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Climbing Mt. Iglit - Baco in Occ. Mindoro - Hiking & Natural Park Ecotourism

Declared as an ASEAN heritage park and home of four ethnic groups in the island namely the Mangyan, Batangas Tagalog, Hanunu’o and Bangan, , Mt.Iglit-Baco located in Mindoro is definitely a hike worthy to be discovered. Aside from its scenic landscapes, river crossings, steep ridges and vast lands, the park is also home to the endemic Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), which is one of the most seriously endangered large mammals. Trek along its trail and have the chance to witness these mammals.

In this mountain there’s also a chance for you to see a Philippine Deer, Wild Pigs, the Mindoro Cloud Rat as well as a number of bird species which are endemic to the island.

This hike is definitely an interaction between man and wild.

Mt. Iglit

Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro

Jump-off: Mt. Iglit-Baco NP, Calintaan

LLA: 12°51’N, 121°10’E; 1432 MASL

Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days /9-11 hours

Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with bouldering (250m)

Most climbers view hiking as an interaction between man and nature. In Mt. Iglit, this interaction is added with extra dimensions for it is also home to the Mangyan tribesfolk, and the habitat of the endangered tamaraw. Indeed, aside from the summit assault which is quite challenging, a chance to encounter our ethnic brothers, free from the dilution of modern culture, is a unique experience. 

Then, there is a chance to see tamaraw in the wild. A major attraction of Mt. Iglit, of course, is the hiking experience.


Mt. Iglit is known to the Mangyans as Mt. Mangibok, which means ‘Steep Mountain’. It is so steep and dangerous that several lives have been claimed: one, a researcher, fell from the ridge. This native name is used in this guide as the name of the steep, narrow ridge that leads to the summit.

Propelled perhaps by an interest in their school symbol, the tamaraw, mountaineers from FEU are among the first to climb Mt. Iglit.

Mount Iglit – Baco National Park

Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park is an ASEAN Heritage Park showcases the biodiversity of Mindoro. It is the abode for the critically endangered Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) and other unique species of flora and fauna. MIBNP lies at the heart of Mindoro Island. Its largest land area falls under the jurisdiction of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park

Mts. Iglit-Baco Natural Park is the habitat of the endemic Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as critically-endangered. Because of the endangered Tamaraw, the Park was initially established as “game refuge and bird sanctuary” before it was declared as an ASEAN Heritage site.

The Park is also home to two (2) Indigenous Peoples’ group: the Tau-Buid and Buhid,thus it was earlier categorized as Mangyan Heritage Natural Park. This social attribute, coupled with the presence of the Tamaraw, has earned the Park an international recognition making it as one of the ASEAN Heritage Parks.

Other forms of wildlife can also be found in the Park such as the Philippine Deer and Wild Pig as well as a number of bird species which are endemic to the island.


Three Day Hike Through the Mt. Iglit – Baco National Park

Mounts Iglit–Baco National Park

The Mounts Iglit–Baco National Park is a protected area of the Philippines and an ASEAN Heritage Park located in the island of Mindoro in central Philippines. The park covers an area of 75,445 hectares (186,430 acres) surrounding Mount Iglit and Mount Baco in the central interior of Mindoro. It was established in 1970 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6148. In 2003, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations listed it as one of its four heritage parks in the Philippines. The park has also been nominated in the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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