Mt. Malinao Tiwi Albay Philippines

December 4, 2019 7:23 am0 commentsViews: 5

Mt. Malinao, situated in Malinao, Albay, Philippines belongs to the Magayon Trio, the 3 stunning geothermal mountains within the Province of Albay. It is located close to Tiwi as well as Tobaco Albay, and it is close to the boundaries near Camarines Sur.

Although the volcano has been non-active for many years now, it isn’t a preferred trekking location because of the long distance. pinoymountaneer.com provided that this mountain has a 5/9 difficulty status because the trek lasts for 5 to 9hrs, with respect to the speed of the backpackers. The summit is 1450 meters above sea level high; however, it is actually 1564 meters above sea level when the maximum level is measured. It’s a modest climb up which might require utilization of hands while climbing. The 2-day hike is certainly advisable, based on my own encounter, and I’ll discuss why later on.

The initial approach would be to check out Bicol region or Albay alone, however, when I asked my backpacking buddies, all of us thought to take the Mt. Malinao trek on the trip. The hike has been probably the most challenging hike we’ve encounter in line with the difficulty degree from pinoymountaineer.com.

We began this trek around 4:30 in the morning where we all travelled to Malinao using an exclusive vehicle. If you’re residing in Legazpi, you can ride the jeepney bound to Tobaco which lasts around an hour. Since we are unsure of tracks and paths, we would have liked to ask around numerous residents to guide us towards the most convenient way, and thus we went straight for a lot of periods.

It was a bit after 6:00AM once we attained the actual Sugcad Multi-purpose Hall since every local required to awaken the Kapitana (Brgy. Chief) in order to captivate us, all as well as our own objective to trek Mt. Malinao. The Kapitana requested her relative to become our own guide. All of us agreed with a charge of Php500 for the guide, while Php200 to the sweeper (the guide in the end of your group), along with a Php10 sign up charge per head.

By 6:30AM, all of us began to travel beyond the concrete roadways in Sugcad, going to the lavish green grasslands towards Mt. Malinao. The path has been elusive and dull since the wet season had started. In fact, school schedules and workplaces within Manila had been suspended the previous day of our trek.

There are grasslands in both edges of the slim trail, and a few high trees in some places at the outset of our trek. The path is generally straight; however, it became more challenging once we got further in to the forest. There have been instances when the guide needed to cut-off several grass that blocks our route, as opposed to the sweeper who provided us trail twigs because we brought absolutely no hiking rods.

All of us reached a greenfield wherein the wind blew firmly and provided us all chills. Most of us rarely perspire within the hike due to the cool fresh air all around us due to the terrible weather condition.

Although we have numerous standard five-minute breaks through the entire hike, we had an extended relax in a nipa hut where we saw and experienced the first stages of handling abaca. While we were staying there, we had the chance of seeing the local who had been drying out this abaca he prepared in advance.

The time when the guide informed us how the terrain might get more challenging. We’re all ready to the infiltration while visiting the Mt. Malinao campground. In fact, we prepared to use our own hands to have a grasp to whatever might provide us with some sort of stronghold. I often required support since my own legs tend to be short, and the trek and rocks are very slippery. We often made a decision to strike the plants rather (I am sorry plants and flowers) to save ourselves from slipping.

Prior to hiking, we researched and found out that Mt. Malinao is actually plagued by bunch of limatiks (leaches) throughout the wet time of year. We all pretty much backed aloof from the trek, but all of us chose to be well-prepared against the leeches to finish with this hike. We were totally clothed, dressed in very long socks and tights, while carrying allergy guards, coats, work gloves, along with hats and eye protection (since there are tiger limatiks that leap with some sort of projectile movement). These kinds of blood leaches tend to be productive, causing them to be proficient at sensing warm blood. Hence, it is preferable to become completely dressed since they concentrate on the flesh. In addition, we had spray containers having alcohol to push these away if they managed to a hang on our skin.

After we arrived at a little yet enchanting waterfalls having thoroughly clean drinkable waters, the guide who dressed in absolutely no socks, had been bit by 2 limatiks. He was very accustomed to these which is why he was really relaxed as he exhibited it to all of us. The truth is, he didn’t get rid of the limatiks right away although they mentioned that doing this may leave the actual teeth of this bugs which might trigger an infection. According to them, it is important to allow them to suck our blood as much as they can since they’ll end up being freely linked to humans after some time.

We all continued trekking over the sharp trails despite the narrow paths started to be unsafe; there have been coves occasionally. Fortunately, we all arrived at the campground safe – with sore feet and hungry tummies.

In the campsite, the top of Mt. Mayon can be viewed, along with the San Miguel Island destinations of Albay. The clouds felt so near to us, so we stuffed our bellies with the trail meals. We were suggested not to carry on the hike to the peak since we wanted to settle overnight. However, we’ve got absolutely no camping tents as well as sufficient items to allow us make it through, besides the fact that there are many limatiks there. So right after having each of our meal, we all commenced our resent and prepared to visit Vera Falls.

This resent has been tremendously difficult. I hopped on rocks whenever heading down, but the elusive trail scared me to do this. There have been the coves on the way straight down, yet it has been once we were close to the base of the hill. When the trek appeared to be most slick, I fell straight down twice and it was forgotten by the worn-out team.

Nevertheless, we all managed to get out alive. All of us anxiously waited for the drive home because many of us desired to rest already. Following a half an hour wait, we all proceeded each of our way to the home stay, stayed there for around 30 minutes, and then half the entire Albay group visited Vera Falls.

Schedule

04:30 ETD to Mt. Malinao

06:00 Registration

06:30 Start Trek

08:30 Arrival at the greenfield

10:30 Arrival at the Campsite; lunch

11:30 Start descent

14:30 Back at Sugcad Multi-Purpose Hall

This Mount Malinao experience is one for the books – the thrill and the scenery makes you want to come back for more, which I will surely do.

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