Mount Sawi – Mount Mapait (Nueva Ecija)

Mt. Mapait- Brgy. Mapait, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija Elevation:350 MASL Hours to Summit 3hrs Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail Class 1-2  Rattan/Leech: None Lipa (Poison Ivy):+  Watersource: YES Phone Signal: +++ Mt.Sawi- Brgy Malinao, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija Elevation: 594 MASL Hours to summit: 3-4 Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail Class 1-4 Rattan/ Leech/ Poison Ivy: None Watersource: Yes (Near Simbahang Bato) Phone Signal: +++

“Those who travel to mountain tops are half in love with themselves And half in love with oblivion… “– Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

If you are looking for some new, exciting trails and peaks this summer (with emotions-filled names), then head your way to the province of  Nueva Ecija. This landlocked province in Central Luzon seem to be on is right track to opening nature’s doors to mountain and outdoor enthusiasts a couple of relatively new hiking destinations.

This write up presents a sample one-day, twin-hike itinerary featuring Mount Sawi and Mount Mapait. If you want to explore more mountains, there is Mount 387/ Batong Amat and Paasa Peak or Mount Kemalugong.

ITINERARY for Twin day-hike:
Day 0
10:00 pm – meet-up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
11:00 pm – ETD to Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija

Day 1
04:00 am – ETA at the Jump-off (Brgy. Malinao) /Secure Guides
05:00 am – Start Trek
07:00 am – ETA – Summit of Mount Sawi (photo ops); eat breakfast
08:00 am – Start of Descend
09:00 am – ETA at Simbahang Bato
10:00 am – ETA at jump-off/ Wash up
11:00 am – ETD to Palayan City
12:00 pm – ETA in Palayan City; have lunch
01:00 pm – ETA at Brgy. Mapait/ Register/Secure Guides
01:30 pm – Boat Ride at Aulo Lake
02:30 pm – ETA at the View Deck (Photo Ops)
03:45 pm – ETA at the Summit of Mount Mapait (Photo Ops)
04:00 pm – Start of Descend
05:30 pm – ETA at the jump-off/ wash-up
06:00 pm – ETD to Manila
07:00 pm – Dinner along the way
10:30 pm – ETA in Manila

MOUNT SAWI Photos (by Sir Denmark)

For Mount Mapait:
Environmental/Registration Fee = Php20 per head
Guide Fee = Php300/day (Ratio 1:10)

Cubao to Cabanatuan = Php185 per head
Cabanatuan to Palayan = Php20 per head
Tricycle going to Brgy. Mapait = Php20 per head
Boat Rent = Php30/pax (Ratio 1:4/Oneway)

Contact Person:
Brgy Captain Toletino Baltazar

MOUNT MAPAIT Photos by Sir Denmark Alarcon

Photo credits: Sir Den (@denmarkisthename)  and Sir Brian (@bryehero).Salamat mga bes… 😊

Don’t be a wasted soul, be “juan”derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…



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