The Cordilleras and the Sierra Madre are just two of the Philippine mountain ranges. There are many more, and all are equally worth discovering. This category is about the mountain ranges of the Philippines. This category has only the following subcategory.
The following 11 pages are in this category, out of 11 total. This list may not reflect recent changes. There are 3142 named mountains in the Philippines. The highest and most prominent mountain is Mount Apo.
If you're looking for a hike that's a little more challenging, but still good for a beginner climber, check out the mountain. You will start your hike from the beach and pass through tropical forests, different rock formations and small streams. There's a small shop halfway up the trail where you can take a break and drink buko juice, and even if the top itself doesn't have the best views, the breeze is fantastic. When you're back down, head straight to the beach for a refreshing and well-deserved swim.
The next highest mountain on our list is a little more difficult, so make sure you have enough experience before trying to tackle it. The peak of Mariveles is Pantingan Peak, the highest point in Bataan, and it is also known for the Tarak Ridge, which dominates Manila Bay. Pantingan, on the other hand, offers a view of the inactive mountain. The Mariveles crater and its surrounding peaks.
The trail will take you through a wooded cover and grassy slopes and, towards the end, it will be a bit steep, but the view of the mountain range is worth it. If there is an iconic skyline in the Philippines, it is that of the mountain. Mayon, the volcano with the almost perfect cone shape. While many will be pleased to see it from afar, adventure lovers can get up close and personal with the most active volcano in the country.
The trail will take you through forests, pastures, and rock outcrops, where you'll see the effects of Mayon eruptions on the landscape, and the view from the top is stunning. Make sure you prepare properly and that you contact PHIVOLCS before planning your excursion. Pulag is home to the sea of clouds, a reward for any climber who takes a slow walk to the top. Luzon's highest peak is also home to some of the most emblematic and beautiful views of Philippine mountaineering, and has also been called “the playground of the gods”.
The most common and easiest trail for the occasional climber is the Ambangeg trail, but there are less crowded but equally impressive trails, such as Akiki or Vizcaya. Be prepared for incredibly cold weather, which can sometimes reach zero or below zero temperatures. Apo is often considered to be the “last challenge” for Filipino mountaineers before they start trying to climb higher mountains in other countries. There are several trails to reach the top of the mountain.
Apo, but perhaps the two best known are the Kidapawan Trail from North Cotabato, which has tropical forests and hot springs, and the Kapatagan Trail in Davao, which has a more rocky and volcanic approach. The Kidapawan-Kapatagan trip spans two provinces and the highest mountain in the Philippines, and any climber worth their salt will want to cross it off their bucket list. Despite defending their ancestral lands, they have little power to oppose the overwhelming power of huge military-backed corporations that benefit from the devastation of the mountains. At the top of the mountain there are communication towers and several barracks equipped with electricity.
Because of their fervent love for their land and freedom, and their skill in mountain warfare, the Igorots are one of only two villages in the Philippines that were never colonized by the Spanish (the others are the Moors of Mindanao). The mountain overlooks the city of Manila, across Manila Bay, providing an impressive backdrop for sunsets as seen from the city. The indigenous peoples of the mountain range, who have lived in the mountains for generations, are slowly being expelled or even eradicated. Deep in its mountains, there are vast gold veins and immense deposits of other precious metals, making the Cordilleras the main mining district in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, mining and quarrying have devastated sections of the mountain range and surrounding land, leaving several mountains scarred, almost level and devoid of their former green cover; rivers and waterways were drowned and poisoned; and the former fertile farmland has ceased to be arable. Meanwhile, south of the Caraballo mountain range, the extensive Central Luzon plain extends into cities clustered around Manila Bay and beyond. However, others are remote and far away, and are very difficult to reach, such as the Diwata and Daguma mountains in Mindanao or the Mantalingahan mountain range in Palawan. The Cagayan River emerges from the mountain range, which crosses the Cagayan Valley, gathering the waters of small streams, springs, rivers and other tributaries, until it grows in width, depth and strength, becoming the wide and powerful torrent known as the longest river in the Philippines.
However, its isolated location and difficult passages to its summit mean that only experienced mountaineers can witness the hidden wonders of the mountain. The best thing about hiking the mountain range is seeing rare species of animals and plants, such as orchids, brown deer and cloud rats. The Diwata Mountains are one of the least known mountain ranges in the Philippines; not much of it has been recorded, except that the mountain range is densely covered with forest and is home to a large number of endemic species of flowers and fauna. The mountain is a favorite of hikers and climbers, highly sought after for its landscape, cool climate and accessibility.