HOW TO GET TO MT. BATULAO

By Bus: Take a bus that is bound for Nasugbu – Lemery. Inform the conductor that you’ll be going to Mt. Batulao. Exit the bus when you get to Evercrest Golf Course in Lemery, Batangas. Travel time is roughly 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic.

Once you get to Evercrest, you can either walk or take a tricycle going to the jump-off point which is PHP 20.00 per head. In our case, since we ran out of budget, we have to walk from Evercrest going to the jump-off point.

By Car: Follow the route to Tagatay until you see Evercrest.

Hiking Mt. Batulao


THINGS TO BRING (CHECKLIST)
For Day Hike

  •  1.5 to 2 L of water
  • Energy drinks (Pocari Sweat or Gatorade)
  • Hiking or trekking shoes. Sandals aren’t recommended. It’s very dusty.
  • Sun protection (hats, sun block, headgear, sunglasses)
  • Hiking gloves (optional but recommended)
  • Food (Snack and Lunch)
  • Picnic mat
  • Huge size Umbrella (optional if you don’t have tent)

Overnight

  • Tent of course
  • Cooking equipment
  • Prepare PHP 30.00 per head for the camping fee


MT. BATULAO SAMPLE ITINERARY (DAY HIKE)

Time
 
04:00 amETD Jam Liner bound for Nasugbu
06:30 pmETD to Evercrest
06:35 pmBreakfast
07:00 amTricycle to the jump-off point
07:10 amStart hiking
10:00 amSummit conquered; Lunch
12:00 nnStart descent
02:30 pmReach jump-off point
03:00 pmFreshen up; ETD bus to Cubao or Pasay
06:00 pmETA Cubao or Pasay

EXPENSES

Price in Php per head
 
422.00 Total expenses
132.00Cubao to Evercrest Lemery, Batangas via Jam Liner (one-way)
106.00Evercrest to Pasay LRT (Taft)
14.00LRT Pasay to Cubao
25.00Buko Juice
25.00Mountain Dew
100.00Food and water
20.00Registration

OTHER EXPENSES

Price in Php per head
 
30.00Overnight fee
25.00Shower
10.00Tae (Poopoo)
5.00Ihi (Urinate)
300.00Tour guide (for the whole group)

In our case, even if it was our first time hiking (ever) to Mt. Batulao, we didn’t get a tour guide because as I have said, we ran out of budget. Surprisingly, we were able to hike Mt. Batulao without hiring a tour guide. We got lost a lot of times, but thanks to the friendly locals living in the area, we were able to ask them from time to time.

Tour guide costs PHP 300 for the whole group. From there, we were able to save PHP 43.00 each.

FAQs

1. Do you recommend hiring tour guide?
Yes and No. Yes, if you’re a beginner and not confident of hiking Mt. Batulao by yourself. And by hiring tour guide, you contribute to the lives of children who happened to be your tour guide. Tour guides are aged 9 to 14 years old.

No. Trail is very visible and easy to follow. It’s impossible to get lost once you started ascending. You can just possibly follow other hikers with tour guide.

2. Which trail is harder, the old or new?
Old.

3. What is the difficulty level?
4 out of 9.

4. How many hours to ascend and descend?
Ascend: 2 to 3 hours. Descend: 1 to 2 hours.

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