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Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Summit Cleopatra's Needle with Indigenous Guides

4 Days | Hiking, Camping and Community Visit

Challenge yourself to experience the real Palawan outdoors - get lost among the flora and fauna of Cleopatra’s Needle, hike diverse old-growth forest like nowhere else in the world, and conquer the summit! You'll follow the hidden trails revealed by the Batak tribe Community Guides to the clouds of Puerto Princesa City, catching views over the Best Island in the World, and breathing in the intoxicatingly pure air of Cleopatra’s Needle. Making it to 1,593 meters above sea level AND back down again on your own two feet will transform you.
Even better, your trip will directly contibute to the conservation of this critical habitat, support livelihoods of the Batak community and contribute to environmental education for local schools.

Right for You?

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Connect with Nature and Roughing it

Languages

English and Other Local Language
You will be accompanied by a Batak Community Guide and a Adventure Guide/Translator.

Physical Activity

Challenging workout

Location

Mountains and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Centre for Sustainability

Locally Owned Nonprofit
Starts at:

$138/person

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Speaks: English and Other Local Language

Highlights

  • Visit the indigenous Batak community and learn about their culture
  • Explore Cleopatra's Needle Critical Habitat alongside your local community guide who knows the area better than anyone!
  • Get amazing views of Palawan
  • Camp out under the stars and enjoy nature

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

1 - 10 travelers
  • 6am - Pick up at accommodations
  • 7am - Departure from local office
  • 8am - Arrive at jumping off point, short briefing
  • 10am - Arrive at Batak Village of Sitio Kalakwasan
  • 11am - Quick stop at Pulang Bato river area (optional swim)
  • 12pm - Arrive at Birakasan for Lunch
  • 1pm - Resume Hike
  • 5pm - Arrive at campsite no. 1, Kaisuka
  • 6pm - Dinner and relax
  • 6am - Wake up call and breakfast
  • 7am - Begin hike
  • 12pm - Lunch by Kanumay River crossing
  • 1pm - Resume hike
  • 5pm - Arrive at campsite no. 2 Buragat
  • 6pm - Dinner and relax
  • 5am - Wake up and breakfast
  • 6am - Start hike to summit
  • 8:30am - Arrive at Summit
  • 9:30am - Descend to campsite
  • 12pm - Back to Buragat campsite. Lunch.
  • 1pm - Resume hiking
  • 5pm - Arrive at campsite no. 3, Idiamag
  • 6pm - Dinner and relax
  • 5am - Wake up call and breakfast
  • 6:30am - Start hiking
  • 12pm - Arrive at Kaisuka Campsite. Lunch
  • 1pm - Resume hiking
  • 5pm - Arrive at Kalakwasan
  • 5:30pm - Depart Kalakwasan
  • 7pm - Arrive at Tanabag Highway, drive back to town

What's Included

Lodging

3 Nights Camping

Activities

Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Swimming and Community Visit
Camping gear - hammocks, tarps, etc. - are provided!

Guide

Bilingual guide

Food

All meals included

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Centre for Sustainability

Locally Owned Nonprofit

The Centre for Sustainability is a non-profit environmental organisation working on sustainable community development on the island of Palawan. As part of their work to create a sustainable future for the island, they are leading efforts to establish natural protected areas and supporting alternative livelihoods for indigenous, coastal and upland communities by developing unique, sustainable travel experiences.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included)
You'll get picked up early in the morning at your accommodation in Puerto Princesa (or nearby) to start the adventure.