Mount Kanlaon is the most imposing landmark in Negros Island. Its summit measured at 2,435 meters above sea level. Mount Kanlaon is an active volcano; the highest peak in Central Visayas, and 16th highest in the Philippines.
Mt Kanlaon is a complex and active volcano surrounded by several craters and volcanic peaks. Volcanic features in the area include the cinder cone of the active center and craters at the summit. It is underlain by tropical volcanic materials composed of sheeted lava flows, lahar deposits, airfall tephra and apron pyroclastic materials.It is biologically diverse; and home to a number of species of flora and fauna. The slopes are also headwater catchments of major river systems of Bago, Nahalin and Binalbagan draining northwestern Negros. It serves as the watershed of about 158,500 hectares of land in Negros Occidental (e.g. ¼ of the entire Negros Island).
TREKKING TO THE PEAK OF MT. KANLA-ON
Based on the MKNP Rules & Regulations Governing Mountaineering, the following should be followed:
Open Season (March, April, May, October, November, December). During these months, a group composed of ten (10) trekkers will be allowed to trek per day per trail.
Low Season (January, February, June, July, August, September). On these months, only one (1) group composed of ten (10) trekkers will be allowed to use the trail per month.
TRAIL & JUMP-OFF POINTS:
Guintubdan Trail. It is a Sitio of both La Carlota and Bago City; the most favored jump-off point of trekkers. The area showcase breath-taking views of numerous waterfalls, lush primary forest, and is just 8.5 kilometers away from the summit-crater.
Going to Guintubdan takes two (2) jeepney transfers; Bacolod to La Carlota 1 hour travel and La Carlota to Guintubdan also 1 hour travel.