Travel guide to Mt. Maculot

We all have that dream mountain that we wish to conquer and Mt. Maculot, a mountain situated in Cuenca, Batangas is on top of my list. It has been calling me ever since I started my journey as a mountaineer here in Luzon, and it was last 2014, when I did challenge myself to experience and see its beauty. Big thanks to Nobs, Ralph, Jave, Sir Einz, Clara, Jommel and Corz for accompanying me in this climb and for giving birth to a group we named Team Harkor.

Rockies at last!
Rockies at last!

Mt. Maculot or The Rockies was given a 3/9 classification (4/9 for the traverse) with minor specification by PinoyMountaineer. The mountain is known for its breathtaking view of the world-famous Taal Lake and Taal Volcano with scenic and jaw-dropping sceneries along the way to the summit. Climbing Mt. Maculot will require you 1.5-2.5 hours, and just like any other mountains it has its difficulties. There are series of assaults but they are not that technical making it a mountain good for beginners. It won’t also be quite a burden since there are a number of resting stations / 7-11s (stores found on the mountain) found along the trail.

Team Harkor at the starting point

We started our journey with me almost not making it to the trip as I overslept (sorry, it’s just that sleeping is my favorite thing to do next to eating). Anyway, I together with Ralph and Jave made it to our meeting place at Buendia Terminal few minutes late than the planned meet up time, and there we met Corz, Jommel and Nobs. Together, we then boarded a bus bound to Lemery, Batangas. We officially planned on doing the traverse (Rockies-Summit-Grotto) but due to some changes with how officials at Brgy. Cuenca run and officiate those who want to climb the mountain, we opted to just climb the Rockies alone. If before, guides were not mandatory, they are being required now for a certain fee. Not only that, for those who want to do the traverse will have to pay another amount, and it was such a hassle since there was really no system.

the journey begins
the journey begins

We arrived at Cuenca, Batangas at around 8 in the morning, and we waited for Sir Einz and Clara.  As we were waiting, we were told of the new policy regarding the fees and the guides. Sidecar drivers were giving us tips on where to go to lessen our costs, and there were few mountaineers who told us that they were going to do the traverse from the Grotto – Summit – Rockies as they were advised that guides were not required, and the registration on that side is only for a minimal amount.

with Kuya Danny our guide
with Kuya Danny our guide
quick stop at one of the resting stations
quick stop at one of the resting stations

In our case, we decided to follow the new protocol and head to the Municipal Hall to settle everything. We paid 20 pesos each for the registration, and 500 pesos (divided by to our groups’ number) for the guide. For that amount, we were only allowed to go to the Rockies. After registering our names, and after securing a guide, we started our ascent. There were series of assault but we were able to defy it. Taking some necessary rest once in a while, and pushing ourselves to get to the Rockies as fast as we can, alas after around one and a half hour, we reached it.

while waiting for the clearing to happen
while waiting for the clearing to happen
group shot the rockies!
group shot at the rockies!

We stayed at the top for more than an hour waiting for the clearing to happen. It was for us to witness the beauty of Taal Lake, but it was as if it was not our day. We were only given like seconds, and then the clouds went out to cover the surrounding again. Taal may be elusive that time, but we still had one great time.

Team Harkor :)


By the way, it was only my first time to meet everyone in the group except for Ralph and Nobs and fortunately, we all jived well. Everyone was throwing jokes at each other as if we all have known each other for a long time. It was then that I proved that being with people who shares the same passion as you do is really fun.

For those who have plans of going to Mt. Maculot, you may check below details as your guide:


0500 Board Lemery-bound bus from Buendia
0800 ETA Cuenca Muncipal Hall. Walk or take trike to jump-off.
0830 Start trek
1000 Arrive at campsite, head to Rockies
1010 At Rockies / Phot op / Lunch
1200 Start descent
1345 Arrival at jump off point


Bus from Buendia Terminal to Lemery: 147php as of November 2014

Tricycle ride to jump off point: 20php

Registration fee: 20php

Guide fee: 500php per group of 10

Contact person: 

Kuya Danny (our guide): 09062156381


If you are interested to join us in one of our climbs, you may check MrBratpacker for schedule and event invites.



85 Comments Add yours

  1. lara says:

    thanks for the info Sir, we will conquer Mt. Maculot on sunday.. 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Good luck and have fun Lara!

      1. natasha says:

        Hi! may limatik na dito?

      2. Kenneth says:

        As far as I know, wala.

  2. rosie says:

    plan po namin pumunta ng mt. maculot this May..salamat sa info.. 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

    2. Gerald says:

      guide po ako sa maculot 09363001503 ito po contact number ko

  3. Marvin says:

    Read your guide. Kudos on your trip!

  4. Ailyn Chavez says:

    Hi Sir, plano namin ng friends ko mag night hike sa Maculot this saturday. Hindi po ba mahirap makahanap ng masasakyan dun, tsaka ung sa guides magkano po kaya rate pag overnight. plan po namin is rockies-summit-grotto. Thanks!

    1. Kenneth says:

      If nasa Batangas na kayo, trike na lang dn naman to jump off point or pwede nyo ring lakarin kaya no problem with the transportation. Sa guide. I don’t know the rate if overnight. Pero kung rockies-summit-grotto, additional 500 if I’m not mistaken. I also don’t know if available yung guide for night trek. You can verify this all by texting yung guide namin (Kuya Danny) at 09062156381.

  5. Kellysupergirl says:

    Really helpful blog you have here. I plan to go to Maculot next month. God bless and good luck to your next adventure. 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Thanks Kelly! Enjoy Maculot!

  6. Jesiree Gomez says:

    Hi! We’re thinking of climbing Mt Maculot or Mt Manabu. Which one do you recommend in terms of difficulty? I’m a first time hiker but would like to have more adventure. Thanks!

    1. Kenneth says:

      I love Mt. Maculot more than Manabu and for me when it comes to difficulty, it’s Maculot.

  7. John says:

    Sir info naman kaya ba ng kotse hanggang jump off? Or kng hindi san pede mag iwan ng sasakyan?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Kaya Sir. You can take your car directly to the jump-off point.

  8. Vincent says:

    Sir thanks for info. Also can I ask if pede kami mag hike tapus mag stay kami for camping then in morning mag traverse kami. Pede ba yun sa tour guide. How much will cost. This july 17, kami aakyat.

    1. Kenneth says:

      I hope I was able to answer your question on Facebook 🙂

  9. Gerald says:

    sir paggaling sa alabang.. anung sasakyan namen papuntang jumpoff? we were planning to trek mt. maculot this saturday.. need ur help. thx..

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yung alam ko lang is yung sa Buendia. You may travel from Alabang to LRT Buendia then follow the instruction on my blog.

  10. Hi Kenneth, nice guide 🙂 me and the gang we’re planning to climb this coming Saturday. It’s our first time on maculot and I would like to ask if it’s true or maybe you guys have somehow heard about some rumors about mt.maculot being a known place wherein climbers get their item stolen at the camp? We’re planning to take a day hike though so setting up a camp won’t be necessary I just wanna find out if it true 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi John, never heard of it. Let’s just be cautious and responsible with our own things if ever we set up a camp not just in Maculot but anywhere.

      Enjoy Maculot 🙂

  11. WE want to conquer Mt Maculot pwede po ba makahingi ng updates about sa fees thanks

    1. Kenneth says:

      The fees were as of November of 2014 and I don’t think that that has changed. You may contact the guide for confirmation. 🙂

  12. Anong bus sinakyan nyo? LRT/Buendia bato or Buendia makati?

  13. Ces says:

    Hi! Do you think my dogs can climb Mt. Maculot? 😃

      1. Ces says:

        Thanks! 😃

  14. Hi po! Plano po kasi namin mag Maculot Traverse this coming sunday (Aug.30). Tanong lang po kung active pa po kaya yung number (given above) ni Kuya Danny na guide? kasi i tried to text him, pero wala syang reply 😦 okay sana ung sya din maging guide namin kasi 14 po kmi lahat aakyat. Anyways, Thank you for this super helpful blog 🙂 Godbless you always 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Mary. I have no idea kung working pa yung number nya but you can try to call him. I might need to update it if d na working.

  15. jenny says:

    Hi, kelangan ba yung guide ay doon mismo sa Area na yun manggaling. What if maghire kami ng outsider na guide/mountaineer, pwede ba yun? Irerequire pa ba nila kami na maghire ng guide dun?

    1. Kenneth says:

      I think so po. Dun dapat ang guide because that’s one of the reason kung bakit may guides, to generate livelihood to the locals.

  16. Yehlen says:

    Ask ko lang if open to climber yong Mt. Maculot bukas Oct.17? Thanks po

    1. Kenneth says:

      As far as I know, Talamitam yung close. Di lang ako sure po. You can contact the guide to verify.

  17. Yehlen says:

    Ask ko lang if open to climber yong Mt. Maculot bukas Oct.17? Thanks po 😁

  18. Sarah Jane says:

    Hi po
    inform ko lang po kung open ung mt.maculot this october 28

    1. Kenneth says:

      No idea but I think it is as yung narinig ko na pansamantalang close was Mt. Talamitam.

      1. Sarah says:

        Aakyat po kasi kami sa 28. Bukas po ba ung mt. .maculot?any information po.? Salamat po.

      2. Sarah says:

        Sa tingin nio bukas po kaya yun?

      3. Sarah Jane says:

        sir meron po ba kayo alan na tour guide?

      4. Kenneth says:

        You can contact our guide at 09062156381

  19. tan says:

    hi Sir ask ko lng.. alin po mas mahirap akyatin?? maculot or mt. Daraitan?? hmmm

  20. Karen Camacho says:

    Hello! Yung rockies na po ba yung summit?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Karen, hindi pa. We did not push through sa summit since may ibang babayarang fee para dun.

  21. arjay16 says:

    good day po ask ko lng po if pwde po mag overnight sa maculot? and magkano po? salamat po

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Arjay, pwede po but for the fee, you can contact the number on my blog to check kung magkano.

  22. sir paano po kung iintayin po ung sunset? okay lang po ba kahit anong oras bumaba

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes po, depende po yun sa group nyo.

  23. dagat says:

    Hi. Are 3 girls po safe for mt. Maculot this coming friday? May makakasabay po kaya kami if ever? Have any idea po? 1st time hikers po kami. Thanks po.

    1. Kenneth says:

      A guide is mandatory dn naman kaya kahit papano there is a local who can guide you. But it is safe, for me.

  24. Kevin Sarmiento says:

    Very Helpful! Thanks sir! We’re gonna climb this Mt. Today actually. We took a different course though instead of going to Buendia Terminal due to the APEC summit. We rode here at South Station, Alabang going to Lipa, Batangas and as we were told there are jeepneys going to Lemery from there. We’re hoping to have great time there! 👍

  25. theagabc says:

    Do you think okay umakyat ng first week of january? Plus. magkano kaya ang tour guide if 2 lang kaming aakyat? Thank you!

    1. Kenneth says:

      Anytime of the year as long as the weather’s good. Same rate for the guide Ma’am irregardless of the number of hikers.

  26. Sarah says:

    Hi sir thanks for the info.. Tanong lang po sir if gano kalayo lalakarin from municpal hall to jumpoff? Salamat sir

    1. Kenneth says:

      After registration, lakad na lang dn. Probably around 10 minutes.

  27. anje says:

    Magbabayad pa ulit para makapunta sa summit? Whyyyyy

    1. Kenneth says:

      That’s also our question 😦

  28. Raymond says:

    Hi, I’m planning to go to Mt. Maculot tomorrow – December 12, 2015 – Saturday. Its my first time to do hiking as well. Baka meron dyan group na pede makasabay? just want to try something new sa buhay ko. Please text me at 09272890117. Thank you!

    1. Kenneth says:

      It will be costly if you go solo in Maculot. Better if you’re with a group.

  29. Russell says:

    Hi! Nag pplan kami umakyat ng Maculot at gusto sana namin mag dala ng kotse sa site. Recommended ba ito? First timers here

    1. Kenneth says:

      Possible hanggang jump-off point Sir.

  30. R-jay H Belandres says:

    Hi sir ok lang ba na umakyat ng mt maculot ng 4 person lang..

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes sir. No fixed number of person naman.

  31. Kristine says:

    Hi sir, plano po namin umakyat ng Maculot sa Feb 20 dayhike.. until now nag guguide pa rin ba si kuya danny?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes po. Or you can go there directly, may available guides dn naman doon.

  32. Pau says:

    Thanks for this blog. Great photos! Ang ganda ng shots.
    *those who WANT

    1. Kenneth says:

      lol, thanks sa correction Pau. :p

  33. ragde12 says:

    How much pa rin ang guide if day hike?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Same rate po ng nasa blog.

  34. Gerald says:

    guide po ako sa maculot 09363001503 ito po contact number ko

  35. Jimmel says:

    Good day! Required po ba talaga yung guide? Thanks,

  36. Do Na says:

    hala mandatory ang guide pno yan ang mahal pala kung dalawa lang po kaming aakyat? tsk

    1. Kenneth says:

      Yes po. Kaya better to go in a group.

  37. john says:

    pwede naman night hike dun diba?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Just coordinate with the brgy officials sir.

  38. My friend told me na di naman na required ang guide ‘nong umakyat sila sa Mt. Maculot. My mga obstacles ba na talagang mahirap for us to have a guide?

    1. Kenneth says:

      The guides there are mandatory. Madali lang yung trail actually that’s why we were also clueless as to why guides were mandatory.

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