Mt. Malipunyo – Malarayat Range Traverse| Seven Summits

What do you do when you’re expecting something but didn’t turn out the way you expected it? Like when you’re expecting to hike just twin peaks (Manabu- Malipunyo) but turned out to be seven pala? Haha! That’s what happened during our Mt.Malipunyo – Malarayat Range Traverse hike we had just a month ago. It was so unexpected that some of us were already joking to back out after our guide told us that it’s gonna be an 11-12-hours of trek on the average. It was organized by the awesome Batch 2011 of MMS for their Anniversary Batch Climb led by Sir Paulo and Ma’am Glazel. And together with the other members of MMS (Aizel, Marri, Mars, Doc Tom) and our guests (Nerie, Bujoi, Philip, Pol), we made it through this climb feeling accomplished and happy despite the almost 12-hours trek. Hence, through our funny talks along the trail, a group called Team Bangis composed of the whole attendees of this climb was formed.

First Peak | Mt. Manabu

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Start of Trek

We started the trek at exactly 7AM through the Mt. Manabu trail which I’m still familiar with since we just hiked it last December (you may click on this link for our Mt. Manabu story). I can still remember the details of it. The used-to-be muddy trail of it was just so much better when we went this time. The weather was very favorable for the whole hike.

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Meet Mang Mario, our guide for the whole climb

We stopped at the Station 2 of Mt. Manabu to meet our very famous guide, Kuya Mario with his bolo. I’ve been seeing his photo in the other blogs I’ve read and I’m supposed to add up to his fame again through this blog entry. 😉 There were only 2 available guides for the Malipunyo – Malarayat range and one of them is Kuya Mario. I highly recommend him for aside from the fact that he’s very helpful in guiding us, he would tell us trivias and stories about his past experiences in guiding. He told us that he used to be the guide of the Seven Summiteer Romi Garduce when he went here before to hike. Kuya Mario is also really very funny and witty. Oftentimes, we would ask him to take a group photo of us and he would not click on the camera unless he finishes counting us and we had to be completely 11. Haha!

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The Malarayat Team

Group pic at the summit of Mt. Manabu

Group pic at the summit of Mt. Manabu

I can say that I was with a set of physically strong climbers that we made it to the Manabu peak in just 1 hour and 40 minutes! With very minimal stops, I saw the famous Manabu cross again at its peak. And that was I guess served as just the warm-up of our whole trek. 1 peak down! 6 more peaks to go! 😀

Mt. Maraduhan and Biak na Bundok

Take five!

Take five!

Amorseko plants

Amorseko plants

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

From the Manabu peak, we went down to the campsite and descended through a forked trail that I’m already not familiar with. It was very dense that wearing warmers and leggings would really be of help. I remember getting a lot of amorseko plants in my whole clothing. I saw a number of the thorny teka-teka plants as well. Kuya Mario also warned us of the Lipa plant that gives you an itchy feeling once it touches your skin.

At Mt. Maraduhan peak

At Mt. Maraduhan peak

An hour after we left the Manabu peak came the Mt. Maraduhan peak. The trail going to this point is already established and the bamboo grasses alongside provide shades for the climbers.

Approaching Biak na Bundok

Approaching Biak na Bundok

Mang Mario's TriHouse

Mang Mario’s TriHouse

It was already 1100 when we reached the Biak na Bundok, just in time for lunch. Kuya Mario told us that during Pres. Marcos time, he ordered to create a highway that could connect Lipa, Batangas to San Pablo, Laguna crossing the Malarayat Range. Thus the reason on why the peak looked like divided into half.

Lunch Inside the TriHouse

Lunch Inside Mang Mario’s  TriHouse

We stayed inside Kuya Mario’s tri house. I was expecting a house built at the top of a tree actually but there’s none. So I’m presuming it should be a tri-house (because it’s triangle?) and not tree-house. Haha! We had so much fun over lunch. It was my first time to climb with the Batch 2011 of MMS and I realized that they’re amongst the coolest I guess. Most of them were naturally born comediennes especially Marri and Mars. Their funny hirits and tactless comments made the group alive.

Using Aizel's Dual Cam at the summit of Biak na Bundok

Using Aizel’s Dual Cam at the summit of Biak na Bundok

Behind me is the Mt. Susong Dalaga

Behind me is the Mt. Susong Dalaga

One could see the Mt. Susong Dalaga from the summit of Biak na Bundok. On why it’s called Susong Dalaga, I’m leaving the answer all up to you my dear reader. 😉 It is however not part of our itinerary and climbing it would give us an additional 1 to 2 more hours of trek. Thus, on why we’re planning to organize a separate hike on it with the same group.

We left the trihouse and went to Mang Mario’s house where he allowed us to rest and get some water. We also met his family there and they were all so hospitable that they even allowed us to stay in the balcony of their house.

Descending via the improvised rope

Descending via the improvised rope

The Balete and Mt. Malipunyo’s 3 Peaks

At the Peak 2 of Mt. Malipunyo

At the Balete Peak

We resumed our trek to the Balete Peak and the last 3 peaks of Mt. Malipunyo. It was a long walk indeed under the scorching heat of the sun. We reached the Balete Peak at 1400. Then we went through peaks 2-3-1. I forgot to ask on why the numbers were not in order when we went there.

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At Peak2

View from Peak3

View from Peak3

At the Peak1 of Mt. Malipunyo, the last at last!

At the Peak1 of Mt. Malipunyo, the last at last!

After reaching the Peak1 of Mt. Malipunyo, which was apparently the 7th and last peak of this climb, we then commenced with our descent which roughly took 2hours. We reached the final jumpoff point at 1845 where we also had our long-been-awaited shower. Afterwards, we feasted over the famous Batangas Lomi for dinner at a carinderia in front of the Lipa Bus terminal.

I love this shot, Mang Mario and his jungle bolo with Kumander Marri

My fave shot, Mang Mario and his jungle bolo with Kumander Marri

Words of Wisdom

Life sometimes offers us more peaks to climb, even more than what we expected. But what’s more important is for us to face them with all confidence and strength. Accept the challenge. Celebrate each milestone. And rejoice that you made it through those peaks. I enjoyed this whole climb despite the surprise that it gave us during the start.

Congrats to the Malipunyo – Malarayat Range team and to the MMS Batch 2011 for this successful climb! 😀

Suggested Itinerary

 0300-0330- Assembly at Jam Bus Terminal (Kamias)
 0330- ETD Lipa, Batangas
 0530- ETA Lipa, Batangas
 0530-0600- Meet up @ Mcdo Lipa/ Quick Breakfast/ Buy Packed lunch
 0600- Tricycle ride to jump off/ Register
 0630- ETA jump off: Brgy. Sulok, Sto. Tomas, Batangas 
 0645- Start Trek to Station 8 
 745- ETA Manabu Peak Sightseeing/photo ops
 0830- Resume trek. Proceed to Biak-na-bundok
 1200- Lunch at water source/Siesta
 1245-Resume Trek going to Malipunyo summit
 1500-ETA Malipunyo Summit/ Rest/ photo ops
 1530- Start Descend
 1700- ETA Brgy. Talisay, Lipa /wash up 
 1900- ETD back to Manila
 2100- ETA Manila

Expenses

132 Bus fare Cubao-Tambo Exit
8 Jeepney ride fee going to Mcdo Lipa (meeting place)
40 Jeepney ride to Jumpoff per pax
110 Guide service per participant (12pax)
15 Ligo fee
46 Jeep fee per pax going to Lipa (from Talisay)
20 Reg fee @ Brgy Hall
40 Lomi Special
132 Lipa to Cubao
Total ~ Php600
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