Climbing to the top of the Philippines
While the mountain can be climbed any time of year, the best season to go is between March and May, when the volatile weather is less severe. Hikers can forego mountaineering equipment, but are advised to bring standard camping supplies, as well as food and plenty of water. Rain gear and warm clothing are also recommended, since temperatures at night can drop near freezing and rain is always a possibility. While some hikers opt to carry all the equipment themselves, many hire at least one porter to carry water and other necessities for about $5 to $8 per day. Besides transportation fees, foreign visitors can expect to pay about $18 per person for registration fees and $12 per day for a guide.
Although tamer and less technical than other mountains in the region, like Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia or Mount Kerinci in Indonesia, Mount Apo has its own set of challenges and should not be underestimated. Whether an exhilarating challenge for the aspiring mountaineer or an invigorating hike for the experienced climber, the journey to the top of the Philippines leaves visitors in awe of this archipelago in the middle of the Pacific.