Mt. Al - Al, is sitting close to Mt. Tabayoc, this mountain is quite new and not yet been explored much, we saw it's pristine trail, with beautiful moss and untouched environment. Climbing up this mountain can be done with a special IT. The MASL of Mt. Al - Al is said to be the new 4th Highest in Luzon, therefore a special IT will be emerging soon. The Luzon 4321.
Rey and I started to plan for this trip a month before, the initial were to do a Tabayoc + 4 Lakes then Tawangan Pulag route, this will be done in 2 days, as we were "imagining" on how it would be done and what worst case scenario would happen we also had other plans instead, but doing only Tabayoc + 4 lakes seemed expensive for the trip. Sir Santiago Ballagan opened up an option for us, the Mt. Al - Al.
All through to the Summit I only took pictures of the trail, trees and moss, it was really beautiful and I couldn't help it to shut up and look silently at it. It was the most beautiful trail that I have been to.
There are 2 summits in Mt. Al - Al, one is the highest point of it, and the other as i like to call it is the Pseudo Summit see image below.
|Pseudo Summit, Grasslands|
|Mt Al - Al Summit, Mt. Tabayoc behind|
0200 Prepare breakfast for team
0230 Wake-up call, eat food and drink coffee, prepare stuff
0330 Head out to Lake Tabeyo
0430 Lake Tabeyo, Head out to Mt. Al - Al, Tawangan Junction
0530 Tawangan Junction, Coffee, wait for light
0600 Start trek
0630 Start of steep Trail
0730 End of Steep Trail start of rolling trail
0845 Summit of Mt. Al - Al
0915 Pseudo Summit of Mt. Al - Al, Grasslands, Lunch and Rest
1030 Descend (tulog lang pahinga mode)
1145 Narrow Trail, Head to mini water falls(water Source)
1200 Water Source, Head back to tawangan junction
1230 Tawangan Junction (Push! Tulog lang pahinga!) Head to...
We did 4 lakes after Mt. Al - Al so my IT continues here
1330 Ambulalacao Lake Entrance
1500 Finished 4 Lakes, head to lake Tabeyo
1515 Lake Tabeyo, Buy Supplies, merienda, resume trek to Sir Santis Home.
1630 Sir Santis home.
|Mt. Tabayoc is shy|
|Mt. Tabayoc Hiding|
|We passed this while walking down to Sir Santis Home|
|While heading down, sorry blard. :)|
|Sir Santis youngest, Jasper with Emi|
|Who would want a view like this outside of their home @Santis House|
Mt. Al - Al Trail Pics
|Hiking Buddy! Rey Ali (soon to be my coach. charot)|
|Sea of Clouds anyone?|
|Summit! and that there behind is Mt. Pulag :)|
|Sir Santiago Ballagan|
|Trail to Pseudo-Summit, Grasslands|
|Joy Ali & Emi Casama|
|Mt. Al -Al & Mt. Tabayoc|
Pics from Rey & Emi
|Joy and Me|
|Emi and Me|
|Ali Siblings (lakas much!)|
|Time to go home, Family Pic!|
Expenses (roughly estimated)
MLA-BGO-MLA - 890php
VAN to Ballay - 3000 php (hatid only, early morning, up to 7-9 pax pwede (not sure))
Guideship - 2800php (Mt. Tabayoc, Mt. Al - Al, 4 Lakes)
Ballay to Bagiuo 200php each (we rented the same van that took us to ballay but this time he was picking up passengers)
Food is not indicated here, we always practice being self contained (results to a buffet of trail food and viands :D )
Safe budget of the group per pax was 3k.