Luzon Travel

Mt. Pico de Loro

One last trip before 2014 ends. Last year, we survived Mt. Batulao, now we conquered Mt. Pico de Loro. I’m with a friend who has being trekking back and forth to this place for the past 6 years. This time we are with some participants who want to experience the highlands. I have an important task: I will be the sweeper with a whistle to make sure that no one will be left behind.


How to get there?

Get to Zapote and look for a Mini-Bus going to Ternate, Cavite. The fare is just Php. 70.00 from Zapote to Ternate and the ride will take at least 2 hours. Then take a tricycle ride from Ternate to DENR for Php 75 per head. This will take at least an hour.

Environmental Fee?


Php 50.00. Php. 25.00 at DENR and Php. 25.00 at the Jump Off(Base Camp).

What to bring?


Yourself. No one will carry you up to the peak. So build your courage and have a strong will to get to the top. Food and Water. This is not a feast, so it’s better to bring just enough food and drinking water or TOKA TOKA(assign who will bring this stuff). Gear up. Don’t suit up as if you’re attending a party. It will get messy. Camera. To capture the moment and your achievement. What else? And always listen to your guide.

Kamusta ang Hilaw na Maling?

The Peak

Be Silent. Be Still. Enjoy and take a Selfie.


Now, let us go to the mental health benefits. When was the last time you had a full breath of fresh mountain air? When was the last time you heard the sounds of the forests, far from the noise of the city? Hiking may be physically exhausting, but it is mentally relaxing, because it brings us back to nature, where our species used to belong. When I was a medical student, I found out that I actually felt better after a hike, even if I just came from a 24-hour duty! . In the mountains, ‘physical exhaustion’ can be a very fulfilling feeling. Doesn’t it feel great to sweat out your body? Bear in mind too that the mountain is not a treadmill where the best view you can see is a LCD screen. The mountains are beautiful!The most difficult trail is that one that leads nowhere. The easiest trail is one that takes you to your dreams. Follow it with all your heart! Hiking is not a test of strength, but a test of will, and we all know that when there’s a will, there’s a way.
– Gideon Lasco, MD.


Congrats for surviving your†First Climb.

  1. Michelle Torres
  2. Henry Tadlip
  3. Erliza Tadlip
  4. William Itulid
  5. Jean Aydalla
  6. Rima Martisano
  7. Jonathan Almirante

Till next time.


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  • Thanks for sharing your experienced in Pico de Loro, I know now how to get there, what to bring and what to wear. Hope to visit this place this year.

  • I love the last photo. Makes me miss my mountain climbing activity. Were you able to get to the top too? Where the other guy was standing. How the hell to get on that one? Haha I am so curious. I want to do some mountain climbing in Philippines. Will be there next week 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  • This place must be very beautiful. My office mates had been there 2-3 times already.

  • No trip will ever be complete without a “selfie” or “picture-picture!” It’s what separates us from foreigners. ^_^


  • What a lovely experience! I’m looking forward for your future posts! 🙂

  • Wow! It looks like surreal and breathtaking. I wanna go up there! 😀

  • Ray

    hi! very nice article! I will read more of your blog!

  • Very budget-friendly. I’d ask my friends to plan our next adventure here!

  • Woah the view at the peak looks amazing! Hope to go up there one day 🙂

  • what a lovely site to behold. this is something worth remembering.

  • That is one breathe taking view, it’s beautiful! Congratulations in successfully making the climb. I can never have that much of courage and stamina.

  • not a big fan of hiking but this one’s fun!

  • I haven’t experience mountain trekking but I’m sure the experience was exhilirating!

  • Your trip was awesome! Glad to see many survived the climb. ^_^

  • I have this fear of heights but since I am slowly moving out of my comfort zone, I have included this in my bucket list.

  • congrats to you and to the first time climbers!

  • Mt. Pico de Loro is really beautiful. I’ve also tried climbing several Peak with Batulao two years ago, Mt. Talamitam last year and I have run at Mt. Pulag on March and booked a climb to Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia in May.

  • Climbing isn’t my thing but I sure love to explore nature!

  • wow!!! I can only appreciate, but I guess mountain climbing is not for me…