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Most Beautiful Hiking Trails in the Philippines

Updated on November 13, 2015

Lake Pinatubo


If you're looking for an easy hiking spot, then you should start to put it on your bucketlist to visit. This popular lake was formed after the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo in 1991. It is located near the boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales. Lake Pinatubo is considered as the deepest lake in the Philippines at 2,000 feet and about 56 miles away from Manila.

Because of its amazing view, many tourists are coming to visit this place, either locals or foreigners. Before hiking, they said that you should register your names first at the local authority. At the first journey, tourist are going to ride in a 4x4 vehicle. Along the road you would see a lot of lahar that was the result of the volcanic eruption which you could take a picture as it is very picturesque. After that, the hiking will start.

Seeing at this picture, your tiredness from the hike will be worth it.

I haven't been here yet but I'm so inlove with this place by just seeing the picture. I would definitely visit this place if I would have an opportunity.

What to bring:

  • sunscreen
  • crocs or something similar cause on the trail there is a small streams
  • small backpack
  • snacks
  • sunglasses
  • 3 Liters of drinking water
  • towel and extra clothes

Pico de Loro or Monolith

This is breathtaking
This is breathtaking | Source

Mount Pico de Loro or also known as Mount Palay- Palay is a dormant volcano. It is located in Maragondon, Cavite and Nagupbu, Batangas. It is the ancient features of the Bataan Arc. At the summit of Pico de Loro is a Monolith. Pico de Loro is 664 meters above sea level.

Pico de Loro is very popular for people from Manila because the spand of travel is very convenient. Hikers have an option to finish it within a day or they stay for an overnight.

Before hiking make sure to get the contact number of a rescue team.

This site is under the protection of DENR, so avoid littering on the area or even if it's not, still, let us protect the motehr nature.

What to bring:

  • sunscreen
  • hats
  • sunglasses
  • tents if you planned to stary overnight
  • foods or snacks
  • hiking shoes
  • extra clothes
  • backpack
  • drinking water
  • camera

Mount Pulag

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Sea clouds.This is a nice shot form Mount PulagGrassland summit at Mount PulagBefore the sunrise breaks.My friend  is enjoying the view.
Sea clouds.
Sea clouds. | Source
This is a nice shot form Mount Pulag
This is a nice shot form Mount Pulag | Source
Grassland summit at Mount Pulag
Grassland summit at Mount Pulag | Source
Before the sunrise breaks.
Before the sunrise breaks. | Source
My friend  is enjoying the view.
My friend is enjoying the view. | Source

Mount Pulag is rank as the 3rd most highest peak in the Philippines and the highest peak in Luzon about 2,922 meters above sea leavel. This mountain is located in Kabayan, Benguet, the northern part of the Philippines.

It is famous to hikers because of it's sea clouds and the view of Milky Way Galaxy at the dawn. During the climb, hikers will pass by a montain forest and grassland summit. Hikers are required to have n overnight to witness the magestic sunrise and sea clouds. Mount Pulag's climate is cold because of it's high elevation. Its temperature reaches negative 2 degree celcius. Mount Pulag has a 528 plant species.

There are four trails you could choose to climb the Mount Pulag: the Ambangeg, Akiki, and Tawangan trails from Benguet and the Ambaguio trail from Nueva Vizcaya which is manage by the Mount Pulag National Park, under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

What to bring:

  • Trail foods such as chocolates (to boost up your energy), fruits
  • easy to bring and eat foods for the dinner
  • Trail Water around 2Liters
  • mess kit such as plates and cups
  • tent with flysheet, groundsheet
  • headlamp with extra batteries
  • warm clothes (3 layer clothing going to summit)

  1. base layer
  2. isulating layer (example: fleece)
  3. outer shell (example: hooded wind breaker with a water proof system)
  4. bonnet and gloves
  5. trek pants
  6. warm socks and hiking shoes
  • one set of camp clothes
  • trek shoes, and sandals
  • backpack with a rain cover (because of the frequent rains in the mountain)
  • first aid and personal medications
  • trashbags
  • sunscreen, sunglasses
  • i.d card, travel voucher

Location of the Mountains

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A markerMount Pinatubo -
Mount Pinatubo, Botolan, Zambales, Philippines
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B markerMount Pulag -
Mount Pulag, Kabayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
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C markerMount Pico de Loro -
Mt. Pico De Loro, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
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    • Marabe profile image

      Marabe 2 years ago from USA

      Thank You! :)

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      Jaimie Capelin 2 years ago from Travelling

      Good hub :) I hope you get to follow your dream here one day