One of the thirteen most active volcanoes in the country. 🌋⛰☢
Kanlaon, also spelled as Kanla-on or sometimes Canlaon, is an active stratovolcano on the island of Negros, Philippines. It is the highest point in Negros, as well as the whole Visayas, with an elevation of 2,465 m above sea level.
The volcano has three hot springs on its slopes: Mambukal Hot Springs on the northwest, Bucalan Hot Spring and Bungol Hot Spring. Its adjacent volcanic edifices are Mount Silay and Mount Mandalagan, north of Kanlaon.
Mountaineering is open during the months of March to May and October to December. The months of January, February, June, July, August, and September are low season wherein only one expedition party per trail per month is allowed. However, the park is closed to mountaineering during bad weather or when PHIVOLCS declares that there's a volcanic activity.
The volcano is a favorite spot for mountain climbers and is the centerpiece of Mount Kanlaon Natural Park, a national park originally established on August 8, 1934.
The hiking trails usually start in the center of the Guintubdan village. Locals have been active in international cooperation working with several European institutions to introduce the pioneering Unified Hiking Marker System as the first inland tourist location in the Philippines. The system is unified across a number of countries. This makes the mountain more attractive for tourists in an ecologically responsible way.
The dense surrounding forest contains all manner of wonderful fauna, including pythons and tube-nosed bats and locals believe the mountain is home to many spirits. It also features in Philippine history being where President Manuel Quezon hid from invading Japanese forces during World War II.
Whichever way you choose to ascend, a permit (P300) and guide (P500/day) are mandatory, and a porter (P300–500) might come in handy. The easiest way to make all of these arrangments is through Billy Torres at Next Stop Negros Tours. Contact Billy as far in advance as possible (ideally a month), and he can arrange everything from permits, guides and porters to tents and meals (climbs around P4500/person excluding transport). Coming from further afield you can also arrange to climb Kanlaon through Dumaguete Outdoors in Dumaguete.
Folk Story of Mt. Kanla-on:
Canlaon folktales tell the story of couple Kang and Laon who were forced to elope after their warring chieftain-fathers wanted to keep them apart. They were supposedly captured and doomed to die in the wilderness.
From their deathbed rose a volcano which, at 8,050 feet above sea level, is one of the highest peaks in the country.
Another version of this legend says Kanlaon is derived from the Visayan word “ka” which means “for” and “Laon,” which is the name of an ancient Hiligaynon goddess.
It is said that during the pre-Hispanic times, the natives worshiped her and that native priests called babaylans would climb the mountain for their rituals.
📝 Trekk up to the Mountain
📝 See the beautiful surroundings when you're at the top
📍 From Bacolod, catch a jeepney to Ma-ao (P40, 1½ hours) and a tricycle to the resorts (P200 to P300, 30 to 40 minutes) or to La Carlota (P35, one hour); a jeepney from the latter to Guintubdan is P30.
📝 There are three main routes up the volcano itself.
📝 A climbing permit from DENR is required to climb, and the number of climbers is limited to 10 persons.
📍 The Guintubdan trail is the easiest and most comon ascent, but even this should not be underestimated.
📍 The usual start point is Guintubdan, where there is basic accommodation at The Pavilion (P499 and under) and Rafael Salas Nature Camp (P499 and under).
📍 From here, although it’s only 8km to the top, the trail is best broken with an overnight stop.
📍 The 14km-long Mananawin trail works best over three days and offers the chance to really get to know the region, while the short, steep Wesey trail is very exposed and only for experienced tropical mountaineers.
💵 a permit (P300) and guide (P500/day) are mandatory.
💵 a porter (P300–500) might come in handy.
💵 climbs around P4500/person excluding transport.