IN THE PHILIPPINES
❶ Is it easy? Yes it is, one of the hikes that even beginner s will be able to complete. At first you will have to adjust though, since the terrain is quite different from what you are used to walk on, it is mostly made of ashes (a bit similar to walking in the desert) with a lot of river crossing. If you have the right gears things should be easy.
❷ How about kids and senior citizens? A kid of seven years old should be able to do it (but not younger than that), for senior citizens it is all about your fitness level, we have seen 70 years old folks faster than all the young crowd.
❸ Can we start late? This is not possible as there is a cut-off at the base camp, meaning if you arrive late you won't be allowed to go on the trail.
❹ Is there a short-cut? When there are a few weeks of very good weather the off-road vehicles can driver further on the trail and this will reduce the distance you have to walk. Since it is weather-dependent never count on it, always prepare for the long trek which take roughly two hours
❺ Are there medics on the trail? The local guides are trained to do basic first aid. However, there is no medical facility on the mountain which is why we require all to place their current medical condition to help us determine what kind of support we need to provide you.
❻ If we bring our own vehicle, is there a safe place to park it? Yes, parking fees may apply. Please pay the person-in-charge directly.
❼ Can I drive my own 4x4? This is not allowed as the terrain is very specific and a part of the mountain is a military area where private vehicles are not allowed to enter.
❽ Will we meet the Aetas? Yes they are the tribe who owns the mountain. You will see them while hiking and your guide might be an Aeta as well.