Aside from being a magnet for beach bummers, the Philippines is also a household name when it comes to mountain climbing and hiking. With over 7,000 mountainous islands, the archipelago is surely every hiker's paradise. Trekking Philippine mountains allows hikers to explore the country's rich biodiversity.
There is a host of active volcanoes across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Hikers just need to consult a Philippine travel guide to help them get informed about the top mountain climbing sites in the country.
Here are some of the most notable mountains to conquer in the country.
Mt. Apo Davao is home to the country's highest peak, Mt. Apo. With an elevation of 9,692 feet, this majestic mountain serves as a sanctuary for more than 270 bird species. In 1936, then President Manuel Quezon declared Mt. Apo a national park to preserve its rich biodiversity. Experts said scaling Mt. Apo is not a technical one. It would take up to five days to conquer Mt. Apo depending on your pace.
Mt. Kitanglad Mt. Kitanglad is one of the premier hiking destinations in the Philippines, which is known for its astonishing attractions, exquisite events, and colorful festivals. Located in Bukidnon in Mindanao, this inactive volcano has an elevation of 9,511 feet. It is home to various flora and fauna species, including unusual mossy plants, brown deer, and cloud rats. Last year, Mt. Kitanglad was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park.
Mt. Dulang-Dulang Dulang-Dulang is the second-highest mountain in the Philippines at 9,639 feet above sea level. Considered sacred by local folks, this mountain in Bukidnon is home to more than 50 mammal species such as squirrels, monkeys, flying lemurs, and wild boars. Scaling Mt. Dulang-Dulang is logistically challenging, according to expert climbers. So it is best to consult local climbers and be equipped with travel information about the mountain.