Mountains and Beyond · nature · Wanderlust

Trips and Side trips | The Mount Mabilog Adventure

There are a few things my friends and I are particular about in doing a hike. First, it should be a day hike (since we are mostly girls and we have no camping gears yet). Second, it should be a minor climb as much as possible. I know, we should be trying difficult peaks once in a while, but we don’t hike on a weekly basis so that’s a little difficult to decide on…

Excuses, excuses…

https://zaiclara.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/0c2d7-mt-mabilogandlakepandin043.jpg?w=452&h=301

It’s been three long months since our Mt Balagbag hike and we were very much looking forward to another encounter with nature. It was decided that we hike the little giant in Laguna which is Mt Mabilog.

Since we were taking the South trail, we spent a few minutes first on lake Pandin.

11692598_10207186226202350_5207118877111737445_n

The Mabilog team. Manang in red was selling us all sorts of delicacies. We ate halo halo and gather our strengths for the climb ahead.

11402952_10207186279083672_2307002480753866182_n

One of the houses surrounding the lake.

19405_10207186222962269_4458270740800823601_n

The author posing on a bamboo raft with lake Pandin at the back drop.

1509282_10207187504554308_7697127115562708698_n

The trail follows through the banks of lake Pandin. It was really humid and we were sweating 10 minutes on. But you’ll never have guessed with those smiles on.

 

Mt Mabilog’s trails are mostly bare with trees. We hardly had any shade from the harsh afternoon sun. Indeed, it is more tiring doing a hike on a hot weather. We were nearly out of water halfway through. Unlike the other mountains such as Batulao or Maculot, there were no vendors along the trails of Mabilog. Noticeably, we were the only hikers that day as well.

11057446_10207186347565384_3104263161831560746_n
Some wild berries.

10610679_10205921154967022_1913531638081337389_n

11051806_10207187502474256_5889479067511914200_n
Exposed trails.

11036767_10205921158127101_8693576334361220900_n

Rest. I had cramps at this point. Awfully painful.

Maybe because of excessive heat and sweating, I had a terrible leg cramps. But we’ve come too far to even think of not pushing it to the summit. I took off my shoes and wore a pair of flipflops through the rest of the hike. It was uncomfortable, but better than having a stiff muscle!  The hike must go on.

10492207_10207186341325228_8614336901889480594_n
The view from the summit. 441+ MASL.

At last, we made it. Every summit is rewarding, as I have always known since I started climbing mountains. Up mount Mabilog, we were treated to the view of Mt Cristobal and Mt Banahaw just behind it. Lake Yambo was visible as well as the other lakes from the distance. We sat on the grass, took in the view, relaxed our eyes with all the surrounding hues of greens and blues.

11181700_10207187502194249_5969157295738952888_n

After having our lunch, we just lazed under the shade of the tree. Enjoyed the gentle mountain breeze, thankful for another day in the heart of nature.

11701160_10207187505234325_3832825053348433716_n

This climb was also our formal induction to Pandawan Outdoor Group, nature enthusiasts and adventure loving people.

After a series of hair flipping videos and photo shoots, we started our descent. We took a different trail, traversing to the other side of lake Yambo. The grass and vegetation were more thick and we can barely see the trail. It’s really a good idea to hire guides when climbing this mountain.

After almost an hour, we reached a paved road. We’re already in Nagcarlan.

11665526_10207186490728963_5423670947045928957_n

The paved road along Lake Yambo.

11703108_10207186492969019_5784841798717996936_n
Lake Yambo

Our guides helped us charter two tricycles to take us to Bunga falls. We bade goodbye to them and off we went.

It was almost a 10 minute ride to the falls. The extra minutes of trek was worth it when we reached our destination. Save for the flies because of the thrash the tourists are leaving, the falls itself was beautiful.

11243922_10207186496809115_5453055823534063750_n
Bunga Twin Falls

11539625_10205916602372522_3727408951496807804_n

Close encounter with the raging waterfall. It was so refreshing after a day in scorching heat.

11659495_10205916601972512_3257632623414780749_n

We rented two floaters since the water is deep and we’re too tired to swim.

11659453_10205916604692580_1834651155228022440_n

All freshen up. POG pose of the girls.

After a refreshing dip, we went to Nagcarlan Underground cemetery, our second side trip of the day.

11220894_10207186505409330_4285010053615399962_n

11693831_10207186507209375_4590359185482218052_n

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.

It was already past 5 PM when we arrived and the site was already closed for visitors. Still, that didn’t prevent us from taking souvenir shots. I’ve been here before, but it never fails to invoke a sense of nostalgia. Historical places are beautiful.

11692791_10207186498689162_1480951835838479021_n

The setting sun peaking through the iron window.

11665548_10207186509689437_5040716609051559846_n

11246370_10207186508609410_2578537847365750184_n

We spent a few minutes at the Nagcarlan municipal hall.

All tired and famished, we rode a jeepney back to San Pablo and had our dinner before heading back to Manila. Our muscles may be sore the next day, but we were all happy our wanderlust were satisfied. Nature never fails to make me happy. It led me to knowing people who share the same interests as mine. It enriches me in ways I know I’ll never get anywhere else. In nature, we always have good company.

Cheers to a beautiful life,

Zai.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s