But it was not easy climbing the most notable landmark of South Cotabato, its trail was more challenging compared to that of other mountains that I previously climbed.
A beautiful scenery of greens then greeted us in the morning, leaves of trees were covered with dew from the night and more clouds and fogs sorrounded the campsite as we were taking our breakfast.
Our day started early in the Municipal Hall of Tupi for a quick orientation and where we met our mountain guide. We then rode a habal-habal which brought us to Sitio Glandang in Brgy. Kablon, the jump off point for the Matutum Glandang trail and where the actual trekking begin. Phase 1 of the trail took us about 3-4 hours of enjoyable hiking before reaching the steeper and more difficult Phase 2 trail.
Along the trail I was fascinated by different flora and fauna, the sounds of wild birds, and many other unfamiliar things I encountered. The trees covered with moss was an amazing sight.
The coldness of air and strong winds greeted us when we reached the summit of Mt. Matutum past 3 PM. The campsite is sorrounded with trees and you can only see clouds around. The feeling of tiredness and pains of climbing through huge rocks and slippery roots of trees were easily gone. It was a dream fulfilled.We then pitched our tent and prepared our foods.
The night at the summit of Mt. Matutum was even more challenging. It was cold, really cold because it also rained that night and the wind was strong.
|I Love South Cotabato finally conquered Mt. Matutum.|
|Breakfast at the summit of Mt. Matutum.|
|Team I Love South Cotabato :) at Mt. Matutum|
By 4 PM we were already back at Sitio Glandang.
By the way, I've also met these little creature (blood leech) in Mt. Matutum. It was another awesome experience!