Mountains in the Philippines maybe an aberration, exchanging an otherwise plain landscape into an uneven design of rise and fall. But they’re a good-looking aberration. Mark my words. So stunning that many a heart of mighty men – since man learned to make use of his feet – have been enchanted and captivated by their grandeur and innate beauty. Climbing them even when the dangers are well beyond controllable. For some, the higher, the more challenging, the better. Even to the point of death. Tough luck! But it may well be value it. They say mountains are the front row seats to appreciate God’s art works.
Top 10 Must Climb Mountains in the Philippines
1. MOUNT GUITING-GUITING, ROMBLON
Finally the top of the list. This is not the highest of the bunch. But its name alone, meaning “saw-toothed mountain” is certain to give you an idea why it is a top catch. A most biologically-diverse forest awaits you after a long walk to the foothills. For its level of difficulty, several mountaineers compare the experience of trekking the 87° slopes and tricky summits as staring death in the eye.
Height: 2,057 meters
Difficulty: Very Hard
How to Get There: Reach Romblon’s Sibuyan Island via passenger ship from Batangas or Roxas City or Kalibo, whichever is most accessible.
2. MOUNT KANLA-ON, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
For its attractiveness, it’s hard not to fall in love with this mountain. Perhaps the most active volcano in the Visayas, you’d certainly find its hot springs, natural gardens, mini-forests, and sulfuric vents extraordinarily astonishing. Word of caution: The mountain has ask for lives in a disastrous eruption in 1996.
Height: 2,465 meters
How to Get There: From either Dumaguete City or Bacolod, reach Wasay or Guintubdan drop-off points, via bus.
3.MOUNT APO, DAVAO DEL SUR
A prize catch indeed as Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the whole Philippine archipelago. As a dormant volcano, it has three major points and a crater that houses Lake Venado, a crystal clear offering bound to entice you to jump in. Mt. Apo requires you go complete thick forests and conquer giant boulders. But you’ll find the view at the top really a sight to behold. And if you’re in luck, meet the rare Phil. Monkey-eating Eagle to boot!
Height: 2,954 meters
How to Get There: From Davao City, proceed to Digos or Kidapawan via PUJ.
4. MOUNT KITANGLAD RANGE, BUKIDNON
This range is composed of 5 big mountains with Mount Dulang-dulang as the highest. What awaits the adventurer in you in this high mountain series are virgin jungles and unsurpassed biodiversity which includes tasty pineapples! Even Sponge Bob himself would be honored. Add to this, you have 74 avian species for your eyes to feast ( should you be lucky to find them all), Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle including. And a whole range of flora and fauna not otherwise available for a highly-ubanized city dweller.
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Height: 2,938 meters
How to Get There: Get to CDO. Then proceed to Sumilao or Lantapan, Bukidnon via PUJ.
5. MOUNT MARIVELES – TARAK RIDGE, BATAAN
When you undertaking to Mt. Mariveles, you are looking at history for these slopes are the battleground of combined American and Filipino services fighting the Japanese invaders way back in 1942. Though you may start with a long, hot trek from the foothills to the steep hills, an oasis of a river awaits you halfway up the mountain. It’s definitely worth the sweat as soon you’ll witness the scenic sights of the South China Sea to the West and a bird’s eye view of the beaches of Bataan.
Height: 1,288 meters
How to Get There: From Manila, take a bus to Mariveles, Bataan
6. MOUNT PULAG, BENGUET
As the uppermost mountain in the whole of Luzon and third highest in the whole archipelago, this mountain has been dubbed the “playground of the Gods”. Sitting in lots of Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Benguet, the mountain is home to the Igorot tribal culture. It’s a extended climb but once there stand to be amazed with a 360° view of the Cordillera, a scenic sight bound to enthrall mountaineers and hobbyists alike to visit again and again.
Height: 2,930 meters
How to Get There: From Manila, jump into a bus bound for Baguio City. Then heed towards Kabayan, Benguet via PUJ.
7. MOUNT UGU, BENGUET
A proud mountain to be found on the southern portion of the Cordilleras, Mount Ugu seized news headlines when a plane from Loakan Airport met its untimely end on the slopes of the mountain way back in 1987. People who dared the rescue only found attractiveness among the ruins and soon after the mountain has never ran out of visitors from all over the land.
Height: 2,086 meters
How to Get There: Take a bus to Baguio City from Manila. Heed to Itogon, Benguet via PUJ.
8.MOUNT PINATUBO, ZAMBALES
Uniquely built, the summit of this volcano has remained obliterated by an eruption in June of 1991 making it stand shorter from 1,745 meters to 1,486 meters. Since of this, astonishing valleys of ash and a lake has made this mountain a fave by many climbing and biking enthusiast’s calendars.
Height: 1,486 meters
How to Get There: Take a bus from Manila to Capas, Tarlac. Then proceed to Santa Juliana, then to SitioDaipili.
9. MOUNT DAGULDUL, BATANGAS
As a prized destination, Mt. Daguldulre presents an appealing offer with a beach right at the foot of the mountain. That combination alone is lethal and is bound to invite both the fun-loving mountaineer and the sun-seeking beach fanatic
Height: 670 meters
How to Get There: From Manila, take a bus to Lipa City, Batangas. Then, hire a jeepney towards Hugom, San Juan, Batangas
10. MOUNT PICO DE LORO, CAVITE
Resembling the bird part, the Spaniards entitled this as Pico de Loro, Spanish for parrot’s beak. This mountain 664 meters above sea level found at Maragondon, Cavite is home to one of the most breath-taking views from the summit. To boot, you will be in the know to never-before-seen unusual plants..
Height: 664 meters
How to Get There: Hire an FX taxi from Manila for “Magnetic Hill” at Maragandon, Cavite.