|Mt. Manalmon, San Miguel, Bulacan|
This hike was organized by BaseKamp Galleria, a shop selling outdoor stuff and organizing budget hike for marketing purposes. It was not our first time to join their event and I vouch that they are great with what they are doing.
Mt. Manalmon is part of the historical Biak - na - Bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan. From Manila it is just 2 hours drive from Manila. Mt. Manalmon is famous for its Rock Formation and the monkey bridge at the Madlum River (which was featured in the Bear Brand Commercial). Summer is the best time to visit this place because the trail is dry and you can do river crossing, plus the water is clear.
|Ikaw saan ka kumukuha ng tibay mo?|
Anyway, this hike was rescheduled because of a storm and you know what happens to the mountain after a storm. MUD! Yes, we were welcomed by mud. I was not prepared for it and even my shoe gave up for too much mud. :( The hike would have been easier if the trail was dry! Haii. I will do a revenge hike for this. Probably when my schedule permits.
Here is a sample itinerary:
5:00 AM Ride a bus that is bound for Cabanatuan (via Bulacan) *Baliwag Transit has an hourly trip going to Cabanatuan.
7:00 AM ETA San Miguel and take a tricycle to jump - off
8:00 AM ETA Jump - Off, Register at Sitio Madlum get guides at community
8:30 AM Start trek
10:00 AM ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon; take pictures. Have lunch
12:00 NN Start descent
2:00 PM Side trip at Madlum and/or Bayukbok Caves (Optional)
4:00 PM Try Monkey Bridge at Madlum river
5:00 PM Freshen up | Travel to the main road
6:00 PM Bound for Manila
8:00 PM Home Sweet home!
For the registration and guide fees you may inquire with this number. (0948) - 916 - 3928. This is Sir Lian our guide in this hike. He is friendly and even let me borrow his hammock when I decided to just stay at the registration while I waited for my team to return from the Bayukbok Cave.
VERDICT OF TARA GUMALA: Mt. Manalmon is a very easy hike what makes it challenging was the excruciating mud! It is a must visit for beginners during summertime. I will definitely comeback and do a revenge hike.
Ano, TARA GUMALA??