Mt. Batulao Hike

Two Saturdays ago, we went up Mt. Batulao for a day hike. We were praying for good weather because it has been consistently pouring for days. So as a semi-newbie group of hikers, we knew it would be more challenging to take on muddy and slippery trails so we were hoping that the skies would clear that day.

Thank God that it did!

Of course, I am now typing this with uneven tanned lines (sumobrang clear naman ata ng skies haha) but my sunblock-lathering skills were more to blame than the sun. (I'll post tips on what to wear and what to bring on the next post)

Quick Deets
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

Climbed Mt. Batulao with this crew

Schedule Rundown
2:30am Meet at Mcdo Quezon Ave
3:00am ETD Manila
5:30am Quick Brekky/Stopover in Tagaytay
6:00am ETA Jump Off Point, Evercrest Golf Course
6:30am Start Hike
1:45pm Finish Hike

I've been told that the hike was only supposed to take 4 hours, whoops! But we had several rest stops and we stopped for quick snacks/pantawid gutom around lunchtime so there's that -- and not to mention, take photos in between. So after lunch na kami nakabalik :D

We got Adventours for this, for only P550 per head, that was already inclusive of van transfer and mountain registration.

Mt. Batulao is one of the popular mountains because it is friendly enough for beginners so many people flock to this place to hike. Since we went on a weekend, there are a lot of people with us. So better go on a weekday if you'd like a more intimate time with nature.

What it was actually like most of the time.

What I hoped it look like all throughout :P Online life is 10% reality, guys!

I think the great thing about hikes is really the views you get to see on your way to the peak. It's also a good exercise for your lungs as you take in the fresh air, and your legs too because those rope segments and gigantic rocks are crazy!

Awra photos! haha!

There are restrooms offered by the locals upon descent, P25 for bath (inclusive of 2 tubs of water, yes meh ganun!) and P5 for peeing. There are also sari sari stores there offering snacks and since we were starving by the time we finished the hike, we hung out at the sari sari store for a bit after taking a shower to wolf down hotdogs and isaw! Yummm!!!

It was tiring but fun so we're planning another hike soon! Where to next? :) Suggestions are welcome! Just comment away!

Photo Credits:
Kathy Cua

Randy Santos

Pinoy Mountaineer

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