Mount Apo: The Highest Mountain in the Philippines
Updated as of April 8, 2021
Mount Apo is hailed as the highest mountain in the Philippines, with an elevation of 9692 ft. above sea water level, making it a must-see paradise for tourists and backpacker who visits Davao.
Towering over the vast expanse of the southern tip of Mindanao island, and bordering over the mountain edges of Davao city, this majestic peak is considered to be one of the most sought after climbing destinations in Asia.
Mount Apo’s several attraction areas include water falls, rapid lakes, primeval trees, endangered plants, geysers, and “wild boar” if lucky enough to see one.
To go to Mount Apo, from the Davao Airport, hire a taxi to Gaisano Mall and tell them to bring you to the van terminal going to Kidapawan. Travel time is 3 hours and will cost you around P150, one way. Before you go on your first day of hike, make sure to drop by Kidapawan Tourism Office and get your climbing permit. There will be briefing you about the rules and regulation that might come in handy on your climb.
The usual climb duration when taking the Kidapawan Trail is 3 days, 2 nights. Just make sure you have an extra cash because climbing fee will cost you not more than P4000.
Climbing Mount Apo and catching the sun rise will be a sure memorable experience for first-timers and returning ones as well.