Lake Venado

Makilala, Cotabato

Lake Venado is an endorheic lake located at the foot of Mount Apo in the province of North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. It is the highest lake in the country with an estimated surface elevation of 2,194 m above sea level. The lake is fed by local run-off and there is no outflow from the lake. The lake usually loses two-thirds of its size during dry months due to evaporation.

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name of the lake comes from the Spanish word "venado", which means "deer," owing to the deer-like shape of the lake. However, the local people living in the area called the lake "linaw", a Cebuano term for "clear", because the water of the lake is crystal-clear reflecting the peak of Mount Apo. The lake is believed to be enchanted by spirits living in the lake, according to the local tribes people.

The vicinity of the lake is a popular camping site for Filipino mountaineers en route to and coming down from the peak of Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest mountain.  Wiki

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  • On The Summit Of Mount Apo Day 3

    On The Summit Of Mount Apo Day 3

    It was the longest night I ever had. When I woke up at around 1AM I did not fall asleep for some reason. The wind was strong and as it penetrates inside the tent and hits my skin, it was like a knife that cuts and makes a wound because of its temperature and we were also bothered by the bad weather that might affect our ascend to the summit.

    After preparing our food, we started preparing for assault. Wore three layers of clothes, consist of cotton shirt, sweater then water proof jacket on the outer side. That moment, we were hesitant if we are going to hike or not because of the unfriendly ...

  • Trekking Mt Apo Through Sta Cruz-Kidapawan Trail

    Trekking Mt Apo Through Sta Cruz-Kidapawan Trail

    It was once my dream to climb the Philippines' highest mountain until I decided to wake up and realize that dream. It was my first 2,954 meters (asl) climb and the feeling was enormously grueling. However, as there is no easy road to the peak, the reward is absolute priceless once you reach the summit.

    Brief Overview

    Dubbed as the king of all mountains in the Philippines, Mt. Apo is a huge potentially active stratovolcano located between Davao City, Davao Del Sur province and Cotabato province in the island of Mindanao. It is considered as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site; habitat to n ...

  • Mt Apo Via Kidapawan Trail

    Mt Apo Via Kidapawan Trail

    'Apo' is a Filipino term which means 'master' or 'grandfather.' With an elevation of 2,954 metres (9,692 ft) above sea level, it is considered as the highest mountain in the Philippines. It is located between Regions XI and XII (Davao and Davao Del Sur provinces).

    There are several trails that can be used to reach the summit. The easiest route, which was suggested to us by Mr. Romi Garduce, would be the Kidapawan-Kidapawan trail (Entering through the city of Kidapawan and taking the same trail back). Here, the average hike would take 3-4 days. We were able to complete the hike in 2 days, b ...

  • Mt Apo At The Top Day 3

    Mt Apo At The Top Day 3

    Our Day 2 diary - click here: Mt. Apo Part 2 - (photo above - Summit Camptsite) Ilang patong na shirts, jackets, pants at medyas ang suot ko nung gabi, pero ramdam ko parin talaga ang lamig. Ilang beses din akong nagising dahil sa lakas ng hangin. Tanging umaga lang din ang inaantay namin, pero sadyang matagal ang pagsikat ng haring araw. Kanya-kanyang ikot, upo, higa, upo ulit, yan ang mga posisyon ko dahil sa lamig. Ilang beses din akong nagbukas ng vestibule ng tent upang mabanaag ang ganda ng mga bituin sa kalangitan.

    Alas singko na ng umaga ng kami ay mag-handa ng mainit na kape. Inant ...

  • Cold Mornings In Lake Venado

    Cold Mornings In Lake Venado

    Our Way To Lake Venado
    It had been a long day, trekking in Magpet early morning from Camp Anos to Bob'Bong Camp site for our quick lunch. Magpet trail was amazing as it is right smack in the Mt Apo Natural Park; it was the place for ultimate forest adventure a hiker could wish for. It's the end of November, dry season is about to start in this equatorial tropics, though we came ready for the rain and wet trek, it didn't pour down on us, the only lucky souls who dared trek Mt Apo at this time of year. We had Magpet trail to ourselves, even the Kidapawan trail where we traverse as we trek down ...

  • The Grand Father Of Philippine Mountains

    The Grand Father Of Philippine Mountains

    Apo is a Filipino word means "ancestor" or "grandfather" "or master" and or "elder" is a large solfataric, potentially-active stratovolcano. Located between Davao City and Davao del Sur Province and Cotabato province with elevation 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level, with a vast area of 72,796 hectares is the highest mountain in the Philippines, and the second in all of Southeast Asia's mountains.

    Mount Apo was declared as National Park in May 9, 1936 with proclamation No. 59 by President Manuel L. Quezon, followed by proclamation No. 35 of May 8, 1966 then proclamation No. 882 of S ...