'Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.'
It is also known as "Batong Amat" and the "Chocolate Hills of the North". Mount 387 is located in Puncan, Carranglan Nueva Ecija. I never heard a mountain named in number and it seems funny as it sounds as an address. But, they called it as Mt. 387 because the area covers 387 hectares.
It is a newly opened mountain that has spread over the internet with it's wide plains and a Chocolate Hills looks like. Most of the mountaineers go on day hike and a side trip to Aloha Falls but our group decided to go an overnight camping.
I have invited by my co-department to join them again for a climb. "Revenue Mountaineering Club" is the name of our group. From Cubao, we took the Baliwag Bus going to San Jose, Nueva Ecija at 7AM. We arrived to San Jose at exactly 12:30PM and rode a tricycle going to the Jump Off area in Puncan, Carranglan. No need to worry about the food as the Jump Off area has a 'Carenderia'.
(Starting our journey)
We have started our trek at 3pm for an overnight camp and we arrived at the summit at 5:30pm. Going to the summit is a non-stop assault with some minor difficulties. Our only struggle was there's no air even if there are alot of trees in that mountain. The trek going up can be completed in just 2 to 3 hours and we're glad that we were just on time.
Once arrived at the summit, we have discovered that the area was part of the World War II as evidenced by many large holes caused by bomb explosions.
At the camping site, you will see a lover's tree overlooking the mountains that looks like the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.
We have decided not to go to the traverse trail as one of my colleagues is afraid to extreme climb. So we did the back trail at 7AM and arrived at 8AM to the Jump Off point then rode an elf truck going to Aloha Falls. Other people were amazed as we only did the trekking going down in just 1 hour. Usually, they said that it takes 2 hours for some mountaineers.
It was my first time having an overnight camping in the mountain and it feels so great. Hiking Mount 387 was one of a kind that one should not under estimate as it will test your knees and endurance. Looking forward for more trekking soon.