Mount Apo
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This is the highest mountain in the Philippines.
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Tristan D
Poysdorf, Austria133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Awesome hiking experience in the Philippines! My second best hiking experience after EBC (Everest Base Camp ca. 5400m)!
Written 3 February 2024
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Graham S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We planned this trip as a 3 day, 2 night trip with Mt. Apo Adventures, but we ended up able to complete the hike in two days! Albert was very experienced in helping us prepare, and met us the night before and the morning of to ensure a safe journey. Views on the Santa Cruz Trail were incredible, we especially liked the farm section in the beginning. The campsite was busy with other groups, there is clean drinking water at the camp, one working toilet, and the food was amazing. Special thanks to Rey, our main guide, who cooked and guided us to the top. My partner has never climbed a mountain before, and even though this is a physically challenging hike, we are in average shape and were able to complete the hike early (the second day was quite long). Overall, both of us would 100 percent recommend Mt. Apo Adventures to organize their trek, and definitely try climbing this mountain!
Written 11 January 2024
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inaderechogiangan
Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I’m so happy to conquer the highest mountain in the Philippines. If you are looking for a long trip adventure you must try Mt. Apo. You can discover a lot and experience new but great things. I rate this as 100/10 HAHAHAH
Written 14 November 2023
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jovitong.gala
Mactan Island, Philippines249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Went back to hiking after a long hiatus and decided to cahllenge myself and climb the country's higest peak, although the rains prevented us going to Venado Lake, just the Boulder face and Peak was enough to make this trek worth the time.
Written 9 November 2023
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Roy C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I had been planning a 2-week trip to the Philippines and decided to visit Davao based on my research. A big part of my decision was to spend 3 days of my trip to climb Mt Apo. I was fortunate to read about the experiences that others had with Albert and contacted him via email. I knew I was dealing with someone very experienced when he sent me the equipment list and what I should do to be prepared. My experience climbing the mountain was incredible and although we had cold and windy conditions, it was one of the best hikes I've had in many years (Appalachians, Pikes, Longs, Kokoda etc). When the weather held off for the early morning views of the sunrise from the bolder field, it was a slice of heaven!

Not only is Albert an incredible guide, he also has a wonderful team of support staff from Ray, Roy, the cooks, the equipment and camp team - they were all professional and extremely friendly and welcoming. They made me feel more like family than a "customer".

I would strongly recommend Albert and his team to anyone who would like to include the wonderful mini-adventure of bagging Mt Apo to your bucket list. I flew solo from the USA for this experience - my first trip since 2018 - and I am so happy that I chose Davao, and the best guide on Mt Apo!!

Thank you
Roy Charette
Massachusetts/Florida
Written 26 December 2022
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Mjoyfuljoy
Lexington, KY75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We took the Sta. Cruz Circuit trail.

It was a rainy and muddy Day 1. After a 5-hour hike, we reached Camp 1, drenched, hungry and über cold.
We conquered the infamous boulders on Day 2. We started our ascent at 4:00AM, arrived at jump off point 3 hours after, climbed through the boulders, literally on our hands and knees with the smell of sulfur from the vents for an additional 3 hours (I felt like I was Frodo on his way to Mt. Doom whilst at it), stopped by Mt. Apo crater 2 hours after, then summited at guess where??? At the Kidapawan Peak!!! We camped for the night at the majestic and my ever favourite Lake Venado in the moonlight.

Day 3 was a total of 10++ hours trek via the Century Tree. I can’t remember much except it felt like I was in Fangorn forest with young and old trees (some with orchids) AND it that was mostly descent (and sliding for me) through fallen trees, mud, creeks, rocks, mud and more mud.

Exhausted, caked with mud and dirt (obviously), with some minor cuts and bruises, but it was all WORTH it. Shout out to our guides for the great organisation and the yummy and healthy meals 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you, Apo Sandawa!
Written 25 December 2022
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Laura B
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
I booked our 3 day, 2 night hike up the mountain through Mt Apo Adventures. Everything was wonderfully organised through Alfred. Our local guide, porter and drivers were excellent. The porter even walked all the way to the summit to cook us breakfast. The weather was not the best for our first evening camp. In fact, the torrential rain and storms made us fear we would not reach the summit. But the rain cleared and we got a beautiful day. The guide knew exactly when to leave.

I would say that both myself and my partner are experienced hikers and we still found this challenging. It’s not a commercial hike in any way. This is a local trail which needs an experienced guide through the rainforest and the boulders. The weather can also be challenging. Don’t expect this to be an easy path - go prepared. But I would also say this was an incredible experience that has been a real highlight of my time in the Philippines.
Written 8 December 2022
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Mattias G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Great trek up Mt Apo guided by Albert from Mt Apo Adventures in May 2022. Albert is very experienced and easy to deal with. Great customer service and knows the ins and outs of the mountain. Would highly recommend him.
Written 7 June 2022
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Paul Bright
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Magic Mount APO is the highest peak overlooking the Southern ocean route to Australia. On a clear day you can see Indonesia. The best thing is you can climb directly from the Makar Wharf 2GO passenger shipping port with just a rucksack. Local people are friendly and helpful and will feed you on the way. It's easy to find a nice spot for camping and the locals will watch over you and keep you safe. A mosquito proof tent is a good idea. Everyone loves explorers in Mindanao and if you're lucky they will call you Sir Francis Drake. Life is Good and you will be so happy to reach the very top of The Philippines!
Written 3 February 2019
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Lena S
St. Petersburg, Russia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
While visiting Philippines I and my husband decided to climb Mount Apo. We did not plan that in advance, so it was quite difficult to find a guide: sent requests to 4 or 5 travel companies that organize Mt.Apo climb, but all of them refused to provide that kind of service without preliminary (3-4 weeks before) booking except for one company. Mr. Albert from Mt. Apo Adventures company contacted us and organized our trip in just a few hours: we filled in and sent him mount permit forms via email and the next day took a flight to Davao City.
Our guide met us at Davao airport and we started our way to the mount. Our small group of me and my husband was accompanied by 1 guide and 1 porter - both very nice guys. Everything was provided: tents, sleeping bags, hot drinks and hot meals all the way almost to the top! We started around midday, arrived to the mount and settled in a village. We had our dinner there and slept a little until start early morning 3 am the next day. The climb was not very difficult, but quite steep sometimes. The view from the top is amazing! We returned back to the village and our tents around 1 pm and went back ro Davao city. We could finish our climb in just one day because we had an experienced guide and because it was a weekday, and we were the only tourists on the trek. Our company also provided a hotel on the last day of the tour, which is very convenient because you can leave your excess stuff there before you start your trek and have a hot shower after comeback. We really enjoyed our climb and the service provided by Mt Apo Adventures.
Written 20 December 2018
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