Travel 2016: Climb: Mt Balagbag - Maranat Traverse

A not-so-pabebe twin hike.

Mt Balagbag and Mt Maranat

770+ MASL (Mt Balagbag) and 811 MASL (Mt Maranat)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1-2 hours (from jump off to Mt Balagbag)/ 2-2.5 hours (Mt Balagbag to Mt Maranat summit)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-2

How to get there

We  hired a van going to the jump off point in Licao-Licao. If you will be going there via public transport, ride a bus from Cubao going to Tungko. Alight at Jollibee Tungko. From there, ride a jeep going to Licao-Licao. Travel time is around 2 hours. Over-all one-way fare is around 70PHP.

The trail

From the jump off point in the Barangay tourism office to the summit of Mt Balagbag, referred to as the "Helipad", the trail is pretty much easy. It is mostly uphill with minor assault. Also, the trail is mostly open so be ready to get toasted by the sun. For me, it is somewhat similar to the trail of Bakun's Mt Lobo. Balagbag's trail is a popular training ground for trail runners and mountain bikers. In fact, we bumped into some of them during our climb.

Our group at the summit of Mt Balagbag
The challenging part of this climb started on our traverse to Mt Maranat. With the scorching heat of the sun and the long downhill and uphill trek to the summit, it was an extremely tiresome journey.

Halfway to Maranat, we had to cross the river to get to the other side. Some of us crossed by walking through the big boulders of rocks while the others crossed by using the rope attached to the other side of the river.

From the river crossing, we had to walk for several more minutes to reach the peak of Maranat. It was totally fulfilling when we reached the campsite. We were so tired and hungry at this point!

After eating our lunch and taking a quick rest, we took a dip at the Maranat Falls. It was a pretty hot day so the water current was not that strong. Nevertheless, swimming at the falls was still refreshing.

Just like our trek from Balagbag to Maranat, going down Maranat is another long journey. It was another series of up and down trek through the open grassland. There were also sections with boulders and flowing water. It was dark when we reached the jump off point.

This is my first time to do a traverse hike and I would say that it was really a tough climb. But, so what? We came for the adventure anyway!

Here is an estimate of our itinerary:

8:00 AM - Arrival at Licao-Licao
8:30 - 11:00 AM - Start of Trek to Balagbag Summit
11:00 - 11:30 PM - Rest at the summit
11:30 - 2:00 PM - Balagbag to Maranat camp site
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Lunch and swimming at Maranat
3:00 - 5:30 PM - Maranat Descent to the Julma's "Ministop" Store
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Eat and rest at the stop over to regroup
6:30 - 8:00 PM - Descent to jump off point

If you are planning to climb Maranat, kindly secure a permit. More details here:

You may also like


  1. hi po Ms. Pril, open na po ba ulit ung Mt. Maranat? plan kasi naman mgtwinhike din eh, please answer po may nabasa kasi ako na needdaw po ng permit before mgpunta sa falls at mghike sa maranat. thanks po

    1. hello! permit is not required nung pumunta kami sa Maranat pero kumuha kami ng guide kasi nakakalito ung daan kapag twin hike. :)

    2. Hello sir! I got an update, kelangan pa din daw po ng permit sa Maranat. More info here:

  2. Hi! Magkano ang mga fees? We're planning to hike overnight kase. And how much is the tourguide as well? Thanks!

    1. Hi Alexander! Here's a rundown of expenses.

      Bus from Cubao to Tungko - Php 38
      Jeep from Tungko to Licao-Licao - Php 26
      Registration - Php 20
      Guide Fee - Php 500
      Jeep from Licao-Licao to Tungko - Php 40 (special)
      Bus from Tungko to Cubao - Php 38

      Enjoy sa akyat! :)

  3. Salamat! May i also know anong byahe ng bus ang dadaanan sa Tungko? And what terminal. Thanks much!

    1. Hello! Sorry for the late reply, I just came back from a trip. Anyway, dumadaan sa Cubao ung mga bus going to Tungko. I think ung signboard is SM Fairview/Tungko/Palay Palay.

      Also, if magcommute lang kayo, take note that last trip ng jeep from Licao Licao to Tungko is 5:30PM ha. So dapat nakababa na kayo by then :)

  4. Hi Pril,
    just want to confirm kung talagang need ng permit for mt. maranat?


    1. Hi Christine! Yup, kelangan talaga ng permit sa Maranat. For the permit, you can check this FB page: or :)

  5. hi pril wla kc aqong mkita n contack guide or info pra makapag hike kme sa mt maranat this comimng weekend can you help me?

    thank you

    1. Eto po fb nung guide namin dito: Tom Ablong -

    2. Try nyo po if ok pa tong contact number nya - 0909 3732926

  6. After ma reach yung summit ng mt. Balagbag doon narin ba yung way papuntang mt. Maranat?

    1. Yup, di na kayo babalik from jump off ng Balagbag. From summit nya, may route going to Maranat.


Powered by Blogger.