Visualize yourself in a vast grassland and rolling hills, overlooking the island of Mindoro, mountains to the likes of Maculot, Malipunyo and Banahaw in sight. Imagine you are being refreshed by the cool gust of the wind at the summit after a close to five hours worth of trek. See yourself being calmed by the downpour of water from a falls. Lastly, picture yourself being amazed at the most dramatic display of colours during sunset while fighting the urge to swim.
Of beautiful range, jaw-dropping seascape and rolling slopes – Mt. Daguldol is one mountain to see.
Getting there maybe a pain the arse, for it will take someone around four hours of land travel just to reach the jump-off point, and getting into the summit entails a lot of assault and energy-draining climb. The trek based on our experience was close to five hours, but nevertheless the experience was worth every pain and sweat.
Mt. Daguldol is a coastal mountain situated at the southern part of Batangas in San Juan. It has a minor climb specification with difficulty rate of 3/9. What will welcome you is a beach trail with Laiya beaches on the side, and parts of the West Philippine Sea. So expect breath-taking views along the trail as you trek your way up to the summit.
Daguldol brought me into different worlds, the ascent which consists of a lot of assault brought me back to Cebu. It has a lot of similarity to that of the trail of Sirao Peak in Cebu City as we were traversing to Kabang Falls. There were also parts were rocks are loose and it was too sandy just like Mt. Batulao. There is also the woodland which made me think of The Hobbit; the forest and the greenery which closely resembles that of Mt. Pulag minus the cold wind; and the summit with its picnik-like setting and the highland feel which brought me back to Mt. Gulugod Baboy.
Trekking Mt. Daguldol requires you to hire a guide. For groups below 12, you can have one guide, but above that they will require at least two, and the service of the guide costs 350php. In our case, we were stubborn enough, so we did object, and decided to get only one though we were around 21. It wasn’t my call thought. This was an organized event to which I was just a participant.
After around two hours of trek you will reach Aling Nida’s store where you can treat yourself with a cool and refreshing halo-halo. And after another two hours you will be able to reach the summit. Good thing was that it didn’t rain days prior to our climb or else, we will be trekking on a muddy trail.
Daguldol’s campsite is spacious enough and is beautiful due to that it is where locals graze their horses and cows. Expect a vast terrain of glimmering green and yellow short grasses with a handful of trees. It is hot at the summit, but it is manageable, and being there makes you forget of the heat.
If you are a mountain and a beach person like me, you will surely enjoy and have a good time at the beautiful Daguldol. After reaching the summit, you can take a swim at the waters of Laiya. There are available resorts in there if you wish to stay overnight.
The not so beautiful part: Behind its postcard-worthy pictures, and beautiful view at the summit are scars that are unknown to anyone. Going there, I personally witnessed what is actually happening to our mountains especially at Mt. Daguldol.
Hope locals or companies will realized the harm of what they are doing to our mountains and hopefully someone will put a stop to this.
I was advised that planning a climb to Mt. Daguldol is such a hassle that joining in tours would make your life easier, and so I did. I don’t have any contact numbers and itinerary for this climb since our organizer did not want to disclose it.