Click to see/hide the rest of this post.
Highest Mountains in the Philippines
Elevation: 2,954 m (9,692 ft)
Mount Apo is a large solfataric potentially active stratovolcano on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, at altitude 2,954 metres (9,692 ft). It is the highest mountain in the country and overlooks Davao City-40 km northeast, Digos City-25 km southeast, and Kidapawan City-20 kilometres (12 mi) west. Its name means "grandchild". Apo is flat-topped, with three peaks, and is capped by a 500-metre-wide (1,600 ft) volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. It is a source of geothermal energy, but the date of its most recent eruption is unknown, and none are verified in historical times. Mount Apo is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines, and the summit is easy to reach. The first recorded climb was on October 10, 1880, by a party led by Don Joaquin Rajal.
Elevation: 2,938 m (9,639 ft)
Mount Dulang-Dulang, dubbed by Filipino mountaineers as "D2", is one of the high elevation peaks in the Kitanglad Mountain Range, located in the north central portion of the province of Bukidnon in the island of Mindanao. It is the second highest mountain of the Philippines at 2,938 metres (9,639 ft) above sea level.
Mount Pulag (or sometimes Mount Pulog) is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. It is Luzon’s highest peak at 2,922 meters above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at the mountain's peak.
Elevation: 2,899 m (9,511 ft)
Mount Kitanglad is an inactive volcanic volcano located in the Kitanglad Mountain Range in Bukidnon province on Mindanao island. It is officially declared as the fourth highest mountain in the Philippines and has an approximate height of 2,899 meters. It is located between Malaybalay City and the municipalities of Lantapan, Impasug-ong, Sumilao, and Libona.
Benguet and Ifugao
Mt. Tabayoc, in Kabayan, Benguet, is the second highest mountain in Luzon and the fifth in the Philippines. Like its southern neighbor, Mt. Pulag, it has name variants, such as Tabayac or Talbayog. The meaning of the name, in the native tongues, is “basin”, alluding perhaps to the four lakes in its base: Lake Tabeo, Ambulalakao, Iculus, Detapnaco. All the lakes can be visited together with a hike to Tabayoc. You could camp near Lake Tabeo on the first day, in the same way that hikers would sometimes camp at Lake Venado before sumitting Mt. Apo. At 2206 MASL, the temperature is already cold up here. As for the Ambulalakao Lake, it is said to be the cleanest lake in Benguet.
Elevation: 2,824 m (9,265 ft)
Mount Kalatungan, a potentially active volcano, also known as Catatungan is the sixth highest mountain in the Philippines, with an elevation of 2,824 metres asl, and is classified as a stratovolcano. It is one of the several high elevation peaks in the Kalatungan Mountain Range in Bukidnon province on the island of Mindanao.
(Can't find a photo for Mount Ragang)
Lanao del Sur and Cotabato
Elevation: 2,815 m (9,236 ft)
Mount Ragang, also called Mount Piapayungan and Blue Mountain by the local people, is a stratovolcano on Mindanao island in the Philippines. It is the seventh highest mountain in the Philippines.
The renowned Northern Mindanao explorer Mijan Pizarro, now of the Bukidnon Mountaineering Club shares with us the "next destination" in the Kitanglad Range after the giants Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad. Behold Mt. Maagnaw, the third highest peak of the range and the eighth highest mountain in the Philippines.
Thus far PinoyMountaineer.com has covered the major climbing destinations in the Cordilleras. It is time to feature lesser known-places sharing the similar charm of the highlands, but having their own unique characteristics. One such mountain is Mt. Timbak in Benguet. Considered by reliable sources, as well as PinoyMountaineer.com research, to be the third highest point in Luzon after its eastern neighbors Mts. Pulag and Tabayoc, it is accessible from the Halsema highroad, which links Benguet and Mt. Province.
Rising at the northeastern edge of the Cordilleras is the highest point of Mountain Province, Mt. Amuyao. Unlike the famed mountains of the range such as Mt. Pulag and Mt. Napulauan which can only be viewed on high elevations, Mt. Amuyao stands prominently and can be spotted along the highway to Banaue. Because of its prime location, it was chosen to be the site of two transmitters, that of the PT&T and ABS-CBN. And because its summit area hosts these sites, the access to the mountain has been made easy, with stairways literally running all the way to the top. This literal flight of stairs takes 4-7 hours to climb. Exhauasting and steep, yes, but the trail is assuringly well-established and continuous. Night trekking is a possibility.