Yesterday, December 20, 2016, me my friend went on a quick day hike to Mt. Batulao. We started our trek at 5:30 am and reached the summit before 7:00 am. We are both trail running enthusiast so we ran through the ridges of Mt. Batulao to the summit. We stopped by along the trail to take photos of the breaking dawn and appreciate the cool breeze atop of the ridge. When the sun peeks from the horizon, it shines light to the rolling hill of Mt. Batulao giving us a nice view of the landscape while the shadows of the nearby peaks cast over us.
We reached the summit before 7 am, giving us more time to appreciate the view on the summit. We’ve had a great clearing that time, and a beautiful view of the sunrise and the 360 view of Batangas and nearby towns.
We descended down by 7:15 am and reached the jump off point before 8:00 am. We then first have a quick breakfast and then took a trike going to the highway. It’s still too early to go home so we decided to Sitio Bayabasan and take a quick view of the Mt. Talamitam.
We rode a jeep near Evercrest going to Nasugbu, we alight at Sitio Baybasan. The jump off point of Mt. Talamitam is just near the highway and can be easily seen. We registered at the registration area, pay the registration fee and started our trek at exactly 9:00 am.
Mt. Talamitam is an open field, so trekking at 9:00 am is tiring one. It was hot that day so we took a rest every 10 minutes of walking. The most exhausting part of hiking this mountain is the final summit assault, passing by tall cogon grass that blocks the winds on the trail, making the trek hotter and tiring. Luckily, there are huts built up there so we took a rest again before commencing the final 5 minute assault to the summit.
We reached the summit at 10:15 am. On top of the summit, you’ll see the view of Batangas, and it’s nearby towns, the landscape of Mt. Batulao, Mt. Makiling, Pico de Loro, Mt. Marami, and it’s neighboring mountain Mt. Apayang.
We descended down by 10:30 am, since the trail is going down, we decided to ran going to the jump off point. We passed by a store selling fresh buko juice, bought one, and took a 5 minute rest. We resumed our trek and we reached the jump off point before 11:00 am. We rest for a while and then washed up ourselves then proceed to Tagaytay to buy some Rowena’s Tart for pasalubong.
So, to conclude that, we did an unexpected twin day hike of Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam. If only my friend don’t have an appointment to attend at the afternoon that time, we could have climb Mt. Apayang and make this hike a trilogy climb. But then, this was a great hike recommended for those people who have limited time for adventure. And hey, we hiked on a weekday so there’s just the two of us enjoying the view at the summit.
How To Get to Mt. Batulao
- Take a DLTB bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas at the terminal near Buendia LRT station.
- Get off the Evercrest Golf Club, of just tell the conductor to drop you off to the highway going to Mt. Batulao.
- Then ride a trike going to the jump off point. It is a store where you can eat, buy souvenirs, and leave your things. Just make sure you bring your valuables with you.
Expenses at Mt. Batulao
- We did not hire a guide since we already know the trail, and guides are not required anyway. We took the New Trail to the summit and back to the jump off point. So, no guide fee.
- There are three registration areas at the new trail, some mountaineers call them toll gates. First toll gate asks for Php 20.00 registration fee, second one and third one will ask for Php 30.00 each. So new trail will cost you Php 80.00 per person. This are all one time fee, so if you’ll do a back trail to the new trail, and they asked you pay again, tell them that you are already paid upon going to the summit.
- Trike to and from Mt. Batulao jump off is Php 30.00 each if you are a group of 4-5 person. Since there are only two of us, we paid Php 100.00 for a trike, so that would be Php 50.00 each for us.
How To Get to Mt. Talamitam from Mt. Batulao
- From Evercrest, ride a jeep or a bus going to Sitio Bayabasan. In our case we rode a jeepney going there. A 15 minute jeepney ride enough for a quick rest before taking off for a twin day hike.
Expenses at Mt. Talamitam
- Guide is also not required here in Mt. Talamitam since the trails is established and there’s somehow no way to get lost. In case you will encounter any trouble, or you got lost at the trail, they will be giving you their contact numbers which you can call in case of emergency
- Registration fee is only Php 40.00 per person
- Jeepney fare from Evercrest is Php 12.00, if you’ll take a bus, ordinary bus fare is Php 10.00 and air-conditioned bus fare is Php 25.00
Total Expenses for Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam Twin Day Hike
- Bus Buendia to Evercrest — Php 111.00
- Trike to Mt. Batulao jump off — Php 100.00 for two persons (Php 200.00 if roundtrip) Php 30.00 per person if group of 5
- Batulao Toll Gates (New Trail) — Php 80.00
- Jeep to Sitio Bayabasan from Evercrest — Php 12.00
- Registration fee at Mt. Talamitam — Php 40.00
- Bus going to Manila — Php 120.00*
Total Budget for two persons is: Php 563.00*
* May vary depending on where you will get off
** If you want to buy pasalubong in Tagaytay, bus fare is Php 56.00 (air-conditioned), then the fare going to Manila will be less than Php 100.00
This itinerary is devised for groups less that 5 persons, and can do some running along the trail.
- 02:30 — Meetup DLTB Buendia bus terminal
- 03:00 — ETD to Batulao (Evercrest)
- 04:00 — ETA to Evercrest, take a trike to Jump off Point
- 05:00 — ETA Jump off point. Prepare to start trek
- 05:15 — Start Trek
- 05:45 — First Toll Gate
- 06:10 — Second Toll Gate
- 06:30 — Third Toll Gate
- 07:00 — ETA Summit
- 07:15 — Start Descent
- 07:50 — ETA Jump off point, rest, eat breakfast
- 08:15 — ETD to Evercrest
- 08:30 — ETA to Evercrest Ride Jeep to Sitio Bayabasan
- 08:45 — ETA Sition Bayabasan, Register, prepare to start trek
- 09:00 — Start Trek
- 10:10 — ETA Summit
- 10:30 — Start Descent
- 11:15 — ETA Jump off point, rest, wash up, eat lunch
- 12:00 — ETD to Manila or side trip to Tagaytay or wherever.
- 16:00 — ETA to Manila if no side trip with not so heavy traffic along Imus and Bacoor.
- For a faster pacing, just bring the essential things with you, like water, phones, and wallets, plus your cameras. Better if you have hydration packs with you rather than bringing your whole backpack with you.
- If you want to make this a trilogy with Mt. Apayang, it is possible, you just have to pay additional Php 20.00 at the jump off of Mt. Talamitam
So, that’s it! A fun twin day hike for a half day! 😀 Hoping for more adventures this coming 2017! Cheers!