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Climbing Mt. Batulao: Travel & Tips


BASIC INFO
Name: Mt. Batulao
Location: Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-Off Point: KC Hillcrest (Evercret) Golf Course
Elevation: 811+ MASL
Difficulty: 4/9 (Pinoy Mountaineer)
Features: Scenic view of the coastal towns of Batangas. Grass Ridges. 12 Peaks.

Batangas is very rich in natural beauties, it is known not just by having pristine, blue beaches but also by its peaks. Trust me, mountains surrounded by the body of ocean is far better than by just plain mountains.

Batangas has mountains that climbers would ever dream of, and one of them is Mt. Batulao. It is known for its series of peaks that you can explore and appreciate—especially when reaching the highest one, it has an overlooking spot that you can actually see the vastness of Batangas; both the waters and the land.

But, before talking about it more; I'll just share with you how to get there first. I am this generous to help you all the way (you're welcome!):

  1. For Commuters – Ride a DLTB bus bound for Nasugbu in Buendia Station. Alight at Evercrest (KC Hillcrest Golf Club). Fare is ~P175.00 (March 2017). Ride a tricycle or walk towards the registration point.
  2. By Car – Follow the way going to Tagaytay via Cavitex or SLEX. At the intersection in Olivares, follow the way going to Nasugbu. Turn left at Evercrest (KC Hillcrest). Take the first right after then drive straight until you see the parking area. Or simply Waze it if you still find it difficult to navigate. 
Now that we have already set the direction, it is about time to share the tips and what you should expect:

1) Upon alighting the bus, there is a tricycle terminal that you can commission to drop you off at the foot of the mountain; but you can actually walk to the entrance if you would wish to.

Used a little of my strength to do the wall climbing to
reach the peak. 
Side note: upon reaching the entrance, there is a store that you can buy drinks, food, and bamboo sticks. You can also freshen up in their toilets for only PHP25.00. But, if the toilets are full, the houses in the tricycle terminal offer their toilets for the same cost, this would be very helpful after the hike.



2) Mt. Batulao is infamous for having several registration booths. If you're going to combine the two trails, it has approxiately 8 stations which you will have to pay per station from PHP20 to PHP30. Total cost would be about PHP160. So, better be prepared to shell out some cash.

3) Two trails: the old and the new. The old trail is pretty easier, it has lesser climbs than the second one. But, the new trail has more interesting picturesque of Batangas; warning to those who are afraid of heights, you might eventually find yourself hugging the rocks and praying for your sins, as it is really that high—not to mention the cliff by cliff sides. But, I suggest to take both trails for a fuller experience.

4) There are vendors in the peaks that can offer you some refreshments and food; good thing about it, they are all fresh and you are also able to help the locals with their livelihood. You can also reward yourself an ice cream that you can buy from a vendor at the last, highest peak.

5) The highest peak is a perfect star gazing spot, you can stay there overnight if you want to; just be ready with your lamps, blanket, and an off-lotion for the mosquitoes.

So there, I hope this article helps you in exploring the mountain. Would be happy to hear your feedback by simply commenting on this article or by tagging me in your IG and FB posts. (Click the links for my social media accounts)

Good luck and happy climbing, buddy!

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