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Top 5 Mountains to Climb near Metro Manila

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Tired of all those city life activities; like shopping, watching movie, and partying during weekend? Get out of your comfort zone and go somewhere that will let your inner monkey out; lets climb a mountain. Climbing is something really fulfilling and worth the sweat. There are a lot of mountains near Metro Manila that are perfect for those who are just starting climbing mountain or someone who just want to experience it. No excuses because they are all accessible. Here are the top 5 mountains that are located near Metro Manila.

Mc Pol Cruz in Mount Maculot
Mc Pol Cruz in Mount Maculot

#1 Mt. Maculot – Cuenca, Batangas

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Mt. Maculot is known for its ‘Rockies’. It is located at the top of Mt. Maculot which has a picturesque view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. Every hiker who climbs this mountain never misses a selfie with the view; it is just so beautiful that is worth posting to FB and IG. It is a 3-4 hour trek from the jump-off to the Rockies.

How to go here:

From Cubao or Buendia, ride a bus to Lemery. Just ask the bus to drop you off to Poblacion. It would take you a 2.5hrs of bus ride before you reach Poblacion. From there you can ride a tricycle going to jump-off. Check out my story here.

Mount Palay Palay : Pico de Loro
Mount Palay Palay : Pico de Loro

Pico de Loro
Pico de Loro

#2 Mt. Palay Palay (Pico De Loro) – Ternate, Cavite

Mt. Palay Palay is known for its peak that is shaped like a parrot’s beak, hence the name Pico De Loro or Parrot’s Peak. The summit has a 360 degree view which is perfect for your instavid entry. Climbing the peak is hard because it is very steep; you have to scramble your way to the top while trying not to fall from it. Perfect for adrenaline junkies. It would take you 4 hours trek from the jump-off to the summit of the mountain. The trailhas a gradual slope, not bad for hours of trekking.

How to go here:

From to Coastal terminal, ride a bus to Ternate terminal. That would take 1.5 hours of bus ride. Then rent a jeep or tricycle to DENR trailhead. Check out my story here.

Tarak Ridges in Mariveles Bataan
Tarak Ridges in Mariveles Bataan

Mt Mariveles
Mt Mariveles

#3 Mt. Mariveles (Tarak Ridges) – Mariveles, Bataan

I really love this mountain! I’m sure you’ll love this beautiful mountaineer’s playground. You’ll get to enjoy the sun rays, tree shades and the river flowing right beside the trail. After a long and tiring trek, you can drink the cold water of Papaya River and take a nap while listening to its calming flowing water, before you head to the most beautiful ridge I’ve ever seen.

How to go here:

Ride a Genesis bus in Cubao going to Brgy. Alas-asin Mariveles, Bataan. Check out my story here.

Mount Makiling
Mount Makiling

#4 Mt. Makiling –  Sto. Tomas, Batangas

Mt. Makiling is known for the shape of the mountain, they say it has a silhouette of a girl lying down naked. But for some, Mt. Makiling is famous for its Limatik (leeches) and the level of difficulty of its trail. If you want to train yourself for a major climb, try traversing Mt. Makiling. The trail would take you 6-7 hours of trekking. Enough to make your muscles sore.

How to go here:

Ride a bus in Buendia or Cubao going to Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It would take you 1.5 hours of bus ride. From Sto. Tomas, ride a tricycle going to Mt. Makiling. Check out my story here.

Mt Manalmon
Mt Manalmon

#5 Mt. Manalmon – San Miguel, Bulacan

If you want a fun climb, this mountain is perfect. Mt. Manalmon is very easy to climb. After a short climb you can enjoy swimming at Madlum River and spelunking in Bayukbok Cave. It is really something that non-mountaineers would enjoy.

How to go here:

Ride a bus in Cubao going to San Miguel Bulacan. Then ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Madlum. Check out my story here.

How about you? Whats your favorite Mountain near Metro Manila?

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