6 Budget Friendly Hiking Destinations Near Metro Manila



They say life begins at 40, I guess not. Life begins the moment you step out of your comfort zone even you do not know where the road will take you. Just like on hiking. Every mountain we climb is a new adventure. We do not know what to expect along the trail, but what ever it will be, it sure does worthy!


Hiking is not just good for your body but as well to your soul. Since we have hundreds of mountains to climb on, let’s unlock their beauty! Here’s a quick list of the mountains you can climb on even you’re on a tight budget!

Mt. Daraitan (Tanay Rizal)

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700 pesos lang? Well, do not underestimate the power of your 700 pesos because it can take you to Mt. Daraitan! This mountain is just two and a half hours away from Manila and with just 700 pesos you can experience everything! At the summit, you can’t help but to get mesmerize by the scenic view of Sierra Madre, the Daraitan River and other neighboring mountains. When you go to Mt. Daraitan, you shouldn’t miss the magnificent Tinipak River! Plunge into its crystal clear water surrounded by dramatic marble rock formations!

Mt. Balagbag – Maranat (Rodriguez, Rizal)

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Traverse Mt. Balagbag with just 800 pesos! This place is good for beginners. The summit is just an hour away, so after climbing you can have a dip at Maranat Falls. Tip: The best time to climb the mountain is late in the afternoon. Why? See for yourself!

Mt. Gulugod Baboy (Mabini, Batangas)

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This mountain is another 700 php-worthy hiking spot and ideal place for beginners! It will only take you about an hour or two to reach its summit. It is a coastal mountain so even the sun will shine in all its glory, you wouldn’t feel its presence at all! The cruel part of hiking is going back to the low land, right?  If you can no longer afford to walk with your bare foot, you can rent a tricycle to sent you back to the ground.

Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas)

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and bedazzle the scenic views of Batangas at Mt. Batulao! With just 800 pesos you can experience walking the rolling slopes and gullies of the mountain! There are two ways to reach its peak, either you’ll take the old trail or the new one. But if you wish to test your endurance, we suggest the old one.

Mt. Minalmon (San Miguel, Bulacan)

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Positioned in the cradle of our nation’s noble heroes, lies Mt. Minalmon. This so called mountain is not really a mountain but rather a hill. You can still experience a wild forest adventure while hiking, especially if the Mamamayang May Aksyon Dulot ng Likas-Yamang Umuugnay sa Madlum will guide you. You will not just marvel around but get educated with their stories and fun facts about the mountain.

Taal Volcano (San Nicolas, Batangas)

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This tour will hurt our pocket a lil bit. So bes you need to save 1000 pesos (without the boat fare), but I assure you, the experience it will give to you weighs more than a thousand bucks! Upon arriving, you will experience the Lava Walk and witness the hardened black lava! You can ride a horse to see the mountain’s crater, but because we are on a tight budget, we prefer to walk instead. Because hiking can be exhausting, reward yourself and taste the locals’ sumptuous boodle fight feast!

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