The yellow hued rays of sunrise– soft and warm, is utterly mesmerizing. Breathtaking even. The cool, crisp air, the fresh dew, the feeling of being on top of the world– these and more are memories that you take with you forever.
And why not, you’re on the fourth highest mountain in the Philippines, the Mount Kitanglad, an inactive volcano in the Kitanglad Mountain Range in Bukidnon. With an elevation of 2,899 meters above sea level, Mount Kitanglad belongs to one of the 5 high peaks of Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park (MKRNP). The whole range was declared as a national park in 1990 and became an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2009.
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A challenge to mountaineers because of its hard, steep trails, Mount Kitanglad is a delight for plant lovers. Here you can find different flowering shrubs, old trees, beautiful ferns and the mossy sections of the forest is enchanting!
Conquering Mt. Kitanglad is a feat- it’s a back-breaking hike because of the trail’s difficulty, but upon reaching the summit, the grand view of the surrounding vista takes away all the exhaustion and in turn, the feeling of fulfillment kicks in.
How to get there?
From Manila, take a plane ride to Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental. From the said airport, there are buses going to CDO and from CDO, take another public transportation going to Agora Bus Terminal. Once in Malaybalay, a multi-cab ride to DENR is necessary to secure permit. There are budget friendly inns and restaurants in the area where you can stay and eat to your liking.