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Micca de Joya reviewed Mount Pulag
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HikingGreat!

Did this hike back in March 2019 but I figured a late review couldn't hurt: Who would say no at a chance to hike the tallest peak in Luzon and the 3rd tallest in the Philippines? I had gone with a group of friends and we traveled with a guide from Manila who helped us get our bus/jeep rides and all the permits we needed to climb. Best way to go from Manila is to take the overnight bus from Baguio then a monster Jeep through Bokod, the ranger station, and to our homestay by the mountain. We started hiking the Ambangeg Trail at 3am in order to catch the "sea of clouds" at the Tower Summit before it's too warm to have any significant cloud formations. If it rains, say goodbye to the sea of clouds. It took us roughly 3 hours with breaks (our group had varying fitness levels and there were 13 of us) and then another hour to the actual summit of Mt Pulag. Personally, I would say the trail is pretty mild and only steep at the parts near both summits. The trail is a single track that's not difficult to follow although I had noticed that people were going off trail where it was wider. Don't do that, it doesn't do the trails any good. Some parts are really narrow and you don't realize how close to the ravine you are until you see it in the daytime. If you're in a group, it will be difficult to lose them even if they're faster/slower than you. Since you're mostly likely to start at night, bring a headlamp not a flashlight. That way you can go hands free. The weather in March wasn't too cold just until you stopped moving. It's definitely way warmer when the sun is high up and you're on your way back to your homestay. Layers are the way to go. You are required to have a local guide even if you don't join a tour group. This helps the local economy flourish because they rely on tourism apart from agriculture. Other Mt Pulag trails to look into are the Akiki Trail, the Vizcaya Trail, or an Akiki-Ambangeg traverse (my friends did this and I sadly couldn't go). I still have dreams of this hike and can't wait to go back!

Micca de Joya reviewed Mount Pinatubo
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HikingNo shade

Did this hike back in January 2019 but I figured a late review couldn't hurt: We went with a guide which was suggested because part of the trek is riding in an open top 4x4 across the lahar desert for an hour each way. Very exhilarating and very dusty so definitely bring a face cover! Having a guide also helps the local economy that relies heavily on tourism. The hike it self starts at the base of the volcano where all the 4x4s park and you'll walk through more lahar, some streams, and then up to the tropical jungle-ish area of the volcano. Towards the summit there are stairs so be prepared for that. The summit itself is pretty cool! You can look into the caldera that's filled with water (as of 2013, swimming isn't allowed anymore) and you can even go down to the "beach" right by the water. Remember if you go down to where the water is, you'll have to climb back up the stairs :P There are lots of places to sit at the summit for lunch or a snack and some vendors selling food as well. Prices are a little more expensive because someone has to bring all that stuff up so just pay up and support the local community. There is a basic toilet as well which is a glorified hole in the ground but with the porcelain toilet seat. I'll take it if it means less squatting. Don't forget to bring toilet paper! A really good day trip from the city and quite easy if you're fit! I wore a hydration vest while my friends brought backpacks. The hydration vest was sufficient, way lighter than a backpack, and it carried my essentials as well.

Renon Tomas reviewed Maangol Trail
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Mountain bikingGreat!

The map started at sitio usok, start of ascent from the water tank beside a waiting shed. This trail is good for walking, mountain biking and it is even accessible by a pick up or SUV. The site is also good for camping.

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Jean Camille Pingkian reviewed Mount Sapari
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Hiking
First to Review

Avoid on rainy season as there can be a lot of “limatik”

Jean Camille Pingkian reviewed Mount Pinatubo
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Jean Camille Pingkian reviewed Mount Marami
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HikingNo shade
First to Review

A long trail with awesome views. Bring lots of water as the heat can really wear you down.

Jean Camille Pingkian reviewed Mount Batulao
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Hiking
First to Review

Suitable for beginners. The trail is just stunning. It’s quite a popular hiking trail so expect a lot of people

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HikingMuddy

A very muddy trail. Beautiful falls though. Can get crowded too

Jean Camille Pingkian reviewed Mount Maculot Rockies Trail
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Hiking

This was my first ever hike and the views did not disappoint. No wonder I fell in love with hiking. It can get crowded though so I suggest avoiding weekends

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First to Review

well, ive done this twice and to be honest it tested my endurance, agility, strength, patience etc.. the 4x4 ride at the start was all fun plus the magnificent view to boot. Start of the trail was awesome, feels like you're one with nature. the first time was life changing, never thought id do it again. It gets harder as you go along and I almost fainted (almost but not quite! lol) the second time I went there was no joke. because of typhoon what used to be a trail turned into a lake, so we had to go around it that doubles the time you reach the crater. 7km going up there. my legs and feet hurt but the experience is priceless. The maximum effort we put on this trail was one of the best highlights of my life!

Maegan Cloutier reviewed Mount Tibag to Mount Pinagulbuan
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Hiking
First to Review

Good day trip from Manila. Easy to find a boat to get you out there. The trail is very dusty and a lot of horses and their droppings. Cool view from the top though and locals around to buy snacks and drinks from if needed

Rick Harting reviewed Mount Tapyas
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Hiking

Great views from the top - make sure you walk around the very top point, as you can see views on the other side of the valley

Juliette Cabral reviewed Daranak Falls
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Hiking
First to Review

Family friendly short trail hike with amazing falls view. There’s picnic area some part along the path for the group to enjoy the day. Plenty of shades..

Kin Travz reviewed Lopok to Budots Hills
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RunningOff trail
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Christopher Van Gurp reviewed Panimahawa Ridge
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Alfonso Pedrosa reviewed Mount Pinatubo
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HikingNo shade
AllTrails User reviewed Mount Batulao Loop
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Hiking

Wonderful experience! Trail begins on a paved road in decent condition which winds through a disarmingly charming local village - where I watched for the first time such things as a farmer using a carabao-drawn plow. Several locals offered to be tour guides. We finally gave in and one led us along for a very modest fee - there are no signs so it was good to know we were in the right path. Our guide spoke no English and was polite about my attempts to ask questions. Once through the village the trail becomes a single path along the ridge line with stunning views. On return leg bought some delicious treats from villagers. Not strenuous but ups and downs afford a good workout. Great day hike. No bugs. Should have brought more sunscreen. Nothing unfortunately in the way of wildlife as this area was deforested long ago, but the views are not to be missed!

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Mark Hinaman reviewed Mount Tapyas
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Hiking

If you’re accustomed to other “stair” climbs, this one will be pretty simple. Beautiful from the top though. Worth the climb.

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Henson Sagorsor reviewed Mount Ulap
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Hiking
First to Review

The trail going to Badi Falls was difficult than I expected.

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Tami S reviewed Mount Tapyas
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Hiking

Stairs hike to summit where cross and Coron sign are. After reaching the summit, follow the trail to a gazebo where you can rest in the shade and enjoy a light breeze and beautiful views. Another trail exists on the other side of the gazebo going towards the hills. This unofficial trail feels more like an actual hike than the stairs do. I recommend starting the hike 45-60 min before sunset.

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Juston Paul Alcantara reviewed Napo, 7 towers, Pamutan and Banawa
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Georgina Buckley reviewed Mount Tapyas
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Hiking
First to Review

A great workout to get to the top!

Jessica Duran reviewed Mount Pinatubo
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HikingBugsNo shade

It’s inside a military base so in order to get inside you have to have to pay a tour guide to take you there. We used “Alvin and Angie Bognot Mount Pinatubo Guesthouse and Tour” but if your not sure you can check more information on them on TripAdvisor. In general you will go on a 4x4 Jeep car and it will take an hour to get to the start of your hike. Once you arrived you hiked about 3 miles. Each mile you will see indigenous people selling refreshment and snacks if you forgot to pack. Once you arrive to the destination you will see the view. If you want to get closer to the lake you will go down a set of stairs.

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Kim Goodall reviewed Mount Pulag
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Hiking

Easy climb

Diane Blanco reviewed Binaw Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

It was indeed a wonderful route..

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