Mount Thumbpeak

Attraction Thumb Peak Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Outdoor
Scenic
Must see
Free
0.00 USD

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Thumb Peak is a small mountain in central Palawan, Philippines, and is the highest point in the Thumb Range. Thumb Peak is part of the Mount Beaufort Ultramafics geological area.

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Why Mount Thumbpeak is special ?

Thumb Peak is a small mountain in central Palawan, Philippines, and is the highest point in the Thumb Range. Like Mount Mantalingahan and Mount Victoria further south, Thumb Peak is part of the Mount Beaufort Ultramafics geological area, a series of ultramafic outcrops of Eocene origin that emerge in various parts of the island.


The mountain was formerly known as Mount Pulgar, a name it acquired during the Spanish Colonial period. Pulgar, means thumb in Spanish, and the name was probably translated directly to English following the ousting of Spain during the Spanish-American War. The name may have arisen as a result of the mountain's profile, which vaguely resembles the tip of a thumb protruding from a clenched fist.


The upper reaches of Thumb Peak are populated by species associated with ultramafic soils, including a number of endemics, such as the tropical pitcher plant Nepenthes deaniana, rediscovered on the mountain in 2007 for the first time since its description in 1908.


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What to explore at Mount Thumbpeak?

One of the highlights of the trek is the cave which serves as the campsite. No need to bring your tents because nature has created a small space underneath a big rock and placed it near a river for hikers to spend the night while enjoying the sight of fireflies and the sound of whistling nature.

Hiking mountain is a popular activity here. Climbing up the top of mountain you will see beautiful rivers, thick forest with different and rich variety of flora &faunaandfrom there you also enjoy the view of Honda Bay and its islands on the east part, Mt. St. Paul, Cleopatra’s Needle, Mt. Airi, Mt. Beaufort and other peaks on the north part, and the high mountains of Mt. Victoria, Mt. Gantung and Sultan Peak on the south.

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How to get to Mount Thumbpeak?

There is a jeepney service from Puerto Princesa to Iwahig; but this is not regular. For larger groups, hiring a jeepney may be a better option.

Selling points

  • A great experience
  • Thumb Peak- the best mountain for hiking
  • Beautiful and diverse flora
  • Spectacular at the top of the mountain
  • Worth to spending your time
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Duration
4.0 days
Estimated
114.98 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • You can see diversity of plants. You also enjoy the sight of fireflies and the sound of whistling nature at night
    What to see
  • You should bring a lot of food to eat to maintain your health and continue hiking
    Food
  • From the top of mountain you will have many spectacular pictures
    Photography
  • You have to across a lot of river and dangerous cliffs so you should do follow tour guide and be careful
    Experience
  • The best time to visit mt Thumb peak is in summer from April to June
    Weather
  • Bring much water to drink when you tired
    What to bring
  • You have to wear shoes and long trouser to not be bit by insects
    What to wear
  • Do follow the advice of your guides regarding the river crossings to avoid accidents
    Other
  • Many poisonous insects so you should wear shoes and bring medicine to treat wound
    Safety
  • There is a lot of mosquitoes so bring mosquito lotion and drink a tablet once a week of Mefloquine (Lariam S) is suggested, as well as vigorous application of insect repellent.
    Health

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We've been there last Dec 2012 & I must say this mountain is a majestic one. It is a part of protected area. we did a day hike but it took us 7hrs Up - 7hrs Down from 6am ascend & 10pm back to jump off. the best itinerary would be an overnight camping. It showcased beautiful rivers, thick forest w/ different and rich variety of flora & fauna. Our guide pointed us a small ground orchid w/c is still unnamed and unidentified according to foreign Scientists who scanned the area on earlier month. On the summit, there are diff. varieties of Nepenthes (Pitcher plants) hanging on and crawling under bonsai trees. And of course, a 360 view of nearby mountains, west coast of the island, the view of whole city of Puerto Princesa, Iwahig River down the other side. The evening on our way down, the trail was full of fireflies light up our way like in fantasies. What a joyful experience we had that day. Since the place is a protected area, please secure a permit ahead of time (this can be made by your contact guide), and take local guide with you.

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We've been there last Dec 2012 & I must say this mountain is a majestic one. It is a part of protected area. we did a day hike but it took us 7hrs Up - 7hrs Down from 6am ascend & 10pm back to jump off. the best itinerary would be an overnight camping. It showcased beautiful rivers, thick forest w/ different and rich variety of flora & fauna. Our guide pointed us a small ground orchid w/c is still unnamed and unidentified according to foreign Scientists who scanned the area on earlier month. On the summit, there are diff. varieties of Nepenthes (Pitcher plants) hanging on and crawling under bonsai trees. And of course, a 360 view of nearby mountains, west coast of the island, the view of whole city of Puerto Princesa, Iwahig River down the other side. The evening on our way down, the trail was full of fireflies light up our way like in fantasies. What a joyful experience we had that day. Since the place is a protected area, please secure a permit ahead of time (this can be made by your contact guide), and take local guide with you.

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