Bunny Preps: Newbie Guide to Mt. Batulao Camping + Overnight Preparation

**Update!

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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!

FAST FACTS

MT. BATULAO
Nasugbu, Batangas
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.

Driving Directions
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Commuting Directions

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.

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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.

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For women
men-wear
For men

If you are wondering where to buy cheap hiking sandals, check out my post here —> PICO DE LORO TIPS

WHAT TO BRING

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You can download the checklist here for free —> HIKING CHECKLIST

BATULAO HIKE + CAMP ITINERARY

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HOW MUCH

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.*

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Alright! I think I’ve already covered the whats, hows and where for a newbie trip to Batulao.

See you at the peak!

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*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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More info from the pro

http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2007/08/mt-batulao-811.html

Batulao weather

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Batulao/forecasts/0

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7 thoughts on “Bunny Preps: Newbie Guide to Mt. Batulao Camping + Overnight Preparation

  1. Hi Bembunny.

    We are a group of 4 girls from Vietnam planning to camping on Mt. Batulao next February. Could you recommend some stores that have tents for rented? I’ve been googling for a while but nothing came up.

    Thanks in advanced 🙂

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    1. Hello pvycao! I haven’t come across such services in the Philippines. You can try joining climbing / hiking clubs in FB and borrow from seasoned hikers or borrow from hiking organizers. Try searching for CLIMBER philippines group / campers and backpackers philippines. 🙂 Hope it helps! Good luck!

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  2. Good evening
    Info po ulit
    Meron na po registration ang tourism
    Meron na din resibo wag po kayong lalampas dito sa kanto ng CALERUEGA sign board po..
    After nyo ng KCHILLCREST golf club and hotel meron po kayo makikita sa gitna ng daan WELCOME MT BATULAO PARKING GUIDE
    Post kopo yan sa pages ko yong mga picture ng place,permit,resibo MT BATULAO TOURGUIDE AND MT BATULAO TOURIST GUIDE
    Pa like na din po ng pages ko.
    20 petot lang po!
    Any update pm
    09101317847

    Konting tiis na lang maaayos na din po ang registration dito
    May part na nasunog din po sa may (PEAK8 )campsite
    REGISTRATION
    Meron po daan sa gilid don na lang kayo dumaan.

    Thanks

    #respectthemountain
    #dontchangethemountain
    #letmountainchangeyou
    Im a local but my heart is lover nature ❤

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  3. Gandang araw
    Meron na po registration ang tourism
    Meron na din resibo wag po kayong lalampas dito sa kanto ng CALERUEGA sign board po..
    After nyo ng KCHILLCREST golf club and hotel meron po kayo makikita sa gitna ng daan WELCOME MT BATULAO PARKING GUIDE
    Post kopo yan sa pages ko yong mga picture ng place,permit,resibo MT BATULAO TOURGUIDE AND MT BATULAO TOURIST GUIDE
    Pa like na din po ng pages ko.
    20 petot lang po!
    Any update pm
    09101317847

    Konting tiis na lang maaayos na din po ang registration dito
    May part na nasunog din po sa may (PEAK8 )campsite
    REGISTRATION
    Meron po daan sa gilid don na lang kayo dumaan.

    Thanks

    #respectthemountain
    #dontchangethemountain
    #letmountainchangeyou
    Im a local but my heart is lover nature ❤

    Like

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