Cross Island Trek | 3 Days
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Palawan Ecological Adventure Trail
Palawan Islands boasts crystal clear water, pristine beaches and one of the natural wonders of the world, the Underground River. Yet, most people don’t know that this idyllic island is also a great destination for outdoor adventure and jungle trekking.
If you’re looking for a true Palawan wilderness experience, the Palawan Ecological Adventure Trail (PEAT) will suit you. Twenty-eight kilometres (18 miles) traversing Palawan Island from the West Coast to the East Coast. Two days of walking for an average of six hours a day. It is classified as an easy to moderate hike, which passes through untouched forests, mountains and attractive waterfalls.
You will explore remote jungle paths, rarely visited by tourists that were used as transit routes by the local people during the World War II. The starting point is Simpocan, a tranquil rural village facing the South China Sea, situated about 2 hours drive from Puerto Princesa. With the 3 days 2 night tour, you will arrive in Simpocan village one day before the hike so that you can enjoy an extra day at the beautiful pristine beach. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the friendly local villagers, observe their everyday life and spend a night in a homestay.
You will be accompanied by a local tour guide for the entire to trip and there is an option to hire porters to assist you with carrying your bags and equipment.
On the first segment of your trek to the campsite of Mt Beaufort, the trail ascends gently. As you hike your way up the natural surrounding will begin to change from farmlands to overgrown jungle with impressive Mengaris and Agathis trees.
You will have the chance to relax and take a refreshing dip in the waterfall pool before heading up to the campsite. Pitcher plants thrive in the area (approximately 700 m / 2,290 ft above the sea level), and can be seen at the side of the trail.
Pitcher plants or Nepenthes plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap. Insects are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such as anthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes. The sides of the pitcher are slippery and may be grooved in such a way so as to ensure that the insects cannot climb out.
Depending on how quickly you walk, you can reach the campsite within 5 to 7 hours. The campsite has basic amenities such a simple bamboo pavilion that provides shelter from rain showers, tents and composte toilets (no shower). If the weather is clear, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view on the South China Sea. Your guide will set up a camp fire and bring the dinner necessities. When the night falls you will witness the spectacle of billions of stars shining brightly (if weather permits). Due to the low levels of light pollution, Palawan Island is one of the few places on the Earth where you can still admire a stunning clear starry night sky.
Early morning you will start the hike to Mt Beaufort (1,129 m / 3,704 ft above sea level). You should be in good physical condition before hiking the mountain. This is a steep trail and a total round trip of 3.2km-2 miles. It’s quite challenging, considering the fact that you will hike though rugged terrain of the jungle with high humidity level .Mount Beaufort is not the highest peak in Palawan but is easily accessible and it offers a panoramic 360 degree view of Puerto Princesa City, Honda Bay, Iwahig, Mt Thumbpeak, Simpocan and the South China Sea.
Just below the summit of Mount Beaufort there is a massive rock that emerges from the vegetation which resembles the head of a crocodile (Crocodile Rock). You can reach the rock and pose for a unique selfie.
The trail to the mountain is the natural habitat of the blood-sucking leeches, which usually are more active when it is wet or after rain. Although leeches can be unpleasant, they have historically been used beneficially in medicine since ancient times. In addition to leeches, the forest is the natural habitat of a great variety of species of insects, birds, mammals – among them the long-tailed macaques, pangolins and wild boards, and snakes such as the green viper, black spitting cobra and Philippines python. It’s actually pretty hard to spot wild animals along the way, as they tend to hide in the thick vegetation.
You will descend Mount Beaufort via the same path. The climb is pretty tough, but the descent can be tricky especially on the rocky path, and slippery on the wet-leaf-covered terrain. Once you reach the main trail you are on the last leg of the hike! It is about 4-6 hours (depending on your fitness level) gentle downhill descent on a very wide path and flat terrain along the river.
The arrival point in Barangay Irawan is only 10km from Puerto Princesa City. Just before the arrival point in Irawan, there is a good site for birdwatching. If you sit patiently by the river you may see the kingfishers, flying low across the water while hunting for fish. Palawan island is a great destination for birdwatching. Among the endemic species there are the Palawan Peacock Pheasant, the Philippine Hawk Cuckoo and the Palawan Hornbill.
The trek concludes in Irawan Eco Park where, if you wish, you can experience the thrill of zipline. After this adventure in the deep jungle of Palawan, you really deserve a few days of total relaxation at a beautiful beach resort.
- Jungle Trekking
- Palawan’s nature
Recommended things to bring along:
- While hiking in the rain forest you are likely to encounter rain, so bring along a light rain jacket and heavy duty waterproof backpack and wear quick-drying clothes and waterproof hiking shoes
- We provide you with a tent to sleep in, along with a yoga mat to sleep on. To make your tent more comfortable for the night, we suggest bringing along your own sleeping bag that will provide more warmth. Although Palawan is a tropical island, the night-time temperatures can drop below 17°C-62°F.
- Personal medications – There are a lot of mosquitos in the jungle of Palawan. Don’t underestimate them, as they are the most deadly animal in the world. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include: malaria, dengue, filariasis and Japanese encephalitis. It is extremely important to take antimalarial tablets and use an effective insect repellent containing 25-50% DEET to clothing and any exposed skin to avoid mosquito bites.
- The campsite is equipped with water tank used for the collection and storage of rainwater. Water will be boiled before consuming, but we recommend bringing water purification tablets so that your water becomes safe to drink.
- Long pants, sweaters, and socks as it gets cold at night
- A hiking pole may be useful when descending the mountain as it reduces the impact on your legs, knees, ankles, and feet, and is good for balance, especially on steep slippery terrain.
- Packaged snacks
- Reusable water bottle
Best time to go
The best time to climb is the dry season from October to May however it is possible to hike the trail all year round.
- One night at the campsite with tent
- All necessary camping equipment including tents
- All internal transport as per the itinerary
- Activities as per the itinerary
- Meals as stated above
- Local community tour guide
- Government taxes
- Trail management and maintenance fee
- Personal Porter to carry your backpack and gear
- Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
- Travel Insurance
Puerto Princesa - Irawan
Early this morning, you will be collected from your hotel by your guide and driven for about 30 minutes to Irawan.
On arrival in Irawan you will start the trek along the Palawan Ecological Adventure Trail until the campsite at the base of the Mount Beaufort . The trail leads gradually uphill passing though farmland and untouched rainforest. You will have the chance to observe the tropical vegetation. There are grotesque vines twisted around the trees, primitive giant ferns and many other plants that grow in the tropical rainforest.
Enjoy a picnic lunch, then continue your trekking to the campsite. Mid/late afternoon arrive at the campsite and settle your tent for overnight stay.
Mt. Beaufort - Simpocan
The day starts with a steep climb up to the summit of Mt Beaufort (1,129 m above sea level). Along the mountain trail it is possible to see pitcher plants. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view from the summit and then proceed on a gentle downhill descent to Simpocan village. If the time permits, you will have the chance to see a waterfall.
On arrival in Simpocan village proceed to your accommodation.
Spend the the night at the simple guesthouse/pension house in Simpocan
Simpocan Beach - Puerto Princesa
Morning at leisure.
The pristine beach in Simpucan is perfect for swimming and relaxing under the sun.
Afternoon transfer to Puerto Princesa by private vehicle.
The campsite on Mount Beaufort has basic amenities such a simple bamboo pavilion that provides shelter from rain showers, tents and composte toilets (no shower). If the weather is clear, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view on the South China Sea.
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