Information about Mt. Timbak
With an elevation of 2717 meters above sea level, Mt. Timbak in Benguet is the 3rd highest peak in Luzon and the 9th highest in the Philippines. Its major jumpoff point is at KM 55, Atok, Benguet, and is easily accessible from the Philippines' Summer Capital of Baguio City. Mt. Timbak is also known by its other name of Mt. Singakalsa and is usually done as part of the "Luzon 3-2-1," trail wherein hikers take on Luzon's top three highest peaks (Pulag, Tabayoc, Timbak) in one hike.
While Mt. Pulag has gained much popularity for the "sea of clouds" you can often see from its peak, Mt. Timbak is also gaining fame among hikers and tourists for its own sea of clouds visible from its summit. There is no definite time as to when these cloud formations start rolling and sweeping across the mountain ranges form but if you manage to spot them during your climb, consider yourself among the lucky ones.
The hike is approximately 6 kilometers on a paved concrete road. Hikers will be greeted by views of vast vegetable patches or terraces and majestic views of other Cordillera mountains, such as Mt. Amuyao, Mt. Ugo, and Mt. Kalawitan. Three crosses are mounted at the summit of Mt. Timbak; hence it is also referred to as "mini Calvary" among hikers.
Best time to visit
The best time to climb Mt. Timbak is during the dry months (usually from December to May) since it is easier to hike without rainfall. However, travelers can hike up the mountain all year round as long as the weather permits and the local authorities deem it safe to climb.