Mt. Balingkilat


FUN AT Mt. Balingkilat

Trail Difficulty: 5/10

Adventure Duration: 1 day/s

One of the highest peaks in the Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves area, Mt. Balingkilat (known as the “Mountain of Thunder” in the native Aeta language) is an emerging hiking hotspot within San Antonio and Subic. It was also once known as “Pointed peak” used by US Navy servicemen who used to be stationed in Subic Naval Base.

Mt. Balingkilat offers the same rocky, grassy and windy features like other western mountains of Luzon such as Mt. Cinco Picos. With little tree cover, there are also steep parts in the final legs of the trail. Before, it would usually be a two-day affair but a day-hike is much preferable because of the opportunity to climb its “sister mountain,” Mt. CincoPicos, in one weekend. Mt. Balingkilat is a challenging dayhike climb. The challenge is the intense exposure to the sun that makes it difficult to climb. Dim-trekking or hiking in the early morning or late afternoon is the best strategy to climb Mt. Balingkilat.

A breathtaking scene awaits at the top, the South China Sea and its coastline can be seen from north to south. Including beautiful coves like Anawangin, Talesayen, Nagsasa and Silanguin. Other mountains can also be seen at the summit with other scenic ridges.


Day 1
12:10 AM Meet up and Registration at McDonald's El Pueblo, Ortigas.
12:30 AM Depart for Mt. Balingkilat jump off point.
04:00 AM Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) SitioCawag, Mt.Balingkilat.
04:15 AM Start trek.
06:30 AM Kawayanan. Start ascent.
11:00 AM ETA summit. Lunch. Explore the summit.
12:15 PM Start descent.
04:00 PM ETA Kawayanan.
05:00 PM ETA at Mt. Balingkilat jump off point. Wash up.
06:00 PM Depart for Manila.
11:00 PM ETA Manila.



Roundtrip private vehicle: Manila-Mt. Balingkilat, Zambales
Registration, entrance and DENR fees
Adventure Guide/Coordinator
Local Guide 
Trail AdvenTours ID



10-12 people:  Php 2,000.00/person
8-9 people:     Php 2,300.00/person
6-7 people:     Php 3,000.00/person
5 people:        Php 3,300.00/person
Less then 4 people: Php 16,000.00


Please email for any inquries and booking.
  • Clothes (for changing after the hike)
  • A good pair of trekking shoes
  • Rain and Sun Protection (Sun block, shades, rain coat etc..)
  • Head Light
  • Water Bottle
  • 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) 
You can download our waiver here.
Waiver (PDF)

1. How do we get there?
We will be using private vehicles. Travel time is 3 hours.

2. Is the climb ideal for beginners?
No. The trek is difficult and challenging. It is a 5 hour continuous ascent through 40 to 50 degree steep trails to the summit. However, if you are confident with your physical fitness then there will be no problem.

3. Are there restrooms?
There are restrooms at the jump-off point. It is possible to take a bath here.

4. Is there a water source? 
None. Mt. Balingkilat is infamous for its very exposed and dry trails thus, 3L of water or more is required.

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