So yesterday, we came back to have the placed explored. Apparently one group went ahead of us according to the guides, but never got to fully document the peak. After hiking for almost 3 hours, the actual trail at the base of salakot peak (or non existence of) begins in an open area full of Taro plants before the full cover of dense forest. The ground consist of twigs, loose rocks, and muddy trail. After almost an hour of hiking, the summit with 360 view of the entire area is visible. Though very small, the summit is the best in all the peaks I have reach in this area. According to my pro-trek the summit measures 630masl.
And for everyone's information, this peak is different from the Mt. Salakot being connected to the Lalayag monolith gaining popularity this days.
Another question is can this be included in the Nagpatong and Bangkalan peak hike? Yes it can be done just add around 2 hours to your budget time. Just take note that there is no campsite at the summit.
For those who wants an IT of the climb, just send me an email located in my "about the author" entry.
|River crossing at the start of the trail|
|Twin peak of Salakot albeit a bit smaller|
|View from the trail|
|Nagpatong as seen from the trail|
|another view from the trail going up|
|Group shot at the summit|
|We luckily saw a double rainbow in the summit.|
Photo Credit to Ervin Reyes
|View from the summit, on a clear day the guide said Lalayag monolith can be seen at this angle|
|View from of Nagpatong peak from the summit|
|View from of Bangkalan peak from the summit|
|Berde passage (sorry very blurry)|
|Group shot after the successful ascent|
|View of Salakot peak from Nagpatong summit (from our first hike)|