Mt. Andolor Trail


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The Mt. Andolor [an-do-LOR] trail is a combination of extreme highs and lows. The lows include the seemingly neverending concrete road leading up to the dirt trail and the hyperactive leeches waiting to latch on to unknowing hikers trudging through the forest. The highs include the breathtaking panoramic view and the countless stars that light up the night sky. There are also a lot of lemon trees along the way; you can gather a few to go with the gin you brought, assuming you brought some.

There are two pretty good campsite choices: at the clearing with nearby cows (often they pass through for an early morning jog so keep everything inside your tent) or at the saddle (not recommended for rainy days).

One must have a unshakable mental strength and willpower to conquer the Mt. Andolor trail. Prepare to have your patience and perseverance pushed to the limit. But not to worry, if you are determined and if you enjoy a challenge and/or if you are with a fun group of people — you can do it!


Important: Read the Leave No Trace Principles to know the best practices of a responsible mountaineer.


Itinerary

Where: Mt. Andolor, Tuba, Benguet, PHL
Entry point: Barangay Twin Peaks, Tuba, Benguet
Exit point: Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tuba, Benguet
Duration: 2 days; 1 night
Category: Major climb
Difficulty: Hard

 

Day 1

05:30 – call time
06:00 – departure from terminal
07:00 – arrival at Twin Peaks; registration
07:15 – start of ascent (from here: steep concrete road)
09:00 – rest at lemon farm
10:30 – rest at 1st waiting shed
11:00 – cross 2nd hanging bridge
12:00 – arrival at 2nd waiting shed
12:00 – lunch at Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe
01:00 – resume ascent (from here: steep forest trail)
02:45 – arrival at blue house; registration; refill water
03:00 – resume ascent
04:30 – arrival at campsite; make camp; dinner

 

Day 2

08:00 – break camp; breakfast
09:00 – start descent (from here: grassland)
10:00 – pass through landslide (from here: forest trail)
11:00 – rest at saddle
11:30 – rest at pulley (from here: rocky trail)
12:00 – arrival at the other end of the pulley (from here: rough road)
01:00 – arrival at store; lunch
02:00 – arrival at the foot of Sto. Tomas Radar Station (from here: concrete road)
02:30 – rest at store
04:00 – arrival at Esteban Store


Expenses

Aside from food and personal expenses, you only need ₱50 for the jeepney going to the jumpoff. The jeepney terminal is located along Gov. Pack Rd. Ride a jeepney travelling to either Camp 2 or La Union. Just ask the conductor to drop you off at Twin Peaks. Going home, the jeepney fare from Esteban Store to the Baguio City town proper is ₱22.

This means you need to prepare at least ₱75 for fare, aside from food and personal allowance. There is no registration fee as far as I know. You just need to register at Twin Peaks.


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