Sharing our actual and suggested itineraries in hiking Maligcong’s Famed Twins – Mts. Fato and Kupapey.
Mts. Fato – Kupapey Traverse
|09:00H||Mt. Fato jump-off, start trek|
|09:30H||View deck, photo-ops and rest|
|09:50H||Junction to summit and traverse|
|10:05H||Summit, photo-ops, rest and snacks|
|10:45H||Junction, take the trail travesing to Mt. Kupapey|
|11:20H||Junction, trail en route to Mainit Hotspring, back to Sitio Favuyan, and straight ahead to Mt. Kupapey|
|12:00H||Summit of Mt. Kupapey, lunch and photo-ops|
|12:44H||Start descending through the usual trail of Mt. Kupapey|
|13:00H||Fallow area *|
|13:33H||Rice terraces junction **|
|13:50H||Back to Maligcong Terraces View Guest House|
This activity could be done in a day or two. If you’re a sucker for sunset like me, go to Mt. Fato in the afternoon. On a favorable day, the sunset is really beautiful up there. You may also see Mt. Patukan (Kalinga’s Sleeping Beauty) from afar. For a beautiful sunrise facing the famed Maligcong rice terraces, of course it’ll be in Mt. Kupapey’s summit. See the following suggested itineraries:
Mt. Fato dayhike
|Suggested Itinerary||Afternoon Hike|
|14:00H||Mt. Fato jump-off, start trek|
|16:30H||Summit, wait for sunset, photo-ops and socials|
|19:00H||Jump-off, end of trek|
Mt. Kupapey dayhike
|Suggested Itinerary||Early morning trek|
|04:00H||Mt. Kupapey jump-off, start trek|
|05:30H||Summit, sunrise - photo-ops and breakfast|
|07:30H||Junction, *explore terraces or go back to guesthouse|
📍 Watersource: None, bring enough water depending on your water consumption
📍 Guide fee: P800.00 for the traverse. Mt. Kupapey: P500.00/5 pax; Mt. Fato: P300.00/5 pax. There are no standard rate for guiding fee yet so you may find other blog post with different price.
📍 Suggested guide: Ate Rowena of Maligcong Terraces VIEW Guest House, 09151881732.
📍 Guest houses in Maligcong offer meal services as well.
📍 Bring your flashlight if you’ll be doing early or night treks.
📍 Overnight camping is not allowed as of the writing.
📍 You may also do the reverse, trek to Mt. Kupapey then traverse to Mt. Fato if you plan to do all the hiking activities in a day.
📍 You could include fun socials in your itinerary but make sure to practice the seven (7) Leave No Trace principles.
📍 * Some do their photo-ops in the fallow area as well.
📍 ** Instead of going straight ahead back to the guest house, you may explore the rice terraces too. Just ask your guide to help you as you roam around.