Rich historical culture; delicious local cuisine; authentic Filipino hospitality; breathtaking nature; and great adventures – The Philippines has it all.
When travellers think of the Philippines, the first thing that comes to mind would most probably be its 7,107 islands, the beautiful white-sand beaches and its crystal clear waters – a beach lover’s paradise.
But what some may not know is that the Pearl of the Orient is also home to some of the most stunning mountains and hiking trails, perfect for both novice hikers and experienced climbers.
A Summit For Everyone
In the Philippines, hiking is an adventure not to be missed and should always be something on your itinerary when visiting. You can choose a trail tailored to your available time, physical and technical capability as well as the sights you’d like to see on your hike.
For instance, if you’d like to catch a glimpse of the sea of clouds at sunrise, consider hiking Treasure Mountain in Tanay, Rizal. But if an active stratovolcano in the mountains is something you’d rather see, Mount Pinatubo is definitely for you.
An Abundance of Peaks
There is a wide array of hiking trails to embark on in the Philippines. Whether you’re in the Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao region, the possibilities are absolutely endless. While the number of mountains and summits are abundant here, the quality of these hikes is definitely not compromised.
Ranging from short day-hikes to treks that will take you a few days to reach the summit, there will always be a mountain for anyone and everyone.
Mt. Batulao, Batangas
Mount Batulao is a crowd favourite for rookies due its close proximity to Manila. Batulao is made up off a series of mountains and peaks, before arriving at the actual summit. The jagged mountain ranges and its steep edges are the perfect combination, giving you a slightly perilous trek as a challenge with stunning panoramic views as your reward.
Mt. Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet
Soaring at 2,926 metres above sea level, Mount Pulag is the highest peak in the Luzon region. Unlike other summits, where the weather can be extremely hot and humid, the winds are rather cool and chilly in Pulag. It has been dubbed as one of the most famous mountains in the Philippines thanks to its rich biodiversity and lush landscapes – surrounded by pine trees, moss and grass.
Mt. Sicapoo, Solsona, Ilocos Norte
Heading up north, Mount Sicapoo is the best-kept secret of Ilocos Norte – the northernmost province in the Philippines. Considered to be one of the most treacherous hiking trails in the country, hikers are required to have a significant amount of experience and technical knowledge. But despite its difficulty, the godly and magnificent view that awaits you at the top is unlike anything else.
Mt. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal
Nestled along the magnificent Sierra Madre mountain range – the longest mountain range in all of the Philippines, lies the majestic Mount Daraitan. Only a few hours from Manila, this summit makes for the perfect short trip. Before wrapping up your day, make sure to take a stop at the Tinipak river for a quick and refreshing soak. Other activities that visitors can enjoy are swimming, cliff diving, and even caving.
So, why should you hike in the Philippines? The answer is: why not? Just always remember to do your research; bring the essentials; respect the mountains, and most importantly – enjoy the climb!