Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park

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Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park

Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park
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Our hike in Mt. Iglitt-Bako Park
Feb 2019
We did the hike in February which is supposed to be one of the best season to hike. We started the journey in San Jose where we bought our permits (600 php pax). These are the "trekking" permits, aka the permits that allow you to climb the Mangibok summit (1400m). Cheaper "hiking" permits (200 php pax) only allow you to go to the station 3, where you can watch the tamaraws. You can also get these permits in Sablayan and maybe in Calintaan, but as we were already there, we decided to buy them in this town. You can get them at the DENR of San Jose (ask for DENR at the White House) because they have several buildings in San Jose. At the DENR, they gave us contact informations with a guide which we hired for 1000php (500php/day). After getting the permits, we went to Calintaan with the bus where we bought our supplies for the hike (mostly instant noodles and rice). From Calintaan, we took a Tricycle to the station 1 which is the starting point of the Hike. We had to pay 50php pax for the Barangay PoyPoy entrance fee. We arrived at s1 in the evening, and we slept there. S1 is comfortable and equipped with mattresses, electricity, water. We also could leave our stuff there that we didn't want on the hike. The next morning, we started the hike. Day1 : Station 3 and Tamaraw watching 7h00 : Departure from station 1, (100m above sea level) . This part is mainly in the shade at this hour, and the path is easy until station 2. 9h30 : Arrival at station 2 (450m ASL). We did a big break, cooked and ate there. We left our bags there to keep going just with water and some basic supplies. 13h00 : Departure from s2, easy path mostly in the sun. 14h15 : Arrival at station 3 (aproximatively 700m ASL) . From there you can do a quick 15min walk to the little summit beside the station. You can also watch the Tamaraws starting 16h (best chances are at sunset/sunrise). You can bring your own binoculars, because they're far away, even if there should always be someone there who can provide them to you. 17h00 : Departure from s3. Beautiful, colorful walk back to station 3 in the sunset. 18h00 : Arrival at s2. We slept there, cooked at the fireplace. No mattresses, only bambu beds. Day 2 : Mangibok summit 4h45 : Departure at night. We left early to avoid the sun that becomes unbearable later in the day. The first 30mins are an easy walk through flat grasses so the lack of light isn't really bothering. You still need at least 1 head light for every two people. Then there is a tricky, steep part to cross a stream, and after that the summit assension really begins. The sun will come out once you're getting to the steep part, it, it will make the hike easier and beautiful. 1h30 after leaving s2, we reached the Mangibok ridge, which is really steep and exhausting. 6h45 : Summit at 1400m ASL. Nice view, definetly worth the trouble. 7h00 : Departure from the summit, descending the ridge is clearly the most difficult part of the whole hike, as it is steep and slippery. 9h00 : Arrival at s2. Lunch. 10h30 : Leaving s2. Very hot way back to s1, at this hour mostly in the sun. 12h30 : Arrival at station 1. Our guide takes his motorbike and fetches us a Tricycle from the closest town that brings us back to Calintaan. Appendix : The stations : both equipped with light and drinkable water, but only s1 has mattresses and blankets. Temperature is all right (maybe around 15/20°C at night so you don't need a lot of stuff to sleep, we slept with clothes on the bambu beds. Didn't stay overnight in s3 but it looked similar to s2. General price : approx 2000php pax Guide : 1000php for 2days Permits : 500 trekking permit + 100 entrance fee + 50 Barangay PoyPoy entrance fee Trycicles : 2x300 for Calintaan to S1 (round-trip) Bus : 2x80 for San Jose to Calintaan (round trip) Groceries : 250php pax Accommodation : 100php for the room in S1 About us : we are both 22 (1 Male/1 Female) and are used to hiking, so we walked pretty fast. General comments : the hike is beautiful, cheap and relatively accessible. The first part (from s1 to s3) is doable by everyone and gives you the possibility to watch the endangered Tamaraws. The second part (Mangibok summit) is a bit harder and requires a decent shape even if it still doesn't include a general difficulty. It's just a bit steep at the end.
People, Tamaraw and great landscapes
May 2017
We can higly recommend to visit this park. You will see the native Mangyans, a fabulous landscape, the tamarraw (now 401), geckos, and if you are lucky you will see also deer, snakes, monkeys and much more. However, the guides and rangers are not really trained to know all hidden olaces of wildlife. This is also why we score a 4 only. Practicalities The value of the ecotourism office in Sablayan is somehow reduced right now. They got a new management and (to) many trainees. Before you visit them call them on 09985465917. Ask them that you want to meet a guide for Mt Iglit and suggest a time to meet him (we went with Rudy). They will call you back to confirm. The guides know exactly what they do and give you all the information needed. After agreeing everything with the guide you can buy the permits at the office (55 pesos each) We started at 6 am in Sablayan, started to walk at 8 am and arrived at station 2 with lots of short breaks before noon (you take a van/bus to Caticlaan and then a tricycle to station 1). We then had lunch and in another two hours we reached station 3. There started some rain so we were comptetely wet at station 3. To bring one set of dry clothes plus a rain cover for the backpack is a good idea. For a rain coat it is to hot. An umbrella may help. In station 3 you have a kitchen. If you want to be sure to have a mattress on your bed you should bring your own mat (or borrow it from your resort). You can also borrow from the rangers. But in our case there were not enough good mattresses available. Station 2 is probably at 200 meters aboce sealevel and station 3 they say at 900 meters (or less?). So it is relatively flat but a total of 14 km to walk. In May it is very hot. So it is helpul that there is good tap water in station 2 and 3. To see the Tamarraw you should take some time on the two platforms in the evening before sunset. You will spot many in some distance grazing the hills. In the morning after sunrise you are less likely to see them, because we assume they are still chewing the grass from the night. We were back at station 1 at 13:00 and back in Sablayan before 16:00. For the four of us (kids are 7 and 10 year old) we payed including tips, guide and ranger fees, permits and transport around 5000 Pesos. We bought the food at the grocery and took with us a lunch box from the resort.

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SnoopKong
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Our hike in Mt. Iglitt-Bako Park
Feb 2019 • Couples
We did the hike in February which is supposed to be one of the best season to hike. We started the journey in San Jose where we bought our permits (600 php pax). These are the "trekking" permits, aka the permits that allow you to climb the Mangibok summit (1400m). Cheaper "hiking" permits (200 php pax) only allow you to go to the station 3, where you can watch the tamaraws. You can also get these permits in Sablayan and maybe in Calintaan, but as we were already there, we decided to buy them in this town. You can get them at the DENR of San Jose (ask for DENR at the White House) because they have several buildings in San Jose. At the DENR, they gave us contact informations with a guide which we hired for 1000php (500php/day).
After getting the permits, we went to Calintaan with the bus where we bought our supplies for the hike (mostly instant noodles and rice). From Calintaan, we took a Tricycle to the station 1 which is the starting point of the Hike. We had to pay 50php pax for the Barangay PoyPoy entrance fee. We arrived at s1 in the evening, and we slept there. S1 is comfortable and equipped with mattresses, electricity, water. We also could leave our stuff there that we didn't want on the hike. The next morning, we started the hike.

Day1 : Station 3 and Tamaraw watching

7h00 : Departure from station 1, (100m above sea level) . This part is mainly in the shade at this hour, and the path is easy until station 2.
9h30 : Arrival at station 2 (450m ASL). We did a big break, cooked and ate there. We left our bags there to keep going just with water and some basic supplies.
13h00 : Departure from s2, easy path mostly in the sun.
14h15 : Arrival at station 3 (aproximatively 700m ASL) . From there you can do a quick 15min walk to the little summit beside the station. You can also watch the Tamaraws starting 16h (best chances are at sunset/sunrise). You can bring your own binoculars, because they're far away, even if there should always be someone there who can provide them to you.
17h00 : Departure from s3. Beautiful, colorful walk back to station 3 in the sunset.
18h00 : Arrival at s2. We slept there, cooked at the fireplace. No mattresses, only bambu beds.

Day 2 : Mangibok summit

4h45 : Departure at night. We left early to avoid the sun that becomes unbearable later in the day. The first 30mins are an easy walk through flat grasses so the lack of light isn't really bothering. You still need at least 1 head light for every two people. Then there is a tricky, steep part to cross a stream, and after that the summit assension really begins. The sun will come out once you're getting to the steep part, it, it will make the hike easier and beautiful. 1h30 after leaving s2, we reached the Mangibok ridge, which is really steep and exhausting.
6h45 : Summit at 1400m ASL. Nice view, definetly worth the trouble.
7h00 : Departure from the summit, descending the ridge is clearly the most difficult part of the whole hike, as it is steep and slippery.
9h00 : Arrival at s2. Lunch.
10h30 : Leaving s2. Very hot way back to s1, at this hour mostly in the sun.
12h30 : Arrival at station 1. Our guide takes his motorbike and fetches us a Tricycle from the closest town that brings us back to Calintaan.

Appendix :

The stations : both equipped with light and drinkable water, but only s1 has mattresses and blankets. Temperature is all right (maybe around 15/20°C at night so you don't need a lot of stuff to sleep, we slept with clothes on the bambu beds. Didn't stay overnight in s3 but it looked similar to s2.

General price : approx 2000php pax

Guide : 1000php for 2days
Permits : 500 trekking permit + 100 entrance fee + 50 Barangay PoyPoy entrance fee
Trycicles : 2x300 for Calintaan to S1 (round-trip)
Bus : 2x80 for San Jose to Calintaan (round trip)
Groceries : 250php pax
Accommodation : 100php for the room in S1

About us : we are both 22 (1 Male/1 Female) and are used to hiking, so we walked pretty fast.

General comments : the hike is beautiful, cheap and relatively accessible. The first part (from s1 to s3) is doable by everyone and gives you the possibility to watch the endangered Tamaraws. The second part (Mangibok summit) is a bit harder and requires a decent shape even if it still doesn't include a general difficulty. It's just a bit steep at the end.

Written February 20, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

patrickhofstetter
Sablayan, Philippines12 contributions
People, Tamaraw and great landscapes
May 2017 • Family
We can higly recommend to visit this park. You will see the native Mangyans, a fabulous landscape, the tamarraw (now 401), geckos, and if you are lucky you will see also deer, snakes, monkeys and much more. However, the guides and rangers are not really trained to know all hidden olaces of wildlife. This is also why we score a 4 only.

Practicalities
The value of the ecotourism office in Sablayan is somehow reduced right now. They got a new management and (to) many trainees. Before you visit them call them on 09985465917. Ask them that you want to meet a guide for Mt Iglit and suggest a time to meet him (we went with Rudy). They will call you back to confirm. The guides know exactly what they do and give you all the information needed. After agreeing everything with the guide you can buy the permits at the office (55 pesos each)
We started at 6 am in Sablayan, started to walk at 8 am and arrived at station 2 with lots of short breaks before noon (you take a van/bus to Caticlaan and then a tricycle to station 1). We then had lunch and in another two hours we reached station 3. There started some rain so we were comptetely wet at station 3. To bring one set of dry clothes plus a rain cover for the backpack is a good idea. For a rain coat it is to hot. An umbrella may help.
In station 3 you have a kitchen. If you want to be sure to have a mattress on your bed you should bring your own mat (or borrow it from your resort). You can also borrow from the rangers. But in our case there were not enough good mattresses available.

Station 2 is probably at 200 meters aboce sealevel and station 3 they say at 900 meters (or less?). So it is relatively flat but a total of 14 km to walk. In May it is very hot. So it is helpul that there is good tap water in station 2 and 3.

To see the Tamarraw you should take some time on the two platforms in the evening before sunset. You will spot many in some distance grazing the hills. In the morning after sunrise you are less likely to see them, because we assume they are still chewing the grass from the night.

We were back at station 1 at 13:00 and back in Sablayan before 16:00. For the four of us (kids are 7 and 10 year old) we payed including tips, guide and ranger fees, permits and transport around 5000 Pesos. We bought the food at the grocery and took with us a lunch box from the resort.
Written May 20, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rubah
Basel, Switzerland300 contributions
Amazing hike
Feb 2016 • Couples
Nationalpark.

We did the iglit baco trekking in a two day one night Tour. For me it was a very amazing trip. We booked a Tour from our guesthouse so it was more expensive for us, you can go way cheaper if you organize yourself. Maybe around 5000 peso for ranger, packer,entry,tip. But we had no time. We started from sablayan 2 hours ride to the park entry. Startet early 07.30. Throug forrest paths, hangbridge,small rivers. We reached station 2 already on 10.30. We took a long break to relax, lunch was prepared. There is a ranger house with toilet and shower and water station to refill your bottles. We started again on 14.00. The ranger want to wait till 15.00 because the part from station 2 to 3 is almost all in the sun.but did not want to wait longer. At almost 16.00 we have been on the top, so we very pretty fast. There is another ranger house with toilet and beds. To the top view you walk again 5min to get the total view. I can say..the place is amaziing. Full of Energy. I stayed there for 2 hours, just to watch the mountains, maybe boring for you,for me it was breathtaking. You can see wild tamaraw buffalos coming out of the forrest to eat and the amazing sunset, and the sunrise in the moring.

After sunset it get windy and you need a jacket. A hoodie would be good, no wind jacket needed.

our tour guide brought us sleeping mat and bags. Mat is pretty needed, beds are hard, for sleeping bag was to hot in the house.

Way back we started at 07.30 am and where back at 12.30.

We did the tour with running sneakers it was ok for us. In the morning the way was a bit wet, a bit slepery so take care.

Dont do the tour in 2n/3d...thats is to long. I dont know why organisations offer this. If you walk straight it is only 5 hours of walking.

So the cheapest way: Ranger 1000 per day, packer 500 per day, entry 55 per Person, + transport,own food,bottles of water. Eco tourism office in sablayan will helpyou or pandan Island resort office.

Here these infos i got from the tourist office:

Regarding your trip to Mt. Iglit, you need to have one Tour Guide from tourism office (Php1000/day/group) and one Ranger Guide from Mt. Iglit (Php500/day/group). So, please come to our office in person so we can book your trip ahead of time. You need to pay here the environmental fee as well (Php55/person). Kindly be informed that you have to shoulder the fare of your guide going to Mt. Iglit. And you need to bring your own food and water for drinking. It's better to have at least one night stay at the mountain so you can relax and rest. You don't have to worry about tent because there is a small house there with toilet and water if you need to wash. Its approximately 1 1/2 hour by bus to Calintaan, then 30 minutes by tricycle to go inside the area. Please kindly bring your blanket and insect repellent lotion to avoid mosquitoes.

If there's anything else you need, please call our office around 8am-5pm (Mon-Sun) 0998-4259898/ 043-4580028.
Written February 15, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

nicolas414
Switzerland298 contributions
Great hike! Wonderful views
May 2013 • Couples
We did a 2 days tour in the Mont Iglit-Baco National Park in May 2013.
You can also do it in 3 days.
Note that we did not hike Mont Iglit which is very difficult to hike and take more time. It is also not possible to hike Mont Baco.

As we had very few time to organize it, we booked the tour from our hotel in Sabalyan, Gustav's place (their website is partly in German).
The tour was very well organized, we had 1 guide from the hotel who cooked for us and one guide from the National Park.

Day1:
We left the hotel in Sablayan by car at 5am and arrived at 7am at the entrance of the park.

There the guide from the National Park joined us and we began the hike at around 7:30am.
The hike is not particularly difficult and there are no real dangers.
What was the most difficult was the heat.

The first part to Station I is almost flat. Mainly in rice fields.
Then begins the was to station 2.
The way is steeper and is mainly in the forest.
During this part, we made several stops. There are nice places to stop for breaks, some of them next to rivers.
This is the longest way.

It took us from the car park to station 2 via station 1 around 5hours walking.

In station 2 we made a lunch break.
It is possible to sleep there and there is water on tap.
The area is beautiful in the forest.
Station 2 in itself is very simple (we preferred to continue to station 3)
There we met some Mangyan people.

We then headed to station 3.
The way is not in the forest anymore and if there is sun, it can be very hot. Luckily for us, it was cloudy.
After 1.5hours hiking, we reached station 3.
We stopped there for the night. The station is very simple but lovely.
There is a spring where you can drink water and have a "shower".
The view from Station 3 is wonderful. You are in front of Mont Iglit and Mont Baco.
From there we saw many Tamaraws.

Day 2
We went back to the car park.
The way down is much faster. We also made a break at station 2.
1h from station 3 to station 2.
3h from station 2 to the car park via station 1.

We had a great time
You are in the middle of the nature.
There are very few tourists. It is very authentic
Wonderful views.
I recommend!!!
Written June 9, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

B M
Manila, Philippines85 contributions
Beautiful hike and tamaraw spotting
Dec 2012 • Couples
T climb Mt Iglit you need a permit which you can get at the Tamaraw Conservation Program office (free). Contact person: Danny Roca. It's on an unpaved side road of the Airport Road, San Roque I (or II), San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

You start from Barangay Poypoy, sitio Cabyagan (Calintaan)
You go to station I (around 45min) - station II (around 3h) - station III (around 1.5h).

We did Station I, II, III (tamaraw spotting), II on day one and Station II, peak, Station II, Station I, Poypoy on day 2.

Station II is around 400m altitude, station III around 900m and Mt Iglit around 1400m

Station II to the top of Mt Iglit is around 3h, but it is fully exposed so you need to start early to avoid most of the sun. No water source on the way so you need to carry all your water for 6h of hiking. It is a steep hike. Going down is as slow/fast as going up. There is water at station II (tap) and station III (stream). You can take purification tablets if you have them.
Written February 24, 2013
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