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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu Batangas

Our Itinerary:

DAY 1 - Sept 3
The Muddy Trail

0500 Assembly at LRT Buendia
0530 ETD bus terminal in LRT Buendia
0715 Arrival at Evercrest
0730 Start trek
0930 Arrival at Camp 1 (fee of P20.00)
1015 Arrival at Camp 8, commence summit assault
1100 Arrival at summit; lunch
12:00 - 18:00 FREE TIME
18:00 Preparation for Dinner
19:00 Dinner, Socials 
22:00 Light’s Out 

DAY 2 - Sept 4
Start Trek
04:30 Wake-Up Call, Breakfast
06:00 Trek Towards Summit / SUNRISE
08:30 Back at Camp, Break Camp
09:00 Start Trek
11:00 ETA Trailhead 
12:00 Lunch.. anything goes from here..
13:00 Resumed Trek
14:00 Proceed to Sidetrip.

Mt. Batulao in the background

After my successful climb at Mt. Balagbag in Rodriguez Rizal last week, I joined a Mt. Batulao climb organized by Angelo Bryan, a friend of mine.

Mt. Batulao is a famous destination in Nasugbu Batangas of mountaineers, having a rolling slopes and two trail connected if you prefer to traverse the mountain.

Entering new trail

Approaching Peak 1

We decided to go to the "new trail", which offers a nice view of Mt. Batulao. The old trail, om the other hand, offers a challenging trail, so it varies on how you enjoy hiking.

After reaching the campsite, we took some rest, and decided to trek headed to the summit.

Campsite (via new trail)

Mossy Forest

We explore the "mossy forest" along the new trail. The ambiance is so relaxing. We encountered fog along the trail,  which caused us to ask each other whether we are on the right track. We took some pictures with every peak and enjoyed the view all the way to the summit.


We were able to reach the summit after 1hour of trekking. We're a bit surprise when we saw a vendor offering us to buy  "Mountain Dew" at the summit area. I felt bad that time, because some of the climbers patronizing this activity. We're thankful for having clearing at the summit. Neighboring mountain and Taal Lake can be seen.

Refreshing Halo-Halo

OTW to sidetrip
We stayed overnight at the new trail campsite. The next day, we pursued our planned  sidetrip near the house of Alvin. We took our lunch at Fernandez Residence near Lemery Batangas, then we headed to La Suena Brisa Resort.

  This is such a sweet escape to a busy life in the city. Special thanks to Kuya Allan for a hassle-free ride, to Alvin and his family for accommodating us and to Angelo Bryan for organizing this event.

Until our next trip...

Group Picture

Budget Breakdown:

250 - Share Van (gasoline)
20 - Reg Fee  (new trail)
150 - La Suena Brisa Resort  (Entrance Fee & cottage)
150 Share Food

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