Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola Twin Hike in San Miguel Bulacan is another weekend to spend for me and my friends. Aside from hiking, there are also other things that can be done in the place like swimming, spelunking, visiting the “Biak-na-Bato” National Park and the Monkey Bridge challenge.
How to go to Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola?
From Cubao bus terminal, ride a bus going to Gapan, Nueva Ecija. Inform the conductor that your destination is in San Miguel, Bulacan. Then, get off to Barangay Camias near the gas station, and ride a tricycle going to Barangay Madlum.
Upon arriving at the jump-off, we registered and hired a tour guide. And of course, we prayed first before we started the hike.
We had to cross this river to start the trek up to the first mountain – Mt. Gola.
I was wearing shoes that time so I had to take it off. The itinerary was to reach Mt. Gola first, then the “Biak-Na-Bato” Cave (because they are on the same side of the river, cross the river, head to Mt. Manalmon then the monkey bridge challenge.
On our way up, there’s this trail that we need to use a rope that will pull us up. I wasn’t able to get photos on the trails that we passed by because it rained that day.
BIAK NA BATO CAVE – NATIONAL PARK
After spending enough time at the summit of Mt. Gola, we decided to descend. It took us an hour to get back to the river we crossed earlier. But before we go to Mt. Manalmon, we went to “Biak-na-Bato” National Park. It’s a cave where we saw stalactites and stalagmites.
What a sad part to see dead stalactites and stalagmites because some of them are being destroyed by few visitors. If you happen to go there, please do not touch it. And PLEASE do not leave your trash inside. Let’s take an extra care to our nature. Let’s be responsible.
Then after that, we continued to hike going to Mt. Manalmon. We were surprised to see a line of hikers taking turns in the summit. So while waiting for our turn, we decided to take our lunch first.
This is a challenge where you need to cross a river on a rope at your feet while holding another rope on your hands for support.
You need to take turns in doing so. After facing your fear, you can take a dip into the river below, like some of my friends are doing.
Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola Itinerary:
04:00-06:30 Cubao to Barangay Camias
07:30 – 08:30 Barangay Camias to Sitio Madlum; registration
08:30 – 09:00Jump-Off to First View Deck
09:00 – 09:15 First View Deck to Summit of Mt. Manalmon;take pictures
09:15-10:30 – Mt. Gola and “Biak na Bato”
10:30-11:30 Mt. Manalmon
11:30-02:00 Jump-Off; Monkey Bridge Crossing, Swimming
02:30-03:30 Clean-up; Sitio Madlum to Brgy. Camias
04:00-06:00 Brgy. Camias to Cubao
Bus from Cubao to Brgy.Camias = Php 234.00 (Php117 one way)
Tricycle from Brgy.Camias to Sitio Madlum = Php200 good for 4 people
Registration Fee (Before Jump-off) = PhP 20.00
Registration Fee (Red Gate) = PhP 10.00
Guide Fee (Twin Peaks;PhP 600.oo good for 10 pax) = PhP 150.00
Monkey Bridge Crossing= PhP 25.00
You might be interested : Tarak Ridge (Mariveles) Day Hike Itinerary and Guide
Also you might want to check first if there’s announcement from the local government in Bulacan regarding hiking : Bulacan, Philippines: Announcements