Travel Guide to Mt. Manabu

Mt. Manabu as what others say is an abbreviation of the words, “Mataas na bundok” though it is not even that high. It is situated in Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It has a minor climb specification and a difficulty of 2/9; an alternative to Mt. Batulao for newbie mountaineers. So if you put, climb more mountains as your New Year’s resolution and or if you are just starting with mountain climbing, you can check this travel guide and head on to Mt. Manabu for your first climb.

How to get there: Take a bus bound to Lipa, Batangas at LRT Buendia and you can ask the driver to drop you off at the Lipa Bus Terminal or better yet at SM Lipa. Travel time is around one and a half hour.  From SM Lipa, take a tricycle down to the starting point at Sulok in Brgy. Sta. Cruz or just tell the driver to drop you off at Mt. Manabu’s jump-off point.

Tip: Try Mang Pirying’s famous Alamid coffee at Station 5. It is for free and is unlimited and if so happen that you love the taste, you can buy a small pack for 100 php or the bigger one for 500 php.

Heading towards the summit
Heading towards the summit

Trivia: Alamid or the Asian Palm Civet or the Philippine Civet Cat search and eats these sweet coffee beans and the coffee beans itself are harvested from their feces. But of course, they undergo some cleaning process and the beans are powdered to look just like your usual coffee.

Itinerary:

06:00 Meetup at LRT Buendia and waiting time

07:00 ETD LRT Buendia Terminal, leaving Manila

08:30 ETA SM Lipa, Batangas

09:00 Trike ride to the jump-off point

09:30 Start trek

11: 30 AM Arrival at the summit

12:00 NN Lunch

13:00 Start trek back to the jump-off point

14:30 Arrival at the jump-off point

15:00 Back to Manila (LRT Buendia Terminal)

* Be advised that you can adjust the time schedule depending on your availability and the trek itself depends on the pace of your group. This one is for a day trek trip.

Coffee and the Beans
Coffee and the Beans

Reaching the summit requires around 1 and a half to 2 hours and another one and a half during the descend. The trail is short and not confusing except for the part where the other way leads to the grotto and the other leads to the mountain’s peak. Climbing is also not that hard except for some uphill slopes after reaching Station 5. It isn’t that hot as well since the mountain is covered with trees and vegetation; one thing that I truly admire about Mt. Manabu.

yeebah, summit! (c) Zander
yeebah, summit! (c) Zander

Reaching the summit requires around 1 and a half to 2 hours and another one and a half during the descend. The trail is short and not confusing except for the part where the other way leads to the grotto and the other leads to the mountain’s peak. Climbing is also not that hard except for some uphill slopes after reaching Station 5. It isn’t that hot as well since the mountain is covered with trees and vegetation; one thing that I truly admire about Mt. Manabu.

Expenses:

Bus fare from LRT Buendia to SM Lipa: 124 php

Trike from SM Lipa to jump-off point at Sta. Ana: 50 php

Registration Fee: 20 php

Trike back to Lipa: 50 php

Bus fare from Lipa Terminal to LRT Buendia: 90 php

Total: 334 php

taken at Station 3
taken at Station 3
ascend starts after Station 5
ascend starts after Station 5

Things to bring: Bring the usual: water, a packed lunch and power bars though it is optional. Also, wear something to protect your legs for you wouldn’t want to go home with your legs all red from scratches.

Campsite: As I see it, it is limited but enough to house a group of 10. Overnight is allowed and there is no additional fee. Location is perfect since it is garden-like and it is being surrounded by trees.

Mt. Maculot as seen in Mt. Manabu
Mt. Maculot as seen in Mt. Manabu

Side trip: If you plan to have a 2 day trip, you can also check other mountains at Malipunyo Range. Often than not, a climb at Mt. Manabu also goes along with a side trip to other neighboring mountains like  Mt. Malipunyo or you can do the 3M’s (Maculot, Malipunyo, Manabu). Now that is three mountains in two days and yes it is possible.

Lipa's mouth-watering Special Lomi
Lipa’s mouth-watering Special Lomi (c) Fer

Also, don’t dare leave Lipa without having to try its Lomi. You can find Lomi stands just a walking distance from the Bus Terminal and it is affordably delicious.

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61 Comments Add yours

  1. meryl says:

    Thanks for the tip. We’re planning on going to Manabu this March! Thanks.

    1. Kenneth says:

      You’re welcome Ma’am. Hope you’d have fun in Manabu. Sip a cup of alamid coffee for me 🙂

      1. Rafael Macasaet says:

        Hi sir do we need na magpa schedule pag aakyat sa manabu? May tour guide po ba? Thank you

      2. Kenneth says:

        No need po. May guides na available but it is optional.

  2. k says:

    hi sir. are the trails in manabu easy to follow/find? or would it be better to have a guide? thanks sir.

    1. Kenneth says:

      Easy cheese! There would be signs along the way that you can follow. There are also locals too that you can ask if you’re not sure. For me, there would be no need for a guide. Welcome.

  3. lhonsky says:

    Good afternoon sir! ask ko lang po may nadaan kaung school na malapit sa jump-off or even sa barangay? we’re planning to do an outreach climb by May. thanks!

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Lhonsky!

      Sa jump-off point, wala. Sa barangay, I’m not sure. Di ko matandaan kung may nadaanan kaming school dun.

      I’ve never been in an outreach climb, but someday I’ll plan on one. Good luck sa group nyo.

      1. lhonsky says:

        Maraming salamat po sir!

      2. Kenneth says:

        You’re welcome po Sir. Pasensya na, di ko kasi natandaan kung may nadaanan kaming eskwelahan dun.

    2. erwin says:

      merong school sa sta cruz kindly talk to the brgy captain if you want an outreach program

  4. April says:

    Hi sir, may registration fee po ba pag akyat?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes there is. 20php per climber 🙂

      1. Exel Jarata says:

        Hi, is there a time to start the climb or anytime pwede mag climb?

      2. Kenneth says:

        Anytime Exel. But bear in mind na mainit masyado sa summit so you might want to start early or if you plan mag overnight, you can start as late as 3PM.

  5. MJ Fabro says:

    Hi. thank you for the travel info 🙂 very helpful. just wanna ask n din kung always ba may trike sa jump off heading back to SM Lipa? and how long yung travel time from SM Lipa to Jump off v/v. thank you

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi MJ! We waited for a trike from the jump off back to SM Lipa but it wasnt that long. Travel time is only around 10 minutes. You’re welcome.

  6. Ces says:

    Hi! Thanks for this post. Very informative. Do you think I can bring my dogs to this hiking trail? And do we need to get a guide? Thanks!

    1. Kenneth says:

      I think there’s no problem with bringing your dogs with you as we have seen one dog at the summit as well during our climb. A guide is not required 🙂

  7. KenZaki says:

    SAan Pwede maligo o anyside trip bukod sa sa malipuyo??? any resort you can suggest?

    1. Kenneth says:

      I know no resort near Mt. Manabu but you can try a twin day hike to Mt. Maculot or visit Tagaytay after.

  8. Jojoy says:

    Thank you for this! My friends and I are planning to go there this March.

    1. Kenneth says:

      You’re welcome Joyjoy 🙂 Enjoy Mt. Manabu.

  9. elaine says:

    hi! is it okay na dalawa lang or much better kung mas marami kasama pag hike? thanks

    1. Kenneth says:

      Depende po sa inyo. Hindi po naman sya mag ma matter sa Manabu kasi hindi naman kelangan ng guide 🙂

  10. Meron ka po bang latest number ni kuya mario or kahit sinong pwedeng magguide? Salamat po.

  11. May latest number po ba kayo ng guides? Salamat po.

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi! I’m sorry but di po kami kumuha ng guide when we climb Mt. Manabu.

      1. Ah ok po. Manabu-malipunyo po gagawin namin and kailangan daw ng guide eh . Salamat uli!

  12. arlene carangalan says:

    This post is very informative. It actually made decide to climb there tomorrow. Hehe. Seems a good climb for beginners as well. Just wondering, may signal all throughout the trail? Thanks… Will look for the coffee luwak (tama ba yun?)

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes, there is 🙂

      1. san po ba ang mas makakamura ng pamasahe o malapit papunta sa jump off point, sm lipa or fiesta mall?

      2. Kenneth says:

        Di ko lang alam Aladdin :/

  13. Jerome says:

    Hello Hikers,

    Meron po bang maghihike sa mt. manabu this thursday? or any day within the holy week?
    Makikisabay po sana ako para hindi mabigat ang entrance fee. Then sa start ng trek free roaming na po ako. Thanks!

  14. SeymBr says:

    Hi sir, visible po ba ang trail? or need guide?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Visible po sya with signs on which station na kayo.

  15. kmdotzee says:

    Hi, we will be hiking mt manabu on Saturday. I just wanna ask kung dadaan ba yung bus pa-Lipa sa SM Lipa. Manggagaling kasi kami sa Jam Liner, Cubao… 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      It will stop at SM Lipa.

  16. kmdotzee says:

    From Lipa Bus terminal may tric na ba to jump-off point or we still need to go to SM Lipa to get a tric?

    1. Kenneth says:

      As far as I remember the terminal is at SM Lipa. Andun na dn ang sakayan ng trike 🙂

  17. kmdotzee says:

    Kakagaling lang namin sa Manabu last Saturday and sobrang useful and helpful nitong blog mo. From the summit to Tatay tino’s alamid coffee (brother ni Mang Pirying) to Special lomi, lahat yan na-try namin.. We had so much fun lalo na’t first timers kami 🙂 cant wait for our next hike..

    1. Kenneth says:

      Good to know that you have enjoyed your first hike and that I was of help.

      You may follow my adventures as well on Facebook: MrBratpacker

  18. Pwede po kaya nakatsinelas (sandugo) lang pag-akyat?

    1. Kenneth says:

      It’s up to you Sir but for safety purposes, I suggest you use the proper trekking shoes.

      1. von says:

        sir, 2nd time ko pa lang po aakyat and im going solo. is it safe to go alone sa mt manabu?

      2. von says:

        thanks. do they require a guide if mag isa ka lang aakyat? or if may kakilala ka na mga mountaineers na aakyat this weekend baka pwede makisabay ako. thanks

      3. Kenneth says:

        A guide is not mandatory in Manabu Sir 🙂

  19. lee wei tzie says:

    kelan po next trek nyo?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Probably end of September. You can check my FB Page: MrBratpacker for updates 🙂

      1. Yna says:

        Safe po ba umakyat dun ng December? Thank you.

      2. Kenneth says:

        We cannot predict when a danger can happen. But if you are aware with the do’s and don’ts that will help.

  20. Irhine says:

    Thanks for this Kenneth!!! Will be hiking Mt.Manabu this weekend. Actually Iam reading blogs lloking for a contact number of a guide but your blog is reassuring that its okey to go without a guide. Specially that me and a friend is going there on a dayhike

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes, the trail is very visible that there is no need for a guide 🙂

  21. sir gaano katagal ang trek from manabu to malinpuyo? my trail b papunta dun?

    1. Kenneth says:

      No idea Sir since hindi pa ko nakapag Malipunyo.

  22. corrz says:

    hi, Kenneth.. ask lng if u can recommend for overnyt..balak ksi namin umakyat this holy week, if my maireccomend ka for us beginners.. What is better kaya Mt. Batulao, Manabu or Gulugod Baboy?.. thanks

    1. Kenneth says:

      For beginners, okay yung tatlong yan. For overnight, in my opinion, I’d choose Gulugod.

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