Mt. Hibok-Hibok: A Day Hike to the Quiescent Crater

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Basic  Information

Location: Camiguin Island
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island
LLA: 1,332 mASL
Days Required: 1 Day (day hike)
Hours to Summit: 5 hrs.
Category: Minor Climb
Difficulty: 5/9
Trail Class: 3
Feature: Volcanic Crater, Lush Forest, Scenic View of the Crater, White Island and even Bohol.

Overview

                Mt. Hibok-hibok, located in the Province of Camiguin, Northern Mindanao, is an active strato volcano. Among no less than 7 volcanoes in Camiguin, Mt. Hibok-Hibok is the most famous and been quite active. Its last known eruption was more than 50 years ago dated way back in 1951 which killed 3,000 people. It is also one of the 6 volcanoes of the Philippines closely monitored by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) due to its dynamic volcanic activity.

How to Get There

 Click here for details on how to get to Camiguin Island.

If you are planning to climb Mt. Hibok-Hibok, I highly recommend that you contact
Kuya Ronald @ +63-926-946-9660 as your guide. He’s one of the best guides out there.

What to Prepare

                This is only a day hike so don’t bring much and be as light as you can be. Nobody wants to carry anything heavy in any trek but then, always make sure you have prepared a contingency plan in any case.

  • At least 2L of water
  • Trail Foods and Lunch
  • Insect Repellant Lotion/ Spray
  • Med Kit
  • Trekking Pole (optional but advisable especially taking the Yumbing jump-off trail)

Unless you wanna go spend the night camping on the crater (which by the way seems to be a lot
of fun) then you can add your tent, sleeping bag and cook-set on your get go list.

Itinerary

Estimated Expenses

                I actually find the guide ship fee most expensive compared to all my previous climb so far but the trick is to have a number of climbing buddies to split the cost with. There were 5 of us in the group we chipped-in Php 240.00 each. You can also save with the fare going around if you can contract a Habal-habal or Motorela as a group. Things didn’t also went well the way we planned it during this trip so we end up spending more than we should – speaking of the contingency plan I mentioned earlier.

The Climb

                Majority of all my climbs has been solid with #TeamNMIF, the team is composed of my colleagues from work who share the same passion for running, trekking and hiking. Hence, the name NMIF (North Mindanao Import Facility). Climbing Mt. Hibok-Hibok was a rash decision. The thing is my team/colleagues will be demoved soon and this will be their last month at work so the goal of the team is to have as many climb as we can on their last month at work – we became what they call “The Weekend Warriors”.

 

For this climb, the team was headed by Mr. Butch Santander, our team leader along with other teammates, Sir Marjul, Daryl Poliquit, Mark Chiam (our Vietnamese vendor from work) and yours truly with our guide.

Lush Forest – Yumbing Trail

It has often been said that taking the road less travelled is much more interesting, that’s why we decided to take the Crater Trail from Brgy. Yumbing jump-off over the more popular trail from Ardent Hot Spring.

Just few meters before the ascend, we also found a water source where we can take a short break and have tumblers refilled for the hike. The first part is of the trail is moderate to gradual ascend which is really good for warming up for the assault.  It was also quite refreshing with vibrant shades of green as it was covered thick vegetation and lush forest.

 

 

 

It took us more or less 4.5 hours before reaching the crater hiking through sharp ascent and reaching the crater is such a relief for all of us. It is where we took our lunch and a short nap before proceeding to the summit.

The Crater

Mark Chiam wasn’t doing well, his legs were cramping badly at this point so he decided to take rest while we reach for the summit. Sir Butch gave him some salt tabs for electrolyte recovery.

Overview of the Crater and Camiguin Coastline (White Island was covered by clouds)
Tres Marias over the background

Reaching the summit is very rewarding. You get to have an awesome panoramic view of the Camiguin’s coastline, the crater and the famed white island on the background.

The descend was equally challenging and we quickly got back to assist Mark. Sir Butch made a decision to deviate from our original of traversing to Ardent Spring for descend due to Mark’s condition. We were more careful and our pace is slower as to keep the group intact. We are way behind our schedule because of this and its certain that we won’t be able to make it to the last Ferry trip going back to Balingoan Port so we just decided to spend the night in Camiguin.

So this is where the contingency plan I was talking about – We end up renting a room as suggested by our guide, had our dinner and took a relaxing dip in the Ardent Hot Spring. We only rested for a few hours of the night because we have to wake up early to take the first ferry trip back. Having a Van going back for an all-in fare for  Php 380.00 (depends on how you haggle) inclusive of ferry ride is also quite convenient.

…and we’re back on Monday Morning – on a workday (makes me wanna bury my face), late. We’ve seen some of our colleagues already busy going to the workplace while we’re just arriving in the city. Seriously, like we’re super doper damn late with sore legs – but what can we do – It’s all worth it *wink wink.

I hope this article helps you. How about you? Care to share you Mt. Hibok-hibok trip? Comment below and I’ll try to get back to you. I would love to talk about it.

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