Mt. Balingkilat

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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.


  • Roundtrip transfers via private vehicle: Manila-Zambales-Manila
  • Registration fees, environmental fees and other applicable entrance fees
  • Services of our Adventure Guides
  • Local guide fees


  • Porter fees (if needed by the participant)
  • Meals
  • Tips and donations
  • Day 1

  • 01:00 AM Meet up and Registration at McDonald's El Pueblo, Ortigas.

  • 01:30 AM Depart for Mt. Balingkilat jump off point.

  • 05:00 AM Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) SitioCawag, Mt.Balingkilat.

  • 05:15 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.

Trail Steepness Very steep
Trail Exposure Mostly exposed
Mobile Signal Weak and sporadic
Transportation Private vehicle
Water Source None
Restroom/Toilet Present at the jump-off point
River/Water Crossing Possible
Temperature Usually hot and humid
Meals Not provided
Special Equipment/Gear None
Insects Some bugs and mosquitoes
Wash area at the Jump-off None
A change of clothes
A good pair of hiking shoes
Things for rain and sun protection (e.g.Sunblock, shades, cap, raincoat)
Head Light
Water and other rehydration fluids (we recommend a minimum of 2litters/person)
Snack/ Trail Food
Packed lunch
Personal Medication
Toiletries (e.g tissue, towel)
Trekking pole
Extra plastic or dry bags for your dirty clothes
Deposit slip and your remaining balance

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