Going to the jump-off point, we hired a tricycle (P100 per trip) and a local guide (P250 for a day hike) to take us through the course. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good experience going there because of the accident we encountered on our way. The rough road going there (approximately 5k) was a challenge. The tricycle is too low, when the trike hit a bump, my head also hit the steel bar in front of the tricycle. My head, shoulder and leg were all injured. I was literally crying. It took us 5 mins to decide whether we will go on and continue or go back and go to the nearest hospital. I don't wanna set a negative vibe so we decided to continue our journey, after all I can still walk - brave enough to conquer the trails.
We started the hike around 7:30am - ascend on old trail and descend on new trail. We reached the summit roughly 3 hours after. Thanks to the buko juice I had in the summit, too bad lots of insects were flying or maybe celebrating cause of that first achievement. We finished before lunch, earlier than expected. We ran/walked on our way back, sort of post climb recovery too - no more tricycle ride because of what happened that day.
For a beginner and a newbie like me who doesn't have much trail exposure plus the fact that I was injured, reaching the summit was really something that I could be proud of. I know it's way easier to go on hiking at Mt Batulao (for first timers) but I believe this is just one baby step that can be a result of bigger steps in the future.