Are you tired of the city life? Have you had enough of the gorgeous beaches? Then maybe its about time to try something new. Maybe you should try your luck at climbing mountains. I know that it can be intimidating at first, but it’s very rewarding experience once you know that you have conquered that mountain.
Hiking is a full-on experience. It can be psychically and mentally tiring, but it’s definitely worth all the sweat once you’ve accomplished it. Have I done a good job convincing you to climb a mountain? If I have convinced you enough then stick a while because we’re listing here some of the best mountains to climb all over Philippines.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Maculot by CJ52411
Mt. Maculot is located at Cuenca, Batangas. The mountain rises 930 meters above seawater and it is popular amongst first timers and experience hikers alike. The draw here is hiking 3 hours to reach one of the summits that have a 360 view of the Taal Lake, and once you descend and go back to civilization you can eat the famous Batangas lomi that is served all around the town.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mount Pinatubo by iamagenious
Mount Pinatubo is located near Tarlac, Zambales and Pampanga; Mount Pinatubo is a popular hiking place for the locals and tourist that has visited it. The mountain possesses beauty unlike any others; the lake is a thing to behold too. The locals there offer tours across the mountain. The hike’s friendly to beginners too.
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Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Kanlaon by mercado
This mountain is located at Negros and it is one of the most gorgeous and scenic mountains in the country. It is also the highest and most active volcano in the region of Visayas. The mountain offers natural gardens, mini forests and hot springs and once you start the climb, you’ll see a range of craters, cones, sulphuric vents and caves on the trail. The climbing difficulty of the mountain is hard, so be sure to prepare for it properly.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Pico de Lori by chaolonglover
Mt. Pico De Loro is located in Cavite and it is one of the more popular mountains that most Manila inhabitants visit. The draw in this mountain is the beautiful and interesting rock formations that you can see while hiking the place. This mountain is good for beginners because it’s not too steep unlike the other mountains. Once you reach the summit, hikers will be faced with monolith, a tall rock which is climbable using ropes. Once you climb it you’ll be rewarded with a scenic view of surrounding volcanoes, beaches and forests in the area.
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Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Pico de Lori by george_reyes
Mt. Makiling is situated in Los Banos, Laguna. It’s an easy climb and will take you and your friends just 4 – 5 hours to climb it and 3 hours to descend. This mountain is popular also to bikers, climbers, bird watchers and campers. The mountain rises 1,090 meters above sea level and it is actually an inactive volcano.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Pico de Lori by rjabalosIII
Mt. Guiting-Guiting is located in Romblon, this mountain is heralded as the country’s ultimate mountaineering experience. The mountain rises 2,057 meters above sea level and the time to climb the summit is 5 hours, the difficulty level of the mountain is very hard so you should be really prepared when taking it on. The mountain has dangerous terrain and riddled with jagged rocks and some wild animals to see while hiking.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Pico de Lori by TomFalcon
Mt Mayon is located in Bicol. This mountain is one of the most active volcanoes in the country. You don’t need a permit to climb it but you still have to make sure to check in with the authorities in Legazpi and double check with PHIVOLCS to make sure it’s safe to climb the mountain. The mountain has a very iconic cone shape that makes it well know throughout the country. Its height is 2363 meters and the difficulty is challenging.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Mt Pico de Lori by P199
Mt. Mariveles is located in Bagac, Bataan. This used to be a battlefield, talk about historic. The battle that was fought here was during WW2 when American and Filipino soldiers defended against the Japanese forces. Now it’s a peaceful place to hike, it takes 2-3 hours to climb in to the summit and once there you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the beaches of Bataan, the South China Sea, the Corregidor Islands and Mount Pico de Loro.
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