Mount Balingkilat means the "Mountain of Thunder" in the native Aeta language. It is one of the highest peaks in the ZCMC (Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves) area. It is an emerging hiking hotspot within San Antonio and Subic towns. Mt. Balingkilat is once known as "Pointed peak" used by US Navy servicemen who used to be stationed in Subic Naval Base.
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ame rocky, grassy and windy features like other western mountains of Luzon such as Mt. Cinco Picos. With little tree cover, there are also steep parts in the final legs of the trail. Before, hikers would usually climb a two-day affair but a dayhike is much preferable because of the opportunity to climb its "sister mountain", Mt. Cinco Picos in one weekend.
Mount Balingkilat Pointed Peak News
The year was about to end. It's time to cap off my year with a dream climb: a journey to my most challenging hike to date.
Under the scorching sun, we braved the rocky path of Mt. Balingkilat in Subic, Zambales. The 14-hour hike felt like forever. We wanted to give up. While the view at the summit was breathtaking, climbing it was harder than expected. We were tired, thirsty and covered in sweat and tears. You can see the view of Nagsasa Cove but after spending hours of hiking, it felt like as if we're not moving. The view was static. How long are we still going to climb? How far is it? Emo ...
Mount Balingkilat and Nagsasa Cove getaway located in Zambales province.
Mt. Balingkilat "The Mountain of Thunder"
Jumpoff: Sitio Cawag Settlement, Subic Town
LLA: 14.89 N, 120.11 E (est.), 1100 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4
Mt. Balingkilat is one of the highest peaks in the Zambales coastal mountain ranges and coves area which stands at an altitude of 3600 ft. above sea level. American naval servicemen who once served in Subic Naval Base used to call it as the "Pointed Peak" but the indigenous people (Aetas) prefer to call it as Mt. Balingkilat which means "Mountain of Thunder".
Since our hike was a planned traverse to Nagsasa Cove, we started the trek at 3am (traverse time is 12 to 13 hours and is usually an overnight hike, we finished it in 11.5 hours as a day hike). The first part of the trail is composed o ...
I've read an article from WhenInManila.com about a girl conquering Mt. Balingkilat and sharing why we should put it on our bucketlist. I was convinced and share the page on Facebook. It was noticed by my friend so he told me that he will set a climb in Mt. Balingkilat.
The climb was set by my hiking brother Edmund Milanes. He's very vocal about his first climb in Balingkilat which was draining and exhausting. We don't want to experience that so he decided to do a night trek. All joining participants were convinced that this would be easy because it's a minor climb and we'll be trekking at n ...
Steep and rocky trails but 360 degrees of stunning beauty can be seen especially at the summit.