Wondering what to do on a boring weekend? Do you love the outdoors? Ever wanted to try a new hobby? If yes, then you better call your friends, put on your hiking shoes, be a mountain hermit for a day and plan a day hike at Mt. Batulao.
Mt. Batulao, located just in Nasugbu, Batangas a short two hour bus ride from the Metro is one of the suggested mountains for beginners because of its minor specification. There are two trails to choose from, the Old and the New one, and you can choose whether to take the former or the latter first. Upon arrival at the summit, you will be able to have a good view of Batangas and its neighboring cities.
If you will only be there for a day, you don’t need to bring the world with you. Here are some things that you need to bring to conquer Mt. Batulao:
First things, first – water and lot’s of it. For a dayhike, it is suggested that you bring 1.5-2L of water. You may want to bring sun block as well and this is based on experience. But if you want to get a tan then you can leave the work to Mr. Sun. Shades or anything that can cover your eyes. Mt. Batulao have some sandy portions and you don’t want those tiny piece of sands to hit your eyes. Headlamps, just in case darkness catch you. And money, for the registration fees. Power bars are optional.
How to get there:
1. Take a bus going to Nasugbu, Batangas. The new terminal is located at Coastal Mall and all Nasugbu-bound buses can be found there.
Update: Buses from Pasay Taft still operates and you can find the terminal still at the back of Mcdonalds.
2. Get off at Evercrest Golf Course and you can hike all the way to the jump-off or rent a trike for 25php per person.
There are guides and you can haggle with them when it comes to the rate. But when we went there, they were asking for 500php and since some of us are already familiar with the trail, we decided to do it on our own.
There are stores that sells, “halo-halo” or buko juice for Php25 so there’s no need to worry about getting dehydrated.
P120.00 below: Bus fare from Coastal Mall to Evercrest or P105.00 bus from Pasay Taft to Evercrest
P25.00 optional trike ride from Evercrest to jump off point
P300.00 for kid guides but it is optional as well
P20.00: Registration at the Old Trail (dayhike) or P30.00 if planning to stay overnight
P20.00: Registration at the New Trail
P98: bus fare from Crossing Mendez to Baclaran (this one is from Crossing Mendez since we did a side trip to Tagaytay)
You can take a shower or any bathroom needs you have at Evercrest before going home and fees are as follows:
We had a post climb dinner at Bulalo Point and we did chip-in for the food. But if you can descend quickly and you wanted to hit the beach, you better hit Nasugbu. You can as well do a twin day hike by climbing Mt. Talamitam, Batulao’s neighbor mountain.
For the account of my climb in Mt. Batulao, you can check: Bloggers’ Climb: Wow for Mt. Batulao