Mt. Telakawa Climbing Notes
Note 1 – Crossing Crow Valley
Taking a 5 minute rest may be a bad idea if you’re in the Crow Valley. Heat from the sun above and the sand below will just make you want to walk on so you can reach the foot of Mt. Telakawa asap. You can always have a long rest upon reaching it.
Note 2 – Shoe-wear
On lahar landscape, wear hiking or running shoes that you don’t mind
getting wet or mudded. They will save you time and effort in removing small pebbles and sand that may get stuck in-between your sandals, slippers, and sole.
For hikers who don’t want their shoes to get wet, one technique is to pack your shoes and hike along lahar with slippers or sandals. When you’ve avoided all the wet parts of
the lahar and the river crosses that’s when you may wear your shoes.
Note 3 – Insects and mosquitoes
Bring insect repellent or mosquito patch. Critters and insects is prevalent in the campsite.
Note 4 – Guides and their rates
Secure only official eco-adventure guides
from the tourism satellite office, you may ask for their IDs or certificates for proof. Eco-adventure guide rates for Mt. Telakawa differ from Mt. Pinatubo. An overnight in Mt. Telakawa will cost you Php 700 per guide for every 5 persons. Guides may also serve as porters with an additional fee of Php 200 per guide.
Note 5 – Taking photos of Aetas
Ask permission from Aetas especially the elders. Some of them are sensitive when it comes to taking their photographs. It is an old Aeta belief that when they are photographed, their souls will be taken away by the camera.
Note 6 – Meeting locals on trails
Smile and greet them while keeping your voice down. When you hear Aetas shouting from different distances, don’t shout back or imitate them. It’s their way of communication when in the mountains (called angaw-ayta or Aeta calls) and it would be disrespectful if you answer back.
Note 7 – Camping capacity in Mt. Telakawa
The summit can
accommodate 15-20 tents. Make sure that your tents, equipment and belongings should be waterproofed during wet season climbs. Windbreakers in the summit of Telakawa are limited only to 5 ft. high talahib or wild grass.
Note 8 – Kubo Restaurant and amenities
This restaurant doesn’t have a fixed menu
or a ready buffet. Just tell them your budget, the food you want, the number of people, and the time and date you want it prepared. They can serve you the dishes you want before going on a climb or after descending from the mountains. They have clean showers and bathrooms.
Kubo Restaurant (Ms. Hazel, owner)-0928 955 1222
- Toilet use – Php 10
- Shower – Php 50
- Parking – Php 50/day
Note 9 – Contact information
For the itinerary and things to bring:
- Tarlac Mountaineering Club (Nath de Jesus) – 0915 944 2224, 0917 343 2797
- Sustainable Tourism Development Program (Provincial Government of Tarlac) – 0999 885 3981
For the eco-adventure guides, rules, and regulations:
- Capas Tourism Office (Ms. Marissa Vidal, head) – 0918 285 3019