This marker on the way to the Underground River shows the position of Mount Cleopatra’s Needle with other peaks in the area.
Image: Isabella Quilantang
The name of Mt. Cleopatra’s Needle
is derived from the obelisk-shaped rock on its summit. For this Palawan adventure
, you can see many wonders, with much unique flora and fauna that can be found along the way. This hiking spot in Palawan has a difficulty level of 7/9 and a height of 1,593 MASL.
For your hiking in Palawan, Mt. Cleopatra is accessible via its drop-off points in Barangay Concepcion in Puerto Princesa, and the journey back and forth can take up to four days. The trek in this hiking spot in Palawan has been described as a “challenging hike” with river crossings and large boulders that will be encountered along the way. On clear days, the summit has a view of Puerto Princesa City and the surrounding Sulu Sea, West Philippine Sea, and Honda Bay.
Other than beaches and islands, Palawan is also home to mountains just waiting to be explored. Caution and preparedness, however, must be observed. Be aware of malaria mosquitoes when you plan to go to these hiking spots in Palawan, as they are still dangerous, especially in mountainous areas. Moreover, remember to be culturally appropriate and respectful, as almost all of the peaks in Palawan are inhabited by indigenous people. Lastly, be a responsible mountaineer and always keep Mother Nature in mind.
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This article was initially published in Yoorekka on January 16, 2019.
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