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(Walking along the snake-like path, March 14-15, 2015)

Life is a roller coaster ride, sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down.

Mt. Batulao is one of the most famous destination of both newbie and professional mountaineers because of the thrill and challenge it brings. According to Pinoy Mountaineer, the hike here is considered as a minor climb with a difficulty level of 4/9 and the summit at around 811 meters above sea level (MASL). The major jump-off point going to Mt. Batulao is located at Evercrest Golf Course in Nasugbu, Batangas.

As it was our second hike for the day since we decided to do a twin hike (Talamitam-Batulao), most of us were really tired even before the trek started. However, since we really want to climb this mountain, we pushed ourselves and proceeded with the hike.

One of the most notable feature of Mt. Batulao is its rolling slopes, meaning, you have to pass through its numerous peaks as you trek all the way to its summit (highest peak). Although this feature made the trek more challenging, it also gave this mountain a more picturesque attribute. In addition, the primary ecosystem in the area is grassland. Because of this, you won’t have any shade in most  parts of the trail, hence, you will really feel the direct heat of the sun. The heat, in combination with dust, will really hasten your exhaustion.

Aside from this, here are some considerations that you may want to have before doing your trek in Mt. Batulao:

  • Trail
The fork that separates the  old and new trail. (left side leads to old trail and the right to new trail)
The fork that separates the old and new trail. (left side leads to old trail and the right to new trail)
Our first view of the snake-like trail of Mt. batulao
Our first view of the snake-like trail of Mt. Batulao

The rolling slopes and steep portions of the trail of Mt. Batulao makes the hike very challenging and at the same time more exciting. Choosing between the two trails, the old and the new, does not actually make any much difference when it comes to difficulty, although, the rolling slopes are more pronounced along the new trail. There are portions, especially near the summit, when you actually need to walk along perilous portions where you  have to walk sideways.Ropes are also available in some very steep portions of the trail (around 80 to 85 degrees) to help the hikers reach the summit. During our hike, we passed through the new trail going to the summit and traversed through the old trail.

  • Campsites
a view of the campsite in the old trail
a view of the campsite in the old trail
Our camping site which is in a hidden area.
Our camping site which is in a hidden area.

Since Mt. Batulao is one of the most famous hiking destinations in CALABARZON, around 10 established campsites are located in the area, especially along the old trail. Some areas are very big, some are just adequate for 3 to 4 tents. Even the summit is actually considered a campsite (Camp 10), however, you should note that since it is the summit, it tends to be freezing cold here during the night. When we had our overnight stay there, we chose to camp in an area near the summit along the new trail. As long as it is flat and safe and won’t be a nuisance to other hikers, you can camp wherever you want.

  • Stores
a small child selling coconut along the trail of the mountain
a small child selling coconut along the trail of the mountain

Along the trail, you can find a number of stores selling different foods and beverages, so in the event that you already exhausted your stock, you need not to worry about it since you can buy and restock. Fresh coconut juice is also sold along the trail.

We stayed here overnight to witness both the sunset and sunrise. We went to the summit once it was enough for us to see the trail clearly. We stayed there for few minutes, took some pictures and departed via the old trail. It was fun, but as the old saying goes, everything must come to an end, even your greatest and finest moments.

When we left, we took nothing but pictures, we left nothing but memories.

For more pictures of our Batulao adventure, pls go to the Life Gallery.

Some notes:

  • When doing a trek here in Mt. Batulao, you should have at least something to protect yourself from the direct exposure from the sun such as hats, windbreakers, etc.
  • Drink water, lots of it, to avoid dehydration and exhaustion.
  • You should also note that there are rats and dogs in some campsites in the area, so be very careful.
  • If you want to take a shower after climbing this mountain, there are many available places where you can do this at an affordable price. Just go outside the jump-off area in Evercrest or even in the registration area.

 

Travel Guide*    
Route Mode of Transportation Estimated Travel Time
Olivarez Plaza** to Calamba City Terminal (Laguna) Jeepney (Calamba bound) <1 hour
Calamba City Terminal to Tagaytay City (Caltex) Van 1 hour
Tagaytay City to Nasugbu, Batangas (Evercrest) Jeepney (Nasugbu Bound) 1 hour
Evercrest to Jump-off  Tricycle 20 minutes
Jump-off Site to Summit Foot 2.5 hours
*based on actual events    
**Los Banos, Laguna (College)  

 

Budget    
Transportation (Round-trip)* 350  
Guide** 300  
Food 300  
Registration Fees 60  
*Additional around Php 200 if coming from Cubao
**Divided by the number of your group members  

 

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