Since we started hiking, we have been talking non-stop about how we want to witness a sea of clouds. On our first time chasing the beauty, we were fortunate enough to have witnessed it in Mt. Batolusong in Barangay San Andres, located in the mountainous province of Rizal, just 2-3 hours away from Manila.
We arrived at Barangay San Andres at around 3:30 in the morning. Since it was too early, we still had time to eat breakfast and prepare ourselves for the trek. At the jump off point, there is a parking space for private cars and if you didn’t bring any food or forgot some essentials, there are sari-sari stores and carinderias available.
We started our ascend at 4:00 AM. If you’re ever planning to hike around that time, it’s mandatory to bring a flashlight for it is still very dark.
The first 40 minutes or so of the trail was smooth with some little river crossings which we believe would have been easier if it was daytime.
After an hour, we reached the foot of Mt. Batolusong’s assault. From what we can remember, it was a challenging 70 degrees ascent to the first stop which is Duhatan Ridge. For us, the steepness was more tiring than difficult for the trail didn’t really require scrambling (use of both hands and feet). The climb went on for another hour.
On our way, we stumbled upon a rock formation which according to our tour guide, Kuya Klem, is what they call as the “Mahiyaing Bato”, apparently because it’s the only rock formation in the area. #witty
Finally! We’ve arrived at Duhatan Ridge. We felt all the exhaustion shiver out of our bodies and there we marveled at the wonder that is the sea of clouds. Come marvel with us with these photos:
Was it love at first sight? Yeah, it was.
Catching the sea of clouds isn’t guaranteed for it is depending on the time and weather. But if you want to try your luck, it’s best to start the climb before sunrise.
Safe hours to witness the sea of clouds: 7 AM to 9 AM. But it really depends on the weather kaya wag po mag expect, baka masaktan lang.
“Akala ko ako lang, pero masaya ka na pala sa iba” – Lakbae Burn
Unfortunately, due to a crippling back pain and lack of sleep, we decided to end our climb at Duhatan Ridge. On the bright side, we have more reasons to come back, right? See you soon, Mapatag Plateau and Rangyas Peak!
Then we started our descend to Kay-Ibon Falls.
Trail to Kay-Ibon falls.
Our trek to the falls was a walk in the park until the trail started to become steep and slippery. It rained the day before, hence the semi-wet trail. We were very close to the destination though, so it was all good.
After hours of trekking, who wouldn’t want to take a dip at the refreshing Kay-Ibon falls?
The depth is quite deep.
The trail leaving Kay-Ibon falls was not bad at all. There’s a very short ascent and from there, it’s just an hour long walk to the main road where you will see tricycles waiting for hikers if they don’t feel like walking back to the barangay.
12:00 MN – Meet up in Cubao
12:30-2:30 AM – Private car going to Brgy. San Andres
2:30 AM – Arrival at Brgy. San Andres
2:30-3:00 AM – Parking and preparation for hike
3:00-3:30 AM – Registration
Note: There are no comfort rooms up there
3:30-4:00 AM – Short orientation with our tour guide, Kuya Klem
4:00 AM – Start ascend
Note: There are 2 water sources along the trail to Duhatan Ridge.
6:30 AM – Arrival at Mahiyaing Bato
6:30-7:00 AM – Photo op with the sea of clouds
7:15-8:00 AM – Rest and snack at a small camp
8:05 AM – Arrival at Duhatan Ridge
8:05-8:30 AM – Picture taking at Duhatan Ridge
8:30 AM – Start trek to Kay-Ibon falls
9:30 AM – Arrival at Kay-Ibon Falls
9:30-10:30 AM – Chill and photo op at the falls
10:30 AM – Trek to the main road
11:30 AM – Arrival at the main road
11:30-12:00 NN – Tricycle ride to Brgy. San Andres
12:00 NN – Arrival at Brgy. San Andres
12:00-12:30 PM – Rest
12:30-1:30 PM – Shower
1:30-2:00 PM – Lunch
2:00-4:00 PM – Drive back to Cubao
4:00 PM – Arrival in Cubao
Tour guide – Php 500
Registration fee – Php 20.00
Tricycle fare (from main road to Barangay San Andres) – Php 20.00/head
Here is a short video of our adventure in Mt. Batolusong:
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