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Visayas Islands Mountains


The central section of the archipelago is comprised of several large islands such as Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Samar. These form what is known as the Visayas. From Manila, travel to the Visayas requires a plane ride to the major centers such as Cebu City, Bacolod City, and Iloilo City. Though the islands do not have grand mountain ranges such as those found in Luzon and Mindanao, there are hiking destinations of note. Chief among these is Mt. Kanlaon in Negros, the region's tallest mountain at 2435 MASL.


Alto Peak

Ormoc City, Leyte
Major jump-off: Lake Danao National Park, Ormoc
LLA: 11.1061 N, 124.7097 E, 1332 MASL (unverified)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 11-14 hours*
Specs: Exploration, Major Climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with unestablished trails

Balaan Bukid / MT. Balaan

Guimaras Island
Major jumpoff: Bgy. Hoskyn, Jordan, Guimaras
LLA: 10°39'48"N, 122°34'5"E, 170+ MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 45 minutes
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail Class 1

Mt. Kanlaon: Negros Island / 2435m (#27)

Mt. Madjaas

Culasi, Antique
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Flores, Culasi
Elevation: 2113m (HP - Panay Island)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 14 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 8/9, Trail class 1-4
Features: Open slopes, Mossy forest, Waterfalls, Highest Point

Mt. Manaphag

Pan de Azucar Island, Concepcion, Iloilo
Entry point: Brgy. Tambaliza, Pan de Azucar Is.
Exit point: Sitio Ponting, Pan de Azucar Is.
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Exploratory, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 4-6*
Features: Island peak with very steep slopes and non-existent trails

Mt. Mandalagan: Negros Oriental / 1880m

Mt. Manunggal

Balamban, Cebu
Jump-off point: Brgy. Magsaysay, Balamban
LLA: 1003 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 3-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Historical trail, Trail class 1-2

Mt. Nangtud: Panay Island / 2080m

Mt. Napulak: Iloilo / 366m

Mt. Talinis

Dauin and Valencia City, Negros Oriental
Entry point: Brgy. Bediao, Dauin
Exit point: Brgy. Apolong, Valencia City
LLA: 1903 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days / 10-11 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 2-4
Features: Lakes, waterfalls, mossy forest

Mt. Tres Marias

Almeria, Biliran
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Sampao, Almeria
LLA: 1315 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 6-7 hours / 2 days
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 2-4
Features: Waterfalls, Stream crossing, Mossy Forest

Osmeña Peak

Dalaguete and Badian, Cebu
Entry point: Mantalongon Market, Dalaguete, Cebu
Exit point: Brgy. Matutinao, Badian, Cebu
LLA: 09° 49.209N; 123° 26.541E; 1013 MASL
Days required / Trek time: 1-2 days / 1-2 hours (summit) 4-5 hours (falls)
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail Class 1-2


Bangon-Bugtong and Veriato Falls

Calbayog City, Samar
Height: 60 meters (estimate)
Jump-off point: Brgy. Bugtong, Calbayog City
Trail length: 20-30 minutes


Visayas Islands - Balaan Bukid


Visayas Islands - Mt Madjaas


Visayas Islands - Mt Manaphag


Visayas Islands - Mt Manaphag


Visayas Islands - Osmena Peak

Travel Quotes:

The attention of a traveller, should be particularly turned, in the first place, to the various works of Nature, to mark the distinctions of the climates he may explore, and to offer such useful observations on the different productions as may occur. William Bartram

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. W. C. Fields

Philippines Cuisine Characteristics

Vinegar is a common ingredient. Adobo is popular not solely for its simplicity and ease of preparation, but also for its ability to be stored for days without spoiling, and even improve in flavor with a day or two of storage.

Tinapa is a smoke-cured fish while tuyo, daing, and dangit are corned, sun-dried fish popular because they can last for weeks without spoiling, even without refrigeration.

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Philippine Top Mountains to Climb: Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite, Mount Daguldol, Batangas, Mount Pinatubo, Zambales, Mount Ugu, Benguet, Mount Pulag, Benguet, Mount Mariveles, Tarak Ridge, Bataan, Mount Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon, Mount Apo, Davao del Sur, Mount Kanla-on, Negros Occidental, Mount Guiting-Guiting, Romblon, Mt. Banahaw, Quezon, Mt. Makiling, Laguna


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