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“THE adventure for responsible and fit nature-lovers”
Review of Mt Guiting-Guiting

Mt Guiting-Guiting
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“THE adventure for responsible and fit nature-lovers”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

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.

Visited March 2014
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Cebu City, Philippines
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“The Jagged Peaks of Sibuyan Island”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

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.

Visited November 2011
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