Here are Five of the mountains near Manila recommended for beginners. First, Mount Batulao is one of the famous destinations for hikers and adventurer seekers. This mountain lies in Southern Luzon and is 2-3 hours' travel from Manila; very accessible to both private and public vehicles.  Batulao has gorgeous ranges and slopes; its amazing shape is covered with luscious green grasses and trees making it so relaxing in the eyes. Its trail is simple to moderate. READ: MOUNT BATULAO HIKING GUIDE

Mount Pico de Loro is also known as Mount  Palay-palay; its name was given by the Spanish  sea-fairer because it resembles the appearance  of a ‘parrot’s beak’ from afar. This mountain bears a lot in terms of natural  beauty and richness. While on the trail, gorgeous flora and fauna can be seen. It has a moderate terrain covered with hardwood, shrubs and gorgeous ornamental plants. READ: MOUNT PICO DE LORO HIKING GUIDE

Mount Gulugod Baboy is situated in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, 2-3 hours travel from Manila. The name Gulugod Baboy or pig spine English, was given because of its slopes and shapes, similar to a pig spine. If you’re starting to explore the richness of the Philippines that can be found on higher altitudes, then this mountain is your perfect start.  READ: MOUNT GULUGOD BABOY HIKING GUIDE

The trails of Mount Pamitinan are technically tricky; the terrain is a bit challenging due to different factors. It has a combination of uphill, downhill, rock scrambling, and hopping on and off the boulders. Its neighboring mountains are also recommended: Mount Binacayan and Mount Hapunang Banoi. READ: MOUNT PAMITINAN HIKING GUIDE

Mount Daraitan and the Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal should be one in your list. Its adventure is a combination of trekking and camping by the relaxing river. In this spot, you can also enjoy the beauty of nature with clean river waters, fresh air, unexplored caves and many more. Located in Tanay, Rizal, a 2-3 hours travel from Manila. READ: MOUNT DARAITAN