Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bukidnon: Rollin'... Rollin' on the (Kulaman) River

The ascent from Mount Palaopao's peak down to its foot took us a little over one hour. The noon time heat exhausted our bodies as we continue walking. After passing through some small villages, we came face to face with the hanging bridge we previously crossed earlier that day. The bridge, hanging over Kulaman River, serves as access route for folks living in Sitio Palaopao in going to Barangay Kisolon, which is considered as the town center of Sumilao, Bukidnon.

We found some large boulder rocks a few meters away from the river. Partly shaded by the bushes, it provided us a perfect place to rest our bodies and partake our lunch. Only Dax and James brought packed lunches, I have half of my loaf bread while Tupe still have some trail foods in his hydration pack. We shared whatever food we have then after eating, rested our tired backs on the rocks.

 The Trekero shooting the rapids

The long and winding Kulaman River slices through the canyons of Sumilao. It's water looks so clean, clear and inviting. So in a little while we stripped down to our trek shorts (or in my case, my dry fit underwear! hahaha!) and took a dip. 

Whew!!! The water was very cold, but not freezing. It was just right to cool off our bodies tired from climbing up and down Mount Palaopao that day. Suddenly, we became the little boys of summer, splashing, wading and relishing life's simple pleasure Kulaman River offered us. Honestly, I could not remember the last time I took a bath in a river. I never thought that this day hike would give the opportunity to feel like a kid once more. It really felt great and I was so happy I wouldn't mind doing it again and again. 

 The "Boys of Summer" October!

 Going home in wet shorts and underwear. Hahaha!

Getting There:

1. Sumilao is located in the Province of Bukidnon. It is about 60 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro City. From CDO, take any bus bound for Bukidnon and disembark in the Bus Terminal located in Barangay Kisolon. 

2. Distance from the terminal to Kulaman River is about one kilometer. Start your hike at the back of the Public Market near the terminal. Pass through the rice fields until you reach the edge of the cliff. From the edge, you can already view the river and hanging bridge down below.

3. Make your descent through the narrow trail until you reach the hanging bridge. Cross the bridge then go down to the river side. Find a nice spot where you can swim and enjoy!       

4. Be safe and don't swim too far from the river side. Rain coming from the mountains may cause strong current and sudden rise of the water, so always be aware of you surroundings. 


  1. Noong una, akala ko ito yung river na may whitewater rafting sa CDO. Familiar kasi yung bridge. :)

    1. may similarity lang siguro. di ko pa rin kasi na-try mag-rafting sa CDO. :)


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