Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Going up to the summit of Mt Kalisungan

If you’re a beginner in mountain climbing, Mt Kalisungan in Calauan, Laguna is one of the easiest and nearest mountains near the metro that you might considering for your first climb.

Also known as Mt Caluan or Mt  Nagcarlan, the mountain is one of the smaller mountain in the Southern Tagalog region,  featuring views from the peak of San Pablo's Seven Lakes, wide plantation fields,  different kind of fruit trees and among others. 

How to get to Mt Kalisungan, Laguna

Take a bus with signage Buendia-Taft  from Manila to Laguna. Inform the driver to drop off in the Duck Junction in Victoria.  Travel time is almost 2 hours. After reaching the Duck Junction, travel via Tricycle to the jump off the mountain at the Barangay Hall of Lamot.  Don’t forget to register. There’s also available guide that will lead going to the summit.

Combination of concrete and rough roads will encounter by the mountaineers going up to the peak   During rainy days, expect the muddy trail along your way. All the trails are very visible so there’s a small chances that you might get lost in the area. 

You’re eyes will be filled with green living things. There are lots of fruit trees standing around the area like rambutan,  kaimito (star apple), buko (coconut), banana and others.  You can definitely pick one or more, but, of course, you need to ask permission. You can also find corn fields and huge grasslands going to the summit.

Day hike is possible going to the mountain. If you want to stay overnight, there will be a camping site at the summit area.  Please make sure you bring quality tent and it’s securely pegged because  the wind is very strong there.

Bringing water is must because there are no water resources in Bundok Kalisungan.

Don’t forget to wear protective clothing like pants or leggings because some of the plants and grasses are irritating to the skin. Expect a lot of talahib along your way.

At the summit, enjoy cool and fresh air while looking seven lakes of San Pablo, Mt. Cristobal, Mt. Banahaw, other mountain.

Photos credit to Maricar Dacles
Certified bundukero/mountaineer

1 comment:

  1. pinaytraveljunkie.comNovember 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Oh WOW! It is green everywherrre! A fellow mountaineer friend will love this, though I won't be surprised if she has already climbed it. Haha.



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