For centuries, people have been attracted to Mt. Apo, the “Grandfather” of Philippine mountains. Today, there are six different indigenous groups that stay here, calling this mountain their home – depsite it being a potentially active volcano, just one of 22 in the country.
If that doesn’t pique your adventurous side, how about scaling it through a 90-degree trail? Start from Kidapawan and find yourself in Magpet, Davao, or Digos; and vice versa. You can book through the local tourist office.
From Kidapawan, pass through Lake Agco, where cold and hot springs collide; then scramble through the raging Marbel River—more than once; soak in Mainit hot springs and end up in Lake Venado, 2,194 meters above sea level. Experience all these before you end up on the summit, which is 9,692 feet high!
You can also pass through a wild forest with century-old hardwood trees, massive boulders, grassland and everything in between.
Mt. Apo has five different types of forest, so it’s like mini-microenvironments rolled into one — from swamps, grassland, mossy forests, and pine forests. Tailor your own adventure!
And don’t forget to meet some exotic and unusual wildlife. Nearly half can only be found in the mountain. There are no traffic jams or noisy neighbors here—except for the simultaneous chirping of the 272 species of birds, 111 of them endemic to the mountain. And maybe you’ll be lucky enough to view the endangered Philippine Eagle. It’s the largest eagle on earth, with a wingspan of two meters!
If you’d just like to hang close to the city, try “falls-hopping”.
Take a short hike to Mawig Falls and Paniqui Cave and Falls just in Barangay Balabag, and bask in pure waterfall bliss. Hungry for more? We have the stinkiest fruit in the planet: the Durian. You’ll either love it or hate it.