Mt Guiting-Guiting

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Challenging but Totally Worth It
May 2018
One of the hardest mountains in Mt Guiting-Guiting. the climb aside, another challenging thing is simply getting there itself. As a tourist, it was quite hard to find information on getting there on the internet. I was very lucky i found a random group to tag along with. 1) Getting there: I flew to Manila Airport, and then made my way to Pasay bus terminal, where i found a bus to take my to Batangas Pier. Buses leave regularly (around ~ 15 mins?), and you make payment on the bus itself so just board first. bus ride was comfortable with TV and air conditioned, took around an hour half and only cost around ~150-200 php. Once you get there, make your way to the ferry terminal (should be terminal 2) and look for a provider to get to Sibuyan. Warning: the ferry takes SEVENTEEN hours in total. Ferries leave at designated time. If i'm right, it usually leaves at 4pm, but you've to get there early to get a ticket (i reached around 1pm and boarded around 3pm). The provider i took allocated every person 1 bed so it was ok. Not much food provided on the ferry except cup noodles, so advised to pack your own food. no showers are provided as well. Upon reaching Sibuyan, you can take a motor tricycle to the lodge for your briefing. Would advise to grab a bite, takeaway some food, and then stock up on water and food supplies for the climb. 2) Prep: At the lodge, there is a compulsory briefing to attend and signing of a few forms plus making payment (can't remember how much, but think its a few hundred php). Thereafter, you will go to your guide's house for final prep where you can leave some stuff behind and only bring what you need. there is an estimated guideline of 1 guide to 3 hikers (i think). Specifically to water, would recommend to bring more because it is HOT. and the water points along the way are subject to rainfall. there might not be any water source on the mountains. i was lucky there was still water remaining but its depends on your luck. 3) Climb. The climb itself was tough but doable. just note that it is not a gentle walk in the park, but at times its scrambling and lots of climbing up rocks. walking poles are advised, but i made do without it. there are also different methods - you can either do a traverse or just a walk up and back. Hammocks are advised instead of tents, due to the limited space at the rest points. Day 1 was around an 7 hour walk from my guide's house to Mayos peak. Day 2 started around 7am, i reached the peak by 11/12 noon, followed by another 5/6 hours to camp 2. Day 3 started around 9, and i finished the hike at 1pm. Post climb: the ferry leaves around 1000, so be sure to get there early. After that, its just another 17 hour ferry ride back again. Overall: great climb. i met a very nice group of Filipinos who were very nice. Climb was challenging but fun. i especially enjoyed the scrambling because i wanted something more than a normal walk. Admittedly, the "getting there" part was a big turn off. but i'm glad i went with it still it adds to the overall experience i guess. i wanted something off the beaten track and this was it. if anyone needs any tips or help, i would gladly help. Strongly recommend anyone who is up for an adventure to go for this.
KIMI4812
By KIMI4812
Mt. Guiting Guiting...Truly a Challenging Climb
May 2017
Straight from a ferry trip from Batangas, we arrived in Sibuyan in the morning of Thursday. With a guide and 3 porters, we started our ascent right after lunch after we registered at the DENR. I have climbed a lot of mountains before but Mt. Guiting Guiting stands out as the most virgin with a lot of foliage ....such diverse varieties of weeds, trees and plants. An article in an inflight magazine of Philippine Airlines wrote an article that this mountain has been the source of medicinal plants for many pharmaceutical companies all over the world. For the first two hours, the trek was easy after Camp 1 though, the terrain change to a continuous 45 degree ascent. The trail was difficult with the roots of trees and plants intertwined along the path. I almost suffered a heat stroke due to the very humid and hot weather. Two full containers of water was dosed over me and returned me back to normal. Upon reaching Camp 2, however, the rain pelted down and we found ourselves, eating dinner inside a 3 man tent. Our companions...professional mountaineers provided all the necessary equipments...cooking, sleeping mats and tents and we were comfortably settled for the night despite the rains. In the morning, two proceeded to the summit and two went down to the beach resort, where we stayed. There were a lot of leeches and one of us even had one in her eye. Good thing, the guide took it out. Yucchy! Nonetheless Mt. Guiting Guiting is truly a mountain so unique and beautiful.

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Adrianyyw
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions
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One of the hardest mountains in Mt Guiting-Guiting. the climb aside, another challenging thing is simply getting there itself. As a tourist, it was quite hard to find information on getting there on the internet. I was very lucky i found a random group to tag along with.

1) Getting there:
I flew to Manila Airport, and then made my way to Pasay bus terminal, where i found a bus to take my to Batangas Pier. Buses leave regularly (around ~ 15 mins?), and you make payment on the bus itself so just board first. bus ride was comfortable with TV and air conditioned, took around an hour half and only cost around ~150-200 php. Once you get there, make your way to the ferry terminal (should be terminal 2) and look for a provider to get to Sibuyan. Warning: the ferry takes SEVENTEEN hours in total. Ferries leave at designated time. If i'm right, it usually leaves at 4pm, but you've to get there early to get a ticket (i reached around 1pm and boarded around 3pm). The provider i took allocated every person 1 bed so it was ok. Not much food provided on the ferry except cup noodles, so advised to pack your own food. no showers are provided as well. Upon reaching Sibuyan, you can take a motor tricycle to the lodge for your briefing. Would advise to grab a bite, takeaway some food, and then stock up on water and food supplies for the climb.

2) Prep:
At the lodge, there is a compulsory briefing to attend and signing of a few forms plus making payment (can't remember how much, but think its a few hundred php). Thereafter, you will go to your guide's house for final prep where you can leave some stuff behind and only bring what you need. there is an estimated guideline of 1 guide to 3 hikers (i think). Specifically to water, would recommend to bring more because it is HOT. and the water points along the way are subject to rainfall. there might not be any water source on the mountains. i was lucky there was still water remaining but its depends on your luck.

3) Climb.
The climb itself was tough but doable. just note that it is not a gentle walk in the park, but at times its scrambling and lots of climbing up rocks. walking poles are advised, but i made do without it. there are also different methods - you can either do a traverse or just a walk up and back. Hammocks are advised instead of tents, due to the limited space at the rest points. Day 1 was around an 7 hour walk from my guide's house to Mayos peak. Day 2 started around 7am, i reached the peak by 11/12 noon, followed by another 5/6 hours to camp 2. Day 3 started around 9, and i finished the hike at 1pm.

Post climb: the ferry leaves around 1000, so be sure to get there early. After that, its just another 17 hour ferry ride back again.

Overall: great climb. i met a very nice group of Filipinos who were very nice. Climb was challenging but fun. i especially enjoyed the scrambling because i wanted something more than a normal walk. Admittedly, the "getting there" part was a big turn off. but i'm glad i went with it still it adds to the overall experience i guess. i wanted something off the beaten track and this was it. if anyone needs any tips or help, i would gladly help. Strongly recommend anyone who is up for an adventure to go for this.
Written 2 June 2018
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KIMI4812
Quezon City, Philippines1,056 contributions
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Straight from a ferry trip from Batangas, we arrived in Sibuyan in the morning of Thursday. With a guide and 3 porters, we started our ascent right after lunch after we registered at the DENR. I have climbed a lot of mountains before but Mt. Guiting Guiting stands out as the most virgin with a lot of foliage ....such diverse varieties of weeds, trees and plants. An article in an inflight magazine of Philippine Airlines wrote an article that this mountain has been the source of medicinal plants for many pharmaceutical companies all over the world. For the first two hours, the trek was easy after Camp 1 though, the terrain change to a continuous 45 degree ascent. The trail was difficult with the roots of trees and plants intertwined along the path. I almost suffered a heat stroke due to the very humid and hot weather. Two full containers of water was dosed over me and returned me back to normal. Upon reaching Camp 2, however, the rain pelted down and we found ourselves, eating dinner inside a 3 man tent. Our companions...professional mountaineers provided all the necessary equipments...cooking, sleeping mats and tents and we were comfortably settled for the night despite the rains. In the morning, two proceeded to the summit and two went down to the beach resort, where we stayed. There were a lot of leeches and one of us even had one in her eye. Good thing, the guide took it out. Yucchy! Nonetheless Mt. Guiting Guiting is truly a mountain so unique and beautiful.
Written 13 June 2017
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travelcheck2016
Berlin, Germany13 contributions
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We saw this great mountain everyday, because he is located close to our accommodation in the Olango Bay at Tom's place. Everyday this mountain changed his "faces". With or without clouds, the color moves from deep green to grey and orange/brown.Must be a great experience to go up there.This comes when we are back in Sibuyan soon.
Written 12 November 2016
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Treppensteiger
Vienna, Austria66 contributions
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Anyone who's up to a real outdoor adventure in the Philippines should climb Mt. Guiting-Guiting. In times when most of the good treks are crowded with groups and nature is exploited by travel agencies, this mountain is a true gem.

We started from Magdiwang and walked through dense and pristine jungle until Mayo's Peak where we set our camp for the first night. The real tough part starts on day two, when we crossed the ridge and climbed the summit, where we had lunch before we returned to our camp.

The climb is challenging and you should have some mountaineering experience when attempting the summit, because there are many exposed and narrow parts to cross. In Europe a climb like this would definately be secured by iron ropes. But again, a similar climb in Europe would be crowded on sunny days.

During our three days in the mountains we were the only people up there, which allowed us to experience true wilderness, listen to the sounds of the jungle, see birds and wild cats and soak up the nature. From the top we could see seven different islands plus Mount Mayon.
We were positively surprised about how clean the mountain area is, and really appreciate the effort of the National Park officials to keep it that way.

This is definitely not mass tourism and only for responsible and fit nature-lovers. But those, I am sure, will highly enjoy Mt. Guiting Guiting.
Written 10 April 2014
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MylesDelfin
Cebu City, Philippines7 contributions
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Sibuyan Island is literally at the geographical heart of the Philippines. Described by many as the oldest island in the archipelago of more than seven thousand islands, Sibuyan Island is also known as "the Galapagos of Asia" due to the abundance of endemic species that thrive on the island. Mount Guiting-guiting is a jagged mountain of rock that soars to over six thousand feet above the numerous rivers and hills of the island. Its not the highest peak in the Philippines but is widely accepted as being one of the most difficult climbs locally because the terrain pitches up to 90 degrees, especially near the summit. Mount Guiting-guiting is a national park and is surrounded by a pristine forest area that is home to 123 species of trees, 54 of which are found nowhere else in the world. There are also 131 species of birds and 10 species of fruit bats. With it's countless beaches, scuba diving sites, rivers, and peaks, its a destination like nowhere else!

HOW TO GET THERE: The ship “Mary the Queen” (Romblon Shipping Lines) sails from Pier 12 of the Port of Manila regularly. Alternatively, there are RORO Ferries departing from the port of Batangas that go straight to Sibuyan Island (Montenegro Lines, Viva Shipping, etc.). It would be best to call the shipping companies in advance as they sometimes cancel trips if there aren’t enough passengers or if inclement weather causes cancellations in sailing schedules. If you really want to do it in style, there is an option to fly to nearby Tablas Island with SeaAir and then transfer to a wooden outrigger boat or wait for the ferry from Batangas for the crossing to Sibuyan Island. It might be more convenient to fly to Caticlan or Kalibo in Panay if you’re coming from Cebu. From there, you have the option to take a detour to Boracay Island or just head straight to Sibuyan. Once in Sibuyan Island, head towards Tampayan in the town of Magdiwang and look for the DENR office where you’ll need to get a climbing permit and a guide for the climb. Both of these things are required to visit Mount Guiting-guiting. The climb itself will take about 3-4 days to complete. There is also a new option to do the traverse route of the mountain. In which case you’ll still need permits from the DENR in Magdiwang and then you’ll have to head to the town of San Fernando and book your guides there. IMPORTANT NOTE: Guides impose a strict turn-around time for climbers attempting the mountain. It would be ideal to start the hike early and plan your climb well to avoid a missed opportunity to summit.
Written 28 December 2011
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