|Sitio Mapot, our starting trail to Mt. Kanlaon's crater summit|
I felt restored and once again, excited to begin our revelry with nature.
|Droplets of rain on my shot|
We reached the denser section of the mountain where I couldn't see past 5 feet due to the thick foliage covering the trail. What's great is that it shielded us from the strong winds that were strong enough to knock down my 134-pound frame.
After an hour of hiking, we reached a small clearing and it was there that Joral broke the heart-crushing news to us. Due to strong winds, we should not go farther. There were threats of falling trees and much as I love these beasts of the forest, my passion would be a no match against a fallen tree trunk. :(
When we planned our hike past the climbing season, (Season's March to May and October to December), I knew chances were high that we wouldn't be able to reach the summit due to bad weather but I have friends who have done a successful ascent off season and so I was hopeful. But safety was an enormous priority and with happy vibes intact, we obeyed our guide and headed down quickly.
I'm still determined to get to the summit next year! I shall see you again gorgeous Mt. Kanlaon.
Hiking Information (Mapot-Mananawin Trail):
How to Get to Canlaon City :
From Manila, fly via Cebu Pacific or PAL Express to Bacolod. From the South bus terminal in Bacolod, take a bus to Canlaon City (90 Pesos, 2.5 hours). Ask the driver to drop you at Biak na Bato bus stop. We took the 1PM bus. There's most likely an earlier trip but I don't know what time. You have to be there at least one day before your hike to arrange the permit. Permits to Mapot trail can be secured at the DENR office in Biak na Bato in Canlaon CIty. If taking the Wasay trail, secure the permit at the DENR office in Bacolod
At Biak na Bato, hire a motorbike to the DENR office (60 Pesos/motorbike).
Main Contact to Hiking Mt. Kanlaon:
Sir Angelo Bibar - Park Superintendent of Mt. Kanlaon National Park (MKNP)
Mobile Number : +63917-301-1410. Telefax : +63 (34) 433-3813; 435-7411
Email Address : firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Permit Fee: Php300 for Filipino | Php500 for foreigner
*Permit fee can be paid once you arrive in Bacolod/Canlaon City.
When is the Best Time to Hike Mt. Kanlaon?
"Mountaineering is open during the months of March to May and October to December. The months of January, February, June, July, August, and September are low season wherein only one expedition party per trail per month is allowed. In the event, however, that PAGASA declares weather disturbance and/or PHIVOLCS declares volcanic activity, the area shall be closed automatically from mountaineering." (Info. from Protected Area Mgt. Bureau, Mt. Kanlaon)
Official Trails to Mt. Kanlaon :
Wasay in Murcia; Guintubdan in La Carlota and Bago Cities; Mananawin and Mapot in Canlaon City.
Other Useful Blogs:
Pinoy Mountaineer : Wasay-Guintubdan Trail
Misadventures of Tintin : Mapot-Mananawin Trail