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How Hard Is It to Climb Mount Apo? A Comprehensive Guide to Conquering the Highest Peak in the Philippines

Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, standing at 2,954 meters above sea level. It is a popular destination for hikers and mountaineers who want to experience its breathtaking views and challenging trails. However, many people wonder how hard it is to climb Mount Apo. The difficulty level of climbing Mount Apo varies […]

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3 Compelling Reasons for Climbing Mt. Apo During Kadayawan

The Kadayawan festival is fast approaching. It highlights the greatness of Davao city’s diverse cultures, and as such it’s a pretty colorful event. The festival is one thing that Davao city is very well-known for, and tourists flock to the city during Kadayawan season. This season also presents a great opportunity to climb the country’s […]

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Here at Discover Mt. Apo, we pride ourselves with our online booking and payment system. Climbers don’t need to stress over going to an office anymore to book their next adventure. Anywhere you may be in the world, and at any time, you can be on your way to climbing mt. Apo in a few […]

3 Simple Ways to See the Best of Davao in Kadayawan

The Kadayawan festival is getting closer. Next month, locals and tourists alike will have a feast of the best sights, sounds, food, and culture that Davao has to offer. Are you planning to go to Davao by then? You might want to add three activities to your itinerary. 1. Explore as much of Davao City […]

Booking a Mt. Apo Guide is Easier Than Ever

Climbing mt. Apo is always an adventure to look forward to. Even long before the trek, mountaineers diligently prepare for it. Mostly it’s done through exercises that build endurance. The climb requires a lot of that, especially considering mt. Apo’s height of nearly 3,000 meters. Besides physically, climbers also prepare logistically. They would be on […]

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Is Climbing Mt. Apo during Kadayawan a Good Idea?

Kadayawan comes from the word madayaw, which means “good”, or “beautiful”. True to its origin, the Kadayawan Festival in Davao city brings the best and the most beautiful things about the city to life. The city is home to 11 different tribes; Kadayawan is their chance to bring the different aspects of their culture to the […]

Is Climbing Mt. Apo Vegan-Friendly?

When you’re climbing mt. Apo, certainly you do not want to go hungry. You will need lots of energy to complete the hike. Especially that you’ll be climbing the Philippines’ tallest mountain. Good news for you is the climb packages at Discover Mt. Apo include food. Not just food but complete meals for the 3 […]

Kadayawan: What’s Good This Season?

The Kadayawan Festival. It is Davao City’s defining festivity, showcasing the various cultural icons of the different people living in the city. It runs during the month of August and attracts both local and and international tourists. Not only do the tourists want to witness the festivities; they also want to explore the sights and […]

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Climbing Mt. Apo for a Noble Cause

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Is Climbing Mt. Apo on Your Own a Good Idea?

Climbing Mt. Apo Davao is a great adventure that many people seek. Some adventurers even take it to the next level and challenge themselves to hike on their own. If you have that same feeling, you may want to consider doing a solo climb. Why a solo climb? Climbing Mt. Apo at your own pace. […]

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Climbing Mt. Apo as a Group: Is It Right For You?

Climbing mt. Apo is certainly fun, fulfilling, and for some even life-changing. It could be the biggest challenge of your life to try and conquer the Philippines’ highest peak, but once you’ve done it, you will feel absolutely empowered. Hiking along with your friends is a nice way of getting this experience. Most people would […]

Freedom in Climbing Mt. Apo

The Philippines just celebrated its Independence Day last June 12. This year marks the 120th year since the Philippines gained freedom from more than 300 years of Spanish rule. Mabuhay! Independence has its ups and downs, but we want to focus on the ups. One of the liberties you gain is the freedom of climbing […]

3 Simple Rules for Preserving the Environment While Climbing Mt. Apo

Climbing mt. Apo can be your best and most memorable outdoor experience: The fresh mountain wind gently hitting your face, the magnificent view from above greeting your eyes, and the lush greenery brushing against your shoes. The whole journey may be exhausting, but in the end is all worth the effort. Reaching the summit feels […]

Climbing Mt. Apo: Three Tips for Getting Over It

Climbing a mountain is a common metaphor for conquering your fears. It takes a lot of effort, both physical and mental. It also takes time; convincing yourself of doing the thing you’re afraid of is never done overnight. At first the idea of climbing mt. Apo may make your hair stand on end. That can […]

Climbing Mt. Apo: An Uphill Battle

Climbing Mt. Apo is a very exciting prospect. The feeling of trekking uphill for the first time makes your heart beat faster and gives you a rush of adrenaline. More so if you’re about to head for the tallest mountain in the Philippines. It can certainly feel good when you’re already there. Before that, though, […]

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Why Choose Reliable, Trustworthy, and Effective Tour Guides in Climbing Mt Apo?

Why Choose Reliable, Trustworthy, and Effective Tour Guides in Climbing Mt Apo?The moment you got an invitation to visit Mt. Apo from some friends, you have already been gathering all the necessary things that you need during the climb – from the outfit to the food items and to other personal essentials. Yes, you have […]

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Mountain Climbing In The Philippines: A Must Experience Adventure

In this lifetime, we are bound to experience and enjoy exciting activities that would surely bring us to smile as we look back our past adventures. And one of these fun and exciting activities is mountain climbing. You may say that you are afraid of heights, apart from being afraid to get totally tanned and […]

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Dreams really do come true! Climbing Mount Apo and reaching its summit is just but a dream, now finally it has become a reality!

“Dreams really do come true! Climbing Mount Apo and reaching its summit is just but a dream, now finally it has become a reality! My first major climb to a mountain’s peak and to the highest one in the country has become possible last June 30 to July 2 of this year through Discover Mount […]


Davao is becoming the ultimate travel destination for both nationals and foreigners. From a city, which was likened to the Wild Wild West decades ago, Davao is the next world-class city. Thanks to the collective efforts of Davaoeños. The locals are very proud because Davao has turned into a celebrated city. They are so eager […]

The Enchanting River of Surigao- Surigao Island Tour

  For the water is deep and full of mystery.   Your Surigao Island Tour would not be complete if you haven’t seen and taken a dip into the crystal clear waters of the Enchanted River of Hinatuan. It is situated 30-minutes from the town of Hinatuan. This destination has become one of the country’s […]


Davao is an all-time favorite travel destination at anytime of the year. Because of its laid-back feel, tropical climate and stunning sceneries, many people make it their getaway all year round. Since this quaint city boasts of many beautiful places, a month-long stay is not enough to explore it entirely. In this article, I’m giving […]

Trek at White Peak: Samal Island’s Highest Mountain

It is summer once again and there are many activities lined up for this scorching hot season. Most people would prefer to go to the beach to cool down and unwind. But how would you like to go on a short mountain trek and then rest your tired body in the sea? It’s like hitting […]

Surigao Island Tour – The best destination this summer!

Now that the temperature is at its peak and the humidity level is rising high, how would you like to cool down on this very hot summer season? Only one thing comes to mind- the beach. But what if I tell you that you can enjoy both the beach, the majestic waterfall and the pristine […]

MY JOURNEY TO MT APO – PART 3: #savemtapo

  It was on that unfortunate afternoon of Black Saturday that the once luscious and green forest of Mt. Apo will be scarred for a long time. I was one of the few who witnessed the fire when it was still beginning to devour more than 400 hectares of land as of this writing. Our […]

My Journey to Mt Apo – Part 2: Black Saturday Fire at the Peak

March 26, 2016, the Black Saturday that will be forever etched in my memory. This is the story of how I became a witness to one of the biggest mountain fires that has devoured Mt. Apo. It was the second day of my journey to Mt. Apo. As scheduled in our itinerary, we would be climbing […]

My Journey to Mt Apo – Part 1

Ever since I was a child, I have always been fascinated of mountains. I grew up in a place where the distant horizon is enveloped by hills and peaks. I told my parents if we could one day go there and climb it. But until now, that simple dream had never materialized. Ten years ago, […]

How To Climb Mt. Apo Or Any Mountain

Climbing a mountain, like Mt. Apo or any peak here in the Philippines, may appear as a very difficult outdoor activity for some. However, for several people, it is both challenging and exciting. When it is your first time to try this adventure-filled journey, there are actually a number of tips you may consider for […]

The Mystical Lake Venado

  Philippines is a country which is not only rich in natural resources and culture. It is also home to many myths, folklores and superstitious beliefs. In Mindanao, there is a mountain towering to more than 9,000 feet above ground, called Mt. Apo. Upon climbing Mt. Apo, one can pass the beautiful and mysterious Lake […]

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

  As we revel in the resplendence of Mt. Apo, let us not forget that we have a responsibility to preserve this treasure for the future generations. The Center for Outdoor Ethics suggests the Leave No Trace Seven Principles for every outdoor enthusiast. The said set of principles teaches people how to enjoy nature responsibly, […]

Is Summer the Best Time to Climb Mount Apo?

Is mountain climbing one of your dream activities? Do you want to try it this summer? Would summer be the best time to climb Mount Apo? As classes come to an end and everyone starts to feel the summer vibe, you and your friends and some relatives might have been discussing about your great summer […]

9,000 Feet above Ground

Have you ever wondered how it feels like to be in a place where all you can see is just how magnificent this world is? Have you ever imagined yourself standing at the summit of a high mountain, while the cool air caresses your face and the sound of nature relaxes your very soul? If […]


Mt. Apo, which is located in the island of Mindanao, is dubbed as the Philippine’s highest peak. With its towering height of 2,954 meters, no wonder it bagged the title. Although it won’t be a piece of cake when you climb Mt. Apo, I assure you that you’ll be ecstatic and mighty proud after doing […]

Climbing Mt. Apo: Preparation for Your Adventure

Climbing the Philippines‘ highest mountain, the Mount Apo, will surely be a great and fun adventure for you and your companions, however, certain preparations must be made first. Considering that this is an outdoor activity that requires not only a healthy body but an equally prepared mind as well, certain preparatory measures must be considered […]

SMU trek Club trusts Discover Mt Apo in Climbing Mt Apo

  Singapore Management University trekking club trusts Discover Mt Apo for their climb and trekking activities at Mount Apo, Davao City. For any team or club who wants to climb mount Apo, feel free to email us at and we give discounts for group or company trek. Visit for more info! Follow us […]

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Climb Mt Apo: Winter Trek Log by SMU Trek Club

Winter Trek log by Singapore Management University Climb dates: December 06-08, 2016 source: Mount Apo is located in Davao, the southern part of Philippines. It is the tallest mountain in Philippines and stands at 2954 metres. In Filipino tongues, it means “master” or “grandson”. This was an unofficial trip by the SMUX Trekking Team, in […]


I’m back with a fresh article, which is a continuation of 5 Not-So-Easy Steps To Climb Mt. Apo. I’m sharing with you 5 more tips, which I know you’re thrilled to hear. Book a Guide It’s too risky and prohibited to go up the mountain alone. You must be accompanied by a guide, otherwise you can’t proceed to […]


To climb Mt. Apo is not a walk in the park. It’s not like you’ve decided to go on a mountaineering trip now and you can be at the foot of the mountain the following day hankering to take your first big leap. Mountain climbing requires lots of hard work, willpower, and of course preparation so […]

6 Reasons Why Climbing Mt. Apo Will Change Your Life

Aspiring to greater heights will do you many wonders.  Getting a bird’s eye view will give you a better perspective of things. It’s the same when it comes to climbing Mt. Apo. It’s better to be at the zenith than at the foot of the mountain because the view is more spectacular, more exquisite, and […]


In my article on February 10, 2016, I wrote about the different gears that you should bring when climbing Mt. Apo. For a quick recap the gears, as mentioned, are as follows: tent, sleeping bag, ropes, carabiners, flashlights, head torch, and first aid kit. If you think these things are the only ones you need to […]


Mountain climbing is the type of sport that you should never leave undone in your lifetime. It is an incredible way of having fun, while enjoying a picturesque view and the lush surroundings of the great outdoors. Although mountain climbing is profoundly enjoyable, it could be physically and mentally tough for most, if not for […]

#Itsmorefuninthephilippines: Climb Mt Apo this 2016

Discover Mt Apo is your number one guide to climbing the highest peak in the Philippines Are you a novice climber who seems to be daunted by the preparations needed to scale the country’s highest peak? Or are you a seasoned adventurer who simply wants to experience the exhilaration of conquering Mindanao’s mightiest mountain? We […]


Discover Mt. Apo is your number 1 guide to climb the highest peak in the Philippines. Aside from being the leading company when it comes to climbing Mt. Apo, it also offers you an immensely easy peasy method to book your climb. Here’s how. Step 1: Go to Since you are reading this article, […]


When it comes to booking your climb to Mt. Apo, it is a basic requirement that you opt for a legitimate company to do the job for you. One company, which I highly propose, is Discover Mt. Apo. First, let me give you a short background of Discover Mt. Apo. It started its operations in […]


  In my previous article, I talked about the different hot and fun activities that you can do this summer of 2016, with climbing Mt. Apo as your number 1 priority. After you have read the said article, I assume now that you’re already convinced to take the challenge of conquering the Philippine’s highest peak. […]


Summer 2016 would officially kickoff a few months from now. However, as early as January, we already have a taste of summer because it is everyday hot and sunny in Davao. Do you already daydream relentlessly as to what your adventure would be like this summer?  If you don’t have that picture perfect yet, let […]


When you’re in to climb Mt. Apo, expect for a long hike before you reach the pinnacle. As a consequence of that extensive trek to Mt. Apo, you would be under the sun most of the time. Yes, it is true that sunlight is needed by the skin to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for strong […]

6 Incredible Superfoods for Mountain Climbers

These days the sweltering heat of the sun can really be felt. Don’t you wish you were in a far faraway land with breezy winds and cool weather? If that’s certainly what you want, I’ve got the perfect place for you. That is at the top of Mt. Apo. Not only would you enjoy a […]


Climbing Mt. Apo is no easy peasy, yet definitely worth the sweat. If you are willing to take this challenge and very much eager to discover mt. apo, make sure to plan ahead. Brace yourself for some prep work before you could reach the peak. One very important detail that you should not miss out […]


Nowadays, people’s lives mainly evolve around routines. They get out of bed and go to work. Then return to their homes, have dinner, and maybe surf the web, read, or watch t.v. before they hit the sack. The following day, it’s the same thing all over again. Are you one of those people? Are you […]


When was the last time you did something extraordinary? Do you still remember that feeling of thrill, exhiliration, euphoria, or bliss? How about that sense of self-accomplishment? Well, if the last time you experienced that was already centuries ago, it’s time to relive that moment of jubilation. And what better way to do that? It […]


Are you excited about your first climbing experience to Mount Apo? Well, we can never blame you for that since such outdoor adventure is definitely an exhilarating one. Why not try your first climb this coming holidays? We have a scheduled Christmas and New Year Climb just for you! Check out below. If you’re ready, […]

Climbing Mt. Apo? Get The Best Style Of Trekking Shoes

When it comes to wearing the right clothes and shoes for an occasion, we always consider which among our choices can give us the moat comfort. Yes, no matter how trendy or fashionable such ensembles are, experts say that we must never forget that feeling comfortable when wearing them is a major requirement, and that […]

Things To Keep In Mind When Climbing Mount Apo

Climbing Mount Apo can be both exciting yet exhausting because of the terrain that you need to conquer. However, we can never blame you for considering it as part of your to-do list when it comes to outdoor activities because we know for a fact that it is indeed a fun sport. Before you get […]

Exercise Routines Before Climbing Mount Apo

Are you excited about your first climbing experience to Mount Apo? Well, we can never blame you for that since such outdoor adventure is definitely an exhilarating one. But before you get so excited about doing it, you need to consider a few tips first, particularly on what exercises you can actually do prior to […]

What Is Mountaineering?

Mountaineering is an outdoor sports that a number of people are really into. But, how familiar are we with the sport? How about those who go out for mountain climbing, like reaching Mount Apo, do they fully understand what the sport is all about? Mountain climbing, or trekking, is an adventure that actually needs perseverance […]

Some Tips Before Climbing A Mountain Part II

Mountain climbing is definitely fun, right? When you and your relatives and friends are looking for an outdoor adventure that can be attended and participated in by many, if not by everyone you are eyeing to be part of the team, you end up most of the time choosing mountain climbing. Well, we can never […]

Some Tips Before Climbing A Mountain Part I

Mountain climbing is an activity that is definitely considered exciting and fun. While it is viewed as something exhilarating, one must never discount the fact that it is dangerous outdoor activity as well. With that said, everyone who is set to climb a mountain must be aware of important tips before starting your trek. In […]

How To Climb Mt. Apo Through The Kidapawan Trail

Climbing can really be considered as one of the most challenging outdoor activities. And what makes it more challenging? Try climbing Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. If you are planning to climb Mt. Apo, the very thing that you need to do is to identify which among the available trails you are […]

Be Safe and Ready for Mountain Climbing Part II

In our previous article, we talked about four practical tips which you can religiously consider if you want to have a safe and enjoyable experience on mountain climbing. In the said article, we particularly cited we particularly cited about climbing the highest peak in a country as among the most sought-after destinations when it comes […]

Be Safe and Ready for Mountain Climbing Part I

When planning for a great outdoor adventure, mountain climbing or trekking can be among your options, right? When it comes to this kind of outdoor bonding activity, there are a lot of mountains which some professional climbers are frequently suggesting. So, if you want to experience real enjoyment and excitement, why not climb up to […]

How To Prepare Your Body Before Mountain-Climbing

You might be so excited already to be with some friends and relatives for your dream summer event – mountain climbing. However, you somehow have fears about pushing through with the plans because it is your first time to go trekking. Well, we have gathered some notes on how to prepare yourself before starting your […]

Mind Preparation Before Mountain Climbing

Many could have been thinking that when you are physically healthy and fit, you can already start an adventure by mountain climbing. This particular notion is actually not right, because apart from your health and physique, you also need to be emotionally and mentally prepared. Yes, these things are also very crucial before you start […]

The Ordinance on Trekking Mt. Apo of Sta. Cruz LGU: A Review

In conquering the highest peak of the Philippines, one of the popular paths is via the Sibulan Trail in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Being such, its local government unit (LGU) enacted an ordinance to continuously protect this “natural wealth through regulation of activities to be conducted therein”. So if Mt. Apo climbing is in […]

Summer: The Best Time to Climb Mt. Apo

Starting March, summer is here again. And when it is already summer, most of us want to do an activity or go on travels that will surely bring more fun to our sunny season. Thus, we need to start planning for that great summer retreat right away. If you are someone who loves adventure while […]

Mt. Apo: Preparing for the climb

So, it’s your first time to go up Mt. Apo and you can feel the adrenaline rush through your veins even though you’re supposed to make the climb a week from now. This can perhaps be counted as one of the most “adventurous” things you’re about to do so far in your life as a […]

Climbing Mt. Apo: Which trail to take?

For so many climbers, climbing Mt. Apo is among the most challenging peaks to conquer because of its height which is touted to be the highest in the country. With its elevation of 3,144 meters above sea level, it is being regarded as the dream peak of all Filipino mountaineers. In fact, when a Filipino […]