PinoyMountaineer was informed by Mr. Andy Regla of the Mt. Guiting-Guiting National Park about new policies and updates on the mountain which were approved last February 28, 2013. Here are the major highlights:
1. Everyone is required to register in the Protected Area Office (PAO) before hiking to sign a waiver. Those who fail to comply with this will not be issued a permit, and will not be given a climb certificate. This requirement covers all hikers, including those who are doing a Guiting-Guiting traverse.
2. It is highly recommended that hikers arriving by ferry would proceed to the market to buy supplies, then to Tampayan proper to secure guides. The tricycle ride is P300/way. The official jumpoff is the DENR Park Office.
3. Entrance fee is P300 for local and foreign visitors. Lodging at the Protected Area Office (PAO) Complex is P500/room/day (maximum 3 persons) or P200/person.
4. Guide fee is P1,000/day for foreigners, and P800/day for Filipinos. Porterage fee for foreigners and locals is P600/day.
5. For the regular trail (via Mayo’s Peak to summit), the required ratio is 1 guide and 1 porter for 1-5 mountaineers. For the traverse trail, the requirement is 1 guide and 1 porter for 1-3 mountaineers.
6.As per the carrying capacity assessment conducted by the DENR -ERDS and the Guide Association recommendation, 128 persons are allowed to camp the campsites in Mayo’s Peak during peak season and 32 during off-season; and 18 at Traverse Camp 3, camping in the Summit is strictly not allowed by the PAMB. 1-18 persons only are allowed to stay at the summit at the same time to view the surroundings
7. For more information, the new contact numbers of Park Superintendent (PASU) Malvin Rocero are 09359419563 (Globe) and 09496516340 (Smart)