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.
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.