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MIMAROPA Mountains


MIMAROPA stands for the five constituent island provinces of what was formerly Region IV-B: Occidental and Oriental MIndoro , MArinduque, ROmblon, and PAlawan. All four are accessible by sea; there are flights servicing various points in Palawan. Also, small planes ply the route between Manila - San Jose, Occidental Mindoro as well as Romblon, Romblon. Being islands, these provinces are famous for their beaches and marine biodiversity.

However, MIMAROPA is also amazingly the home to the most difficult climbs in the Philippines. In fact, at least three mountains are classified Difficulty 9/9: Mt. Halcon in Mindoro, Mt. Guiting-Guiting in Romblon, and Mt. Mantalingajan in Palawan. The outdoorsman who plan to climb in this region may want to integrate his hike with various sidetrips involving the region's attractions. Interestingly, two UNESCO World Heritage sites are found in the region - Tubbataha Reef and St. Paul's Underground River in Palawan.


Cleopatra's Needle

Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Major jump-off: Brgy. Concepcion, Puerto Princesa
LLA: 10.12389 N; 118.9953 E; 1593 MASL
Days reuired / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 10-12 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 1-4

Mt. Baco: Mindoro / 2488m (#21)

Mt. Calavite

Paluan, Occidental Mindoro
Jump-off: Sitio Ulasan, Brgy. Harrison, Paluan
LLA: 13°29'N,120°24'E, 1521 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3

Mt. Darala

Coron, Palawan
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Balisungan, Coron
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Diffculty 3/9, Trail class 1-3

Mt. Guiting-Guiting

Sibuyan Island, Romblon
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Tampayan, Madgiwang, Sibuyan
LLA: 12°24'50"N, 122°34'4"E, 2058 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 10-13 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail Class 5 with rock climbing/scrambling

Mt. Halcon

Baco, Oriental Mindoro
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Lantuyan, Baco, Oriental Mindoro
LLA: 13° 15.749N 120° 59.703E, 2582 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 3.5-4 days / 15-18 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail class 2-5
Features: River crossing, mossy forest, rocky ridges

Mt. Iglit

Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro
Jump-off: Mt. Iglit-Baco NP, Calintaan
LLA: 12°51'N, 121°10'E; 1432 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days /9-11 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with bouldering (250m)

Mt. Malasimbo

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Jump-off point: Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera
LLA: 13.45°N; 120.9°E; 1,168 MASL
Days required /Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 2-3

Mt. Malindig

Buenavista, Marinduque
Jump-off point: Brgy. Sihi, Buenavista
LLA: 13.2413°N; 122.0136°E; 1157 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4.5-5.5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-2

Mt. Mantalingajan

Southern Palawan
Major jump-off: Brgy. Ransang, Rizal, Palawan
LLA: 8°48'N 117°40'E, 2086 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 6 days / 20 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail Class 6 with rock climbing


MIMAROPA - Cleopatra's Needle

MIMAROPA - Mt Darala

MIMAROPA - Mt Guiting Guiting

MIMAROPA - Mt Halcon



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