Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines with an altitude of 2,954 metres (9,692 ft). Apo, which means “ancestor”, is flat-topped mountain with three peaks and is capped by a 500-metre-wide (1,600 ft) volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. The volcano is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines with the summit, on the average, takes two days to reach. The first recorded climb was on October 10, 1880, by a party led by Joaquin Rajal, then Spanish governor of Davao.
It is a large solfataric, potentially-active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippine located between Davao City, Davao del Sur and Cotabato province. The peak overlooks Davao City 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the northeast, Digos City 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the southeast, and Kidapawan City 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the west. The date of its most recent eruption is unknown, and none are verified in historical times.