Mount Iraya

Mount Iraya is located on Batan Island, the second largest of the Batanes Islands, in the province of Batanes, in the Luzon Strait, north of the island of Luzon, Philippines.

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya is the northernmost active volcano in the Philippines, a heavily forested stratovolcano, the mountain of winds, literally. Windy as hell!

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Having a superb view from the summit was as scarce as hen’s teeth because of the perennial cloud cover.

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya as seen from Basco Airport

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya as seen from Basco Airport

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya as seen from Racuh a Payaman in Uyugan

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya

Mount Iraya is home to the Batanes pit viper, an arboreal snake that is just one of the abundant endemic flora and fauna species in the island.

I enjoyed hiking and running the tricky root strewn, slippery muddy and at times steep, rugged terrain with thick forest vegetation which made even more fun by the aftermath of Super Typhoon Odette (USAGI).

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

 

The trail is hardly noticeable at some point,

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

sometimes seems a bit fictitious.

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

 

15°C at 3300+ft above sea level

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Windy as hell!

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

 

Japanese-constructed World War II tunnel and water reservoir at the foot of Mount Iraya.

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

World War II Japanese glass bottle

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Batan Island

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