HOW TO GET TO MT.IGCURON IN VALDERRAMA

If you fancy the outdoors and taking off-the-beaten path, Valderrama in Antique province will astonish you with unspoiled natural attractions. Lording over this sleepy town is the gorgeous Mt. Igcuron (also Mt.Igcoron).  Its knife-edge peak draped by greenery will seduce you to climb it.

 

Since I posted the photo of Mt.Igcuron on my Instagram and Facebook account, I’ve received a couple of queries on how to get to Mt. Igcuron (Mt.Igcoron).  I’ve never climbed it but I will be providing you here with the essential information to help you plan your trip to Valderrama (thanks to Antique Tourism officer Jola Tingson for the help with the details here).  I personally know some travel blogger friends like Gian and Sheila  who recently climbed Mt.Igcurun (Mt.Igcoron) recently and they all said it’s a difficult climb because of the long knife-edge shoulder.

Climbing Mt. Igcuron takes roughly 5-6 hours (back and forth), so around 2.5 to 3 hours one way.   However some say it took them longer 7 hours one way.   The climbing hours  differ because it depends on where you will start your climb, so you can just ask the guide to take you to the shorter route if you want.

 

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Route 1

 

HOW TO GET TO VALDERRAMA, ANTIQUE FROM KALIBO, 

 

 

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Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Airasia flies daily between Manila and Kalibo. Cebu Pacific also flies between Cebu and Kalibo.

From Kalibo Airport, take a tricycle to Cere Bus Terminal.  Board a bus bound en route to San Jose, Antique.   Tell the driver you are getting off at crossing Ilaures (a town before Valderrama).    Fare is approximately Php 135 (prices vary depending if it is air-con or ordinary bus).  Travel time is about 2.5 to 3 hours.  Alternatively from Kalibo there are also passenger vans en route to San Jose.

From Ilaures town, hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) to take you to Valderrama town proper, fare is about PHP 100- PHP 150.  Travel time is roughly 30 minutes.  If you are in a budget and you have the luxury of time, you can wait for the jeep bound for Valderrama but trip schedule is unreliable.

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Route 2

 

HOW TO GET TO VALDERRAMA, ANTIQUE FROM ILOILO

 

 

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific travels between Manila and Iloilo.  From Iloilo, take a Ceres bus bound for San Jose, Antique.  Alight at crossing Ilaures town (town prior to Valderrama). Fare is about Php 140. You can also take a van from Iloilo for Php 150.  Travel time is roughly 2.5 to 3 hours.  Then from Ilaures, take a habal-habal (motorcycle) to Valderrama town center. Fare is PHP 100- PHP 150.

 

 

 

HOW TO GET TO VALDERRAMA TOWN TO MT. IGCURON

At Valderrama Town proper, head to the Municipal Hall for assistance, look for Valderrama Tourism Officer Randy Canja (0915 721 4411) or executive assistant Tim Ledesma (0917 507 5409).

Alternatively, you can just text or call the Head of the Sites Guides Bon Jane (0975 366 7513)  or Micheal Ti-ad (Valderrama Nature Park Manager) Mobile #: 0926 314 6733.   They will be the ones to call a motorcycle and reserve a guide for you to Mt. Igcuron.  I suggest contacting them a day or  a few days before your arrival so they can find a guide.

MT. IGCURON GUIDE FEE

Again,  hiking hours depends on where you will start your climb and on your pace, but ascent can be done in  approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, and descent can be done in 1.5 hours.  So about a total of 5 to 6 hours.  As for the guide fee PHP 300 good for 2 persons (back and forth)  and additional PHP 200 if you want to camp overnight.   See guide contact above.

 

ALSO READ: NOGAS ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE (ANINI-Y ANTIQUE)

 WHERE TO STAY IN VALDERRAMA, ANTIQUE

 

 
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Villa Valderrama Mountain Resort

Contact Person: Micheal Ti-ad (Valderrama Nature Park Manager)

Mobile #: 0926 314 6733

It’s a basic resort with swimming pool. But the LGU is planning to renovate this resort.

Entrance Fee at Villa Valderrama Mountain Resort:

Adult PHP 15

Children PHP 10

Room Rates at Villa Valderrama Mountain Resort

 

ROOM TYPE ROOM RATES
Dormitory PHP 50
Maragtas PHP 500
Duplex PHP 500
New Cottage PHP 300
Conference Room PHP 300
Sheds (Family) PHP 75
Shed (Picnic) PHP 50

 

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WHERE TO EAT IN VALDERRAMA:

Take note that there are no eateries or restaurants near Villa Valderrama Mountain Resort. You can dine at eateries downtown Valderrama or buy food there before heading to the resort.  If you have a cook set, you can cook your own food.

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THINGS TO BRING

 

Proper hiking gears (shoes, etc)

 Jacket

Tent (if you plan to camp overnight)

Sleeping bag

Mosquito repellent

 Sunblock lotion

 Flashlight

Food and drinks

 Stove/cook set

 

 

SAMPLE MT.IGCURON/ MT.IGCORON ITINERARY

 

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DAY HIKE MT. IGCURON/ MT.IGCORON SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

( Shorter hike)

 

 *Start early because getting to the shoulder and the summit is said to be difficult because of the unforgiving sun and the wind.

 

 

TIME ACTIVITIES
Day 1  
11:00 AM ETA at Kalibo Airport.
11:15 AM Lunch at Restaurant outside Kalibo Airport
11:45 AM Head to Ceres Bus Terminal. Board Ceres Bus to San Jose Antique.  Text your contact person (phone number listed above) and tell them your estimated arrival time.
12:15 AM ETD to Antique. Tell driver you will get off at crossing Ilaures.
02:45 PM ETA crossing Ilaures. Hire habal-habal to Valderrama
03:15 PM ETA Valderrama. Hire or meet your habal-habal driver. See contact details above.
03:30 PM Buy food at eateries for dinner and breakfast before heading to the resort. ETD to Villa Valderrama Resort
03: 45 PM ETA to Villa Valderrama. Check in.
04:00 PM Rest  or Hike to see the Raffleasia (seasonal). About 45 mins to 1 hour hike from the resort.  Ask assistance from the resort, hire a guide. Guide fee is PHP 200, good for 5 people.
06:00 PM Dinner
Day 2
04:30 AM Wake-up call. Freshen up. Breakfast. Bring camera, food and drinks. Avoid bringing heavy bag. You can leave your stuff at the resort.
05:00 AM ETD to jumping-off point.
05:30 AM Start trek.
08:30 AM ETA summit
09:00 AM  Start descent.
11:00 AM ETA at the jumping off point.
11: 30 AM ETD to Villa Valderrama Resort
12:00 PM Back to Villa Valderrama freshen up. Lunch.
01:30 PM Take habal-habal to Bugasong Highway and wait for bus to Kalibo or Iloilo.

 

 

 

CAMPING/OVERNIGHT AT MT. IGCURON / MT. IGCORON

(Longer hike)

 

 

TIME ACTIVITIES
DAY 1  
07:00 AM Arrival at Iloilo.
07:20 AM Travel to Ceres Bus Terminal
08:20 AM ETA at Ceres Bus Terminal. Board bus to San Jose
09:00 AM ETD to San Jose Antique. Tell the conductor you are getting off at crossing Ilaures.  Text or call your driver and guide. inform them of your estimated arrival time.
11:30 AM ETD at Ilaures. Hire habal-habal to Valderrama town
12:00 PM ETA at Valderrama. Lunch.
12: 30 PM Meet your  habal-habal driver and guide at Valderrama Town
12:45 PM Head to jumping off point
01:15 PM Start trek.
03:15 PM Arrival at campsite.  Set up tent.
 Day 2  
04:30 AM Wake-up call. Breakfast.
05:00 AM Start trek. Bring only camera, food and drinks.
06:00 AM ETA shoulder
07:00 AM Summit.
07: 30 AM Start descent.
09:00 AM Back at campsite. Pack tent and stuff.
12:00 PM Star trek to Brgy. Binangunan.
2:30 PM Habal-habal to Villa Valderrama.
3:30 PM ETA at Villa Valderrama resort. Freshen up. Lunch.
4:00 PM Take habal-habal to Bugasong Highway.  Wait for bus to Iloilo or Kalibo.

 

 

 

SAMPLE BUDGET FOR MT.IGCURON HIKE

 

 

ACTIVITIES EXPENSES
Bus to Ilaures from Kalibo/ Iloilo PHP 150  (one way) x 2  = PHP 300
Habal habal to Valderrama from Ilaures PHP 100-PHP 150
Guide Fee PHP 300 (day hike) / PHP 500 (overnight) good for two
Habal-Habal to Villa Valderrama
Villa Valderrama  Resort PHP 75 (Dorm) per person
Habal-Habal to jumping off point  
Habal-habal to Bugasong Highway  
Food About PHP 100 per meal x 4 = PHP 400 (could be cheaper)

 

 

  • This is just a sample itinerary, hiking hour depends on your pace, how fast or slow you hike and where you will start your climb.
  • Be extra careful at the knife edge part of mountain.
  • This blog is a work in progress.  Kindly comment below if you want to add additional information.

 

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