Gain Perspective – Mt. Batulao (811+)

Jumpoff: 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
( http://www.pinoymountaineer.com)

Only two hours away from Manila, this mountain has been drawing crowds from different parts of the country due to its scenic landscape, open trails and steep slopes.

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Bato Sa Ilao
It is said that there are times when the sun will be seen peeking from in between the rock summits of the mountain. Thus, bato sa Ilao, and as generations passed, came the word Batulao.

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As part of our Nasugbu twin day hike, Mt. Batulao was our second summit that day. We started the trek after taking our lunch at the Km. 83 registration area of Mt. Talamitam. We headed to the Evercrest Golf Course (15min jeepney ride from Brgy. Sampaloc) where a tricycle took us to the jump off point to secure permits and log in at the tourism office.

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Into the Ups and Downs of Batulao

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Even at the start of the trail, the twin peaks are still visible. You will be passing into cogon grasslands and narrow trails with steep slopes. The trek can be exhausting since no cover from trees are available, but the open trails together with the cool breeze from the highlands of Tagaytay will surely give you a boost. The new trail and its 10 camps will give you a remarkable scenic view of the surrounding areas of Batangas and its mountain ranges. There are huts along the trail that sells fresh buko juice and halo-halo. The ascent equals the descent, and is quite a challenge.

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Right in the Moment
After passing several camps, the trek from camp 8 to 10 is the deal breaker. Narrow trails and ravines from both sides are present and safety will always be the priority. The Dinosaur spine is also the highlight of the trek, wherein the daunting trail is narrower and steeper, one wrong move and game over.

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Finally, after an hour and thirty minutes, we reached camp 10, or the highest point in the mountain at 811 meters.

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The uphills and downhills of the trail really teaches you something about life, no matter how fear inducing it can be, just keep on keeping on and once you look back, you couldn’t be anymore proud of yourself.

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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.

Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

Go, Carve that Niche,

Rex

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