Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers

Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers

I see myself as a bit out of shape when it comes to my current physical condition. That’s why I had to ask my friend who invited me for a hike if the mountain we’re climbing was suitable for beginners. Good thing it was. Mt. Mapalad has become a great attraction for people who are new to the outdoor adventure.

Mt. Mapalad is past 700 meters above sea level with¬†difficulty 3/9 and Trail class 1-4 (mountaineering classifications), so it’s considered a minor hike. Our guide told us that it was only 4 kilometers from the base to the summit, but some sources say it’s 8 kilometers. Either way, it took us 3 hours to reach the top at regular pacing.

As for your safety, of course you won’t be going alone with your buddies, you’ll have to be guided by the locals who knows the place more than anyone else. Even though it’s considered as a “minor” hike, it can still be dangerous for those who are quite new to mountaineering. You will have to cross rocky and muddy paths. You will have to endure the heat of the sun and the weight of your baggage. You will climb endless steep steps of jungle ground and slippery creeks. You will feel pain on your legs and¬† terrible thirst. It’s scary and dangerous, but if you’re careful enough and you don’t push yourself too much, then there’s a huge chance that you can complete the mission without getting injured. Also, always listen to your guide and never wander away from your group.

Mt. Mapalad: What to expect

You must register first at the local community guide’s headquarters at Brgy. San Andres in Tanay, Rizal. You will be introduced to your guide and briefed on what to expect and the usual do’s and don’ts.

Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
Some tarpaulins at the drop off on what you’ll be seeing. The “Palads” 1 and 2 are stands where you can take a scenic picture on the summit. On the way there, you’ll come across a “Sea of Clouds” and the Kanabuan Falls

We left early around 4:45 am. We wanted to do it in the morning so we can enjoy the whole day and it’s a lot easier to hike without the sun scorching our skins.

Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
Common scenes on the way up
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
Almost at the summit. Luckily, there’s a small family owned sari-sari store where you can buy refreshments and light meals
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
Prices are a little more expensive than the usual, but fair. After all, you’re on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
I got myself this yummy Pancit Canton
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
You can also use their dug-out toilet if you need to release some liquids. For P20. Tis is the only toilet on this mountain that will guarantee privacy. So P20 is reasonable
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
You’re now at the summit when you see this red flag
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
There will be a lot of people. This place has become popular.
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
There will be long lines and waiting can reach for hours just to get your turn on the “Palads”
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
But if you’re patient enough, you can get a great shot of yourself with the most breath taking view
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
Finally, you can take a moment to rest and just appreciate the view with your friends.
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
We decided to head back down around 10:30am. We went through some rocky creeks and slippery paths. A bit dangerous if you’re not careful.
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
You’ll be passing by some streams of water. Reminds me of The Lord of the Rings.
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
You can even take a quick dip in the water while your guide looks after your stuff.
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
But make sure no one gets left behind
Mt. Mapalad, Good For Beginner Hikers
And always have fun. Remember, it’s more fun in the Philippines
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