Friday, February 5, 2016

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Mt. Tapulao (2,037+)

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On every plane of action we attract whatever we desire or what we expect. If we desire one thing and expect another, we become like houses divided against themselves, which are quickly brought to desolation. The only thing we can do is to expect what we desire, then attract only what we wish for. 

Located in the Central Luzon Region in Luzon Island, Zambales which derived from the Malay word "Samba" means to worship as the inhabitants were found by the Spaniards to be worshiping spirits called "Anitos". The Inhabitants where then referred to as "Sambali" or the hispanized "Zambals".

More than "Zambales Mango Festival" in which you can taste the sweetest mango in the world, the province is also a best place near the Metro to surf, motor-cross, skim-board, snorkel, explore and conquer the heights of their extra-ordinary mountains. Rich in culture and heritage, the people of Zambales remains to be a major asset of the province.

Last October 2015 I joined an invitational hike at one of the highest mountains of this province. Prior to the climb I read some reviews and I found out that this is a major hike rated 5/9 by Pinoy Mountaineer. The organizer of the group challenge every joiners for this invitational hike as they set this a Major Dayhike. I asked myself, are you sure you can do this? And I answered, Why not? You heard it right folks, I just think of a millions of reason to conquer this mountain - Tapulao.

The Trail

The initial part of the trail will passed some local houses before you yourself formally reach the open wide trail with loose rocks and some boulders on the other side. 

Jay Cosico seriously trekking accompanied by kuya guide. 

This is one of the craziest hike so far, I am not on my condition because I don't get sleep prior to hike or even a bit power nap to re-energized. *Buti nagkape kami bago umakyat. After 1 1/2 hours trekking on a gradual assault I feel bored because no view, only rocks, grass, bamboo and uncommon trees you'll see. 

Kuya guide: Km. 4 pa po kayo makakakita ng maganda gandang view.

Approaching Km. 4 

Take five at Km 6 (1st Water Source)  

Around 10am when we passed kilometer 11 then right after, we were all stunned with the amazing views of the pine trees and the mountains on the other side plus picture perfect views of south china sea.

Take DOS @ Km. 16 with Ren Delgado and GF

Reaching this trail sign opt us to either continue to trek all the way summit or pass by the bunkhouse where you can find the third and last water source. 

PS: Almost 500 meters after this marker you'll reach the mossy forest which is the last part until reaching the SUMMIT of Mount Tapulao.

 Summit picture with Diva Runner, proud #TeamLaTak 
 Summit Group Picture

Contrary to one might expect from a summit, Mount Tapulao summit is not so perfect view because it's covered by trees - which is good. 

Summit marker: The "world tree" is a motif present in several religions and mythologies, particularly Indo-European religions, Siberian religions, and Native American religions. The world tree is represented as a colossal tree which supports the heavens, thereby connecting the heavens, the terrestrial world, and, through its roots, the underworld. It may also be strongly connected to the motif of the tree of life.

The Descent

Daddy Elgem and Sir Jimmy seriously trekking during descent with their trekking poles.


2100 ETD Manila

0130 ETA Iba bus terminal, Zambales
0215 ETD Iba terminal to Brgy. Dampay Salaza
0330 ETA Dampay Salaza barangay hall
0400 Start trek
0530 First water source, rest
0600 Resume trek
0730 Second water source
1000 ETA bunker, lunch, rest
1100 Summit assault
1200 ETA summit,
1300 Start descent
1500 Second water source
1600 First water source
1800 ETA barangay hall, Tidy up, Dinner
1900 ETD Dampay Salaza to Iba
2000 ETA Iba
2030 ETD Iba


Dayhike 1500 (Safe Budget)
Includes: Private van transpo v.v., Registration, Guide Fee, Use of comfort room, Food

Random Pictures

Ang tunay na mountaineer pagnakakakita ng malaking bato, uy picture mo ko dito. Smile emoticon.

Kudos to this guy, Mark for the great shots!

Special thanks to Mark Alimboyogen for the pictures.


  1. Hello, how much water po kaya need bitbitin sa hike? My friends and I are planning kasi this weekend.

  2. Medyo nakakaboring po kpg nagback trail, mas ok po ung traverse pero sobra nakakapagod :-)



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