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Mountaineering in the Philippines. What’s your pick?

Haven’t all of us fancied a hike up a mountain and shouting out to the world from the summit that we finally made it? The Philippines, a group of islands in South East Asia is a beach destination with beautiful islands. While that is true, if you crave to do something offbeat from what every other person has done, you should climb up the mountains in the Philippines. From hiking trails to camping overnight, you sure are in for some great mountaineering options in the Philippines. Breathing in the pure air, listening to the rustling of leaves, and waking up to a spectacular view are a given in the natural abode of the Philippines. Read on to find out more about which are the best mountains to go on that mountaineering spree that you always planned for.

Mount Tapulao

At a height of 2,037 meters, this is the tallest mountain of the ranges in the Zambales province of the Philippines. The trail to the base point can be reached via the metro, but the ascent further is quite tough. The winding path and uneven rocks tend to make you exhausted with each passing step. But once you reach the summit, all the pain and sweat is totally worth it. After a trek of about 24 hours, a magnificent view of the mountain’s pine forests will greet you.

Mount Tapulao
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Mount Pulag

The third highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Pulag will embrace you in its cold arms as you hike up. The trek takes around 2 days to complete because the bus ride to the mountain base itself takes close to 8 hours. Following this, the hike up to the mountain peak will take another 5 or 6 hours. Make sure you take some warm clothing with you since the mountain is known for its chilly temperatures. The view that greets you the morning after is sure to give you goosebumps!

Mount Pulag summit
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Mount Apo

Mount Apo is a precious gem among all the mountains of the Philippines, and it is undoubtedly every mountaineer’s dream to climb up to this iconic peak. The mountain is also known as Apo Sandawa and is a dormant volcano. The total duration of the trek for both ascent and descent might take up to 3 or 4 days depending on the weather conditions and also how long you take to climb. It might be a tough one to crack amidst the rugged terrain.

View from the top of Mount Apo
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Mount Makiling

This is a hot favourite among the mountains of the Philippines. This place is known for its rich vegetation and hilly terrain which makes the place very scenic to hike. You can take a metro ride to the base point and then go on a hike to the peak of Mount Makiling. But mind you this hike isn’t going to be a simple one. Be prepared for multiple twists and turns in this hike. Even though it is a short hike compared to others, pull up your socks, and push yourself. The view from the summit is not going to disappoint you!

View from the top of Mount Makiling
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Mount Maculot

For the faint-hearted, Mount Maculot is a welcome change. No rugged terrains to cross over, no never-ending trails and you get to reach the peak within a couple of hours. You can take a metro to the base point and within a span of 2 or 3 hours, you are on top! A fantastic view greets you on top. The Taal Volcano, which is among the most active volcanos in the world and the adjoining Taal Lake will stand tall in all its grandeur. The skyline of the adjoining town of Batangas can also be seen from here. The best part is that you can even see Mount Makiling from up here! An all-in-one package don’t you think?

View from the top of Mount Maculot
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Useful Tips to Remember


This is of utmost importance during any hike. If you don’t have the right kind of footwear, you will be exhausted even before the hike begins. Make sure you wear a good pair of sports shoes or shoes with spikes for better grip. Keep a spare pair with you in case the ones you have put on wear out.


The weather in the mountains can vary and it is important to be prepared for all kinds of weather. You definitely don’t want it to play spoilsport on your hiking plans just because you didn’t carry the right set of clothes with you. Keep sweaters and gloves handy in case of cold weather and even raincoats or wind sheeters for extra protection.

Food and Stay

If you are a first-timer, this should be on top of your priority list before venturing out on any hike. Carry enough water for yourself on the trail and some mini snacks to consume along the way. Keep glucose or chocolates handy as well, as the sugar levels in your body tend to drop at times as you hike up further to the peak. As far as the stay is considered, you will have to be prepared for a tent stay, so make sure you are well equipped with good quality of tents.

Now that you have your choices of mountains to hike in front of you, what’s your pick? Or do you want to go mountaineering over them all! Well, if your answer is yes, you have to start planning your vacation to the Philippines right away! Need assistance? Fret not, we at Pickyourtrail cannot wait to provide you with the best deals. Log onto for some amazing Philippines Trip packages. Happy Hiking!

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