Monday, July 18, 2016

MT. KALATUNGAN CLIMBING GUIDE

Mt. Kalatungan (purple blue) and Mt. Ragang (blue, far right) viewed from Mt. Kitanglad
Mt Kalatungan, a.k.a Catatungan, is a volcanic mountain in Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao. PHIVOLCS has no recorded eruptions of this stratovolcano, yet classified potentially active. The mountain range stretches along the areas of Valencia, Maramag, Talakag and Pangantucan. The prominent summits are Kilakiron in Valencia and the twin Kalatungan and Lumpanag summits most accessible in Pangantucan.

Mt. Kalatungan, towering 2,880 meters ASL, is the fifth highest peak of the country (contrary to the previous claims as the sixth highest). The mountain is a home to Philippine Eagle and other precious endangered species.



Jump off point at Barangay Mendis

Muleta Falls visible at Bukobuko sa Anay Ridge

Summits viewed from Talakag trail

At Kalatungan summit with the view of Lumpanag Peak

Mossy forest between Kalatungan and Lumpanag peaks


Mt. Kalatungan viewed from Lumpanag Peak


SCHEDULE OF FEES (As of July 2016)

Mountain Park Permit = P300/per head (payable to Tourism Office, Municipal Hall)
Guide = P350/day (can carry a max 10kg load)
Porter = P400/day (max of 15 kg)
Plus white chicken for ritual


CLIMB ITINERARY



It is always advised to start a climb early.

Always ask the guides for water sources.



Here's a typical IT for Kalatungan-Lumpanag (Wiji) Traverse:



Day1

7:00-7:30 - Poblacion to Brgy. Mendis via habalhabal

7:30-7:45 - meet the guide and porter / give the chicken

7:45 - start trekking (with river/water source along the way)

9:00 - ETA Viewdeck, with water source

10:30 - ETA Buko-buko sa Anay Ridge

11:30 - Lunch; rest; picture taking (Muleta Falls visible)

12:00-3:30 - Trek from Bukobuko sa Anay to the Summit

                      (with last water source in between)

3:30-4:30 - At the Summit

4:30-5:30 - Descent to Dwarf Bamboo Camp (abundant water source)

5:30 - Set up camp, cook, rest



Day2

6:30-7:30 - Prepare food, clear camp, water loading

7:30-8:30 - Ascent to Lumpanag Peak

8:30-9:00 - At the Summit; picture taking (Kitanglad Range visible)

9:00-11:30 - Cross along 3 minor peaks

11:30 - Lunch

12:00-2:30 - Descent to Brgy. Mendis (it's not a backtrail)

2:30-3:00 - Tidy up, take habalhabal to Poblacion Terminal

3:00 - Take a bus direct to CDO

          or take a van to Maramag or Valencia where you can take public rides to CDO, Davao or Cotabato areas.




 
HOW TO GET THERE
From CDO, take a take a Rural Transit (Rural Tours, with Aircon) bus bound for Wao. Drop at Pangantucan. The trip is around  5 hours.
 

From Davao, take a Rural Transit (Rural Tours, with Aircon) bus bound for CDO. Drop at Maramag Terminal. The trip is around 3-4 hours. take a bus or van bound for Wao (Lanao del Sur) and drop at Pangantucan. The trip is around 45 minutes.
 
You may spend the night at Tourism Lodge (P250/night) or proceed directly to brgy. Mendis (jump-off) via habalhabal (P80 for a passenger with his baggage) and pitch a tent.


For further queries, pls contact:

Christopher M. Diaz (that's me) - 0926-247-8796 
 
For booking and permit concerns, pls directly contact: 
Ms. Lea M. Apal (OIC Tourism Officer)- 0917-774-5868



Guides have no cellphones. We will contact them for you.


To see more photos and other features of Mt. Kalatungan, please click CLIMBING MT. KALATUNGAN: A Quick Guide.
 

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