Mount Palali, Philippines
Elevation: 1715 meters, 5627 feet
Approx. Isolation: 35.7 km, 22.19 mi
|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||16° 26' 9'' N, 121° 13' 28'' E|
16.435751, 121.224518 (Dec Deg)
|State/Province||Cagayan Valley (II)|
|County/Second Level Region||Nueva Vizcaya|
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Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya
Jump-off point: Purok 5, Brgy. Maddiangat, Quezon
LLA: 16.4283°N; 121.2236°E; 1,715 MASL
Days required / Day hike, 11 hour day.
class 2, muddy
Features: Tropical rainforest, Scenic views of Nueva Vizcaya
A little-known but very beautiful destination in Northern Luzon is Mt. Palali in Nueva Vizcaya. Once the hunting ground of the Bugkalots, Gaddangs, and Ifugaos, this majestic mountain offers a commanding view of the low-lying municipalities of the province.
The jump-off point is accessible through tricycles or jeeps less than 30 minutes from Solano. Getting guides, however, seem to be quite a challenge but the risk of going there without prior arrangement is a fair-enough risk, as Mt. Palali gets more and more popular as a climbing destination. The trail begins as a rough road, as in many mountains, and it gives way to a beautiful forest. This forest has recently been declared as a ‘protected area’ and should be respected as such. There are many avian species; indeed the forest is the closest most of us can get to the deep jungles of Palanan, farther east.
Several hours into the climb, huge boulders will appear, heralding the end of the first half of the trek. Afterwards, the landmark known as Haring Bato will be reached – the halfway point. Another account says this area is in the native tongue known as Dinar-awan. Here, and when the forest occasionally gives way to the cogon grassland which is the usual environment of Philippine peaks, the view is like that of Mt. Arayat: instead of Pampanga River, there is Magat River, sweeping across the plains as it commences from Vizcaya; and looming in the west are mountains such as Mt. Ugo, the saddle of Ambaguio, and on a clear day, Mt. Pulag itself, and northward, Mt. Napulauan, and a distant Mt. Amuyao. Meanwhile, equally alluring are the mountains of the east side: the Sierra Madre range, with its rarely-explored environs.
The summit, again like its Arayat and Makiling counterparts, is forested. Take time to observe the fauna and flora there – pitcher plants, creepers, and wild flowers create a Jurassic aura that caps off the climb to one of the more pristine places in the country.
This mountain is surprisingly accessible, with its starting off point just around 30 minutes away from the National Highway in Solano – a tricycle ride away.
Guides and registration. The Mina brothers are the leading guides to Mt. Palali; they are based in Purok 3 of Brgy. Maddiangat. Roldan, one of them, can be reached at +639352921029. Guideship and porterage fees are P500/day. There is allegedly a registration fee of P100/person this needs to be validated.
Hiking notes. The climb is a straightforward ascent, lasting 6-9 hours. Given its geography, chance of rain is very high in Mt. Palali. There are slippery trails especially during the rainy season; usual precautions apply.
Camping notes. There are a couple of water sources before Haring Bato, and there is also a water source at Camp 2, which is the major campsite. Although large groups have camped up Palali, the campsites are quite small, comfortable for only a few tents. Cellphone signal is present at the summit and at the initial leg of the trail, but very weak at Camp 2.
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