On Foot: Two Trails Worth the Trek in the Philippines

Couple looking at the view from the peak

The number of backpackers all over the world has been increasing, and it’s not hard to see why. Travelling and trekking can give you the sense of fulfillment that can uplift you when you’re down.

The Philippines has been one attractive spot for eager hikers seeking adventure. One Life Adventures believes in destinations less travelled. The Southeast Asian country has many mountain ranges and peaks that can please any adventurer to the fullest.

If you’re a backpacker, here’s a list of mountains in the country, which you can enjoy trekking.

Mount Arayat, the North Peak Trail

Located in Magalang, Pampanga, Mount Arayat features two peaks, which can charm the adventurer in you. The peak ranges at least 1,026 metres above sea level (MASL).

The South Peak of the mountain starts from the Arayat National Park in San Juan Bano, while the North Peak begins in Magalang. Both trails last at least three to four hours of hiking.

Although the North Peak trail isn’t as popular as the South’s, it will still give you the peace that you need. Add the charm of big boulders (rocks spewed from the mountain’s mouth back when it was an active volcano), and you’ll have an enjoyable trail.

You’ll surely cherish the beauty of a lava formation called “White Rock”. Kapampangan folks believe it’s the home of the “Apung Sinukuan” fable.

Bulacan’s Mount Gola

Locals in San Miguel, Bulacan describe Mount Gola as the sister of Mount Manalmon. The trail promises an action-packed adventure like no other. With an elevation of 196 MASL, its trail has a couple of thrilling portions, which involves a walk on a monkey bridge. The surprise? The bridge crosses over Madlum River.

You can also go inside a cave and traverse two sections of the river during the trek. The most exciting part: the 45-degree rocky slope requires rappelling.

From there, you’re only 15 to 20 minutes away. The magnificent views of Biak na Bato National Park, Mount Arayat, and Madlum river await you.

Some mountains are accessible. You’ll find many of them jam-packed with hikers and backpackers craving to escape the chaotic urban scene. If you’re wondering about wandering, these two trails may give you the very chance to explore, enjoy and relax, all in one trek.