“How did those people get there?” asked one of the participants.
Kuya Wilson, our local guide, led us to the edge of Pico de Loro’s first summit.
“We have to descend here,” pointing down the vertical mountain face steep enough to make you gulp. “Once we reach the monolith, we can climb up the top using a rope.”
Steadier footing – I was wishing for it the entire time. One misstep, a buckling knee, a momentary loss of focus, a gust of wind, and it’s free fall.
Mt. Pico de loro, also known as Mt. Palay-Palay, is the highest peak in Cavite. Popular among weekend warriors and day-trippers as it’s just 3 hours away from Manila via Cavitex. It is classified by mountaineers as a minor climb with a difficulty rating of 3/9. They say it’s perfect for beginners, but take this with a grain of salt. The trek up to Pico’s first summit is actually harder than Mt. Pulag‘s Ambangeg trail. So go get those legs, knees, and calves ready!
Easy to DIY, but if you want to do without the hassle, you can book a slot with Travel Factor: Conquer Pico De Loro.