Cleopatra's Needle

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At 1,593 meters above sea level, Cleopatra’s Needle (named after a natural stone obelisk that is visible from its summit) is the highest mountain in Puerto Princesa City, and the third tallest in Palawan. But this mountain is famous not for its stature, but for its spectacular view of the rest of Palawan Island.

At the start of the three to four-day trek, hikers will need to cross the Tanabag river several times; however, the guides from the local Batak tribe have an intimate knowledge of the river, and can pinpoint the best places to cross. There is also an opportunity to visit the Batak village, where one can marvel at the Pulang Bato section of the river.

After the river, the trail to the summit is straightforward and well-established. During this phase, hikers can take in the astonishing array of flora and fauna that Palawan is known for. Of course, the view from the summit is the crowning glory of the entire climb. With clear skies, you can get an almost 360-degree panorama of Palawan: Mt. Victoria to the south, Mt. Kapoas to the north, and the Puerto Princesa City proper to the southeast.

Did you know?
The Batak tribe, the indigenous inhabitants of Cleopatra’s Needle, has a dwindling population of less than 200. Ecotourism activities such as mountain climbing provide a sustainable source of livelihood for its members.


Roundtrip Van transportation: Puerto Princesa-Brgy. Tanabag
Roundtrip Tricycle transportation: Brgy. Tanabag-Mt. Victoria 
Registration fees, DENR feees and other applicable fees
Tent Accomodation 
Camp meals (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch) 
Adventure Guides/Coordinator 
Local Guides 

  • Day 1

  • 07:00 AM Town proper to Jumpoff

  • 09:00 AM Registration on site. Start Trek. Visit Batak Community

  • 12:00 PM Lunch at Pulang Bato

  • 01:00 PM Resume Trek

  • 05:00 PM Arrive at Kaisuka Camp. Set camp.

  • 06:00 PM Dinner. Socials

  • Day 2

  • 05:00 AM Break Camp. Breakfast

  • 06:00 AM Start Trek

  • 11:30 AM Lunch at last water source

  • 01:00 PM Resume Trek

  • 05:00 PM Arrive at Sulpan Camp. Set camp.

  • 06:00 PM Dinner. Socials

  • Day 3

  • 05:00 AM Break Camp. Breakfast

  • 06:00 AM Start Trek. Summit Assault

  • 08:00 AM Reach Summit Summit

  • 09:00 AM Descend to campsite.

  • 10:00 AM Arrive at Camp Sulpan. Early Lunch. Break camp

  • 05:00 PM Arrive at camp Almaciga. Set Camo

  • 06:00 PM Dinner. Socials

  • Day 4

  • 05:00 AM Break Camp. Breakfast

  • 06:00 AM Start Trek. Descend to jump off point. Lunch along the way

  • 03:00 PM Arrive at Camp 1

  • 07:00 PM ETA National Highway. Dinner along the way. Overnight.

  • Day 5

  • 06:00 PM Free time. Fly back to Manila

Terms and Conditions

  • Clothes good enough for the trip
  • A good pair of trekking shoes
  • Jacket (It is advised to have 2 jackets a cotton/fleece jacket for the cold and a water proof jacket for when you walk at the camp site.)
  • Rain and Sun Protection (Sun block, shades, rain coat etc.)
  • Head Light
  • Water or rehydration fluids
  • Tupperware/ Eating utensils
  • Snack/ Trail Food
  • Trekking Pole
  • Toiletries (tissue, wet wipes, tooth brush etc.)
  • Camera
  • Personal medications
  • Slippers
  • Deposit slip and remaining balance
  • Book donation (optional. This is for our 1 Book Project. We prefer books for elementary students) 

* Tents are needed. You have an option to rent from us or bring your own.
Please e-mail us at info@trailadventours for tent and sleeping bag rental.


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