The highest mountains in the Philippines

After an extensive researching and analysis of all available data from local and foreign sources, Pinoy Mountaineer releases its list of the country’s tallest mountains. It is hoped that this list will clarify all misunderstandings regarding this matter.

Comparative analysis and a relative elevation index was constructed based on PHILVOLCS,, Sibarong Backpackers, MMS, and other sources. The Rodol Map of 1956 was also consulted, as well as site-specific DENR publications. Mountains suspected to be one and the same were plotted on the Wikimapia map of the Philippines to weed out redundancies, as in the case of Mt. Ragang and Mt. Piapayungan.

The choice of which elevation to prefer reflects the approach of Pinoy Mountaineer in all its entries: landmark mountains, whose elevations are extensively studied (i.e. Mt. Apo, Mt. Kanlaon) served as benchmarks against which other mountains are compared. The relative graph formed from each source served as collaborative evidence.

The decision to include all high points of the Kitanglad Range follow the attitude of mountaineers towards the Cordillera range where all the high points (i.e. Pulag, Tabayoc, Napulauan) were considered. Still, however, this list may not free from inaccuracies and peer-evaluation is highly encouraged.

Coordinates will be added and this table will be modified as new information is available. Supplemental tables (i.e. Top 10 highest in Luzon) will also be included later.

There are truly still a lot of mountains out there, and Pinoy Mountaineer is still far from its goal of identifying, classifying, and describing all the mountains in the Philippines. It is a refreshing thought, however, that one will never run out of mountains to explore in the Philippines!


Rank Mountain Elevation (meters) Location
1 Mt. Apo 2956 m Davao and North Cotabato
2 Mt. Dulang-Dulang 2938 m Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon
3 Mt. Pulag 2922 m Cordillera Range, Benguet
4 Mt. Kitanglad 2899 m Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon
5 Mt. Kalatungan 2860 m Kalatungan Range, Bukidnon
6 Mt. Tabayoc 2842 m Cordillera Range, Benguet
7 Mt. Ragang 2815 m Piapayungan Range, Lanao del Sur
8 Mt. Maagnaw 2742 m Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon
9 Mt. Singakalsa (Timbak) 2717 m Cordillera Range, Benguet
10 Mt. Amuyao 2702 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
11 Mt. Panotoan 2689 m Cordillera Range, Benguet-Ifugao
12 Mt. Kapiligan (Cawit) 2670 m Cordillera Range, Ifugao
13 Mt. Pandadagsaan/Mt. Tagub (White Peak) 2670 m New Bataan, Compostela Valley
14 Mt. Abao 2661 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
15 Mt. Napulauan 2642 m Cordillera Range, Ifugao
16 Mt. Osdung 2617 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
17 Mt. Lumuluyaw, 2612 m Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon
18 Mt. Halcon 2582 m Oriental Mindoro
19 Mt. Cauitan 2569 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
20 Mt. Alchanon (Alchanar) 2567 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
21 Mt. Baco 2488 m Occidental Mindoro
22 Mt. Bangbanglang 2464 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
23 Mt. Mayon 2462 m Albay, Bicol Region
24 Mt. Sapocoy (Saporay) 2456 m Cordillera Range, Kalinga-Apayao
25 Mt. Pawoi 2456 m Cordillera Range, Mt. Province
26 Mt. Balatucan 2450 m Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
27 Mt. Kanlaon 2435 m Negros Island
28 Mt. Malindang 2404 m Misamis Occidental
29 Mt. Candalaga 2402 m Davao Oriental
30 Mt. Tuminungan 2400 m Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon

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60 Comments on "The highest mountains in the Philippines"

1 month 12 days ago

I kind of hoped that this list would also discuss Topographic Prominence or define it since most of the mountains in the list are parts of a range..

Adolf Dujmovits
10 months 23 days ago

@manny Great respect to your team and local authorities who assisted you on your journey there in your beautiful country. May I know if the readings were legit and accurate? What tools were used? I hope it didn't came from mobile apps as these are unreliable and team members conducted proper (could be manual) to arrive at almost same results? How are these documented in terms of technical readings? Again, well done my friends!

1 year 7 months ago

The IIT Mountaineers #TeamPayong Exploration Climb to the summit of Mt. Piapayungan (locally called Mt. Piagayungan) last April 16-23, 2014 successfully recorded the height of the mountain at ground level to be 2894 masl. It is much higher than Mt. Kalatungan at 2860. We would like to propose correction to the top 10 Philippine mountains and install Mt. Piagayungan at 2894 masl as the 5th highest mountain in the country measured at Hadji Ibrahim's Peak. We named the peak after our ever protective MILF Commander who shed sweat and tears in joining us to our journey to the summit and back to Butig, Lanao del Sur in the 7 days exploration climb. Thanks.

3 years 2 months ago

hi,can we use the list as reference for our online FB contest?


3 years 2 months ago

hi,can we use the list as reference for our online FB contest?