Mt. Apo, at 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level is, as its name is aptly translated, the grandfather of all Philippine mountains. There are several trails to the summit – Sibulan, Kapatagan, Magpet, Kidapawan, and Talomo. We used the Sibulan trail. I particularly like this trail because of the different terrains we encountered along the way. My personal favorite was the boulder section.
We started our ascent at around 3pm through fields of carrots and cabbages. We had to trek in the dark through the jungle until we arrived at the first campsite at around 8pm. This was also the first night trek for our group.
The next morning, we were woken up by the sound of this mountain native going through our food and leftovers.
We passed through mossy landscapes.
Through the boulders section which was simply otherworldly!
Until we arrived at the summit campsite which was a green and foggy beauty.
The thinner atmosphere gives way to this amazing view of the stars at night.
The morning mist.
We finally reached the highest point in the Philippines!
This climb was also made more special for me because here, at the highest point of my country is where my girlfriend of 11+ years and I got engaged.