Saturday, May 11, 2013

Reaching the Peak of Mt. Sembrano (745+)

Mt. Sembrano is 745 MASL and the trail is a bit challenging because there will be a rough road that leads to a rocky path. You might encounter locals that would offer to get  a fresh coconut juice for only 10 pesos. There are many Mango trees at the beginning of the trail. At the summit, the view is scenic, the view of Laguna Lake, Talim Island, Mt. Makiling are also seen while you are in the summit. 

Hiking, yes, is a challenge to yourself but  it is also a fulfillment to your life because  when you get into the peak of the mountain. It will make you say, SUCCESS! I DID IT! One of my hobby is mountaineering. I climb together
with my co-mountaineers yet I never tried major hiking but hoping that this year we will be having our major hike, crossed-fingers.

The last mountains we climbed was Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao, on December 2012. We did a twin hike as we say goodbye 2012 and I climbed six mountain already for that year, not enough! After three months, finally, my first hike for this year happened and this is my official seventh mountaineering. 

On March 31, 2013 my group headed to the town of Rizal to conquer Mt. Sembrano. Of course, I am with my mountaineer friends Jeff and Ian. We also welcomed Art and Shan, and the three girls in our group; Kristel, Jane and Vienne.

The meeting place was at Starmall – Mandaluyong City, we supposed to met up at exactly five in the morning but the others are not on time. So, we left at six thirty in the morning bound to Tanay Market. It was two hours ride going to Tanay, Rizal. I have time to take a nap because I only have three hours of sleep that day. Arrived at Tanay Market around eight thirty in the morning, we immediately rode a jeep bound to Pililia, Rizal. We dropped off at Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililia, Rizal and registered our name and pay for 20 pesos for the registration fee.
South Peak, SUMMIT
We start trekking around ten in the morning and its already late. Our estimated time to start the trek was eight in the morning but since our trip is a bit long drive we just have to be patient and just enjoy while in the ride. We arrived at the campsite around ten-thirty in the morning. We rested in the campsite and a local young boy offered us a fresh coconut juice. Then, we begun to wander again going up to the North Peak or the so-called Low Peak – is the first high point. Thirty minutes away from North Peak, is the South Peak or the so-called Summit. 
Laguna Lake, from the summit of Mt. Sembrano
ITINERARY
6:00AM - Assembly, Starmall - Crossing
6:30AM – Take a jeep/van going to Tanay, Rizal
8:30AM – ETA Tanay Market (take a jeep bound to Malaya, Pililia)
9:30AM – ETA Brgy. Malaya, Pililia, Rizal (jump-off)
10:00AM – start trek
10:30AM – ETA Campsite
11:30AM – ETA North Peak (Low Peak)
12:00NN – SUMMIT, lunch
12:30PM – Start descent
02:00PM – Campsite, rest
03:30PM – back to jump-off, clean-up, then take a jeep back to Tanay/Manila
07:30PM – ETA Manila

And that made my official 7th conquered mountain! Hooray!

Happy climbing,
Marco

32 comments:

  1. That's an impressive hike! But I wouldn't do it for the coconut juice, I hate the stuff. :P

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  2. It looks like a very scenic mountain but i wonder why there are not many trees up there.

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    1. Just a grassland, yeah! But its beautiful.

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  3. Tempting to visit, kaso with this season hindi ba sobrang init?

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    1. Yeah, sobrang init kasi on the top of the mountain walang puno

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  4. naranasan ko ang lamig at init jan.. grabeng experience kasu katakot mag overnight jan promise mga locals kahit gabi na may itak parin

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  5. you said the trail is a bit of a challenge but the photos look otherwise, parang madali lang akyatin pero dahil sinabi mong mahirap, di na lang, takot na akong mamundok. hehe!!

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    1. Why takot? Hehehe.

      Challenge sa first part ng trail kasi mabato...hehehe

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  6. I always love DAYHIKE. :) My favorite here in Davao is the PUTING BATO, the highest point in Samal Island. :) nice photos you got there. :)

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    1. I never been in Davao and I want to visit the PUTING Bato. I wish one day, I could travel to Davao. *crossed-fingers*

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS again fro another successful climb! It's becoming more challenging each climb :)

    Btw, THANK YOU very much for your support to my blog that is closing soon. I hope to see you still on my other blog

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    1. And why you are closing the other one? :)

      Sure, Ms. Balut! We will see you on your other blog.

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    2. Check out my last post and you will know why :) Sp long...

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  9. hi! ask ko lang po kung straight lang po yung way or walang ligaw sa trail ng Mt. Sembrano? we're planning to climb it this June12. magkano po transpo cost? TY!!!!

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    1. Hindi po kayo maliligaw sa trail. Saka, kailangan daw may guide.

      Sorry, i forgot the transpo cost...i'll check it sa notes ko. But i am sure, very affordable lang. :)

      Thanks!

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  10. hi! ask ko lang po kung straight lang po yung way or walang ligaw sa trail ng Mt. Sembrano? we're planning to climb it this June12. magkano po transpo cost? TY!!!!

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    1. Hindi po kayo maliligaw sa trail. Saka, kailangan daw may guide.

      Sorry, i forgot the transpo cost...i'll check it sa notes ko. But i am sure, very affordable lang. :)

      Thanks!

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  11. Bro, ang tindi mo...naakyat mo yan.

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  12. planning to run up and down this mountain, very soon.

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    1. I think so...but for us, we don't do it because we are all tired. Hehe!

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    1. I think so...but for us, we don't do it because we are all tired. Hehe!

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  15. Hi good day! is it okay kung walang guide?

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    1. Hi Ken! Pwede naman as long as alam nyo ang trail pero kung hindi need nyo kumuha ng guide. Noong akyat namin wala kaming guide kasi alam ng kasama namin ang trail. Thanks for asking! 😀

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