Mount Tangisan, San Jose, Tarlac

Mt. Tangisan

Mount Tangisan in San Jose is the dominating mountain just beside the Abelling community in Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Iba.  The Mount Tangisan is within the homeland of the ethnic Abeling tribe where they also serve as guides and porters for the trek.

The trek takes 3-4 hours. The first leg involves some river crossings, then a bamboo forest ensues, followed by an open area assault to the summit.  The beginning of this assault is marked by what seem to be an out of place rice field. At the summit, you will be treated to a view of the nearby towns and local fruits abound during the rainy season.

Major jumpoff: Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Iba, San Jose
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours


Day 1 in Mount Tangisan

Day 2 in Mount Tangisan

  • 0400 Assembly at Avenida or Cubao bus terinal
  • 0700 ETA Tarlac; take tricycle to jeepney terminal at public market
  • 0715 ETA public market; buy supplies; take jeep to San Jose (1hr)
  • 0900 ETA Brgy. Iba, San Jose terminal;
  • 0915 Hike to Sitio San Pedro, register and secure guides
  • 0930 Start trek
  • 1300 Lunch at peak
  • 1800 Dinner / socials
  • 0530 Sunrise viewing / Breakfast
  • 0700 Break camp
  • 0800 Start descent
  • 1100 Back at San Jose, take jeep back to Tarlac City
  • 1200 Lunch at Tarlac City
  • 1300 Take return bus back to Manila
  • 1700 ETA Manila


Mount Tangisan can be a day hike destination, given the chance to climb the mountain in the early morning at around 6:00am.


Transportation to Mount Tangisan – There are buses from Avenida and Cubao plying the route. From Tarlac City, the fare to San Jose is P65 but it is also possible to hire a JEEP to take you there for P1,500.

NOTE: There are leeches at the Makalaskas Area, and climbers are advised to wear long-sleeved shirts to prevent scratches from weeds and thorns. Cellphone signal is present throughout the trail.

In Mount Tangisan they have the Tarlac Mountaineering Club and they will be happy to assist mountaineers who wish to seek help in logistics for this climb. For inquires or comments feel free to CONTACT US

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