Climbing Solo the Grand Mt Apo

Mt. Apo, the tallest peak in the country standing 10, 311 feet above sea level, has always been on top of every Filipino mountaineer’s list of mountains to conquer. I have just completed my 2nd triumph over the top peak. But this time I did it alone.



To update this post and to make things clear, this was a guided solo climb. I hired a local guide as advised by the local tourism office where I registered before the hike. 


The Scenic summit of Mt Apo as viewed from Lake Venado at 1294 meters above sea level 
Standing at one of Mt Apo's summits. It's just a few meters away from heaven 
A persistent climber taking all means just to reach the target summit. Thanks to my climbing guide for the photos. 

My first climb of Mt Apo last year was not perfect according to my perfection gauge. So I decided to go back to complete the elements of my ideal climb – to spend a night at the peak, take a photograph of the sunset and the sunrise and drown myself into pure mountain silence. 
Friends and some climbers I met along the way asked why I had to climb alone. I just answered: I want silence.

Silence so I could think, so I could feel true mountain freedom. I want to feel the mountain without the annoyance from unruly climbers. And very fortunately, I spent the whole night at the peak just as I wanted.

After 10.5 hours of hiking I arrived at the summit just in time for sunset. Spending the night at the peak feels alien to me – it was very cold, completely silent and it was pitch black outside. In some instances the sky would open and flood the space with stars! The morning at the peak is another unique experience. It was like a morning dream amidst the clouds and close by sun!

For the finale, the hot spring pools and Jacuzzi at the Lake Agco resorts were the perfect destinations to soothe the physical exhaustion especially that I did for one day the supposed two-day climb to the summit.


Reaching the 2nd summit of Mt Apo 

The flora found along the Mandarangan trail and within the Mt Apo Forest Reserve 

Lake Agco Hot Spring resorts make the Climb through the Mandarangan Trail a perfect climb. The hot springs are best in soothing the tired body of a fulfilled climber
Check out my other Mt. Apo articles here:
-The product of my solo guided climb: Mt. Apo: A place of rest above the clouds
-The real score on Mt. Apo Stairway issue
-Hugging the boulders: Mt. Apo via Boulderface


14 comments:

  1. oh my gosh...i want to do this too. i am from davao and have been wanting mt. apo since then.

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    1. Go, dude! Mt. Apo is waiting for you.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Ah, so you are with the climbing guide. I thought you were alone just you have said.

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    1. yup, a guided solo climb as i mentioned in one caption. I hope that's not misleading. :) i tried to hike alone but the local tourism office said No. I did the same guided solo in bukidnon for mt. kitanglad-mt.dulang traverse. the community guides association wouldn't allow unguided solo hikers. But i finally did an unguided trek to Mt. Pico de Loro in Cavite (blogged here). It was fun but scary...i won't do it again. hehe.

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  4. wish I can ride up half way with my bike and ride down that would be nice and make a new trails to ride

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    1. if the tourism office and the LGU would allow you dude, why not? But u know it will have greater impact to the environment.
      cheers!

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  5. Sir, May I know more on the processing for Apo Solo climb? I'm planning to go there this february. Many are discouraging me to go there because I'm female and they are claiming it's too dangerous. I do have an experience in mountaineering and have climbed Pulag and Kanlaon already but w/ a group. I want to try Apo alone this time. Any tips sir? Thanks!

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    1. hi Ms. Loveme, first, make sure you're physically and emotionally ready for your plan. Secondly, know your trail of preference in climbing mt apo. there are several trails of different difficulties. As a woman there's a need for extra precaution. but i can refer you to trusted guides. I know dudes from the local government of Sta Cruz in Davao del Sur that can lead you to the right persons for the boulders/sta cruz trail.
      If you want to take the easier Kidapawan/Mandarangan trail just lemme know. :)

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    2. Sir, I am interested in taking the Kidapawan/Mandaragan trail for this time. I'm doing more research about the place. Please sir, can you refer me to trusted guides there? Thanks so much sir.

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    3. Sir, I want to take this same trail that you have taken in this blog post. Is this the Kidapawan/Mandarangan trail? Please refer me to some trusted guides that you know sir. Thanks a lot. This is a great help.

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    4. okay. try to find sir Joey Recimilla on fb thru this link: https://www.facebook.com/joey.recimilla?fref=ts. He is the tourism officer of Kidapawan city and sure could tend to your special needs. they have trained and trusted guides. just tell him i led you to his page and referred you to him.
      he'll be more than willing to assist you. Good luck! :)

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  6. Thanks so much Sir! This is very helpful. Keep posting and more power! Good Luck with your travels too sir!

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  7. Hi Sir, Sorry for stopping by again.. hehe. :) just would like to ask if it's possible to take the sibulan (sta. cruz) trail for entry and then exit Kidapawan? Would you be kind enough (again) to refer some of your trusted dudes from the local government of Sta Cruz in Davao del Sur? Thanks a lot!

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