Amsikong Falls is one of the most accessible natural beauties of General Santos City. (I just made that category up.) About 20 minutes tricycle ride from the city to Barangay Conel, roughly 30 minutes habal-habal ride to the campsite and an hour-and-a-half trekking, or maybe two, and we were there. The adventure mainly consisted of river trekking, and rock climbing, and swimming, and falls, and caves, and heat, and sweat, and bruises, and roots, and rocks, and fun, and more fun, and experience. Visiting Amsikong Falls took just a day but it was all worth it.

In Barangay Conel, you could proceed directly to their barangay hall and if closed you could ask for directions to the residence of their barangay captain. We did. The barangay captain then directed us to the residence of Kagawad Mascardo for the activities orientation, participants registration, and habal-habal ride reservation. As of writing, Kagawad Mascardo is the Chairman of Tourism of the barangay.

The habal-habal ride was challenging due to numerous dry riverbeds. We have to stop and unload passengers to cross several riverbeds because they were very rocky roads – and trust me they weren’t like the ice cream at all.

Then we started our river trekking and rock climbing.

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Along the way, we had a stopover in a small cave where our guide told us that the cave used to be the hospital of the Japanese soldiers during WWII.

And not long after, we reached the falls. Amsikong Falls is renowned to have seven falls. According to the information we got, there are more of its cascading brethren. Nevertheless, we took the advice to trek only up to seventh. Amsikong Falls is cascading, thus some of the waterfalls are smaller and they are not-so-obvious waterfalls – but they are, yeah.

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We reached the seventh falls at lunch and after ample resting, we devoured our packed lunch. The seventh waterfall was common for its wider swimming area, and just a few meters above, there is another falls with more space for camping. Swimming came afterward; then shivering because the water was so cold; then chatters and more swimming and slaying some poses until the group decided to head down.

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Heading down the Amsikong falls was tricky. The rocks were more slippery, or maybe just the gravity, but those rocks were not friendly.

Our habal-habal ride reservation was just one way (but you could choose otherwise). So we trekked all the way back, passing the dry riverbeds. It was more or less two-and-a-half-hour trekking.

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Also, on our way down, we have stopped for a minute by the opening of K’laja Cave.

Our adventure to Amsikong Falls was not costly at all. If you will be planning to do the same, it is very advantageous if you pack a lunch, secure a guide, wear footwear for slippery rocks, and bring extra clothes. Finally, of course, capture the moments and share it with us.

Author: Mark Atong

If he is not taking advantage of his skills on full-time IT employment, he is going different places and hopefully making his mother proud. He believes writing is his passion; but it has yet to prove to pay his bills. He is a fun-loving individual who would rather stay at home reading books and catch-up on episodes of TV shows.

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