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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Tarin

Hiking Mt. Makiling: A Spectacular Adventure in the Philippines


Welcome to the breathtaking landscapes of Mt Makiling! If you're a beginner seeking an unforgettable hiking experience, Mt. Makiling is a hike you should not miss. This dormant volcano, nestled in the province of Laguna, promises a thrilling journey into the heart of nature. You should embark on this exhilarating hike, immersing yourself in the beauty and serenity of one of the Philippines' most treasured destinations.




Booking your Mt. Makiling Summit Hike

Mt. Makiling is a majestic mountain that has captured the hearts of hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. Located approximately 60 kilometers from Manila, it stands tall at around 1,090 meters above sea level. The mountain is not only a sight to behold but also steeped in local folklore and legends, adding an aura of mystique to the entire experience.


To book your experience, you first need to register on this website as they have a limit to 70 tours per day. https://bit.ly/MMFRBooking2023


To get to the Registration point, search Mount Makiling Starting Point in Google Maps, or click on the map below. This is inside UP Los Banos by the Department of Forestry.


Preparing for the Hike: It's crucial to be well-prepared before embarking on any adventure. Here is a checklist of essential items to bring:


What to wear:

  1. Quick dry pants or leggings

  2. Quick dry t-shirt or long sleeves (to avoid leeches)

  3. Hiking shoes

  4. Ankle socks

  5. Cap (to avoid leeches falling to your head)

What to bring:

  1. Raincoat

  2. Light lunch (there is food along the way so no need to carry much)

  3. Trail snacks

  4. 2-3L of water/electrolytes

  5. At least 100mL of Alcohol (to remove the leeches)

  6. Anti-mosquito spray/cream

  7. Camera - to take photos and videos of the beautiful scenery!


The Beginner's Trail

If you're new to hiking, fear not! The Mt. Makiling trail may sound intimidating but it is an ideal starting point for aspiring adventurers. With a total of 20km of trail, knowledgeable guides will accompany you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trek. Take your time, relish the lush greenery and diverse flora and fauna that surround you.


The Enchanting Flora and Fauna: As you ascend the mountain, you'll encounter a rich variety of plant and animal species that call Mt. Makiling their home. From exotic orchids and towering dipterocarp trees to playful monkeys swinging from branch to branch, the biodiversity of this region is simply mesmerizing.


The Summit Triumph: Reaching the summit of Mt. Makiling is a moment of pure triumph! Be prepared to be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of neighboring peaks, the picturesque town below, and if we're lucky, the mystical sea of clouds that often veils the summit. It's a sight that will forever be etched in your memory



Preserving Nature's Beauty: As you explore the wonders of Mt. Makiling, it's essential to practice responsible hiking. We'll delve into the principles of "Leave No Trace," ensuring that our presence has minimal impact on the environment. By preserving nature's beauty, we can ensure that future generations can also revel in the magnificence of this natural treasure.


Hiking Mt. Makiling is an experience like no other, immersing you in the raw beauty of the Philippines' natural wonders. So lace up your hiking boots, embrace the allure of adventure, and get ready to be enchanted by the magic of Mt. Makiling. Embark on this thrilling expedition and create memories that will last a lifetime! Happy hiking!


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