For the first time, I celebrated my birthday outside the bounds of Metro Manila. It was an action-packed 20th birthday trip (thanks to my ka-lakwatsas). Part of this weekend adventure was to traverse Mt. Pundaquit (my third mountain) to Anawangin Cove.
Three hours after boarding Victory Liner's earliest trip to Sta. Cruz, Zambales (04:00 am), I, together with a bunch of adventure-loving friends, arrived at San Antonio - home of Zambales' famous coves and island beaches. As soon as we alighted the bus, Mang Mike, our contact in Brgy. Pundaquit, waved and called our attention. He already hailed three tricycles that will bring us to Brgy. Pundaquit, the main jump-off point to our first destination - Mt. Pundaquit.
Our plan was to eat first our breakfast then buy all the necessary stuff for our overnight camping - food, drinks, coal, etc. - at San Antonio Market before we proceeded to Brgy. Pundaquit. Having no choice, the tricycle drivers waited for us for more than an hour (tricycle regular rate is P30 per head, we paid an additional amount because we made them wait for us for more than an hour).
Trek to Mt. Pundaquit
Anawangin Cove is accessible by boat or by foot. Most tourists would opt the boat since it's just 30 minutes away from Pundaquit beach. The longer and rougher way to Anawangin is by foot through the mountain of Pundaquit, mountaineers and adventure-loving trippers are the usual trampers of this path. It's strenuous, time consuming (4-5 hours trek), and might test your physical abilities, but I swear, you'll feel no regrets upon reaching the mountain's summit.We reached Pundaquit Beach at around 9:30 am, and at 10:00 am, we started the long trek to the mountain. A guide, contacted by Mang Mike, served us in this 5-hour trek (P100 per head).
|fixing everything before we proceed to the climb|
|Long walk along the lahar field|
|Passing through the waterless riverbed|
|hiding under the shade of the tree.|
|woohoo to the first time climbers, Ian and Joan|
|the trail with the beautiful backdrop and sunburst|
Within an hour and 30 minutes, the summit was already at our reach. It was bit windy but the sun was striking badly upon reaching the summit at around 12:30 PM. Viewed from the top was the whole Anawangin Cove and nearby mountain ranges, everything was pleasing to the eyes.
|view at the summit|
|Batang Lakwatsero conquered Mt. Pundaquit|
|Byron doing his photography at the summit|
|Byron, Cai and Elal at the summit|
The Trail to Anawangin
The descent was easier, although it's steeper. We trekked much faster because of the view of Anawangin Cove, like an oasis in the middle of a desert, was a great motivation.
|long way down.|
|dry riverbed again|
|Pine trees at Anawangin|
A lot of tents and hammocks, probably a few inches away from each other, greeted us when we arrived at Zambales' most famous cove. The popularity of Anawangin Cove was evident in this seemingly "squatter's area".
|a portion of the "siksikan" camp site|
|just passing through the Anawangin Cove|
|see you next time Anawangin, off we go to Nagsasa|
Viaje Zambales: Mt. Pundaquit-Nagsasa-Capones
Mt. Pundaquit Traverse to Anawangin
Nagsasa Cove Camping
Capones Island Advenure
Itinerary | Mt. Pundaquit-Nagsasa-Capones