Another Atmosphere- Mt. Talamitam (630+)

Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu (KM. 83)
LLA: 14.1158° N; 120.7577° N; 630 MASL
Days required/ Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-2.2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3 with steep assault (100m)
(www.pinoymountaineer.com)

With our bags packed, we planned a Nasugbu twin day hike and the first to cross from the two is Mt. Batulao’s younger sibling, Mt. Talamitam. We reached Brgy. Aga by 6:30am where we are greeted by friendly locals. Upon securing our guide and permit, and finishing a bowl of Goto Batangas, we started the trek.

Rolling Hills
The first part of the trail started by passing through the Aga River, then into forest teeming with towering coconut trees and lush vegetations. After several minutes you will be greeted by the second part of the trail which is a grassland extending up to the summit.

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The summit from the grass filled plateau.

Where Are The Talamitams?
It was said that long ago, this mountain was covered by Talamitam trees, to which it was named after. But today it is nothing but a long stretch of open grassland, with some parts cultivated to grow crops. Cows grazing the fields are present. It is still early in the morning but the trek is starting to be exhausting due to the stifling heat and lack of tree cover.

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Mt. Batulao from afar.

Another Story
Never underestimate any mountain at all costs. Since we are fairly new into climbing mountains, Talamitam was another story. It was hot indeed and upon the 100 meter assault to the summit, sweltering heat is really omnipresent. The ascend to the top is mostly gradual. But that is only until you reach the final assault. With slopes up to sixty degrees, it is the most challenging part of the climb.

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Cogon grasslands.

After an hour, summit!.
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Reaching a new summit and standing on top of it is really a humbling experience.

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Through high altitude gusts, it keeps us grounded.

Into the Cool Waters of Layong Bilog

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The Cascades

The descent from the summit took a good 45mins from our time, and we did a sidetrip into the cascades of Aga River, commonly called by the locals as the Layong Bato/Layong Bilog. We scrambled at some rocks at the side of the river to reach the pool.

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After a quick dip, we had our lunch at the registration area near the highway and prepared for the second summit that day, Mt. Batulao.

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Up in the air

Itinerary & Expenses
Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao
Twin Day Hike

0500 Take bus to Nasugbu via Cavitex at Buendia Station (150php/pax)
0700 – ETA Brgy. Aga, get off at KM. 83, then register (Fee: 20php/Guide: 300php/group of 5)
0715 – Start of first climb
0915 – Arrival at summit. Rest.
1015 – Start descent
1100 – Sidetrip at Layong Bilog
1145 – Back at trailhead. Eat Lunch.
1245 – Tidy up, secure guide, then take jeep to Evercrest (Guide fee: 400php/per group)
1300 – ETA Evercrest, take tricycle to jump-off (70php/pax)
1315 – Arrival at Tourism Office, register, no fees to be collected
1330 – Start of second climb to Mt. Batulao
1500 – Arrival at summit, take pictures, rest
1630 – Back at jumpoff. Tidy up (Bath: 25php/pail)
1645 – take outbound trike to Evercrest
1700 – Take bus back to Manila
2000 – ETA Manila

Estimated Budget:

Transportation: 447.50php
Guides and Fees: 700php/4pax + 20php – 195php
Food: 150php
Total Damage: 812.50php, 1000php safe budget.

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Go, Carve that Niche,

Rex

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