Cavite

Pico de Loro | Mother Mountain

Pico de loro is known as the blockbuster mountain here in the Philippines, due to its unique character. You can see the rocky tower when you reach the summit. The rocky tower presents itself the second summit, experience wouldn’t be complete without climbing this.

I’m a first time climber and I consider myself as a tourist when i visited Pico de loro. At first, I experienced difficulty walking and trekking. Two liters of water is not enough. I would drink everytime we had a stop over, rest or in a mountaineering term “take 5” (rest for 5 minutes).

I’m thankful that there’s a water source in base camp 1. This being my first time, being able to reach this place is such a rewarding feeling for me, thinking we’re in the middle of our journey. Reaching Parrots beak.

As we resumed our trek, i always check my watch, as I noticed  that been awhile since we started  trekking. After 4 long hours, we reached the campsite. That time, all i wanted to do was take a “power nap”.

The next day, beautiful sunrise greeted – in time for another adventure. Only 8 people in our group, including me, reached the Parrot’s Beak, At first, nerves took its toll on me reaching the rocky tower, but once I reached its peak. I felt the awesome and rewarding feeling, being able to conquer your fears knowing I have this fear of heights.

Summit Assault

 After a successful attempt reaching the Parrot’s Beak and some picture taking. Our group had a quick break camp and decided to head down the mountain. We had a late lunch in base camp one and resumed our trek. When we reached DENR, we arranged our service van going to Marine Base.

Group Picture

Marine Base sidetrip (link) <——

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Our Itinerary:

Day 1

0500 Assembly Time 7eleven Gate 2
1000 ETA Ternate town proper; rent tricycle to Magnetic Hill
1030 ETA DENR/jump-off point
1100 Start trek. Note that jump-off point is 10 minutes walk away from DENR
1145 ETA Base Camp 1, rest for LUNCH
1215 Start trek to campsite
1500 ETA campsite, pitch tent
1530 Explore the area
1600 Picture Taking
1800 Dinner
1700 Socials

Day 2

0700 Wake up call, prepare for breakfast
0800 Breakfast
0830 Summit Assault
0900 ETA Summit
1000 Start descent (back to campsite)
1030 Break camp
1100 ETD base camp 1
1200 ETA base camp 1 (prepare lunch)
1230 late lunch
1330 resume trek descent to DENR
1500 Proceed to sidetrip (Bora de cavite)
1530 ETA Marine Base
1600 Pitch tent (explore the area)
1700 Prepare Dinner

 

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Budget Breakdown:

 

(15 pax)
230 Share Service
150 Share Food (2days)
10 Denr Fee
10 Base camp 1 Fee
200 Marine Base overnight

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