Saturday, August 27, 2011

Conquering Mount Kitanglad (Part 2): The Hike from Sitio Intavas to Kitanglad Base


Day 2 (Saturday, August 13, 2011)

I woke up to the sound of my cellphone's alarm clock at 4 AM. Despite a slightly aching back due to the foam-less bunker bed, I did have a good night sleep in Sitio Intavas. La Fortuna, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. It recharged my body and prepared me for the long and tough climb that day. Finally, the day has come for me to conquer Mount Kitanglad for the first time ever!

Breakfast was consists of rice, boiled eggs and noodles. Rice and viand for lunch were also prepared so we will have some food ready to eat when we reach the peak or in case we will get hungry along the way.

From the distance, the sun is already up and breaking the clouds. It will be a good day for hiking, I told myself. Outside the building we stayed, some kids are playing in the basketball court. 

 
Our two porters, Bebot and Dodo are all set to carry our belongings to the peak. We paid 500 pesos each for the two porters and an additional 500 pesos for Bebot who will also serve as our guide. Half of the guiding fee will go their association for their various needs and projects. If you're a veteran climber and you won't mind carrying your backpack all the way, you can opt not to hire a porter to save on your expenses. But on the other hand, it is also a good thing to provide some means of income to these local folks whose main way of living aside from being porters and guides is only vegetable farming.

 Left: Our group all set to climb Mount Kitanglad which is towering in the background. Right: With Mr. Walter Galasanay, president of the Kitanglad Porters Association.

After saying our prayer, we started our walk at 6:30 AM. 

From Sitio Intavas, it is about 4 kilometers to the foothills of the mountain. We walked through an open trail, a dirt road that even 4-wheel drive vehicles and motorcycles will have a difficult time passing through. Still, the early morning scenery was simply awesome. It is a testimony to the natural wonders of Bukidnon and I feel more than blessed to have witness it.





Approaching the base, the view of the mountain range is even more stunning:



Finally after one hour of walking, we reached the foothills (locally called "tiilan") of Mount Kitanglad. Our porter told us that our pace is quite fast since it usually takes about one-and-a-half to two hours for most hikers to reach this area.

Mount Kitanglad is a proclaimed protected area under the natural park category through Presidential Proclamation 896 dated October 24, 1996. On November 9, 2000, Mt. Kitanglad finally became a full-pledge protected area when Congress approved R.A. 8978 also known as the Mt. Kitanglad Range Protected Area Act of 2000. In 2009, Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park (MKRNP) was declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park (source: wikipedia)
Here we ate our snacks, rehydrate and rested for awhile.


The easiest part of our hike has ended. The tough climb to the peak begins....(To be continued)

This is the second part of my Conquering Mount Kitanglad series, the chronicles of my first mountain climbing experience. To read the previous parts. click the links below:


Part 1: Conquering Mount Kitanglad: Overnight in Sitio Intavas
 

10 comments :

  1. ang saya naman... i missed climbing, sana matuloy kami bukas despite the bad weather...

    walk in the park lang muna ah... can't wait to read the continuation... congrats sa climb! :)

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  2. I miss climbing! The view of the mountain range is indeed beautiful. I hope someday when I get to visit Mindanao again, I'd be able to climb Mt. Kitanglad.

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  3. madami pa akong dapat marating... :C
    at akyatin.. before my ambitious G2 kuntawagin.

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  5. @pinoy adventurista: how was your climb mervs! i just recently discovered the thrill and joy of mountain climbing and i look forward to more climbs soon!

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  6. @pinaytraveljunkie: hi gay!this is actually my first climb.ang saya pala. welcome to bukidnon soon!

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  7. the weather was bad... we had to go down quickly as the wind and the rain were hard on us... hahaha!!! it was quite an adventure... thanks po...

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  9. Hello Earl.

    Newly paved na yung trail papuntang Kitanglad.

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    1. Hello Drey! You mean the trail from Sitio Intavas up to the foot of Kitanglad?

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