Mt. Tapulao

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Tapulao, aptly called High Peak, is the tallest mountain in Zambales and in Central Luzon. Standing at 2,037 meters above sea level, it has one of highest elevation gains in the country (almost 1900m!). Hiking up Mt. Tapulao is a rewarding experience as it offers a diverse range of environs, from grasslands, to pines forests and mossy forests. Be awed with the views along the pine forest, which is relatively pristine and comparable to those found in the Cordilleras. Be amazed at the sea of clouds during your summit assault!

Be prepared for a challenging two-day hike. The trail itself is not very steep (mining trucks used to go up the campsite in Tapulao) but the sheer distance of 18kms to the summit will test your mental strength. The temperature can range from hot in the lower parts to freezing near the campsite and summit. Truly, a challenge for every mountaineer out there.


  • Roundtrip private transportation: Manila-Iba, Zambales 
  • Camp Meals (Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Registration fees, DENR fees, and other applicable fees
  • Adventure Guides/Coordinator 
  • Local Guide fees


  • Shower fees
  • Hike insurance
  • Personal porter
  • Tent accommodation (this can rented)
  • Day 0

  • 10:00 PM Registration (Friday)

  • 11:00 PM Depart for Mt. Tapulao.

  • Day 1

  • 05:30 AM ETA Jump off point. Orientation. Start trek.

  • 09:30 AM Rock trail. first water source.

  • 01:00 PM Second water source. lunch.

  • 04:30 PM Pine forest. Sunset viewing on the trails.

  • 07:00 PM Dinner.

  • Day 2

  • 04:30 AM Light breakfast and head to the summit.

  • 05:45 AM EAT Summit. Explore the area.

  • 06:30 AM Start descent back to campsite for breakfast and break camp.

  • 08:15 AM Start descent.

  • 04:00 PM ETA jump-off point. Wash up and depart back to Manila. Dinner along the way.

  • 11:00 PM ETA Manila.

Hike equipment:
Backpack cover
Hiking shoes
Headlamp with extra batteries
Trek poles
Hike Clothing: 
Wicking, quick-dry underwear
Wicking, quick-dry sports bra
Drifit shirt or long sleeves
Arm sleeves (optional)
Drifit pants
Waterproof pants (optional)
For the cold
Down jacket or fleece
Waterproof jacket with hood
Raincoat or Poncho
Gear accessories:
Fleece gloves
Hiking socks above your ankle
Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
Toilet paper
Women’s hygiene items
Soap and shampoo
Sun block
Mosquito repellant
Trail food
Airtight food container
Ear plugs
Personal medications
Power bank
Hand sanitizer
Additional dry bags or plastic bags for used clothes
Pesos in small denominations
Neck pillow for the van ride
Watch (optional)
Camera (optional)
Umbrella (optional)

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