Mount Kalatungan is located at Talakag, Maramag, Pangantukan and Valencia in Bukidnon. It is said to be the Sixth highest mountain in the Philippines which has 2,824 meters above sea level and nearly estimated 9,265 feet high. It is a twin summit – one is called Lumpanag and the other is Mount Kalatungan summit.
It is also known as Mount Catatungan, a volcano classified as potentially active by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) that has no record or historical data about eruptions.
There is a history that there are forests sacred to the Talaandig, Manobo and Higaonon, a native tribe in Mount Kalatungan, considered it as the ancestral territory.
The home for the hardest and tallest trees, having the cleanest waters that always flow and never run dry. It is one of the Mountaineers, climbers and trekker’s destination choices, as it offers satisfactory experience and having a marvelous glimpse of the Mother Nature.
There is a mini-hydroelectric power plant in camp 1 that provides and supplies power to the Central and Southern Bukidnon. Also, the threatened Philippine Eagle and Philippine Hawk Eagle are free to fly around this Mountain.
As of December 2014, the fee for Mountain Park Permit is Php 300.00 per person and it will be paid at the Tourism Office, Municipal Hall. The Guide is for Php 350.00 per day, Porter for Php 400.00 per day and you will also need the white chicken for the ritual. About the Climb Itinerary they established the easiest and the shortest traverse trail that is 2 days instead of 3 days.
Remember to always start to climb early because the activity has its schedule and always ask the guides for water resources. To get there, from Davao take a rural transit bus bound for CDO with a travel time of 3-4 hours. From CDO, take another bus bound for Wao Lanao Del Sur for 45 minutes trip and spend a night at Tourism Lodge for Php 250.00 per night.
This Mountain is considered cosmologically as the centre of the earth, a territory located in the central part of the world. It provides an area for hunting and the base is good for farming.
The district assumes the presence of deities or gods in the place. Manewvanew is in charge of rain and thunder, Bulelakaw, for streams and rivers, Lelawag for hunting and Ivevasuk for farming – those were the gods, they believe, who balance everything in this place which makes it as a mystical mountain.
The local government prepares and organizes the people for the protection and promotion of Mount Kalatungan Range. May the value of its culture be protected as well. Enjoy the view, and experience the unique adventure.