Dear Mountaineers, if you intend to climb Mt. Kalawitan, please read the description made by Sir Guideon on PinoyMountaineer.com first.
See also this PDF-file with the “Rules for Visitors”. And feel free to call tour organizer Ernesto Bondad cp 0939 506 2107
The digitized copy of the hand written comments in the visitor’s guest book of Apa Campsite and Mt. Kalawitan is now online! Read comments left by previous visitors in our
Between April and October 2010, 14 Philippine and foreign mountaineers reached the top of Mount Kalawitan!
Congratulation to all of you!!
And may other friends came to Apa Campsite, had a relaxing stay there or helped in planting fruit trees.
We will soon make the guest book available online!
There are more good news: The only registered NGO in Sabangan, the KALAWITAN AGRO FOREST LIVELIHOOD & INFORMATION GROUP (KAFILIG) is active again! The NGO was together with SADC the initiator of the Mount Kalawitan Forsst Protection and Management Council, a multi stakeholder forest council.
And, the biggest news is, we finally opened the KAFILIG coffee shop at Panorama Viewpoint and sell the best of the local products. It is also the new gateway to Mount Kalawitan and Apa Campsite.
Enjoy the nature at the foot of Mt. Kalawitan and visit us in Apa:
- Bird watching
Introduction to Apa
For the first time in many years, the municipality of Sabangan, Mountain Province, is opening its doors to tourists who wish to love an encounter with the natural wonders of the locality. Among the tourist sites is the “Apa ecotourism camp site” which is located at the foot of the towering and majestic Kalawitan Mountain (2714 m). It takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to reach Apa by foot. The climb to the campsite entails trekking along the Chico River and the thickly forested area of the Kapangdanan River.
Owing to the clearness of the Kapangdanan River, its water is potable for drinking for
hikers. At the Camp Site are three cottages build by farmers decades ago, namely the
Hunters Hut, Kanog Hut and the Martel Hut.
The site also offers clear and natural ponds for bathing. The Apa Campsite is actually the main entry to climb the virgin forest of Mount Kalawitan. Due to the chilly ambiance of Apa during night, guest are required to bring along warm clothes and beddings. It is also a must that tourists are accompanied by trained local guides.
As told by old folks of Sabangan years ago, swarms of grasshoppers abounded in the town
and the natives caught them for food. There was a time that a local
followed the swarm of insects until he reached the place now named “APA”.