On our way to the summit
(Catching the experience, March 14, 2015)

Dreaming will never be enough. You have to take actions and turn these dreams into realities.

Located in Nasugbu, Batangas, Mt. Talamitam is one of the numerous mountains within the Southern Tagalog region. With an estimated altitude of 630 MASL and a difficulty level of 3/9 (pinoymountaineer.com), a number of professional mountaineers and hiking enthusiasts often considers this a good twin hike partner with the famous Mt. Batulao, especially since these mountains are very proximal to each other.

Although the hike to Mt. Talamitam is considered as a minor climb, you should not mistake it to be just another walk in the park. Since the vegetation cover in most parts of its trail is very thin (close to none), you can easily get exhausted because of the direct exposure to the heat of the sun. The problem is, unlike Mt. Batulao, there is no stores along the trail (as of this writing) which can serve as a hydration station. Furthermore, the most challenging part of this mountain’s trail is its summit assault, which is approximately 60 to 65 degrees. It is a combination of big rocks and tall grasses. When we had our climb here, we needed to stop several times when we reached this part. It took us more or less 2 hours to reach the summit.

At the summit, there are many man-made covers, which are made of light materials, that serves as a good relaxation area for the mountaineers. During some weekends and holidays, there are also vendors on the summit selling different kinds of refreshments. Aside from this, mountaineers are also gifted with breath-taking view of the city of Tagaytay, Taal Lake, Mt. Batulao, and other Batangas and Cavite municipalities.

After few minutes of rest and picture taking, we decided to descend since we still needed to travel to our next trekking destination for the day. Although it was physically exhausting and challenging, my friends and I enjoyed it very much and we were very thankful that we decided to include this in our itinerary.

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

Some photos of our Talamitam Adventure:

a line of nipa huts in the grasslands on top
a line of nipa huts in the grasslands on top
enjoying the breathtaking view on top
enjoying the breathtaking view on top
A short stop-over
A short stop-over

For more photos, pls go to the Life Gallery.

Additional notes:

  • As it is mentioned in the blog, there are no stores along the trail, hence, you will really need to bring enough water (or other fluids) to keep you hydrated during the entire hike.
  • Put adequate protection for your skin to protect you from  the direct sun exposure.

 

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 (Bayabasan)*** Jeepney (Nasugbu Bound) 1 hour
Jump-off Site to Summit Foot 2 hours
*based on actual events    
**Los Banos, Laguna (College)    
***With Dating Daan Signage

 

Budget    
Transportation (Round-trip)* 350  
Guide** 300  
Food 300  
Registration Fees 20  
*Additional around Php 200 if coming from Cubao
**Divided by the number of your group members  

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