Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bukidnon: Day Hike to Panimahawa Ridge


Panimahawa Ridge is fast becoming a popular hiking destination in the mountainous Province of Bukidnon. Situated in Barangay Impalutao, Impasugong, it has been drawing outdoor enthusiasts from as far as Davao and Cagayan de Oro ever since it was opened to the public just this year. What used to be a place where hunters partake their breakfast ("panimahawa" came from the word "pamahaw", meaning breakfast) the ridge is now a must-visit spot in the province, offering a moderately-challenging hike and really scenic views.

Hiking to the ridge is being organized by Ant Farm. After registering our names in the logbook and paying the entrance and guide fee, our group of six was provided with walking sticks and two local guides. Our hike started at about 3:30 AM on flat and muddy grounds. It has  been raining the past few days making the trails wet and slippery.

With headlamps and flashlight illuminating our path, we caught up with other groups just as we were about to descend along a narrow path. It was a long and gradual downhill which leads down to Dila River. A makeshift bamboo bridge connects us to the other side where the steep climb began. For a relatively easy hike, this ascending portion is probably the most difficult part of the trail.


The steep uphill was surprisingly followed by a wide and compact dirt road. According to our guide, it was previously utilized as access for small-scale mining which already ceased operation. In contrast to the previous ascent, it was the easiest part of the trail where one can take a leisurely pace up to the foot of the ridge.


The final assault to Panimahawa Ridge was short but steep. Our goal was to witness sunrise at the peak but probably due to the overcast skies, there was no colorful explosion of sunlight that day. No sea of clouds either as soft daylight bathe the landscape upon reaching the camp site.


Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, an ASEAN Heritage Park and home to three of the Philippines' ten highest mountains.

From the camp site, it was a short hike to the spot where most people converged to savor the view. We were overjoyed upon seeing the gorgeous sights of mountain ranges, rolling hills, verdant plains canyons and gorges. It was breathtaking all around.



We veered away from the crowd and went farther to the adjacent higher peak. There we enjoyed the unobstructed panoramic view of the ridge. Unexpectedly, fog started to appear from out of nowhere and shrouded the whole place. It was a heavenly sight which delighted us to no end.




After about 2 hours of enjoying the view, we started our descent. The morning sun's heat made us slow down a bit as we followed the trail back.




The cool and sparkling Dila River was so inviting so we took a quick dip before making our way back to Ant Farm.




How to Get There:

1. Ant Farm is the jump-of to Panimahawa Ridge. It is situated about 2 kilometers from the national highway of Impalutao, Impasugong, passing along BMEG Feed Mill. Landmark from the highway is Impalutao Elementary School.




2. Contact Wendyl at 09974702189 or send a message to the Ant Farm Facebook Page to coordinate and book your hike. 

3. Registration/entrance/guide fee is Php300.00 per person. Bring trail food and at least 2 liters of water as there are no water sources near the ridge.

4. Distance from Ant Farm to the ridge is about 4.5 kilometers. Depending on your pace, the hike could take about one-and-a-half to two hours.

5. Camping is allowed at the designated camp site.

6. As the trail is mostly open, it is recommended to start your hike late in the afternoon for overnight campers and  3 AM for dayhikers. This will give you the best chance to catch the sunrise and, if you're lucky, the occasional sea of clouds.

7. Wear appropriate hiking attire and make sure you are fit enough for hiking the distance.

8. After climbing Panimahawa, you may take a side trip to the waterfalls of CEDAR.

8. Lastly, bring your trash down for proper disposal and always practice the Leave No Trace ethics. Kudos to the Ant Farm crew for keeping the ridge litter-free!

1 comment :

  1. Great article. I especially love the "How to Get There." Picturesque!

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