Deemed one of the highest peaks in the Philippines, Mt. Guiting-Guiting can be found on Sibuyan Island. It rises 6,752 ft above sea level, characterized by dramatic terrains and ridges.
Due to its dramatic landscape, it is often included in the list of the most extreme treks in the Philippines. Guiting-Guiting offers a challenging but fulfilling adventure for outdoor enthusiasts.
Here are things you need to know before planning a trip to Guiting-Guiting mountain.
1. Don't go alone
It is highly recommended to go with a group of people. The mountain is a challenging and dangerous adventure, so having help can be very helpful. Consider bringing other people who are also enthusiastic about traveling to more places outdoors.
Named a “saw-toothed mountain,” Mount Guiting-Guiting is packed with jagged rock peaks and deep forests. It is a very deep mountain and a “difficult” mountain, so please be aware of your safety before going there.
2. Bring the necessary gear/clothing.
It’s better if you bring an ample amount of warm clothes and shoes that can withstand wet environments and harsh weather. You’ll be trekking for at least one day in the mountains, so bring extra clothes and shoes for the extra days there.
Pro Tip: Pack light and travel light. Traveling light will allow you to move faster and save time for your mountaineering adventure.
3. During the hike, no pushing.
It is important to stick together with your group and avoid pushing forward. You may be tempted to go ahead, but pushing may lead you to dangerous situations.
Their foggy and knife-like rocks might bite and injure you. If you encounter a slippery spot along the mountain, it is better to stay there and look for more paths to take instead of climbing back up.
4. Get the necessary permits before trekking
If you want to spare yourself from the difficulty of finding an available guide, it is better to get the necessary permits in advance.
While you can go up on your own, it is best to find a guide who can help you along the way. Contacting and hiring a good local guide will make your trek on Guiting-Guiting more enjoyable and fulfilling.
5. Bring water and a first aid kit.
Avoid packing heavy meals since they will be useless halfway through the trip. Bring energy and water to keep you going even if you are carrying your backpack. You might encounter situations where you’d feel dehydrated, so remember to carry water.
Bring a first aid kit and emergency equipment just in case it’s needed. You will appreciate it if ever you got injured along the way. If you’re planning to stay overnight, then you’ll need to bring extra sleeping bags and blankets that can keep you warm.
These are just some of the things to prepare before planning a trip to Mt. Guiting-Guiting. Clearings that await at the peak of this mountain make it worthwhile. Sharp ridges and huge drop-offs such as Mayo Peak are perfect for rock climbing and rappelling.
The view from the peak is awe-inspiring, especially during sunrise and sunset. Although it is a challenging trek, the stunning views make up for it. Lastly, enjoy the beauty of nature and don’t forget to take lots of photos to remind you of your adventure in Mt. Guiting-Guiting!