Mt. Kilakiron: A Long Forgotten Beauty

Pinay Voyager Rating: 3/10

Basic Information kilakiron-8

Location: Valencia, Bukidnon
Major Jump-Off: Sitio Cabangonan, Brgy. Lilingayon, Valencia
LLA: 2329 mASL
Day required: 2 Days (day climb including travel time) | 8-12 hrs.
Category: Major Climb
Difficulty: 6/9
Trail Class: 2-4

Overview

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                Mt. Kilakiron, at 2329 MASL is considered as the highest mountain situated in Valencia City. It is part of the Kalatungan Mountain Range which sets the record as the second largest mountain range in Bukidnon.

Itinerary

Day 1

13:00     -Travel from CDO – Maramag Terminal
18:00     -ETA Maramag Bus Stop
-Van Ride to Brgy. Lilingayon (1Hr)
19:00     -ETA Brgy. Lilingayon
-Habal2x Ride to Sitio Cabangonan (30 min)
19:30     -Courtesy Call to Datu
20:00     -Dinner
-Settle Down
21:00     -Lights Out

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Day 2

03:00     -Wake-Up Call
04:00     -Light Breakfast/Coffee
05:00     -Start Trek| Summit Assault
11:30     -Arrival at Peak | Lunch
13:00     -Descend / Back Trail
19:00     -Arrival at Jump Off
20:00     -Dinner| Aftercare
21:00     -Hitch Ride to Maramag Bus Station

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11:00     -Travel Maramag – CDO
3:00        -Arrival to CDO




Things to Bring:

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  1. Offering – Live Native Chicken, Coins, Cigarette
  2. At least 3L Water and Foods
  3. Sleeping Gear (Blanket/Malong will do, you’ll sleep in Datu’s Place)
  4. Headlamp
  5. Insect Repellant Lotion/Spray
  6. Med kit with Emergency meds
  7. Trekking Pole

The Climb

kilakiron-7                Mt. Kilakiron is one mountain I would consider most challenging climb I had so far. There are only 4 of us in my team for the climb headed by Mr. Butch Santander as team leader so budget is quite expensive, more or less Php 1,500 – Php 2,000.

Prior to climb, necessary arrangement should be done especially permission from the “Datu” [tribal chief] of the village as well as for the guide.

Surprisingly during that time, we’re quite amazed that the last known climb was 2 years ago from a known TV network who is supposed to feature the said mountain according to our trail guide whereikilakiron-2n the camera man got injured. Two years after, here we are, determined to overcome the challenge of Mt. Kilakiron. It was quite difficult on our part since the trail was left unattended for the past 2 years resulting to longer climbing time period than we expected since the guide have to reestablish the trail.

Though the climb was quite difficult, the cool atmosphere our pretty clever guide dog named Whitey lightened up the mood while helping us establishing the trail.

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The most difficult part of the entire climb was during descend where we were caught up with heavy rain and thunderstorm, not to mention the leeches (ew!). There was this very part inclined part where it has been recently ran over by forest fire so it’s quite dead and the soil is soft that during the heavy rain, we experience muddy landslide where some of us including me got injured. Can you believe my trekking pole broke off? I think we were literally rolling down the hills but despite the challenges, we’re glad and thankful that we all made is back safely… with tons of mud in our shoes.

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Mt. Kilakiron is quite a beauty to be explored. May this inspire fellow mountaineers to climb and explore because such nature’s beauty is not meant to be forgotten. The harder it is, the more rewarding to climb.




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