Mt. Makiling Traverse

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The Makiling Traverse is the perfect outing for those looking for the rush of a challenging hike, but are too busy for a two to three-day expedition. The traverse takes you through the rugged terrain and untamed rainforests of the famous Maria Makiling, all within a day and in close proximity to Manila.

Makiling has plenty of surprises in store for hikers of every background. The trail goes through well-preserved forests teeming with wildlife, including plenty of limatik (leeches) that make the hike interesting. Parts of the trail are very narrow and can be described as “obstacle courses” that force you to do a bit of stretching and contorting. The most challenging portion is the steep ascent up Melkas Ridge that requires hikers to grab on to fixed ropes and loose branches in order to help
themselves up.

After climbing Makiling’s twin peaks, the descent down the other side of the mountain provides a glimpse of Los Banos and the nearby towns, as well as of Laguna Lake. Near the bottom is the Makiling nursery where tired hikers can buy refreshments such as fresh buko juice. You can also relax at the mudsprings heated by Makiling’s sulfuric vents.

If you’ve got a day to spare and are looking for a quick adventure, then the Makiling Traverse may just be the best way to spend it.


  • Roundtrip transfers via private vehicle: Manila-Mt. Makiling, Laguna- Manila
  • Registration fees, DENR fees, and other appliocable entrance fees
  • Services of our Adventure Guides
  • Local Guide fee



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

  • 03:00 AM Meet up and Registration at McDonald's El Pueblo, Ortigas

  • 03:30 AM Depart for Mt. Makiling, Sto.Tomas, Batangas.

  • 05:30 AM Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at Mt. Makiling jump off point.

  • 05:45 AM Last minute packing and orientation.

  • 06:00 AM Start trek.

  • 10:00 AM ETA Melkas ridge. Continue ascent.

  • 11:00 AM ETA Peak 3.

  • 12:00 PM ETA Peak 2. Lunch.

  • 01:00 PM Start decent via UP Los Banos side.

  • 04:00 PM ETA Aguila Base Camp.

  • 05:00 PM ETA College of Forestry (UP Los Banos). Wash up.

  • 05:30 PM Depart for Manila. Dinner along the way.

  • 10:00 PM ETA Manila

Trail Steepness Mostly steep
Trail Exposure Mostly covered
Mobile Signal Weak
Transportation Private vehicle
Water Source None
Restroom/Toilet Present at the jump-off point
River/Water Crossing None
Temperature Usually humid
Meals Not provided
Special Equipment/Gear None
Insects Bugs, ants, leeches
Wash Area at he 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 3 liters/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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