Mount Apo: Highest Mountain in Philippines

Mount Apo is a very know destination for mountain climbers and adventure seekers out there. Reaching the top, you can gaze at the breath taking beauty of nature. The sense of accomplishment you get when you reach the peak is awesome, of course that’s the essence of climbing it from the very beginning.

Mount Apo is one of the most renowned mountains in the Philippines. At the very peak, it offers you a wide range of view to the earth and the cities are almost visible perhaps it’s the most beautiful highest view in Mindanao.

Mount Apo - Highest Mountain in the Philippines

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Mount Apo has an elevation of 2, 954 meters above sea level. Because it is the highest mountain in the country, it is called as the “Grandfather of Philippine Mountains.” The word Apo itself means “master”.


Conquering the highest mountain in the Philippines is not a joke. Prepare your stamina for the whole adventure. Don’t forget to bring waterproof accessories for your phone, cameras and other valuable items. Book your travel in a week or two before the adventure begins.

Suggested things in backpack:

  1. Trekking shoes (you’ll going to use it from the start anyway)
  2. Sun and Rain Protection
  3. Water
  4. Trail snacks
  5. Clothes
  6. Toiletries
  7. Sleeping Bag/Blanket
  8. Tent
  9. Utensils
  10. Headlamp / Flashlight
  11. Raincoat / Umbrella
  12. Trekking Pole
  13. Slippers
  14. Personal Medications

How to get to Mount Apo

Sibulan – Mount Apo Peak Trail in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur , Philippines

It is the most interesting and technical trail where you can find along the different Flora and Fauna species.

Ko-Ong Kidapawan Trail in North Cotabato, Philippines

Ko-Ong Kidapawan Trail is the widest and mostly used trail.

Kapatagan Trail in Digos, Davao del Sur, Philippines

A trail with many boulders and hindrances along the way compared the list above.

Tamayong Trail in Davao City, Philippines

The toughest and longest way to Mount Apo and is not an official trail.

Time to Relax:

There are three hotsprings in the foot of Mount Apo that would be an awesome place to relax your body after the long adventure time.

Agco Hotspring is the most popular hotspring in the entire Mindanao. It’s popularity itself shouts how beautiful and relaxing is the place. There are hot and warm pools from the local hotsprings. There is a mud pool, a small waterfall, a Jacuzzi and a sulfur lake.

The Mundo Apo Hotspring and The Mainit Hotspring are very ideal hotsprings also. Just stick with the travel guide for recommendations.

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