Mt. Balinsayaw, an Easy to Hike Peak Near Kalibo and Boracay with Scenic Views | rich'nritch.com

Mt. Balinsayaw, an Easy to Hike Peak Near Kalibo and Boracay with Scenic Views

Mt. Balinsayaw Peak
Mt. Balinsayaw Peak

Balinsayaw Peak is a new hiking spot located in Barangay Mabusao, Ibajay, Aklan, near the Aklan-Antique border. It’s a rock mountain with overwhelming views and a perfect place for sunrise viewing. Getting to the peak will only take you 30 minutes of hike from Barangay Mabusao proper. The views along the way are enjoyable and the top offers a gorgeous vista of Mabusao and its nearby barangays.

A view of Barangay Mabusao from the trail
A view of Barangay Mabusao from the trail

From Ibajay Public Market, take a tricycle going to Barangay Mabusao. The fare is only Php17.00 per person. Upon arrival, register at the Barangay Hall and listen to a brief orientation. Though it's an easy hike, visitors are being required to get a guide for preservation purposes as per agreed by the local community. Guide fees are not fixed rather voluntary. You can think of it as a way of helping the locals.

The view of Mt. Balinsayaw from Barangay Mabusao proper where the hike starts
The view of Mt. Balinsayaw from Barangay Mabusao proper where the hike starts

The trail has three river crossings. The first one has a bridge while the next two require you to cross by foot. The trail is mostly an open grassland with some patches of tree lines. After the grassland a narrow ridge will lead you to an open ledge with awesome views. Beware of the slippery rocks and sudden gusts of wind on rainy and windy days. For your own safety, avoid climbing over, sit on, or stand on the rock close to the cliff when raining. The summit remains unexplored because of the absence of trail. Check out the waterfall close to the second river, I suggest that you take a side trip there upon descending for a refreshing dip after the hike.

The area has been under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP)
The area has been under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP)
The grassland trail leading to the the peak of Mt. Balinsayaw
The grassland trail leading to the the peak of Mt. Balinsayaw
Scenic view of a cliff along the trail
Scenic view of a cliff along the trail
The area features breathtaking cliffs, deep ravines, and forested areas
A great view taken from along the trail
A great view taken from along the trail
The narrow ridge leading to the view deck. Looking down from the cliff, you will see spectacular views of the surroundings.
The narrow ridge leading to the view deck. Looking down from the cliff, you will see spectacular views of the surroundings.
The grasses being blown by the strong wind
The grasses being blown by the strong wind
Panoramic view of Barangay Mabusao
Panoramic view of Barangay Mabusao
The view of Pandan mountain ranges in Antique
The view of Pandan mountain ranges in Antique
A cool waterfall along the trail
A cool waterfall along the trail

Another great view taken from along the trail

If you're a new hiker or just looking for an adventure, Balinsayaw peak is a perfect place for you. This is a great beginner or family-friendly hike.

August 9, 2018

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