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 0

  • 06:00 AM Meet up and depart for Cleopatras Needle

  • 08:30 AM ETA jump off point. Start trek to Batak village.

  • 10:00 AM ETA Batak village. Courtesy call and start river trekking to Camp site.

  • 05:00 PM ETA Camp site. Dinner. Lights out.

  • Day 1

  • 06:00 AM Breakfast and start summit assault.

  • 12:00 PM

  • 05:00 PM Eta. Camp. Rest and easy.

  • Day 2

  • 06:00 AM Wake up call. Breakfast and prepare for the trek back.

  • 07:30 AM Start trek. River crossing. We can take time and have a dip of the river.

  • 04:00 PM ETA back to jump off point and head back to Puerto Princesa

  • 06:30 PM ETA P. Princessa

  • 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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