The Adventure Begins – Mt. Manalmon (196+)

San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15°15.11’N; 121°1.22′ E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
(www.pinoymountaineer.com)

Two hours away from Manila, Mt. Manalmon partnered with its neighboring peak, Mt. Gola  is a fairly easy hike for beginners. From the word Manlalamon, this part of the Biak-na-Bato National Park still exudes the mystery it has been continually known up to these days.

The Humble Abode of the Manlalamon
The mountain’s name came from the word “Manlalamon” (devourer) because of a legend that tells of a mountain nymph who got mad at a man for trying to hunt her while she’s in the form of an animal, that she punished the man by trapping him in a rock . To appease her anger, the latter told the wife to offer her gallons of nectar. But the wife failed to collect all the nectar and hence filled the last bottle with water. The nymph, upon knowing the deed, was distraught and punished the man even more by letting him be devoured by the rocks, and hence, Manlalamon.

Adventure Awaits
You will be welcomed with a hanging bridge and the Madlum River upon reaching the jump off point.

image

image

The hike will take you inside the smaller Madlum Cave and the surrounding rocky formations along the trail.

image

image

image

After 40 minutes of hike under the scorching heat of the sun, welcome to Mt. Manalmon’s peak and have a glimpse of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

image

image

image

Appeasing Madlum River
Then take a dip and jump into the waters of the Madlum River. It is said that yearly, this river takes the lives of some of its unfortunate visitors. Recent events that transpired in this river is of students from a state college of Bulacan having their field trip, when suddenly, a flash flood occured, and the story went on.

image

image

image

Itinerary & Expenses
Mt. Manalmon + Bayukbok Cave
Dayhike

0600 – ETD Baliwag Transit, take Cabanatuan-bound bus (115php/pax)
0745 – ETA Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel, take tricycle to jump-off (80php/pax)
0815 – Arrive at jump-off, register and secure guide ( Reg. Fee: 5php/pax, Guide Fee: 300php/Manalmon + 300php/Bayukbok) 205php/pax (group of 3pax)
0900 – Start trek
1030 – ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon, take pictures
1100 – Start descent
1130 – Rest at Madlum River
1230 – ETA Jump-off
1330 – Explore Bayukbok Caves
1530 – Back at the Jump-off, Tidy up (Bathroom: 15php/pax)
1620 – Take tricycle back to the highway (80php/pax)
1700 – ETA Highway
1715 – Take bus back to Manila (115php/pax)

Estimated Budget
Transportation: 390php/pax
Guides and Fees: 205php/pax + 15php/pax (Bath Fee)
Food: 200php

Total Damage:810php – 1000php safe budget

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Go, Carve that Niche,

Rex

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “The Adventure Begins – Mt. Manalmon (196+)”

  1. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s