Attractions

Mount Apo

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OVERVIEW

Hikers on Mount Apo

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Mount Apo is the most prominent and highest mountain in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,954 meters above sea level.  It has three peaks with the southwest peak having the highest elevation and is topped by a wide crater containing a small lake.  While it is classified as dormant stratovolcano, Mount Apo has actually no known historical eruptions despite the presence of volcanic rocks and volcano craters (solfataras) in the area.

Mount Apo, also called Apo Sandawa, is a national park and a protected area considering the hundreds of species of flora and fauna inhabiting this imposing mountain.  It is home to the critically endangered Philippine eagle, the national bird of the Philippines.  Over 200 bird species of birds, 111 of those are endemic to the area, also inhabit the mountain.

The mountain has four major lakes, 19 major rivers, 21 creeks, waterfalls, 2 geothermal plants, and 2 hydropower plants.  Conquering Mount Apo is probably every mountain climber’s dream but is best explored by experienced mountaineers and hikers only due to its elevation and difficulty.  Hiking the mountain takes 3 to 4 days roundtrip.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Mount Apo Natural Park
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Davao City | Digos | Kidapawan | Sta. Cruz
Phone:
+63 (082) 553 1441 – Davao del Sur tourism | +63 998 950 2558 | +63 917 556 0499 – Mt. Apo Adventures (tour operator)
Hours:
Open 24 hours
Closed:
June to August (off-season period)
Best Time to Visit:
November to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
2,000 – 2,500 pesos ($40 – $50 USD) – Permit fee (refresher course included)
1,000 – 1,500 pesos ($20 – $30 USD) – Exit fee
7,000 – 9,000 pesos ($140 – $180 USD) 3-day tour package rate
Notes:
Exploring the mountain alone is prohibited so make sure to book an accredited guide prior to your trip. These guides can help ensure your safety as they know the terrain and the challenges you may come across during your climb.

Careful planning and bringing along your complete gear are not enough preparation. The climb is arduous so make sure to prepare physically and mentally.

Do your assignment. Learn more about the mountain by studying the maps and acquainting yourself with the weather condition of the area.

Follow the rules and regulations implemented by the local government and the management. Never leave your trash, don’t kill any animal, and avoid taking any plant from the mountain.

Cost per Person:  $= $1-5  |  $$ = $6-10  |  $$$ = $11-15  |  $$$$ = $15+

MAP

This attraction is located on Mindanao Island near Kidapawan City.

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NEED TO KNOW

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning, usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is closed from June to August.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction.

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

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Photos

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NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Eden Nature Park & Resort
  • Teril Highlands Adventure
  • Jardin de Señorita Mountain Resort
  • MonteFrio Garden Resort 
  • Virgin Falls

READ MORE: Davao City Visitors Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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