Summer Climb: Lake Holon in Mt Parker

It's summertime and global warming is making us feel what it is expected to make us feel. You know what I mean. So, what is better than taking a dip into the cold while enjoying a refreshing natural view? I suggest you take an easy climb to one of the cleanest lakes in the Philippines, Lake Holon in the caldera of Mt Parker where water is cold and forests and its surrounding mountain peaks do not fail to amaze an adventurer by heart.

Fishing: More Fun in Lake Holon
Lake Holon, settled 1, 350 meters above sea level in the uplands of Barangay Salacafe, Tboli, South Cotabato province is one of my favorite outdoor destinations. Matter of fact, last weekend’s climb to the lake was already my 13th. Lucky 13, that is because I get to experience things that I missed during my previous climbs, like: getting thrown from an out-balanced skylab motorcycle; fishing in the lake, and; having long conversations with members of an indigenous family and learning about their lifestyle firsthand.

READ: 5 Reasons why Mt. Melibingoy (Mt. Parker) should be your favorite mountain too

to document my Lake Holon 13th climb

Ako bilang photographer ng aking mga dakilang kapatid
I invited my two younger brothers to join me for the climb to share that feeling of wonder and excitement in the outdoors. Obviously, they enjoyed, specially the part where we sat at the lake shore with their improvised fishing poles and gears for more than an hour. We didn’t catch any fish but the sitting there was well worth the experience.
Sunrise from any mountain is surreal
The hike to the peak and the lake isn’t just a walk in the park but compared to other popular mountains in Mindanao, the trek to the 304 hectare lake is considerably easy. But don’t be assured by the word “easy”. As mountaineers would say: “do not underestimate a mountain.”

READ: Mt. Melibingoy (Mt Parker) from a New Perspective

The trek will lead you to close canopy secondary forests and mossy forests reminiscent of Jurassic Park movie scenes. The thickest of the forests are located from the peak down to its caldera. 

At morning, the eastern peaks of will allow you a short but beautiful view of its surreal sunrise.

My two brothers seizing the moment at the lake shore

Enjoying Fish Spa: More Fun in Lake Holon and Pinas

I know, it looks like i am the youngest.

Paying respect to the Tboli indigenous peoples' revered Nabol tree

Clouds hug the curious visitors

Experience Lake Holon 
How to get there
Tboli town is 40 minutes away from Koronadal City, the gateway to South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. Koronadal city is only an hour away from General Santos City where the international airport is located.
Bus or van fare from Koronadal to Tboli will cost you less than P50.
Register at the tourism office of Tboli located at the munipal grounds before heading to Barangay Salacafe, the take-off point to Mt Parker. Salacafe can be reached riding the Skylab motorcycle for P80. Drivers may charge an additional P20 for an extra luggage.
Upon reaching Salacafe register at the community gate for 25 pesos. Part of the pay will be charged to the seedlings which climbers have to plant in when they reached Sitio Nabol located 30 minutes from the take off point.
What happens next? Continue with the 7-kilometer climb and your experience and everything else with depend upon your perspectives.


  1. I'm into adventures too. Its glad to know that there are places like this to appreciate life more. Keep sharing!

  2. great! life itself is an adventure.
    thanks! try visiting the place soon.

  3. Is it possible to just go there alone or needs to join a group? In my college days kasi, the expedition requires 1 week trip. Wala pa habal habal. Haha..

    1. although the place is relatively safe, i would advise you to take a climbing guide with you should you wish to hike alone. better still hike in groups. and always make sure to drop by the tourism office for registration before the climb. the trails now are established and transpo to the last brgy is available. ayun, thru habal-habal din.
      thanks for visiting my page. cheers!

  4. waaaaaaaaaaa... katsada sa lake ah!

  5. thanks for blogging! got more updated info..i wish to climb it nxt time i do mindanao backpacking part 2 =)

    - emm

    1. thanks for dropping by, ms.ems. Mindanao will be waiting for you. see you in the mountains. cheers!

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  7. Hi Sir,

    Ask ko lang po if the place/trail is safe for solo hikers. Established po ba ang trail or mandatory po ba ang guide.

  8. Hi Sir, is it possible to summit Mt. Parker and camp there for a night?

    1. very possible, sir. But it's via Brgy Tbolok if you're going to the summit, unlike the trail to the lake which can be reached via Brgy Salacafe.
      Here's my blog about mt. parker summit.
      hope it helps.

    2. i forgot to include the link:
      have a safe climb, sir.

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