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Your Guide

Engr. Albert C. Gabriel is a dedicated Electronics & Communications Engineer by profession, but his true passion lies in adventure, nature, and photography. For over a decade, he has been an avid mountaineer and surfer, exploring the beautiful wonders of his country. In Davao City, he founded the Telecommunications Ecological and Adventure Klab (TEAK), which focuses on promoting telecommunications in an environmentally friendly and adventurous manner.

His active lifestyle and love for adventure have led him to discover breathtaking landscapes such as mountains, waterfalls, and pristine white beaches. One of his favorite areas to explore is the Davao Province, home to the majestic Mt. Apo. Albert captures the beauty of these natural wonders through his photography and meticulously documents each experience and by year 2008 he founded in order to share his experiences to others.

In addition to his personal expeditions, Albert currently climbs mountains and organizes and guides adventure trips, especially to Mt. Apo and other destinations within the country and parts of Asia and Europe. His expertise and knowledge attract both local and foreign tourists seeking thrilling experiences in the great outdoors. Notably, in December 2008, he accompanied the youngest foreigner (an 8-year-old from Singapore) to reach the summit of Mt. Apo using the Sibulan, Sta. Cruz Trail—the most technically challenging trail available.

Throughout his career, Albert has accomplished several remarkable feats. On March 7-9, 2011, he successfully guided 65-year-old Pavel Sedivy as the first eldest foreigner recorded from the Czech Republic to conquer Mt. Apo, using the Boulders trail. Then, on May 26-28, 2017, he celebrated the achievement of Mr. Juanito (Johnny) Braga, who had just turned 77 on May 13 of the same year, as he became the oldest person to climb Mt. Apo via the Magpet-Sta. Cruz Traverse Trail.

Continuing his legacy of guiding older climbers, this year, Albert and his crew led 78-year-old trekkers Mr. Shigetoshi Sakata and Ms. Sadakuni Fumika from Japan to the summit of Mt. Apo, making them the oldest climbers to reach its peak by March 9,2019. By January 22,2023 , two females from Japan Ms. Chisiho Okada and Ms. Hiromi Matsumoto both 79 years old again summitted Mt.Apo making them the present record holder as the oldest foreigner to set foot in the summit.  Their inspiring journey showcases the power of determination and a love for adventure regardless of age.

Engr. Albert C. Gabriel’s passion for adventure, nature, and photography has not only fueled his personal exploration but also allowed him to share his experiences with others, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of those he guides and inspires along the way.

Here are some of his Credentials :

*President-Mountaineering Federation of Southern Mindanao Inc.(2010-2012)

*Chairman – Sta. Cruz Council for Tourism Culture And Arts (2005-2007)Sta. Cruz Davao del Sur, Philippines

*Race Director Mt.Apo Boulder Face Challenge Year 2008-20017

                                  @Sta. Cruz,Davao del Sur, Philippines

*Most Outstanding Mountain Guide Year 2015-2017

*External-Vice President (2019)
Mindanao Mountaineering Community
Davao City, Philippines

*Vice-Chairman for Eco-Tourism ( 2008-2019)
Sta. Cruz Council for Tourism Culture And Arts
Sta. Cruz,Davao del Sur, Philippines

Kindly contact us via  mail, call, WhatsApp or SMS through :
  • Mobile Number
  • Whatsapp
  • Viber
  • +63 998 9502558 (Smart)
  • +63 917  5560499 (Globe)

28 Responses to Your Guide

  1. Carlos --

    Whenever we receive inquiries from visitors of our website ( who are looking for highland adventures, we never hesitate to refer him to Albert.

    Albert, congratulations on your new website! This is absolutely a big help for anyone looking to conquer the majestic Mount Apo.

    And if you are that adventurous soul who wanted to commune with Davao’s might mountain, you know whom to get in touch with. Let Albert Gabriel be your guide — you’ll be in good hands!

  2. Vince -

    Kudos bro on you new website!!

    Keep it up… Be a No. 1 guide. 🙂

  3. kaz clarke

    i am in davao may 2013, want to do mt Apo in 2/3 days no slower.
    can you fit me in?

  4. Benj

    keep it up sir. you and you’re team are very great! we had fun and enjoyed every moment in apo kudos to you
    ps please add a like like in facebook so we could promote you.

  5. Adrian Abenes

    Thank you Sir Albert for the wonderful experience!

    Mt. Apo
    March 15-17, 2013
    Via Sibulan – Kidapawan Traverse Trail

  6. lotis

    Sir Albert was our guide in Mt. Apo last April 2012. A very cool guy, professional, accomodating and fun to be with. Thank you for keeping us safe during the climb Sir. Nice photos btw. God bless.

    Highly recommended:)

  7. Rachel Vidmar

    Hello Engr. ALBERT C. GABRIEL,
    My husband and I are American teachers living in China.
    We are traveling to the Philippines for the Winter, and climbing Mt. Apo is on our must-do list!
    We would like to book a tour for the first or second week of February, 2014. Do you have availability?
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Rachel and Benjamin

  8. Eva

    Hi gwapo!
    It was an amazing trip this weekend!
    Thanks a lot for the guidance and wonderful moments at Mt Apo.
    For sure, will come back soon for the long 4-days hike or Boulder Race…
    If you are in Manila, don’t hesitate to contact me!
    I cannot offer such a nature trip but an alternative urban Manila trip 😉

  9. Elmer Relente

    Hi Albert,

    The climb we just had, May1-3, 2014, to Mt. Apo has been that exciting, memorable and rewarding because of your support, sharing, and wisdom. You are truly gifted to bridge enthusiasts, environment advocates and adventurous people to achieve their dreams.

    The climb to me is personal. A wish come true. A truly emotional activity that can make me say ‘at last’!

    Please continue and spread the “good news”.

    • Gabo'

      Sir Elmer,

      It was my honor sir to be with you on the climb of your life which was long overdue ,,but Congratulations you really made it.


  10. Nikki Lou

    Hi Mr. Albert!

    Before I send you the long version of my account, just want to say thanks to you and your group especially Roy for making our wish to scale our country’s highest, come true. The climb last April 10-12 was blessed with cooperative weather and a most amazing sunrise seen from the summit of the country’s highest. Truly I thank God for leading me to your site and your group. More power!

  11. karin


    My name is Karin. I will travel to the Phillipine Islands in Nov. this year. Me and my cousine would like to go on a guided tour on Mt Apo. Can you offer a tour between Nov. 8th and Nov. 22nd?

    What gear do we need for this tour?
    (Btw. it didn’t work via your contact site)

    Thanks for your help and kind regards,

  12. Ramir Reamico

    Hi, can you give us a quote on a hiking trip to Mt. Apo. There will be a total of 2 going. The trip is going to start July 14 to July 18. Thanks!

    • Gabo'

      Hello Ramir,
      Below are the details far a climb of 2 Pax:

      Package Cost: P 6,500.00 each

      Package Inclusion:

      • Permit to Climb and Exit Fee
      • Climb Certificate
      • Guide Fee
      · Equipment Rentals for Tent, Sleeping Bag, Trekking Pole, Mess Kit and Stove with fuel
      • Meals for the duration of the Climb (dinner on the 1st Day Up to Lunch on Day 3)
      • Porter Fee for the Food and Staff in the Package
      * 1 Night Hotel Accommodation ( DCounter Executive Dormitel)
      • Mt. Apo souvenir T-Shirt

      * If You hire 1 personal porter to carry your personal things additional P 2,000.00 for the whole duration of the climb.


      * Please be reminded to do some jogging and stretching at least 30 minutes a day 2 weeks
      before the climb to be fit
      • Pls be informed that the temperature could drop to 1 degrees so kindly prepare appropriate layering ( Fleece and Jacket)
      that could withstand to that temperature to get warm.
      Kindly bring rain coat or poncho since it might rain within the day of our climb, hopefully well
      have a good weather.
      • And dont forget to bring trail food for you to nibble while Trekking

      * Also please Bring the following:
      1. Bonnet /head gear
      3.personal Meds
      4.gloves for trekking( construction gloves with rubber coating is recommended)
      5. Flashlight/torch
      7. Trail Foods( Chocolate, biscuits and etc)
      8. Water Bottle (at least 1 Liter)

      Meal Plan:

      Day 1

      Dinner : Sinigang Baboy with Rice /Iced Tea

      Day 2
      Break Fast: Luncheon Meat with Rice with HOt Choco/ Tea/ Coffee
      Lunch: Adobo with Rice
      Dinner: Pasta on Tomato sauce with Tuna and Iced tea

      Day 3
      Break Fast: Corned Beef with Rice with HOt Choco/ Tea/ Coffee
      Lunch: Canned Tuna On Rice


      July 15,2015 Day 1
      5:00 AM Meet at GSIS Landbank
      5:15 am ETD for Jump off point at Sitio Baruring via Digos-Kapatagan Road (Bus and Motorcycle))
      7:10am ETA Kapatagan, Buy Pack Lunch and have breakFast
      7:30am Depart for Baruring
      8:00am ETA Baruring (1,141 MASL) Start Trekking
      8:30pm ETA Colan
      9:00am ETA Tumpis
      Lunch On the Trail
      3:00PM ETA Tinikaran camp2
      3:45pm Pitch tent, dinner
      08:00pm Lights Off

      July 16,2015 Day 2
      04:45am Wake Up Call
      05:00am Prepare breakfast/packed lunch and fetch water
      7:00am Ascend Summit via Boulders ,Mini Rock Tower, Gabroq E-Camp ,
      Botoy”s Ridge or 87 degrees)
      Lunch on the trail
      3:00PM ETA Summit(Davao Side , 2,920Masl)
      04:00pm Pitch tent,
      5:15PM Peak Hopping and sunset watching
      6:30PM dinner
      08:00pm Lights Off

      July 17,2015 Day 3
      04:45am Wake Up Call
      05:00am Peak Hopping and Experience sunrise at peak
      07:00am Prepare breakfast/packed lunch and fetch water
      08:30am Break camp and back to Baruring via Boulders, Tinikaran Camp 1 & 2 & Tumpis. Lunch on trail
      04:00pm ETA Tumpis
      05:00pm ETA Baruring
      05:45pm ETA Kapatagan.
      9:00pm ETA Davao.

      To Confirm your booking po, a deposit of P 1,000.00 each is needed to cover the permit and other expenses.
      You can send your deposit on this Bank Info:

      Recipient Name: ALBERT C. GABRIEL
      Recipient Contact Number: 0998 9799880
      Recipient Address: Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
      Recipient Bank Account Number: 3260072181
      Recipient Bank Branch Name: BDO Quirino Branch, Davao City

      or you can send it through Western Union

      A confirmation mail will sent to you once you make the deposit and Application forms will be emailed to you to fill-up.
      Also, a medical cert is needed for you to submit upon during your briefing here in Davao together with the package balance.

      Kindly send an e-mail or text me on
      this mobile no. +63 917 556 0499/ +63 0998 9799880 for more inquiries and clarifications.


  13. Allan and Dom

    Hi Engr. Albert. Thank you very much for guiding us in climbing Mt. Apo. You presented us the mountain with enthusiasm for us to appreciate it very well. ” Dili jud nako ni makalimtan na experience kuya. Ganahan nako mulaag mo explore ug laing lugar. Salamat kaayo kuya Albert”. Allan from Maco, ComVal

    From my side, i would like to thank you a lot, Albert, you are professional guide, you enjoy the mountain and you know how to transfert your enthousiasm and experience to your guests. I have still some “pamaol” ‘3 days after but this is “good” pain due to the effort i did. I will recommend you to the friends from my country who like doing trekking…
    Dominique from France

  14. Al

    Great Guide!

    He caters to your every needs, including personal stuff.
    Salamat Sir!

  15. Miss Free Spirit

    Sir Albert is gifted with courage, smartness, intelligence, enthusiasm, confidence and bravery and Im looking forward for more adventure climb with him. Thank you to you and to your team especially kuya Nonoy for helping me reach my dream birthday. More power to all of you guys!

    • Gabo'

      Maam Hankie,

      It was a pleasure to bring you up to Mt. Apo specially that it was your Birth day climb and you great the day with an awesome Sunrise.
      God Bless you po,,,


  16. Era

    Hi Sir Albert! thank you for guiding us all- through out our trek to Mt. Apo last Dec 27-29, 2015, no matter how slow-paced I was during the climb, still I was able to climb the roof of the Philippines. Extend my best regards to the rest of your team. That won’t be my last climb to Mt. Apo, for sure! So, see you on my next climb!

    • Gabo'


      It was my pleasure to be of service po,, hope to see you soon,,
      Waiting for your article po,,hehehehe.


  17. Mel

    Hai there sir albert, were planning to climb mt apo this coming year can u help us in the tour???plz reply

    • Gabo'


      Good day.. yes I am very much willing to help you po.
      Kindly contact me on my mobile 09175560499/09989502558 by SMS or whatsapp for futher details po.


  18. Mun

    Hi, How do i contact your team to join one of the scheduled hikes?

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