March 15, 2017

List of Mountains for Beginners near Manila

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  • If there’s one thing that Filipinos are into – it’s the adrenaline rush and the challenge. Such challenge includes mountain climbing as an activity that piques every Filipinos and expats interest. With the rewarding experience of witnessing breathtaking views once you reach the top of the trail, one can definitely go for a round 2.

    Here, we listed down some of the mountains you would want to climb if you’re a newbie in the hiking scene.

    1. Mt. Samat (Bataan)

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    Located in the historical province of Bataan, Mt. Samat is one of the easiest to climb, which one can actually do while riding a car, according to  Mike Abanes in an interview with

    HOW TO GO: Ride a Genesis Bus bound for Balanga, Bataan. Upon arrival, ride a jeepney bound for Cabog-Cabog which would you at the foot of Mt. Samat.

    2. Manalmon (Bulacan)

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    Rated as 2 out of 10 when it comes to difficulty, Mt. Manalmon in Bulacan only takes 40 minutes to an hour to be hiked. There are also various activities including spelunking, caving, or even cooling down in the Madlum River.

    HOW TO GO: Ride a bus bound to Cabanatuan, and get off at Kamias, San Miguel. From there, take a tricycle to the jump-off at Kamias in San Miguel.

    3. Gulugod Baboy (Anilao Batangas)

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    The mountain might sound odd for others, but this takes the name after the shape of its peak. Other hikers say that this mountain is near to perfection. You’ll also get to encounter cows and goats along the trail, and can enjoy the scenic view afterwards. Hikers can also do a sidetrip to Sombrero Island – a nearby island with a white sand beaches and pristine waters.

    HOW TO GO: Ride a Batangas bound bus and get off at the Batangas Grand Terminal. From there, ride a jeep going to Anilao and get off at the Philpan-Mabini Junction. From that area, ride a tricycle going to the registration site of Gulugod Baboy. It will cost you around P400 back and forth . But of course, don’t forget to bring an extra money and try their famous lomi.

    4. Pinatubo (Zambales)

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    Also rated as 2 out of 10 when it comes to difficulty, Mt. Pinatubo must definitely be on your bucket list to hike this summer! Although slippery at times, hikers can enjoy the immensely beautiful view of the crater called Lake Pinatubo. The water changes from blue green to deep blue depending on the season.

    HOW TO GO: From Manila, take a bus from Pasay or Cubao to Capas, Tarlac, and get off at McDonalds in Capas. From there, you can either take one of the many waiting tricycles for the 24km ride direct to the Tourism Office/Starting Point in Barangay Santa Juliana, or take a jeepney to Patling, then a tricycle to the Tourism Office/Starting Point. It will costs you less that P1000.

    5. Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas)

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    You’re probably familiar with this mountain due to its proximity in Manila. Rated as 4 out of 10 when it comes to difficulty, hikers might find it a bit challenging because of its loose soil and slippery trails. The trek offers stunning views of mountain ridges, Balayan bay, and landscape views.

    HOW TO GO THERE: Ride a DLTB bus bound for Nasugbu in Buendia Station. Get off  at Evercrest (KC Hillcrest Golf Club). Ride a tricycle or walk towards the registration point. It will cost you less than P500.

    6. Maculot (Cuenca, Batangas)

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    Here’s another mountain to climb in Batangas you might find interesting. This mountain is popular amongst campers and climbers, and only takes 2-3 hours to climb. It has been said that this is the best mountain to climb if you want to get a 360 degree view of the Taal Lake.

    HOW TO GO THERE: If you’re in Buendia or Cubao, ride a bus going to Batangas and drop off from Tambo exit.  From tambo exit, ride a jeepney goind to lemery then get off at Cuenca. From Cuenca, ride a tricycle going to the main jump off point. It will cost you around P500 back and forth .

    7. Pico de Loro (Maragondon, Cavite)

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    Famous for its monolith, Mt. Pico de Loro nestled in the peaceful province of Maragondon in Cavite, is one of the popular climbs amongst Filipinos. You’ll get to enjoy a picturesque view of surrounding waters of Batangas, nearby provinces, and mountain ridges. Continuous rugged trails, and treacherous cliffs await for first-time climbers, but it’s worth the climb!

    HOW TO GO THERE: From there, go to coastal mall and ride a bus going to Ternate, Cavite. Get off the bus station and ride a tricycle to go to the DENR Registration site. Fare will cost you less than P500.

    For beginners, it is recommended to always pack light, be mentally and physically fit. Most importantly, it’s better to climb with your friends, and have a memorable hike at the best mountains here in the Philippines.


    Sources: When In Manila,,,

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