The amazing White Peak! This stunning freak of nature was located in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, in the province of Compostela Valley. It has been called as such by local mountaineers because of the limestone embedded on its rocky west face which, when hit by sunlight, gives an almost sparkling, crystal-like towering appearance as contrasted to the thick green moss that surround it.
This is one of the best trekking site in the Philippines. The trail involves lots of rope sections, and many time you have to crawl under the log to pass through. White Peak on Mt. Pandadagsaan is considered a hardcore mountain by the southern mountaineers thus beginners are not advice to take this as the first mountain to conquer.
How to get to White Peak
Nabunturan, the capital town of Compostela Valley is approximately 90 kilometers away or about a two-hour ride from the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City. Transfers to any public utility vehicles in Nabunturan for another ride to any destination in the province is readily available. There are single motorcycles for hire locally known as ” habal-habal” or “skylab” which will take you to Barangay Andap in New Bataan where White Peak is located. New Bataan is about 40 kilometers from Nabunturan.
Trekking time to reach the summit can be as short as 8 to 10 hours, but in a more relaxed pace (recommended), the climb would usually take two to three days. The trails are a rich mixture of thick mossy forest and steep grassy slopes which in some parts may require built-in ropes for easy navigation. Peak 1 is densely forested, while Peak 2 provides a commanding view of Compostela Valley and the adjacent Davao Oriental, the Samal Island, as well as a full view of Mount Apo. Also within view is Mount Candalaga, another high mountain in Compostela Valley.
For further climbing information as well securing guides and porters, please contact the Provincial Tourism Office in Compostela Valley at Telephone Numbers (84) 376 0140.