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.
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