Hey, hey, hey! 🙂
Once again, my friends and I are enticed to seek and explore one of the many mountains in Batangas.
Since we consider ourselves newbie hikers, we decided to hike a mountain that’s around 4/9 in difficulty.
And after much delegation, we decided on — Mt. Batulao!
We know that it’s a newbie and day-hike favorite so we thought it will be a fun and easy weekend climb for our mid-May trip. Sweet!
Well, yes, it’s going to happen mid-May and that’s two weeks from now, but we’d like to think that preparation is better than… well, not being prepared, so, here we go!
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault
Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
HOW TO GO THERE
As per usual, driving and commuting directions shared here will be from Alabang because we live south of Manila. The directions will point you to the jump-off point which is Evercrest Golf Course.
I haven’t checked yet if there are direct vans / buses that would pass by Evercrest from Alabang, but here are two (3) routes that you can try:
1. Alabang – Tagaytay – Nasugbu
Take a van in Alabang en route to Tagaytay and then take a bus to Nasugbu. Make sure to ask the driver if they will be able to drop you off at Evercrest.
2. Alabang – Robinsons Dasma – Nasugbu
Take a van in Alabang en route to Robinsons Dasma then take a van/bus to Nasugbu. Alight at Evercrest.
Based from experience, the drivers in Cavite / Batangas are very gracious in giving proper directions. Don’t be afraid to ask.
3. Alabang – South-West Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal (SWIPTS), Coastal Mall – Nasugbu
There are jeepneys bound for SWIPTS / Coastal Mall from Alabang, however if you can’t get a hold of that, ride a bus en route to EDSA and then take another bus en route to MIA / NAIA – they will take you to SWIPTS / Coastal Mall. Buses to Nasugbu will then be available for you at the terminal in Coastal Mall. Alight at Evercrest.
HOW’S THE WEATHER
Like they always say, “Safety first!”
Don’t be lazy. Check the weather at least 3 days ahead before a trip.
For a more detailed forecast, click here —> BATULAO WEATHER
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Loads of Vitamin D – yep, you’ll be getting a LOT of sun exposure
- Sudden changes in the weather – even if it’s summer and we have a dry spell in the country, expect the unexpected. Be ready for gusty winds and sudden rains.
- Tests of your physical strength – there will be lots of walking on flat areas, lots of walking on inclined areas, jumping, rappelling – you get the drift.
- Animal dung – the trail leading to Batulao’s peak have a few residents living with cows, horses, etc.
- Two trails – Batulao has two trails to choose from. The old trail is more challenging.
- Throngs of people – Batulao is a day-hike favorite, there will surely be a lot of people hiking there especially during the weekends.
- Scenic views of Batangas – of course, prepare to get blown away by Mother Nature’s creativity
- New friends – people who are going through strenuous activities and are sweating their asses off are surely loaded with happy hormones. Prepare to be greeted along the trail and be sure to say something nice to them, too
- New, random, life lessons – 🙂
WHAT TO WEAR
Who says you can’t be fashionable while working your ass up a mountain? Check out the photos below to get inspiration about the kinds of things you might need to wear for a hike.
*TIP!* If you only have short-sleeved shirts, buy arm sleeves – it’s cheaper than buying a new piece of clothing. Same thing if you only have shorts – buy leggings or high socks.
If you are wondering where to buy cheap hiking sandals, check out my post here —> PICO DE LORO TIPS
WHAT TO BRING
You can download the checklist here for free —> HIKING CHECKLIST
BATULAO HIKE + CAMP ITINERARY
Expect to shell out 1,000 php per person for the trip.
*Important Update (as of October 2015): DENR has enforced a new law. Everyone (single hiker or hiking group) is now REQUIRED TO HAVE A GUIDE. This is whether you are a newbie or seasoned hiker. Please take this into account when computing for your projected expenses. Usual guide fees start from 400 pesos.*
Alright! I think I’ve already covered the whats, hows and where for a newbie trip to Batulao.
See you at the peak!
*Note: For my friends who will hike with me this upcoming May 23rd. Please click here for our checklist and projected itinerary —> Bembunny-Batulao-Preps-Checklist (Final and Updated)
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