Sunday - November 18, 2012
It took us about an hour jeepney ride (P35) from Angono junction up to the terminal in Tanay. Then another 30 minute jeepney ride (P20) before we reached the jump-off at Brgy. Malaya in Pililia. Medyo may kahabaan ang byahe at palipatlipat pa ng sasakyan kaya medyo nakakapagod. But anyway, we arrived just right in time - lunch time.
|It was lunchtime when we arrived at the jump-off, so we ate first our lunch before proceeding with the trek.|
From the main road, we turned left to an upward road that soon became the trail to summit. The early part of the trail was beginner-friendly, there were several forks but we were advised to always take the rightward trail. The ascent was also not that steep so basically it did not tire our group big time. In fact, 2 among my joiners in this hike are beginners, but whoa, they tramped the trail almost effortlessly.
|ANG INIT NG ARAW!!|
|ayun na ang summit, but it's still a long way up|
|Some parts have shade naman, pero mainit pa rin dahil walang hangin.|
|everyone is required to pay P10 for entering a private property|
|Buko Sarap! P10 lang|
The grassland part was reached after about 45 minutes. View was awesome (Talim Island with its Tagapo peak, Malaya Power Plant, and Laguna Lake) but we cannot afford to halt and appreciate it for long, or else we'll end up toasties. Sobrang init lang talaga ng araw.
|into the grassland|
|Mt. Sembrano High Peak seen from Low Peak|
|from the low peak, we continued trekking towards the high peak|
|through the tall grasses on the trail. Wearing sleeves or arm warmers can help a lotto prevent cuts|
|Sierra Madre Peaks from the summit|
|click the photo to enlarge|
|group photo at the summit|
When we're back at the mangahan campsite we took the downward trail on the other side that eventually led us to the waterfalls. We spent some time there dipping at its a bit murky water. Refreshing pa rin naman daw kahit ganun yung kulay.
|not really an astounding waterwalls but still enjoyable when you're with a happy group|
|we were able to witness the sunset while descending Mt. Sembrano. A sweet goodbye.|
28th mountain completed