Mt. Hibok-Hibok, for instance, in the island of Camiguin, is an active volcano. In fact, it is one of the six volcanoes in the Philippines (along with Kanlaon, Bulusan and Pinatubo, which I've already hiked; as well as Taal and Mayon) that's being closely monitored by PHIVOLCS due to their highly dynamic volcanic activity. But despite the risks, I still chose to hike it when I visited Camiguin Province. I'm a crazy guy and am never turning down an opportunity to hike an active volcano. Living the life without involving risks is just so not me. I always yearn for thrill, and I think, hiking H2 would be thrilling.
(Note: Mt. Hibok-Hibok is the 4th volcano in my Bulkan series)
Monday - August 19, 2013
It was our second day in Camiguin Island and we have dedicated it for Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Our plan was to take a traverse dayhike, from Brgy. Yumbing down to Ardent Hotsprings, with Mang Ronald as our guide.
(Note: Before you can hike any mountain in Camiguin Island, you must first secure a permit at the DENR office in Mambajao. It's P200 per head and valid for 3 days to any mountains in Camiguin Island. Take note also that guides in Camiguin Island are being required by the local government with a fixed rate of P1200. Too expensive!)
|Mang Roland's humble abode, in Brgy. Yumbing, the jump-off|
Excitement only began when we entered a thick forest but it was short-lived when rain came pouring down all of a sudden. And when it rains, I really can't enjoy the trails that much.
|dense forest of Mt. Hibok-Hibok This is my only picture of the place since the rain started pouring down when we arrived here.|
|I've eaten fern salad before, but the freshly picked fern fronds we found along the trail was the best! Sayang dapat nag-dala ako ng suka.|
|foggy crater lake|
The trail leading to the peak was steep, rocky (sharp rocks) and slippery, thus requires the use of both hands to scramble our way up. We also passed by several view points but were just proven worthless by the persisting fog.
|the rocky way to the summit|
|at one of the view decks in Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Still very foggy though.|
|Species of pitcher plants (Nepenthes) were spotted as we approach the summit area.|
|at the summit of Mt. Hibok-Hibok with my buddy Arisse. Smile pa rin kahit walang clearing sa summit.|
|one of the steepest parts of the trail to Ardent.|
|Mambajao as seen from the trail of Mt. Hibok-Hibok|
|a wide clear trail leading to Ardent Hot Springs.|
Done with Mt. Hibok-Hibok traverse dayhike!
This post is Part 2 of 5 of my Camiguin Island travel series. Check the following links for the other stories.
Camiguin Island Part 1.
Camiguin Island Part 2.
Camiguin Island Part 3.