Top 7 highest mountains in the Philippines to add to your bucket list
Spread amongst the seven thousand plus islands which make up the Philippines are tropical beaches, warm weather, friendly locals and historical highlights which culminate to attract tourists from all over the globe. To make things even more appealing is the fact that the Philippines is also home to a wide range of tall mountains where you can find some of the best wildlife in the country.
If you are heading out there and looking for the highest mountain in the Philippines, then be sure to check out any of the following 7:
1- Mount Apo
Mount Apo earns its spot as the tallest mountain in the country but it is also largest solfataric mountain. Situated on Mindanao, this gigantic mountain with an elevation of 9,692 feet is known for its height as well as the 272 species of birds which call it home. Mount Apo is also culturally significant for the indigenous communities which inhabit the region including Tagacaol, Ubos and Bagobo. It has a tropical climate so if you are visiting, bring appropriate attire as you will most likely run into rain.
2- Mount Dulang Dulang
Mount Dulang-Dulang is the second highest peak in the country and boasts an elevation of 9,639 feet. The mountain can be found in the northern part of Bukidnon on Mindanao island. What makes Dulang unique is the abundance of flora and fauna. The trail is covered in lush rainforest which makes the hike a pleasant one, and the mountain is home to 58 species of mammals. Dulang is also home to indigenous communities and is said to be a sacred place by Lantapan of the Talaandig tribe.
Mounta Pulag is the third tallest mountain of the Philippines and Luzon’s highest, coming in with an elevation of 9,587 feet above sea level. The mountain is known for the lush clouds which are always about as well as stunning views of the Milky Way galaxy which has become a popular attraction for tourists. The mountain is so beautiful that it was officially turned into a national park in 1987 in an effort to protect the vast number of diverse wildlife which inhabit its lands.
Kitanglad mountain range is the fourth highest in the country and covers large regions of the northern province of Bukidnon. Hikers will love the lush rainforest which covers the range as well as the diversity in the local wildlife. Due to its sheer beauty and natural abundance, it is also protected by way of Presidential Proclamation.
Mount Kalatungan is also part of the mountain ranges in the Bukidnon province although much smaller as the elevation comes in at 2,880 meters above sea level making it the 5th tallest in the Philippines. Walking around and seeing the abundance of open green, it is hard to believe you are still in the Philippines. Due to its size and accessibility, Mount Kalatungan is one of the more visited mountains by tourists.
Mount Taboyoc is the 6th largest mountain in the country and the second largest in Luzon. The trail is largely made up of mossy rainforest and hikers will need to walk across an open and bare landscape which is one of the most beautiful aspects of the entire trip.
Mount Timbak is far more accessible for the less experienced climbers but it is also one of the most beautiful. You can easily complete the trail in about half an hour and be rewarded with gorgeous views of the surrounding rice paddies and the communities that inhabit the region. You will also enjoy the lush vegetation which grows out there.
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