Mt. Napulak, Igbaras, Iloilo

ABOUT

Mt. Napulak is a prominent peak in the municipality of Igbaras, a quiet town one hour land travel away from Iloilo City. It is considered one of the most famous hiking destination in Panay Island. the mountain is known for the rounded rock perched atop its summit, with some giving it a nickname of “nipple” mountain.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT IT

One of the oldest hiking destination in the Visayas, Mt. Napulak serves as a prelude to the other major mountains in the Visayan range such as Mt. Madjaas and Mt. Nangtud. Its trails is a wonderful combination of forests, grasslands and a bit of limestone at the summit.

On your way up, you will pass by idyllic local villages set in a backdrop of rice fields, coconuts and lush mountains.  The people are warm, friendly and helpful.  And while there, you might as well visit the other attractions of the place such as the rafflesia, the world’s largest flower and Nadsadjan Falls.

 

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View at the top of the rock.

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Ricefields and mountains.

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View of the surrounding mountain ranges from Napulak’s summit.

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View of the surrounding mountain ranges from Napulak’s summit.

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Nadsadjan Falls.

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Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower.

HOW TO GET THERE

Major airlines such as PAL and Cebu Pacific have regular flights to Iloilo (Iloilo International Airport). In Iloilo City, the terminal of public jeepneys to Igbaras is located at the Iloilo Public Market (“super”). There is also another terminal at Mohon, around twenty minutes ride away.

It takes one hour of travel on paved roads to Igbaras town proper, and from there, you can take another jeepney or habal habal to Mt. Napulak’s jump off points. If you are coming in a group, it is recommended to charter a jeepney that will take you directly to the jump off.

Don’t forget to drop by the municipal tourism center and the police station  located at the town proper for registration, information and proper guidance.

BUDGET
  • Plane fare to Iloilo City
  • Transportation to Igbaras (P50/person if by jeep,around P1,000 for a chartered trip one way)
  • Guide fee (P300-500 / day)
  • Other personal expenses
TRIVIA

The name Igbaras comes from a combination of two words, “ig” or “tig” which means “plenty of” or “season of”, and “baras” which means “sand”. Thus Igbaras means “plenty of sand” which alludes to the nearby sandy river (source: Wikipedia.org)

OTHER REMINDERS
  • Gear up! Make sure you come prepared. Visit our Outdoor Gear section to know what you need to bring.
  • Safety first! For outdoor safety tips and reminders, visit our article on Outdoor Safety.
  • Always remember to Leave No Trace (LNT). For more responsible outdoor practices, visit our Leave No Trace (LNT) article.
MORE MT. NAPULAK TRAVEL GUIDES

Pinoymountaineer.com – Mt. Napulak (1,239+) in Igbaras, Iloilo
Travelling Minor – Guide to Mt. Napulak

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“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child
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