Mt. Dulang-Dulang

Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang

More popularly known as “D2”, Mount Dulang-Dulang remains the second highest mountain in the Philippines. Covered by rich, mossy forests, locals give high regard to these lands. Officially claiming rights of it being an ancestral domain, members of the Talaandig tribe are primarily responsible with arrangements made for each climbing session. There are several traditions that the tribe requires before allowing groups to take on the trek. The Datu is said to sacrifice chickens before every hike, and visitors who reach the summit must leave white cloths as per tradition. These unusual practices have added to the mystical experience surrounding the mountain. To add to that, the misty environment of mossy jungles and gloomy terrains succeed in creating the perfect backdrop to the seemingly mystical trek.

Once you reach the summit, you will be rewarded by the breathtaking sight of the Kitanglad mountain range. And if you knew where to look, you can even catch a glimpse of the peak of Mt. Apo beckoning you for your next climb!

Before you decide to take on this adventure, make sure to do enough research on this trek. Check the weather, as it is known to get very cool even in the mornings. Wear enough clothing to ensure your hike remains comfortable and safe. Remember that this is a challenging and hard hike, so it is important that there is someone experienced in the group. Below are a few tips and reminders for your next climb!

Elevation: 2,938 m above sea level

Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang
Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang

Mt. Dulang-Dulang Trail

Difficulty: Hard

Days needed to complete hike: 2 to 3 days

Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 9 to 10 hours

Major jump-off point: Sitio Bol-ogan, Brgy. Songco, Lantapan

This is the regular trail for Mt. Dulang-Dulang. From the jump-off point itself, it usually takes a whole day of travelling up the summit. During the hike, you may experience seeing animals in their natural habitat while braving the various landscapes that greet you. The thick jungle offers a cool shade, but hikers can expect cold temperature as fog and clouds enclose their surroundings. There are a few water sources where one can stock up on water supply. Also, a campsite is located near the summit, perfect for a place to rest at the end of the day. In the morning, hikers can proceed up the summit and watch the magnificent sunrise before descending the mountain. Don’t forget to hang up your white cloth!

Mt. Dulang-Dulang – Kitanglad Traverse Trail

Difficulty: Very Hard

Days needed to complete hike: 3 to 4 days

Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 18 to 19 hours

Major jump-off point: Sitio Bol-ogan, Brgy. Songco, Lantapan

Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang
Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang

This traverse trail allows hikers to experience another part of the Kitanglad mountain range. Most would consider this as one of the hardest hikes in the Philippines. It follows a similar trail up the summit as the regular Mount Dulang-Dulang trek. However, instead of directly descending after reaching the top, climbers should take the traverse trail instead. It encompasses very steep slopes with grassy landscapes. It may be slippery so be careful!

There is a bunker house at the Mt. Kitanglad summit where you can stay for another night after a tiring hike. In the morning, you can experience viewing the different mountains nearby and witness the “aerial roots”.

How to Get There

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:

(Cagayan de Oro – Malaybalay –Jump-off point)

Mount Dulang-Dulang is located in Northern Mindanao. From Manila (Luzon), hikers usually take a plane to get to Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao). It is important to note that climbers should coordinate with locals for a more convenient journey. Since it is very hard to do the hike with little knowledge, it is smart to bring along a local to act as a guide. Proceed to Agora Terminal in CDO and take a bus to Malaybalay.

From Malaybalay, ride a jeepney to Lantapan. This is where hikers make a courtesy call to the Datu of Talaandig tribe. Also, final arrangements and rituals are done here. After everything is finished, you are ready to start your trek!

Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang
Wyatt Maktrav in Mt. Dulang-Dulang

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