(Maundy Thursday Hike, April 2, 2015)
Date of trip: April 2, 2015

When you get tired, it is either you give up or just rest and continue the journey.

Mt. Tibig is one of the numerous mountains within the province of Batangas (including Mt. Pico de Loro and Mt. Batulao). Tibig is a name of a tree which is endemic in the Philippines and related to different species of fig (herbs-treat and taste). It has a scientific name of Ficus Nota. Tibig trees, according to a local, are good indicators that there is a nearby water source. Since this mountain is very proximal to a big body of water, it could be that there were numerous Tibig trees present along the trail (although I was not able to see one), hence, its name.

It has an altitude of over 560 MASL (mountaintipsandtops.wordpress.com)  and considered a minor climb with a difficulty level of 2/9 (pinoymountaineer.com). Although it is considered as a minor climb, you should not mistaken it as another walk in the park. The start of the trail is very exhausting because it was very steep and dry. It was also very hard to maintain balance due to the numerous small rocks which rolls as you step on them.

Upon arriving at the summit, you will surely be rewarded by the picturesque view of the nearby mountains such as Mt. Daguldol and Mt. Banoi. The island province of Mindoro can also be seen from the summit. Grasses and huge rocks are the prominent features of the summit, with very limited number of trees which could provide shade for the trekkers.

We didn’t stay there for that long. We opted to descend after an hour of rest and picture takings. We really enjoyed our hike here in Mt. Tibig because, even with the fact that we climbed this mountain during Lenten Season, we were the only group who climbed this mountain.

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

Additional notes:

  • Transportation near the jump-off point/registration area is very difficult. And therefore make sure to get the number of the jeepney or tricycle driver who brought you there.
  • Bring enough water. There are no stores along the trail going to the summit (as of our climb).
  • Bring a tarp or anything that could provide shade.
  • Always observe GiGO or garbage in, garbage out. Let us help in conserving and protecting our environment.

 

Travel Guide*    
Route Mode of Transportation Estimated Travel Time
Olivarez Plaza** to Calamba City Proper (Laguna) Jeepney <1 hour
Calamba City Proper (Laguna) to Turbina (Calamba City) Tricycle 15 minutes
Turbina (Calamba City) to Batangas City Grand Terminal Bus (Batangas City Pier bound) 40 minutes
Batangas City Terminal to Don Ramos  Jeepney (Balagtas Bound) 10 minutes
Don Ramos to Lobo Terminal Tricycle 10 minutes
Lobo Terminal to Lobo Poblacion Jeepney (Lobo bound) ≈ 1 hour
Lobo Poblacion to Police Station Foot 10 minutes
Lobo Pob. To Sitio Hulo Brgy Banalo Tricycle ≈ 30 minutes
Sitio Hulo Brgy Banalo (Registration Area) to Summit Foot ≈ 2 hours
*based on actual events    
**Los Banos, Laguna (College)    

 

Estimated Budget (in Philippine Peso)    
Transportation* 346  
Food (Inclusive of lunch, trail food and water) 200  
Registration Fee** 30  
Guide *** 500  
*Additional around Php 100 if coming from Cubao
**As told by the locals in Brgy. Banalo    
***Divided by the number of your group members

 

Itinerary*
4:30-5:00  Travel from UPLB College to Calamba Crossing
5:00-5:15  Travel from Calamba Crossing to Turbina
5:15-6:05  Travel from Turbina to Batangas City Terminal
6:28-6:37  Travel from Batangas City Terminal to Don Ramos
6:40-6:50  Travel from Don Ramos to Lobo Terminal
7:07-8:00  Travel from Lobo Terminal to Lobo Poblacion
8:00-8:10  Travel from Lobo Poblacion to Police Station
8:10-8:20  Registration
8:20-8:30  Travel from Police Station to Lobo Pob.
8:30-8:50  Quick Breakfast
9:00-9:26  Travel from Lobo Pob. To Sitio Hulo Brgy Banalo
9:26-9:43  Registration and other preparations
9:43-11:47  Trekking going to Summit
12:00-2:11 Descent (inculing Lunch)
2:11-2:50  Rest and Waiting for the Jeepney
2:50-3:10 Travel from Sitio Hulo to Lobo Pob
3:30-4:35 Travel from Lobo Pob. To Gulod (Near Lion’s Club Symbol in Batangas City)
4:35-4:44 Travel from Gulod to Don Ramos
4:44-4:55 Travel from Don Ramos to Batangas City Terminal (Balagtas Bound Jeep)
5:25-6:10 Travel from Batangas City Terminal to Turbina
6:20-6:30 Travel from Turbina to Calambas City Crossing
7:00-7:45 Travel from Calamba City to UPLB
*Actual Itinerary of the blogger’s group

 

Some photos during our Mt. Tibig hike:

the start of our trek
the start of our trek
plants and rocks along the start of the trail
plants and rocks along the start of the trail
start of the ascend
start of the ascend
Into the woods
Into the woods
a short break in a house along the trail
a short break in a house along the trail
with the gang, after reaching the summit
with the gang, after reaching the summit
looking beyond the horizon
looking beyond the horizon
flowers with a rocky background
flowers with a rocky background
with the gang part 2
with the gang part 2
on our way down
on our way down

 

 

 

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