Philippines is lucky to be blessed with breathtaking nature attractions that we take pride in. Among such are the beautiful ranges surrounding this wonderful archipelago. Due to the sudden increase of mountaineering interest among Filipinos over the past few years, numerous mountains were recently developed into popular hiking destinations. However, quite a few still remain unknown to many. If you are an adventurous soul who loves to go off the beaten path, check out these five gorgeous PH mountains most tourists do not know about:
Mt. Lagyo is located in Brgy. Wawa, Montalban, Rizal, where the popular Mts. Pamitinan, Binacayan, and Hapunang Banoi are. Similar to its neighboring mountains, it features beautiful limestone formations and a scenic view of Sierra Madre. Despite many hikers frequenting the area, Mt. Lagyo is not a common hiking destination as it is fairly new as compared with the mountains in the area.
Hidden in the barangay of Tinucan, Tanay, Rizal, is a gem that is Tinucan Circuit. It boasts of spectacular peaks and vast range that stretches out into the nearby barangays. A permit must be secured before visiting this mountain, and unlike your typical hike, part of your activity is to plant trees on the summit. A dreamy, picturesque view with a nature-loving activity? That’s Tinucan Circuit for ya!
More than just Mt. Pulag, Mt. Ulap, and the more popular Cordillera mountains, one can enjoy the glorious northern view at Mt. Jumbo or Mt. Yangbew, as locals call it. It is located at Brgy. Tawang in La Trinidad, Benguet which is just a few kilometers away from Baguio City. Unlike other northern mountains, its trail is very beginner-friendly and easy.
Mt. Melibingoy (Mt. Parker)
Mt. Melibingoy or Mt. Parker of T’boli, South Cotabato is not your typical hiking destination. It is a dormant stratovolcano, and similar to Mt. Pinatubo, a stunning lake nestles on its crater which is known as Lake Holon.
If you are no beginner in mountaineering and extreme hikes are your thing, Mt. Nangtud is definitely a must-hike! This beaut in Brgy. Lombuyan, Barbaza of Antique offers a challenging hike that includes going through the so-called “knife-edge” trail just like that of Mt. Guiting-Guiting’s. It rewards you, then, with an awesome view of the Sulu Sea and the Barbaza surrounding mountain ranges.
Did you find any of these PH mountains interesting? Let us know which ones you would like to check out!