa maktrav? Kung meron naman po paki contact na lang po aq sa email ko luialcoriza13@gmail.com salamat po

Anonymous said...

Hi to all ka Mountaineers, recently umakyat kami ng Makiling Travers pero some local DENR daw sila sa UPLB at pinigilan kami umahon malapit sa Melkas. Ang sabi bawal na daw dumaan sa Sto Tomas Brgy. Bartolome via Plangana Trail ang bagong daan na daw ay sa Sto Tomas Brgy. San Miguel via Sipit Trail kasi may office na daw ang DENR dun. Ang gusto nilang magyari bumaba kami sa San Miguel para mag pa register. Ang layo kaya 3-4 hrs trek at pag balik namin anung oras na makakatawid paba kami pakabila ng hindi gagabihin. Ang point is wala silang coordination bawat Barangay kung bawal na pala sa Brgy Bartolome dapat hindi na kami pinayagan umakyat at nag sabi sila na dapat sa Brgy San Miguel na kami dumaan pero nag register kami at nag bayad ng 20 per head. Kami paba ang mali? Hindi naman namin alam na ganun na pala ang patakaran nila ngayon. Kung alam naman namin dun kami dadaan sa tama. Ang hirap naman parang pinag aagawan ang bundok kung sinung barangay ang kukubra ng kinikita sa mga umaakyat. Hay! Ayusin nio yan Brgy Bartolome at San Miguel. Kami mga gusto lang umakyat para mag training ang napipirwisyo kami pa ang mali kumikita na nga kayo saamin. Please spread this message to all para hindi na magkamili ang ibang aakyat sa MAKTRAV. Thanks
KAMANDAG Mountainers

Anonymous said...

Hi to all ka Mountaineers, recently umakyat kami ng Makiling Travers pero some local DENR daw sila sa UPLB at pinigilan kami umahon malapit sa Melkas. Ang sabi bawal na daw dumaan sa Sto Tomas Brgy. Bartolome via Plangana Trail ang bagong daan na daw ay sa Sto Tomas Brgy. San Miguel via Sipit Trail kasi may office na daw ang DENR dun. Ang gusto nilang magyari bumaba kami sa San Miguel para mag pa register. Ang layo kaya 3-4 hrs trek at pag balik namin anung oras na makakatawid paba kami pakabila ng hindi gagabihin. Ang point is wala silang coordination bawat Barangay kung bawal na pala sa Brgy Bartolome dapat hindi na kami pinayagan umakyat at nag sabi sila na dapat sa Brgy San Miguel na kami dumaan pero nag register kami at nag bayad ng 20 per head. Kami paba ang mali? Hindi naman namin alam na ganun na pala ang patakaran nila ngayon. Kung alam naman namin dun kami dadaan sa tama. Ang hirap naman parang pinag aagawan ang bundok kung sinung barangay ang kukubra ng kinikita sa mga umaakyat. Hay! Ayusin nio yan Brgy Bartolome at San Miguel. Kami mga gusto lang umakyat para mag training ang napipirwisyo kami pa ang mali kumikita na nga kayo saamin. Please spread this message to all para hindi na magkamili ang ibang aakyat sa MAKTRAV. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi to all ka Mountaineers, recently umakyat kami ng Makiling Travers pero some local DENR daw sila sa UPLB at pinigilan kami umahon malapit sa Melkas. Ang sabi bawal na daw dumaan sa Sto Tomas Brgy. Bartolome via Plangana Trail ang bagong daan na daw ay sa Sto Tomas Brgy. San Miguel via Sipit Trail kasi may office na daw ang DENR dun. Ang gusto nilang magyari bumaba kami sa San Miguel para mag pa register. Ang layo kaya 3-4 hrs trek at pag balik namin anung oras na makakatawid paba kami pakabila ng hindi gagabihin. Ang point is wala silang coordination bawat Barangay kung bawal na pala sa Brgy Bartolome dapat hindi na kami pinayagan umakyat at nag sabi sila na dapat sa Brgy San Miguel na kami dumaan pero nag register kami at nag bayad ng 20 per head. Kami paba ang mali? Hindi naman namin alam na ganun na pala ang patakaran nila ngayon. Kung alam naman namin dun kami dadaan sa tama. Ang hirap naman parang pinag aagawan ang bundok kung sinung barangay ang kukubra ng kinikita sa mga umaakyat. Hay! Ayusin nio yan Brgy Bartolome at San Miguel. Kami mga gusto lang umakyat para mag training ang napipirwisyo kami pa ang mali kumikita na nga kayo saamin. Please spread this message to all para hindi na magkamili ang ibang aakyat sa MAKTRAV. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi to all ka Mountaineers, recently umakyat kami ng Makiling Travers pero some local DENR daw sila sa UPLB at pinigilan kami umahon malapit sa Melkas. Ang sabi bawal na daw dumaan sa Sto Tomas Brgy. Bartolome via Plangana Trail ang bagong daan na daw ay sa Sto Tomas Brgy. San Miguel via Sipit Trail kasi may office na daw ang DENR dun. Ang gusto nilang magyari bumaba kami sa San Miguel para mag pa register. Ang layo kaya 3-4 hrs trek at pag balik namin anung oras na makakatawid paba kami pakabila ng hindi gagabihin. Ang point is wala silang coordination bawat Barangay kung bawal na pala sa Brgy Bartolome dapat hindi na kami pinayagan umakyat at nag sabi sila na dapat sa Brgy San Miguel na kami dumaan pero nag register kami at nag bayad ng 20 per head. Kami paba ang mali? Hindi naman namin alam na ganun na pala ang patakaran nila ngayon. Kung alam naman namin dun kami dadaan sa tama. Ang hirap naman parang pinag aagawan ang bundok kung sinung barangay ang kukubra ng kinikita sa mga umaakyat. Hay! Ayusin nio yan Brgy Bartolome at San Miguel. Kami mga gusto lang umakyat para mag training ang napipirwisyo kami pa ang mali kumikita na nga kayo saamin. Please spread this message to all para hindi na magkamili ang ibang aakyat sa MAKTRAV. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Kaya magsilbing warning ito sa lahat. Not good experience. Please spread out sa lahat ng Mountaineers na bawal ng dumaan sa san bartolome trail para hindi na maharang sa itaas at hindi na maulit ang mga masasamang pangyayari. Wala akung sapat na kakayahan para i-announce pa ito sa radio at tv or newspaper. Halos karamihan sa mga kapatid nating mountaineers ang alam na trail ay san bartolome hindi rin updated ang mga Itinerary sa Net. Kaya ang nagiging basihan ng karamihan kung ano yung nasa pinoymountaineer.com. Wala ring coordination ang dalawang barangay kaya nag papaakyat parin sila sa san bartolome.

Specially Made Dark Sweet said...

Gud pm sirs madams, bka po may mag mamaktrav this sat afternoon pasabay po kmi. 0917 321 2582/ 0925 525 8283. Salamat po.

Anonymous said...

hello sir, saan mo mas madali itraverse; yung sa Sto. Tomas na jump off or ung sa UPLB mag-start?
any comment po? thanks!

POGING BULAG said...

Sir Gid, nag MakTrav kami last sunday lang.. concern lang sa mga mag sisipit trail. Ung mga tricycle driver dun sa gas station papuntang jump off, eh naniningil ng 70 pesos per head,3 tao sa isang tricycle.., buti na lang di pa kami nag bayad and pag baba namin sa jump off eh lumabas ung guard then sinabi samin na 70 per tricycle lang pla not per head. nanahimik na lang si manong driver at umalis agad. mapagsamantala. tsk tsk

Anonymous said...

mahirap palang mag maktrav pag rainy season, hindi dahil mas mahirap sya kundi dahil sa dami ng limatik, as in sobrang dami talaga. isang beses lang ko nakaexperience na umakayt na may limatik at sa halcon yun, naramihan na ko pero summer pa non. pero etong sa makiling, WOW! grabe sa dami at walang tigil sa pagdikit simula station 9 ata hanggang peak 2 at mangilan ilan pababa naman sa agila base. aakyat ko dito ulit pero di na pag rainy season. at bawal daw umakyat galing san miguel dapat dun na daw sa San Felix, baka kc pabalikin kayo para magregister.

Anonymous said...

mahirap palang mag maktrav pag rainy season, hindi dahil mas mahirap sya kundi dahil sa dami ng limatik, as in sobrang dami talaga. isang beses lang ko nakaexperience na umakayt na may limatik at sa halcon yun, naramihan na ko pero summer pa non. pero etong sa makiling, WOW! grabe sa dami at walang tigil sa pagdikit simula station 9 ata hanggang peak 2 at mangilan ilan pababa naman sa agila base. aakyat ko dito ulit pero di na pag rainy season. at bawal daw umakyat galing san miguel dapat dun na daw sa San Felix, baka kc pabalikin kayo para magregister.

Anonymous said...

Umakyat po kami ng makiling from sto tomas to uplb nuong December 8, 2013. nagsimula kaming nagparegister sa brgy san bartolome at nagbayad ng 20 pesos. Nagtuloy tuloy kami ng akyat hangang sa makarating kami ng plantation, maganda ang trails at view kaya lang pagdating sa kalagitnaan ay may sign na bawal na pala daanan ang trail na un(palangana). mahirap ng bumaba sa san bartolome at pumunta sa sitio jordan kasi malayo na. Kaya ang ginawa namin nagpatuloy pa rin kami hangang sa naligaw na. sinundan namin ung trails na pababa hangan sa nakarating kami sa isan ilog. mabuti na lang at may mga locals duon kaya nagpaguide kami hangang sa may kambingan sa pamamagitan ng pagdaan sa ilog na puro batu-bato. buti na lang natunton namin ung kambingan bandang 12nn na at nagpatuloy hanggan uplb sa loob ng 16.5 hours.

CONCERN LANG PO.
WAG NA PO KAYONG DUMAAN SA SAN BARTOLOME. BURAOT ANG BARANGAY NA IYON, HINDI MAN LANG KAMI SINABIHAN NA CLOSE NA PALA ANG PALANGANA TRAIL.

MAIPAGPAPALIT MO BA ANG SEGURIDAD NG MGA MOUNTAINEERS SA HALAGANG 20 PESOS?

SANA NAG CORNETO NA LANG AKO. HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Anonymous said...

BURAOT SA SAN BARTOLOME HINDI MAN LANG NILA SINABI SA AMIN NA CLOSE NA PALA PALANGANA TRAIL< NANINGIL PA NG 20.
Sa SITO JORDAN NA PO KAYO DUMAAN MGA KAAKYATERO.

Mike said...

Greetings! Anyone planning a dayhike traverse this coming weekend Jan 11 or 12? Makikisabay po sana. :) Here is my contact no. 09984759023 or 09267364359. Thank you!

Mark Mayhay said...

Question lang po, safe po ba umakyat not sa maktrav khit medyo naulan ulan? May plan po kasi kmi this coming sat. Pls. Response. Thanks.

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