Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 1 to 2 hours
Jump-off point: Kaingin Hanging Bridge, Maragondon, Cavite
Elevation: 280 m above sea level
Mount Buntis might be familiar to many as the place where one of our heroes, namely Andres Bonifacio, was executed. True enough, this mountain is rich with historical background, making the hike all the more interesting. Aside from this, hikers will be immersed in nature as they pass through a rich environment.
When you get to the jump-off point, you will see a long suspended bridge over relatively calm waters. Rest assured this is safe to cross. After, continue on the path and you will observe houses and farmlands of locals living in the area. Say a quick hello if you happen to pass by anyone! The trail will continue on into a forested area. Appreciate your surrounding as you trek through the peaceful woods. Soon enough you will reach the peak of Mount Buntis. Up at the summit, a sea of green will fill your eyes. It is a nice spot to view nearby mountains and the rich forests below. Refresh yourselves with the cool mountain air and rest up before you start your descent.
Mount Buntis is a great day hike. It’s short but definitely not “bitin”. The trails are easy with a few steep parts in the middle. On a side note, you will surely hear a lot of stories about the mountain. One example would be the origin of the name. It is said that Mount Buntis was called so because of its shape as you look at it from afar. The silhouette of the mountain is somewhat similar to a pregnant woman.
It is possible to camp in Mount Buntis. For those hikers who have an extra day to spare, why not experience the nightlife on Mount Buntis? You may set up camp on the summit. This will allow you to watch the beautiful sunset and sunrise. Make sure to tell the people in the Municipal Hall of your plans and be reminded that there are no water sources up at the peak. Stock up on water supply and make sure to check the weather before you go. The trails tend to get muddy when rained on; so, be careful!
Mount Nagpatong is another trek you shouldn’t miss! Starting from the eco-park, one gets to see more historical sites by combining these two peaks together. Considering Mount Nagpatong is a fairly short climb, most hikers choose to make it a side trip after they hike Mount Buntis. This creates a much better experience of the area as you get to see both historical sites. Start your hike early to escape the heat of the sun and to make sure you get to maximize your time.
It’s important to plan your trip in advance to make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go on the day itself. Here are some ways to get to your destination:
From Manila, take a bus bound for Maragondon, Cavite. After an hour and a half, you will arrive at Maragondon. Alight the bus and proceed to the municipal hall. Pay the necessary fees and get a local guide. Although not mandatory, guides are highly recommended for this trek. After settling everything, go to the jump-off point. You may either go on foot or hire a trike to take you there.
Another alternative is to take your private cars to Maragondon. Park your cars near the jump-off point or at the municipal hall and continue on foot. This will make visiting other sites easier after your hike!