Southern Mindanao

Mt. Apo/Kidapawan-Magpet: Davao + North Cotabato / 2956m (#1)
Mt. Apo/Kapatagan-Kidapawan: Davao + North Cotabato / 2956m (#1)
Mt. Apo/Sibulan-Kapatagan: Davao del Sur / 2956m (#1)

Mt. Apo/Traverse from Mt. Talomo: Davao + Davao Del Sur (#1/#14)
Mt. Bongao: Tawi-Tawi / 314m
Mt. Candalaga: Compostela Valley / 2402m (#29)
Mt. Hamiguitan: Davao Oriental / 1620m
Mt. Matutum: South Cotabato / 2293m
Mt. Parker (Lake Holon): South Cotabato / 1400m
Mt. Piapayungan: Lanao del Sur / 2817m (#7)
Mt. Puting Bato: Samal Island / 410m
Mt. Talomo: Davao City / 2674m (#14)
Mt. Tampurong: Davao del Sur /1682m
White Peak (Mt. Pandadagsaan): Compostela Valley / 2670m (#13)

Southern Mindanao possesses the highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo – which covers North Cotabato and the Davao provinces. This towering presence is a natural sanctuary that is home to the Phiippine Eagle. The major centers are Davao City and General Santos City. Aside from Mt. Apo, another famous destination is Lake Holon – said to the ‘cleanest water in the country’ in South Cotabato’s Mt. Parker. A trip to this mountain would also take you to the scenic town of Lake Sebu, the “summer capital” of the region. Numerous sidetrip possibilities include Samal Island, the beaches in Sarangani province, and countless waterfalls and caves. Mt. Matutum – set in the pineapple plantations of Tupi, South Cotabato – is also a favorite climb.

The several other trails of Mt. Apo are a priority to be covered; Mt. Candalaga’s reputed beauty is something that we wish to share also, as soon as we have information. Mt. Piapayungan, the highest ‘unclimbable’ mountain in the Philippines, is listed under the ‘Closed mountains status bulletin’ of PinoyMountaineer. Hopefully, as correspondence with mountaineering groups in Southern Mindanao increases and as the situation in some parts improve, we will have more mountain destinations here.

Ateneo de Davao Mountaineering Club (AMC)
Digos Outdoors
Mountaineering Federation of Southern Mindanao
Sandawa-Apo Mountaineering and Ecology Club
Tacurong Mountaineers and Adventure Club (TAMAC)

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16 Comments on "Southern Mindanao"

11 years 4 months ago

We are planning a Talomo-Mt Apo Mega traverse end of March 2013. Email me if you are interested in joining us –


11 years 6 months ago

My nephew would like to climb Mt. Apo January 2013. Is it okay to climb said mountain after typhoon Pablo? Any group to contact to join climbing trip on said date?

12 years 6 months ago

group of 5 climbing apo feb 23-25 2012,kapatagan kidapawan trail. kindly email me if you want to join us…. thanks

12 years 6 months ago

Any suggestions who to contact to organise a Mt Apo climb in January?

13 years 1 month ago

ser gid…my info/details po b kayo about Mt. Ragang?