Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mt. Kalisungan, 760+ (Dayhike)

After the unforgettable island adventure (see previous post), the group planned for another weekend getaway and settled to climb a mountain. Where we heading? 

There are lots of choices but the group agreed to climb Mt. Kalisungan – is the one of the smaller mountains in the Southern Tagalog region however, it is also one of the mountains that border the Banahaw Trilogy. It is located in Calauan, Laguna.

There are fruit trees all the way to Mt. Kalisungan – from rambutan, kaimito to sunkest, and buko which offer trail food but of course, don’t forget to ask permission before picking up the fruits. 

Also, there are coconut trees, banana plantations, and huge grasslands going to the peak of the mountain.


The view to the North side of the mountain is the Talim Island which Mt. Tagapo has been seen. To the east, the view of the highlands of Caliraya appears. Of course, the seven lakes of San Pablo verge by the two mountains Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw. To the west of the mountain, Mt. Makiling has been seen.

I met Jepoy and Badong at the HM Transport bus Cubao station and board a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. We dropped at the Duck Junction but guys make sure that you told Manong Conductor to drop you at the Victoria, Laguna (Duck Junction) so you don’t get lost. From there, we met Roy (our friend) and took a jeep bound to San Pablo and dropped at Brgy. Lamot 2 then, registered at Brgy. Hall and look for Mang Bino or his wife. This time, his wife is our guide (Ate Mercy, I am not sure of the name. I really forgot her name. Sorry!)



There are two locals offered to us a fresh buko while we’re on the trail and yes, we didn’t refuse the offer because we are also craving to it. Then, after few minutes we start trekking again. It’s sunny day during our hike and the heat of the sun burn your skin. We, also, brought plenty of water because as per review there are no water sources along the way and the heat makes you dehydrated.

We’re on the summit of Mt. Kalisungan at exactly 12 o’clock in the afternoon and feeling blessed because the clouds are so clear. We took pictures and make chitchat with the guide. Then, we go back to the downward slope. After the hike, we ate our late lunch at the nearest market.

ITINERARY
5:30AM – Assembly at HM Transport Bus Station, Cubao.
6:00AM – Board HM Transport bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna (117.25php).
8:00AM – Get off at Victoria, Laguna (at the Duck Junction to be exact). You can take breakfast or buy food here. Take a jeep going to San Pablo and get off to Brgy. Lamot 2 (12-15php).
8:30AM – Register at Brgy. Hall, and look for a guide (10php-registration fee and 400php for the guide).
9:00AM – start trekking
12:00NN – SUMMIT
12:30PM – Lunch, Rest, Take photos….
1:30PM – descent
3:00PM – back to Manila

EXPENSES: 700php
How to get there:

  •   Take HM Transport bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, EDSA-Cubao. Ask the Manong Conductor to drop you off at Duck Junction in Victoria, Laguna.
  • From Duck Junction, take a jeep bound to San Pablo and drop off at Brgy. Lamot 2. Then, register at the Brgy. Hall and look for a guide. Contact number of Mang Bino is (+63-909-297-1437.
gAnd I officially declared that Mt. Kalisungan is my 8th conquered mountain. Hooray!

HHappy climbing,
Marco
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28 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Nagpapatong-patong na ung mga gusto kong puntahan dahil sa mga post mo. Hihi :)

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  2. binasa ko pa lang itinerary napagod na ako, woohoo! thanks for sharing your trips, feeling ko naka akyat na din ako hehe

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  3. I was wondering why most of the mountain here are bare,without much trees.

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    1. The trees are in the lower part of the mountain. :)

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  4. My calves hurt just looking at the photos!

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  5. The fruits along the way are for free? To whom were you asking permission if you want to pick some? I would love to go hiking with free fruits along the trail hi hi hi

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    1. To the owner but kailangan mo muna silang hanapin. :D

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  6. i miss climbing. :( mas lalong namiss ko looking at ur photos now. :(

    OLAN
    http://thetravelteller.com/

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  7. parang ang sarap umakyat np bundok. but considering that climbing the stairs to my office located at the 3rd floor (may mezzanine kasi sa building kaya parang 3rd floor na rin) is already exhausting, I think I'll pass on this ond :)

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    1. Hehehe! Push yourself Lawrence! Go climb a mountain. Hehehe!

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  8. Ikaw na, Marco. Ikaw na ang lalaking walang pahinga :-) At ako na, ako na ang inggit sa 'yo haha!

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    1. Hi Ms. N! :) Meron din namang pahinga. hahaha.

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    2. Hehehe so, saan naman ang susunod na adventure?

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    3. Hmmm.. pinag-uusapan pa namin. :)

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  9. hmmm...mukhang keri ko ang bundok na yan, maaya nga ang mga bundok-era friends. ;)

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  10. Hi Thanks for visiting my blog! <3

    D ako masyadong hiker eh. haha kaya hanggang inggit nlng ako pg nakakita ako ng mga mountaineers.

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  11. Woohoo! sana matuloy kami dito next week. Kalisuuuuunnnngaaaaaannnnnnnn!!!!!!!

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    1. Yay! I support you!Good luck gLai! :)

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    2. yehey! we did it! natuloy po kami nung sat. though maulan nakasurvive pa din kami :)

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    3. Wow! Good to hear that. Congrats, gLai!

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  12. Glad to see this blog. :)) pwede ko ng i-share sa friends ko for the next trip. :D

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