Mt. Sicapoo Traverse

MT. SICAPOO (2,354+)
Solsona, Ilocos Norte
Entry point: Gasgas River, Brgy. Manalpac, Solsona
Exit point: Solsona Dam, Brgy. Manalpac, Solsona
LLA: 2354 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 4 days / 16-18 hours
Specs: Major climb, Exploratory, Difficulty 9/9, Trail class 2-5
Features: Pine forest, Traverse trail, River crossing


DAY 1 (14hrs)
0430 ETA Laoag City
0500 Assembly Jollibee Bacarra Road ; Breakfast; buy packed lunch
0600 ETD Solsona Poblacion
0700 ETA Solsona Poblacion, Register @ PNP station, Proceed to jumpoff (Brgy. Manalpac)
0730 Start Trek (Gasgas River Entry, we counted 14 river crossing, some are above waist)
1100 ETA Parpar Creek Camp;Lunch
1200 ETD for Saulay Junction
1600 ETA Balbalitok Peak
1800 ETA Mt. Saulay Junction, emergency snack
1900 Start descent from Saulay and ascent Bubuos
2100 ETA Mt. Bubuos Base Camp; Dinner, Pitch tent

Day 2 (15hrs 15mins)
0500 Wake up/ Breakfast
0730 Start descent from Bubuos and ascent Balbalite
0930 ETA Mt. Balbalite Summit, took picture
0945 Proceed to Mt.Pakpako, descent from Balbalite and ascent to pakpako
1135 ETA Mt.Pakpako Camp Site
1300 Lunch Along the trail of Mt. Matalidong
1600 ETA Sicapoo Summit; Pictures
1630 Start descent
2000 ETA Mt.Pakpako Camsite
2100 ETA Mt.Balbalite
2245 ETA Mt.Bubuos Base camp
2300 Prepare for late dinner

Day 3 (13hrs 30mins)
0500 Wake up/ Breakfast, prepare for breakfast, packed lunch
0900 Start trek to Mt. Timarid traverse Mt.Simagaysay
1030 ETA Mt.Saulay Junction
1100 ETA Mt. Saulay Summit
1115 Descent to Nagdata Camp Site
1215 ETA Nagdata Camp site, Lunch
1300 Start ascent Mt. Timarid via killer trail, 70 to 80 degree ascent, our group called it trail88 (eat the dust and eat the grass)
1530 ETA Mt. Timarid, emergency snack, took picture
1600 Descent/ascent Mt.Simagaysay
1720 ETA Mt. Simmagaysay, took picture, descent to one degree plateu
2015 ETD for Plateau
2130 ETA Solsona Dam
2200 ETA Tatay Emilio hauz, party party


Day 0
1800 From Manila take bus to Laoag (P600)

Day 1
0600 ETA Laoag; Take jeep to Solsona
0700 Register at Solsona Police Station
0745 ETA jumpoff; finalize guides
0800 Start trek / Commence the Gasgas river crossings
1200 End of the river crossing; Lunch
1300 Acend up to Saulay campsite
1700 ETA Saulay campsite / set up camp
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0600 Breakfast / Break camp
0700 Resume trek
1200 ETA Bubuos campsite / Lunch
1300 Resume trek
1700 ETA Pakpako campsie; set up camp
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 3
0500 Commence assault of Mt. Sicapoo
0900 ETA Mt. Sicapoo summit (2354 MASL)
1300 Back at Pakpako campsite / Lunch
1400 Descend to Bubuos campsite
1700 ETA Bubuos campsite / Set up camp
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 4
0500 Trek to Timarid-Simagaysay
1200 Lunch at Mt. Timarid (1402 MASL)
1300 Arrive at Mt. Simagaysay (2354 MASL)
1700 ETA One Degree Plateau, exit to Solsona dam
1900 Back in Laoag; Head back to Manila

Balbalitok Hill: 1100+masl
Saulay: 1286masl
Bubuos: 1410masl
Balbalite: 1585masl
Pakpako: 1620masl
Matalindong: 1685masl
Sicapoo: 2354masl
Timarid: 1527masl
Simagaysay: 1341masl

Approx Budget: Php3,500

*Observe Basic Mountaineering Course… Please put all candy wrapper/chocolate wrapper/cigarette butt in your packet during trek… LEAVE NO TRACE!

***Extracted from Relax Extremely Daring Mountaineers Archives


4 thoughts on “Mt. Sicapoo Traverse

  1. Pingback: Mt. Sicapoo Traverse | Manong Lakwatsero

  2. Hi Sir!

    Meron po ba kayong contact details ng mga guides? Plano namin umakyat ng Sicapoo sa end of August.

    Thanks and more power.

  3. Hi Sir,
    We are planning to climb Mt. Sicapoo this month, do you have any contacts from there?
    How much is the fare from Laog to Solsona? Guide fee? Does porter required too?


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