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Top 6 Hiking Destinations in the Philippines in 2018

It’s time to head outdoors!

By: Patricia Marie Prado | April 29, 2018

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Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

When you mention summer to anyone who craves for it, they would usually answer back with a refreshing trip to the beach. Summer’s always been about the sand, sun, and soothing waves.

But if you’re the adventurous type who prefers an active vacation, you’d probably want to pencil down hiking on your itinerary. It’s a challenging and tiring activity, but the impact to your physical and mental well-being is astounding.

If you don’t know where to begin your hiking adventures this summer, then worry not! We asked our readers about their favorite mountain destinations, and the results are in. Read on and see the top hiking destinations in the Philippines for 2018!


6. Mt. Maynoba

Where: Sta. Ines Road, Antipolo, Rizal


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

No need to travel far to experience a sea of clouds!

Image: Robert Angelo Lim

Starting our list of top hiking destinations in the country off is Mt. Maynoba in Antipolo, Rizal. Mt. Maynoba is among the newest trails in the country, recently opening its doors to the public just some two years ago. The mountain is generally rated a 3/10 in terms of difficulty, which means you can hike to the peak in a matter of hours.

Mt. Maynoba is one of the nearest peaks from Metro Manila, and it’s where you can experience a sea of clouds and the view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges once atop the summit. Upon descent, you’ll also get to enjoy eight majestic waterfalls where you can take a quick dip before finishing your trek.


5. Mt. Daraitan

Where: Tanay, Rizal


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Enjoy this majestic view at Mt. Daraitan.

Image: Arnie Thinks

Another gem in Rizal, and occupying the fifth spot on our list is Mt. Daraitan. Just like Mt. Maynoba, Mt. Daraitan also offers a scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and, if you hike early enough, there’s also a huge chance you’d get to marvel at a stunning sea of clouds. Its difficulty is rated 4/10, which makes it a relatively manageable climb that you can finish within the day.

Upon descent you’ll also pass by Tinipak River, a clean and free-flowing river where you can take a quick refresher after a day of hike.


4. Mountain View and Mt. Ulap



The two hiking destinations that tied on the fourth spot are Mountain View in Dingalan, Aurora, and Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet.


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

A quick hike at Mountain View and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Batanes.

Image: Feby Opelac

The province of Aurora is most recognized for the numerous tourist destinations in the municipality of Baler, but Dingalan is also a beauty just waiting to be discovered. To truly experience and appreciate Dingalan, hiking through Mountain View all the way to the Lighthouse should be your top priority. Once you reach the view deck, you’ll be welcomed by a gorgeous view of a lush green meadow, rolling hills, and a sight of the Pacific Ocean.


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Make sure to take lots of photos when you stop by Gungal rock in Mt. Ulap.

Image: @find_russel

Mt. Ulap may be a bit far from Manila, but if you truly want to escape the city’s heat, it should be worth all the trouble. The mountain’s gotten a difficulty rating of 4/10, making it another undemanding hike. Going to Itogon, you will also pass by three peaks, namely Ambanao Paoay Peak, Gungal Peak, and then Mt. Ulap. Hiking Mt. Ulap became a famous destination because of its hiking trail dotted with pine trees, and its picturesque view of the Cordilleras.




3. Mt. Apo and Mt. Talamitam



hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Witness this view when you conquer the highest peak in the country.

Image: @kellexlaw

Another tie between two mountains made it on the third spot and they are Mt. Apo in Davao City and Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Dubbed as the grandfather of Philippine mountains, Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the country with a height of 2,956 meters above sea level. The mountain is definitely not for beginners as it requires at least three to four days of hiking. But along this long journey, you’ll be immersed in rich foliage, beautiful landscapes, and the view of three cities: Davao City, Digos City, and Kidapawan City.


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Not much shade can be found in Mt. Talamitam, but it’s still a beauty.

Image: Feby Opelac

Mt. Talamitam, on the other hand, is a much easier hike than Mt. Apo and would only take a few hours to complete. Although it is considered an easy hike, Mt. Talamitam still poses its own challenges as no trees are available in the area, thereby hindering you from resting under a shade during your hike. There’s also a steep ascent to its peak that makes the hike all the more challenging.


2. Mt. Batulao

Where: Nasugbu, Batangas


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Witness nature’s best while walking the trails of Mt. Batulao.

Image: Ichigo Olaivar

Mt. Batulao landed on the second spot on our list, a clear runner-up and it’s no surprise why. Mt. Batulao is famous among hikers for its proximity to Metro Manila and its relatively easy trail, which can be conquered within a day. It also offers a jaw-dropping view of mountain ranges as well as a profile of the city of Batangas once you reach its peak.

Mt. Batulao is also known for its two trails, namely the Old and New Trail. Both trails offer different challenges and make your second or third climb well worth it.




1. Mt. Pulag

Where: Cordillera Central
Voter’s comment:
“Because Mt. Pulag is a majestic mountain that rewards its visitors with a phenomenal sea of rolling clouds and a heart stopping view.”-Victor Sajulga


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Wake up under a sea of clouds at Mt. Pulag.

Image: @felixocta

The most preferred hiking destination in the country is Mt. Pulag. Undeniably one of the most well-known mountains in the country, Mt. Pulag is the third highest peak in the country and the highest one in Luzon. It became popular for its majestic sea of clouds that never fails to attract a large number of tourists and hikers.

Unfortunately, a recent fire incident damaged a huge part of the mountain, which led officials to close the Akiki Trail for a time. The trail is open now, but hikers are enjoined to practice the Leave No Trace principles during their trek. Meanwhile, the management is implementing stricter rules to ensure everyone’s safety.


Now that you know the best hiking destinations in the Philippines, it’s time to pack your bags and head outdoors! But remember to be a responsible hiker. When amidst nature, keep in mind the famous advice, “Kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, keep nothing but memories.” Happy hiking!


Did your favorite mountain make the list? Let us know in the comments section!
Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

When you mention summer to anyone who craves for it, they would usually answer back with a refreshing trip to the beach. Summer’s always been about the sand, sun, and soothing waves.

But if you’re the adventurous type who prefers an active vacation, you’d probably want to pencil down hiking on your itinerary. It’s a challenging and tiring activity, but the impact to your physical and mental well-being is astounding.

If you don’t know where to begin your hiking adventures this summer, then worry not! We asked our readers about their favorite mountain destinations, and the results are in. Read on and see the top hiking destinations in the Philippines for 2018!


6. Mt. Maynoba

Where: Sta. Ines Road, Antipolo, Rizal


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

No need to travel far to experience a sea of clouds!

Image: Robert Angelo Lim

Starting our list of top hiking destinations in the country off is Mt. Maynoba in Antipolo, Rizal. Mt. Maynoba is among the newest trails in the country, recently opening its doors to the public just some two years ago. The mountain is generally rated a 3/10 in terms of difficulty, which means you can hike to the peak in a matter of hours.

Mt. Maynoba is one of the nearest peaks from Metro Manila, and it’s where you can experience a sea of clouds and the view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges once atop the summit. Upon descent, you’ll also get to enjoy eight majestic waterfalls where you can take a quick dip before finishing your trek.


5. Mt. Daraitan

Where: Tanay, Rizal


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Enjoy this majestic view at Mt. Daraitan.

Image: Arnie Thinks

Another gem in Rizal, and occupying the fifth spot on our list is Mt. Daraitan. Just like Mt. Maynoba, Mt. Daraitan also offers a scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and, if you hike early enough, there’s also a huge chance you’d get to marvel at a stunning sea of clouds. Its difficulty is rated 4/10, which makes it a relatively manageable climb that you can finish within the day.

Upon descent you’ll also pass by Tinipak River, a clean and free-flowing river where you can take a quick refresher after a day of hike.


4. Mountain View and Mt. Ulap



The two hiking destinations that tied on the fourth spot are Mountain View in Dingalan, Aurora, and Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet.


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

A quick hike at Mountain View and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Batanes.

Image: Feby Opelac

The province of Aurora is most recognized for the numerous tourist destinations in the municipality of Baler, but Dingalan is also a beauty just waiting to be discovered. To truly experience and appreciate Dingalan, hiking through Mountain View all the way to the Lighthouse should be your top priority. Once you reach the view deck, you’ll be welcomed by a gorgeous view of a lush green meadow, rolling hills, and a sight of the Pacific Ocean.


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Make sure to take lots of photos when you stop by Gungal rock in Mt. Ulap.

Image: @find_russel

Mt. Ulap may be a bit far from Manila, but if you truly want to escape the city’s heat, it should be worth all the trouble. The mountain’s gotten a difficulty rating of 4/10, making it another undemanding hike. Going to Itogon, you will also pass by three peaks, namely Ambanao Paoay Peak, Gungal Peak, and then Mt. Ulap. Hiking Mt. Ulap became a famous destination because of its hiking trail dotted with pine trees, and its picturesque view of the Cordilleras.




3. Mt. Apo and Mt. Talamitam



hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Witness this view when you conquer the highest peak in the country.

Image: @kellexlaw

Another tie between two mountains made it on the third spot and they are Mt. Apo in Davao City and Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Dubbed as the grandfather of Philippine mountains, Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the country with a height of 2,956 meters above sea level. The mountain is definitely not for beginners as it requires at least three to four days of hiking. But along this long journey, you’ll be immersed in rich foliage, beautiful landscapes, and the view of three cities: Davao City, Digos City, and Kidapawan City.


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Not much shade can be found in Mt. Talamitam, but it’s still a beauty.

Image: Feby Opelac

Mt. Talamitam, on the other hand, is a much easier hike than Mt. Apo and would only take a few hours to complete. Although it is considered an easy hike, Mt. Talamitam still poses its own challenges as no trees are available in the area, thereby hindering you from resting under a shade during your hike. There’s also a steep ascent to its peak that makes the hike all the more challenging.


2. Mt. Batulao

Where: Nasugbu, Batangas


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Witness nature’s best while walking the trails of Mt. Batulao.

Image: Ichigo Olaivar

Mt. Batulao landed on the second spot on our list, a clear runner-up and it’s no surprise why. Mt. Batulao is famous among hikers for its proximity to Metro Manila and its relatively easy trail, which can be conquered within a day. It also offers a jaw-dropping view of mountain ranges as well as a profile of the city of Batangas once you reach its peak.

Mt. Batulao is also known for its two trails, namely the Old and New Trail. Both trails offer different challenges and make your second or third climb well worth it.




1. Mt. Pulag

Where: Cordillera Central
Voter’s comment:
“Because Mt. Pulag is a majestic mountain that rewards its visitors with a phenomenal sea of rolling clouds and a heart stopping view.”-Victor Sajulga


hiking destinations Philippines 2018

Wake up under a sea of clouds at Mt. Pulag.

Image: @felixocta

The most preferred hiking destination in the country is Mt. Pulag. Undeniably one of the most well-known mountains in the country, Mt. Pulag is the third highest peak in the country and the highest one in Luzon. It became popular for its majestic sea of clouds that never fails to attract a large number of tourists and hikers.

Unfortunately, a recent fire incident damaged a huge part of the mountain, which led officials to close the Akiki Trail for a time. The trail is open now, but hikers are enjoined to practice the Leave No Trace principles during their trek. Meanwhile, the management is implementing stricter rules to ensure everyone’s safety.


Now that you know the best hiking destinations in the Philippines, it’s time to pack your bags and head outdoors! But remember to be a responsible hiker. When amidst nature, keep in mind the famous advice, “Kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, keep nothing but memories.” Happy hiking!


Did your favorite mountain make the list? Let us know in the comments section!

author

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

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