There were a number of accidents in Madlum River of San Rafael, Bulacan before so I had this impression that you’ll cry tears but they won’t allow you to climb because of that warning.
Mt Manalmon at 160mASL, 2/9 difficulty, with easy rappeling as final ascent to the peak. is a relatively easy climb even for kids. It was a day before Christmas and this was how me and my cousins on my mother side opted to spend Christmas eve.
Php20/pax- paid at the woman before the rough road started
Php10/pax – paid at the jump-off point upon registration
Php300 – guide fee (guide is compulsory for safety purposes)
From Guiguinto, we drove through MacArthur Highway passing by the towns of Plaridel, Baliuag, San Rafael, San Ildefonso then San Miguel. We turned right at Camias-Sibul Road up to barangay hall of Sibul. From there we just asked the locals directions on how to get to the Madlum jumpoff point.
If you’re from Manila, I suggest take NLEX and exit at Sta. Rita then drive through to the towns I just mentioned.
There are simple sari-sari stores at the jumpoff point should you need water, candies, and other emergency trail foods.
Contact Tata Carling at 09195746470 a few days before your climb. He will arrange and coordinate your permits but chances are, he won’t be your climbing guide. You may get the services of authorized (with ID) guides on the Madlum jumpoff point itself.
Aside from employing the services of a guide, observe the dashed lines of white paint on the summit and the large rock before the peak. They serve as warnings meaning climbers shouldn’t go beyond that line near the edge. Yup, not even for photo ops.
Swimming at Madlum River. Our guide finished his job when he left us upon descent but he said we can swim in the river but we should take extra care. River current seemed gentle but it was strong!
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