San Miguel, Bulacan
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We had a Twin Hike at Mt. Gola and Mt. Manalmon (separate review posted) in San Miguel Bulacan last Sunday.
Had to join for an organized tour which cost us php630 per head inclusive of
-Van transfers Manila-Bulacan-Manila
-other fees and charges
We arrived arround 6AM on the registration and started the hike quarter to 7AM.
Usually, Mt. Manalmon is the 1st go-to mountain but in our case, we had Mt. Gola as our 1st mountain just to avoid the crowd in Manalmon. We had to cross the Madlum River right after the junction and going up, you will be welcomed with what I called the "rock gallery" then proceeds to the summit where our group got to solo the place for a while.
We had our rest there and this is where the highlight of this climb happened..
As Felix found his spot near a bush to eat his snacks, I was curious with the little berries of the bush in front of us. He scolded at me, saying I should not try those as it will harm my tummy so I immediately threw away the berry which I insisted was duhat. Then he asked me to get another because he wanted to clarify it is. As I was looking for another, I WAS SO SURPRISED WITH WHAT I SAW. I GOT TO FACE TO FACE A SNAKE THAT WAS LITERALLY IN FRONT OF ME AND ITS TONGUE WAS OUT AND HISSING. I was in panic and shouted, saying we should leave that spot as it might attack us. It was so long and you can not easily spot it as it looks like the branches of the bush! Good Lord, it didn't harmed us. I took a photo of the snake and it was posted here, sorry medyo blurry lang.
Upon calming myself. I suddenly thought of how healthy place is for it has its ecosystem alive. This is the 2nd time that I personally saw a snake but my 1st time ever to had a face to face contact with it. Kasi yung una was the snake was hanging up on a tree and it was in Mt. Maculot. Lol
This is where we also posted for our buwis buhay shots.
Thanks again Jaja R for the invite 🤗
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We went for a twin hike last Sunday and visited Mt. Gola and Mt. Manalmon. We went for an organized tour which was different for me because I usually do a DIY hike. It was a last minute call to hike so joining a tour would be much easier.
We met at Greenfields Wendy's at 1am and left via van service at 2am. We arrived at the jump off point in around 6am, left the unnecessary things at Ate's place, where we also ordered a "paluto" for lunch.
We were supposed to go to Mt. Manalmon first but due to many hikers that are still at the summit, the guides opted to go to Mt. Gola instead.
Generally it was an easy to average hike for me. The view at the summit was also great and picture perfect for our buwis-buhay shots! Haha!
Thank you for joining this hike Judie Ann Princess M p
P.S. pls stop calling me ate! LOL!
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Same with Mt. Manalmon, Mt. Gola is another mountain in Bulacan with an elevation of 150 MASL.
When we arrived at Sitio Madlum's jump-off point after riding a bus from ES Transport at Cubao for almost 1 1/2 hrs. and riding a trike from the drop-off of the bus for almost 45 mins., we were instantly greeted with the nice river of the sitio. We crossed a bridge and instantly went to the baranggay to register.
As we were informed by our guides, Kuya Cano and Kuya Retzel, we can do a twin hike from Mt. Gola to Mt. Manalmon, then back to the brgy. which is the starting point of the spelunking and the area where we can do the monkey bridge crossing to river swimming after. There, there goes our jam-packed itinerary! We paid P10 for the environmental fee.
Our hike to Mt. Gola consisted of different kinda of trails --- from cemented stairs to river crossings, to large boulder passings, to fields that will make you feel like you're Heidi (but not in the Alps), to their famous barbecue trails, because the rocks were color charcoal because the sun's heat in that area was wild and they actually looked like brownies in a hill to very steep rock formations that asked us to do rock climbing / rappelling all in one, the quite east trail was exciting and really enjoyable most especially when you're with a happy, go getter group!
After an hour or so, we finally reached the summit that has a wide area where you can camp out. It was a flat area with such a majestic sight of the whole stretch of the Sierra Madre ranges!
There were different mini levels in the summit wherein you can take nice photos. When you're at the main level, the whole view's a lot bigger. When you go even lower, near the edges, you'll see how far you've gotten from the bottom to the top --- the trees, rivers, the skies, they're all saying hi to you!
We weren't able to stay that long at the summit because the heat's starting to get even wilder so we started trekking down to the very same direction and had our lunch beside the river before going to our next destination, Mt. Manalmon!
On a side note, I loved our 2 guides as they were both informative, kind and they were game with the craziness of our big group! Look for them when you visit the next time! 🏼
PS Guide fee is at P600/group.
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