Hiking Mt Capistrano blog guide tips side trip to Nasuli spring
- How to get there? From CDO ride a bus South bound(Valencia, Davao, etc.) at Agora Bus Terminal, drop off at Brgy. Aglayan, Malaybalay. Tell the conductor you’re going to Mt Capistrano, they know it – talk okay? Fare is 120php
- From Brgy. Aglayan there are lots of habal-habal(motorcycles) on the bus stop that will bring you to Mt Capistrano, fare is 50php one way
- Entrance fee in Mt Capistrano is 20php
- Mandatory guide fee of 500php per group of 10, you can join other groups too, they allow it – be friendly to save money
- If you have a car, you can park it near the registration center or anywhere near. There are lots of houses on the foot of the mountain
- Food and drinks are also available at the foot of the mountain
There are 3 sections of the trail – the cemented stairs, the rope trail, and the rocky trail. What makes Mt Capistrano hard for non-frequent climbers is that it’s all ascending trail, there’s no horizontal path, you’ll really strive to go up. If you’re a beginner, you can surely conquer Mt Capistrano but make sure to slow down your pace or you’ll tire yourself just at the cemented stairs. Make sure to take deep breathes, the other group we met had one member collapse but she ended up getting to the summit! Perseverance is key! Slowly but surely, I’m sure anyone can make it.
The rope trail is slippiest trail of the hike, no wonder they placed a rope in their right 😀 Some people dont really use the rope but for beginners, it’s really helpful, specially when it’s raining, it becomes pretty slippery. Going up isn’t as slippy as going down though, like what happened to us, it rained when we were going down! It was slippery and it was a struggle, we didn’t stumble though – I’m so proud! 😀 The slipperiness is manageable, just make sure you have good shoes on, and good balance set, I’m sure you won’t stumble too.
The rocky trail is my favorite, I just love how I can use my hands navigating through the rocks. It’s not really a 90degree climb on the rocks, maybe 30-45degree climbs. For those with delicate hands I suggest you to bring gloves for your hands, some rocks maybe too pointy for you. We didn’t have any gloves on though, we have thick palms 😀 The gloves will be helpful too if you touch too much trees/leaves for support because some have little thorns and that will hurt your delicate hand, just be careful where you put your hands into, okay? Okay.
Reaching the summit was sooooooooo amazing! The view of the green rice fields surrounded by picturesque mountains, covered with some artistic clouds, man it’s so beautiful! It may sound so cliche but really, all the tiredness just disappears when you reach the summit! You just feel so happy! After some minutes of appreciation of the views beauty, photo sessions! It’s hot on the summit since there are no trees, only a bunch of big pointy rocks. It is also a big challenge for people who have fear of heights like me! It’s pretty scary! Manuevering your steps on those pointy rocks, you need to be careful. But for the sake of good pictures, you just need to conquer your fears 😀
After the hike we decided to go to Nasuli Spring, it’s just a 15min ride from Mt Capistrano, I dont know how much is the fare though but I’m sure it won’t be more than 50php, there are lots of motorcycles waiting at the foot of the mountain so no need to worry. Nasuli Spring is the best place to relax after that tiring hike! Dipping into those ice-cold waters just relaxes your muscles and makes you forget how tiring that hike was, really recommend this after your hike.
Mt. Capistrano will be a nice hike for beginners. It’s challenging but the hike is all doable. It took us 2hrs ascending the summit and just an hour going back, and take note, we are not regular hikers. The hike is also not that hard since most of the trail is covered by trees, and hikers love trees. They make the trails so cool and they provide shade. I think 80% of the trail you’ll be covered by trees. And like I said, it’s a challenge for people who have fear of heights. I myself am one and was really shaking on the summit because of the unbalanced pointy rocks and looking down is a long drop. It was really a great achievement for me, hike-wise and fear-wise 😀