Mount Santo Tomas is a stratovolcano at an elevation of 2.224m (7,296ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Benguet, on Luzon Island of the Philippines.
The road to the summit, located within the Cordillera Mountains, is asphalted, with concrete sections, and pretty extreme. Very narrow and extremely steep. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. The surface is asphalt with some concrete sections. Riding a car going up is taking a risk: the road is narrow and rough. As you go up, at your left is a very steep cliff; God only knows if you would survive if you fell with the vehicle. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death.
It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. Due to its high elevation, several communications and broadcasting companies constructed relay stations at the summit. Do not travel this road in severe weather. The zone is prone to heavy mist and fog and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions.
The climb is brutal. Starting from 208 Road, the climb is 11.9 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 749 meters. The average gradient is 6.29% with sections up to 20%. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.