We departed from Cubao via San Agustin liner around 11 PM which we can say was a very bad idea considering that our travel time was just about 3 hours. We were planning to climb the mountain before sunrise thinking of bypassing the Manila-Cavite traffic congestion but it was just way too early.
We arrived at Evercrest (KC Hillcrest Hotel & Golf Club) at 2 in the morning without knowing that tricycles going to the jump-off point only show up at around 4 AM. The moment we alighted the bus, we were literally the only ones in there. Imagine standing there alone in the middle of the night, with the cold breeze lingering on your skin. It was really frightening, it has a somewhat Silent Hill feels. HAHAHA.
While waiting for our ride and tour guide to show up, we decided to stay at the Hotel’s lounge to kill some time and for us to have some breakfast. (food is quite pricey) Good thing the concierge was very kind that he let us stay there for hours and make use of their television and internet 😀
Around 4 in the morning, we decided to walk back to the main road where the tour guides are waiting for visitors who want to climb the mountain. A tour guide costs 500 pesos/group of 5 and tricycle going to the jump-off point costs 100 pesos. Getting a guide is not required for the mountain’s trail is quite obvious. But still, it’s our first time to climb this mountain and we don’t want to get lost.
We started our trek around 5am to catch the sunrise from the mountains. We were not disappointed.
Long way to go to the summit.
The mountain’s trail has 10 camps. Each camp has this tiny store where you can buy food and water. There’s no environmental fee when you hire a guide but some camps will make you pay around 10 to 20 pesos.
Overlooking Nasugbu, Batangas.
Trail to the summit. We wanted to go through a more challenging assault so we took the old trail traverse to the new trail.
Make sure that you wear long-sleeved clothing for the sun is so hot at this altitude. You may want to apply sunblock as well.
I got sunburn on my neck on this trail.
Trail ascending and descending are pretty much the same.
Almost there! At this point, get ready to face your doom. Hahahaha. Joke lang po.
The most challenging part of this climb, at least for us, was the 90 degree rope segment ascent which is about 10 meters high. It wasn’t exactly required to use the rope but it makes the climb so much easier.
Camp 10! After 3 hours of trekking we have reached Mt. Batulao’s peak. (811+ MASL)
Werk it, ate girl.
You may want to have this refreshingly delicious halo-halo just for 35 pesos that is being sold at the summit of the mountain.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a vlog for this one for our awesome videographer Lakbae Gel wasn’t around. Missin’ you on this adventure!
10:00 PM – Meet up in Edsa Cubao
10:30-11:00 PM – Wait for the bus at San Agustin Bus Terminal
11:00-2:00 AM – Ride a bus going to Nasugbu, Batangas
2:00 AM – Drop off at Evercrest Golf Club Resort, Nasugbu Batangas
2:30-3:30 AM – Stay in Evercrest Golf Club Resort
4:00-4:30 AM – Ride a tricycle goint to Brgy. Hall of Batulao
4:30 AM – Arrival at Brgy. Hall of Batulao
4:30-5:00 AM – Registration at Brgy. Hall plus Comfort Room. Note: There’s no comfort room in the mountains
No registration fee
10 pesos/bamboo stick
500 pesos/tour guide
5:00 AM – Start ascend
6:00 AM – Arrival at Camp 1
6:00-6:30 AM – Rest
7:00 AM – Arrival at Camp 2(Old Trail)
7:00-7:30 AM – Rest
8:00 AM – Arrival at Mt. Batulao Summit
8:00-9:00 AM – Feeling the breathtaking views of mountains plus picture taking
9:00 AM – Descend
9:45 AM – Arrival at Camp 3(New Trail)
10:00-10:15 AM – Rest in a small camp
10:30-11:00 AM – Lunch
11:30 AM – Arrival at Brgy. Hall of Batulao
11:30-12:00 NN – Tricycle ride going back to Evercrest Golf Club Resort 100 pesos/ride
12:00 NN – Arrival at Evercrest Golf Club Resort
12:00-12:30 PM – Rest
12:30-1:00 PM – Shower
1:00-4:30 PM – Ride a bus going back to Edsa Cubao
4:30 PM – Arrival in Edsa Cubao
Bus fare to Nasugbu – Php 105/head w/ student discount x 2 *roundtrip
Tricycle fare from Evercrest to Batulao Brgy. Hall – Php 100/ride x 2 *roundtrip
Bamboo stick (mandatory) – Php 10.00
Tour guide – Php 500
Camp 1 registration fee – Php 10.00
Camp 2 registration fee – Php 20.00
Camp 3 registration fee – Php 30.00
Shower – Php25.00
TOTAL EXPENSE: Php 655 *excluding food
Halo-halo at the summit – Php 35.00
Halo-halo again (adik lang) – Php 25.00
Lunch – Php 50.00
Evercrest noodles – 2 dollars