Mountain Climbing

If you have a passion for heights and adrenaline rush, then mountain climbing is the best for you this summer in Philippines. Mountain climbing takes more than just courage to discover different mountain terrains in the country. You need good climbing gear, a healthy body, and the will to face unexpected change of weather conditions until you reach the summit. Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind. Only a few people get to appreciate this activity because climbing any mountain is a very difficult activity. Aside from struggling and reaching the peak, you have to carry loads of other things to survive such as climbing gear, cooking utensils, food, your tent, and water.  You also need a good pair of hiking shoes and backpack. Most of all, you must learn the basic survival skills coz you never know what happens when you are up there. The person who loves to climb mountains is usually referred to as a mountaineer.

Mountain range in PH

 

 

Popular Mountain Destinations in Philippines

  1. Mount Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas – Around 2 – 3 hours bus ride from Metro Manila, this mountain is ideal for beginners who just want to have a relatively easy and refreshing hike.
  2. Mount Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas – It’s a 3 to 4 hour hike along open windy trails, with nice views and mountain landscapes. This can also be day hiked or camped overnight and is good for beginners.
  3. Mount Pulag in Benguet – this is the coldest mountain in the Philippines, where sometimes temperatures go down to -5 degrees Celsius during the evening and dawn. Views of the mountain’s so called “Mossy Forests,” “Grasslands,” and the “Sea of Clouds”. Awaiting at the summit during sunrise are a few of the highlights, and it is the country’s third highest mountain.
  4. Mount Makiling in Laguna – The trail in this mountain is heavily vegetated, where one should go over or crawl under fallen logs and navigate through dense vegetation composed of thorny rattan plants. Blood leeches (locally known as limatik) abound in this mountain but only during the rainy season.
  5. Mount Tapulao in Iba, Zambales – Mountaineers fondly call this mountain “The Long and Endless Road,” referring to the seemingly endless hike with an average of 12 to 14 hours going up to the summit alone
  6. Mount Apo, Davao Del Sur– the highest mountain in the Philippines, and is the grandfather of Philippine mountains. Climbing Mount Apo is every Filipino mountaineer’s dream. With its so-called “Mossy Forests,” “The Boulders,” the extinct crater, the “Lake Venado” (which is the highest lake in the country) and the summit itself, this mountain’s breathtaking landscapes are truly a sight to behold.
  7. Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite– If you are interested in getting unusual animals and plants, this mountain has a considerable supply of exotic flora and fauna.
  8. Mount Daguldol, Batangas – There’s a golf course-like summit that will surely give you fewer struggles and more comfort upon reaching the top, it is good for beginners.
  9. Mount Ugu, Benguet – beautiful scenery and spectacular views awaits everyone who wishes to reach the summit of this mountain.
  10. Mount Pinatubo, Zambales – This once active volcano has gained popularity because the caldera formed and Lake Pinatubo has since become a tourist attraction.

Beautiful Mountain Ranges

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