Dreams really do come true! Climbing Mount Apo and reaching its summit is just but a dream, now finally it has become a reality! My first major climb to a mountain’s peak and to the highest one in the country has become possible last June 30 to July 2 of this year through Discover Mount Apo’s team #DiscoverMountApo.

Doubts troubled our minds, weaken our hearts. Ask for help if needed. As we started on foot, climbing that steep hill carrying my pack bag going to Sitio Colan which for seasoned climbers was just some sort of ‘warm-up’ seemed to have drained all my energy abruptly. That moment hit me in the head that my preparation was not good enough, as I was catching up my breath so heavily and there was a second right there that I doubted myself if I can do it. Perhaps, my body did not feel well because it so happen that I had my monthly period. My thoughts were “Why it has to be now???”, though I see ‘it’ coming already. The struggle was so real, it was so tough. I thought my body would gave up on me, but I made it through rain or shine! Thank God! Thanks to Kuya Nel our porter for carrying our bags right where it needed it to be safe and sound. Kudos to #TeamDMA superb guides and pro-ecology warriors Francis, Oliver and to the ever patient head guide and ou r ‘sweeper’ Elvis. Shout-out to my life savers, Romeo, Jen, Margot, Dominique and Mae.

Believe in yourself, don’t let your dream slip away. Listen and be prepared. It was 22 days before the big day that I confirmed my registration, still waiting for my travel buddies to sign up, then I was good to go (at least in paper though)! For me, it was helpful to research, read the tips and blogs, even to watch the videos too on the page of www.discovertapo.com. The checklist given to us and the online communications made it hassle free. But to know a ‘bit’ of what was there gave some apprehensions, actually the decision to pursue this was not quick and easy because we expect that June-July comes with a rainy season and that surely will truly be a difficult and dangerous climb up there! Fortunately, God was so good and the weather was bearable for all of us. Our clothes were secured from getting wet as it was packed with plastic bags, thanks to the immediate advised by the #TeamDMA. It rained in the afternoon of day 1 (June 30), and on day 2 (July 1) while we were at the peak waiting for the sunset. Lucky we finished our dinner just right on time before the heavy rain poured at Campsite 2; the night was freezing until morning of the third day (July 2).

Go beyond the limits; Mother Nature will provide. The Trail tested our limits! Our endurance is not limitless, we also got tired but Mount Apo has given us beautiful resting sites along the way where we can fill our lungs with oxygen, look around various plants, take a sip of refreshing water chilled by nature’s low temperature or even mingled and talk to our fellow climbers. As we jumped off from Sitio Tampis, huge rock nestled in the grassland, dead trunk of anotong or tree fern, the rock in the Tinikaran campsite carpeted with mosses, the Lion’s Head, and the great boulders became our oxygen-charging-stations. Mount Apo was so gracious it provided climbers sweet berries along the boulders to quench thirst and soothe dry throats while heavily gasping for oxygen in the air mixed with sulphur gas.

We can be pro-ecology warriors in our own little way. The damage to Mount Apo Natural Park due to the forest fire more than a year ago still remains visible. The dead and burned shrubs were still there, around the crater and along the other side of the ridge. Ferns were growing on the ground below these shrubs, I think it must be the start of recovering. We saw that our Mount Apo is still is starting to heal and re-opening it may pose some disturbances again. This trek made me see the flora that was there for the very first time, some of which are threatened like the Tree Ferns or Anotong, didn’t expect to see relatively visible Lycopodium (or Lycopodiella) along the grasslands and at White Sand campsite, and fern that is difficult to find like Ophioglossum! There were unique plants, trees, ferns and mosses that we have not identified, unfortunately. My trek buddy was captivated by the beauty of mosses which have so delicate and very fine unique structure. We saw birds inside the forest unknown to us and even in the boulders. I just hope that the wildlife told to us by our humble guides are still there existing and not struggling to live. I commend our three guides for dedicating themselves as volunteers in putting out the forest fire more than a year ago.

Chasing sunset or sunrise may fail, but there is always a rainbow after the rain. All the physical hardships that we went through the trail and the thoughts running inside our heads were eventually blown away by the cold wind as we reached the summit! Our faces were painted with smiles and full of wonder and amazement of the great creation and the magnificence of Mount Apo. Though we have not witnessed sunset, we have seen rainbow like no other!

Pray. Pray. Pray. This would have not been possible without the protection and guidance of our Lord God who has been always there, in every second and in every step of the way. Everyone went home safely.

It is all so convenient . tx for arranging it all. Even paying is easy these days ? so I just did… Nothing will stop us now…. Peter, don’t think we will see you, but thanks a world for all care so far!!!…Yes, we had a really awesome time; everything went very well and was above expectations.

Hi, Good day, Big thanks for you amazing services , it was really great to climb mt Apo with your company as you have a very professional guides . i will leave a feedback at your website soon as I didn’t get back to my country yet.

Thank you will never be enough to show how grateful I am with the #TeamDMA staff on my first major climb experience. The journey was exhilarating but all the while, the guides were pleasant and accommodating. Anyway, I am highly recommending #TeamDMA!!!

Thanks to the whole team who made it possible for us!!!!!

Guides were superb. Trip was tailor-made for my friends. Some were at edge of not making the top, but all made it. All are happy they made the top and back. Thanks!

“Thanks, Discover Mt. Apo Team! I could say was my very first major climb to a summit. Your guys were very professional. The experience was fantastic and the guides helped to top it off by making sure everybody stayed on track. I think if I’ll ever take some friends on a major climb, I’ll consider Mt. Apo and this team will be top of the list.”

I heard Allan arranges trips to Mount Apo through a friend and contacted him. Allan was very prompt with responses and flexible with dates. He arranged a meeting to go over any questions I had. He provided us with a full list of things we would need. He arranged everything from transport, to guides, to porters. The trip would not be possible without guides and porters as there is no clearly discernable route. Whilst walking he took care that everyone was ok and porters could go slower with those who were struggling. He was always conscious of whether we had enough food and drink and we felt completely safe while we were trekking. I would recommend this trip to anyone as it was a fantastic few days. The price is extremely good value.

Trekking Mount Apo – Mount Apo stands tall as the chief mountain in The Philippines. With its panoramic view and distinct scenery, Mount Apo features an assemblage of diverse landscapes- bounteous fauna, flora and rocks, lakes, a massive forest, a volcanic crater and a basin of sulphur deposits.
We began our climb Friday morning and completed our trek Saturdayevening. The trail begins with an uphill terrain of farmlands, composing of small communities, followed by a tropical forest. After passing through the dense vegetation and streams, you reach the base camp- Camp Goody Goody- after which the steep mountainous portion of the trek begins, where sulphur vents can be found beside a dormant volcanic crater. This segment of the trail gets technical since one has to use both their hands and feet to navigate the rocky, boulder terrain.

Allan and his porters provided outstanding service even before the trek commenced and right till the end, accommodating our needs and prepping us for the trip with useful guidance and advice.
Despite the rain and strong winds pelting us during the summit climb, it was entertaining with Allan and his team around, cheerful, lively and continually engaging. Meal time at base campwas reminiscent of a gathering of friends, hospitable in equal proportions, and one of the highlights of the day. “Eat more! Have a bit more,” one of the porters always said. One of the guides, with his trusty camera, also took innumerable impromptu and posed shots of us duringour expedition.

If you are in Davao, then this truly is an imperative activity. The sense of triumph and accomplishment you get when you reach the summit is beyond doubt remarkable. The spectacle, the nature and the wondrous surroundings – all in one hike to Mt. Apo! The porters were also the true unsung heroes in our climb. Thank you for this splendid experience of a lifetime!

About Mt.Apo. It is really hard at the beginning.I was so tired thatwanted to give up.But the beautiful scenery made me keep walking.At the first day, we were walking in the tropical forest,there had some streams and a lot of flowers.And the second day,we climbed on the rock.COOL!!!!When I reached the top of the mountain, I feel that all the hard work is worth .Fortunately,at the third day ,I rode a horse down.EXCITING!!!!!Thanks to the encouragement of all the people in the Mt.Apo team .Especially the Trek guide Allan and Porter Longlong,if without you I would not hang on!!!!This is really a memorable experience.I will never forget this trip.