Thursday, August 9, 2007

Mt. Batulao (811+)


MT. BATULAO
Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault
Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
Date posted: August 9, 2007
Last updated: February 16, 2013

BACKGROUND
The cool weather in Mt. Batulao is a pleasant escape from the city. The moment you arrive at the Evercrest Golf Course – the jumpoff – you will feel the same coolness felt by the visitors of Tagaytay. And this temperature will be with you all the way, especially during the months of January and February, where it is usually dry and cool.

There are days, on the other hand, when Mt. Batulao can feel like a desert - very hot and humid - owing to the exposed nature of its trails, which also makes it prone to muddiness during the wet season (June to October). On the other hand, Mt. Batulao is usually visited by winds that make any climb - hot or cool - refreshing. This combination of elements make Mt. Batulao a very interesting destination.

But that's not all. The landscapes of Batulao are quite remarkable; and although the view remains basically the same throughout the trek, the rolling slopes, through which trail pass by, and the new variety afforded by two major trails - the "Old Trail" and the "New Trail", makes Batulao one of the most popular dayhikes or near-Manila hikes. It is favored not only for the pleasantness of the hike, but also because it makes for a very good training climb.

With this popularity, of course, comes the challenge of maintaining the cleanliness of the mountain, as well as a local economy of kid guides and buco juice stalls. Over a hundred campers troop to Batulao on weekends, making it a good option for crowd-seekers but not for those looking for some mountain peace and quiet.

Nevertheless, Mt. Batulao is truly an appealing destination, also because it is very easy to access: It's just one ride away from the MRT-LRT connection in Taft cor. Edsa -- plus an optional tricycle ride from the entrance of Evercrest to the furthest a vehicle can reach. As soon as you arrive, kid guides (and tricycle drivers) will offer their services.

The trails are initially rough roads, then transition to paths that are well-maintained, taking you up and down, up and down, at first gently, and then the slopes will be ore pronounced later. After around forty minutes of trekking, you will encounter a hut, fondly called 'Mini Stop' where buco juice is sold for P25 each (as of 2012). 500 meters beyond this hut is the fork between the two trails to Mt. Batulao's summit, on which another hut as been built. Click on the panoramic image to see the two trails in relation to each other.

OLD TRAIL (EAST)
Fork to summit: 1.5-2 hours. Take the left, downward path to follow the old trail. You will enter a woodland, then emerge into the campsites (or stations) marked 1-10. At the earlier campsites the facilities are larger and there is a water source. There is a logbook and you will have to pay a registration fee of P20.

Same old slopes till station 8, after which the final ascent commences. Beyond this point, at the you have to be extremely careful because the trails are really steep, there are loose stones, and the winds can set off you balance although as of 2012, they've carved out steps from the challenging parts, making this leg easier. This will just take 30-45 minutes, though. Campsites are marked from 1-10, with stations 8-10 being the steep parts, "Campsite 10" being the summit itself.

NEW TRAIL (WEST)
Fork to summit: 1-1.5 hrs. Take the right/middle, upward path (but not the extreme right, which goes downward). There is a small wooden marker. You will immediately ascend into a hill, and continue ascending and descending some so-called numbered peaks. Around 20 minutes uphill is the lone campsite of the trail, good for several tents. There is a water station - the locals who man the site sell water which they get from a nearby river (around 30 minutes away). Here is also the counterpart registration area of this trail.

You might be surprised to see, before the campsite, a wooden house that's right beside the trail. This is the house of Janet Belarmino, one of the first Filipina (and Southeast Asian) women to climb Mt. Everest, in May 2007 (see picture below).

From the campsite, go up the hill and continue trekking until you reach a point where you have to go down and enter a forested area. There are two options now: either to go rightward and downward to the forest or leftward and downward to more grassland slopes. A third option is to go up the 'Peak of Deception' but this is a sidetrip that leads nowhere, but is a good challenge in itself (see pictures below).

If you decide to enter the woodland, you will emerge back into the grasslands 10-15 minutes later. The path goes between two rocks; turn right towards the summit. Soon, the non-woodland trail, too, will emerge and the two trails will reunite: at this stage you are just 5-15 minutes away from the summit.

At the peak, the rocky landscapes climax into beautiful formations. Set in the backdrop of the plains of Cavite and Batangas, the photo ops are excellent. Views include the peninsula of Calatagan (SE), the coastline of Nasugbu (E), Mt. Talamitam (ENE), the mountains of Maragondon, Cavite (N), the Tagaytay highlands (WNW), Taal Lake (W), behind it, Mt. Maculot (WSW), and the vast Balayan Bay (S). Here the breezes that menaced the assault are now a refreshment.

Going down with a brisk pace takes just 1-2 hours. From the Evercrest entrance, you may cross the highway to avail of the makeshift shower areas in the sari-sari stores. After the Batulao climb, which is a challenging Difficulty 4/9 dayhike, a postclimb meal in Tagaytay with its plethora of food choices - is a blissful reward.

ITINERARIES

Old to New Trail

0400 ETD Coastal Mall bus terminal to Nasugbu, Batangas
0715 Arrival at Evercrest
0730 Start trek
0845 Arrival at Fork. Take the left, downward trail that enters some woodland
0900 Arrival at Camp 1. Register.
1015 Arrival at Camp 8, commence final assault
1100 Arrival at summit; lunch
1200 Start descent via New Trail, which is opposite the Old Trail at the summit
1300 Arrival at New Trail Campsite. Register again.
1530 Back at Evercrest; clean-up at nearby sari-sari store
1600 ETD for Tagaytay by jeepney (P30.00)
1630 ETA Tagaytay; anything goes from here

New to Old Trail

0400 ETD Coastal Mall bus terminal to Nasugbu, Batangas
0715 Arrival at Evercrest
0730 Start trek
0845 Arrival at Fork. Take the middle/slightly right upward trail
0930 Arrival at New Trail Campsite. Rest / Register.
1030 Arrival at summit; early lunch
1200 Start descent via Old Trail, which is opposite the New Trail at the summit
1300 Arrival at New Trail Campsite. Register again.
1530 Back at Evercrest; clean-up at nearby sari-sari store
1600 ETD for Tagaytay by jeepney (P30.00)
1630 ETA Tagaytay; anything goes from here

PRACTICALITIES: MT. BATULAO
Transportation
(1) Bus, Coastal Mall to Evercrest – P104
(2) optional Tricycle, Evercrest to trailhead P25/person
Registration
Logbook at Old and New Trail campsites. Total fees per hiker: P20 per trail if you are just passing; P30 if you are camping on that trail
Available: Kid guides are waiting at Evercrest and along the way. No fixed fees but recommended fee is at least P300 per day. 
New Trail Campsite (Roel) +639279008496
Nasugubu Police Station - (043) 931-9952
Campsites
Wide campsites around New and Old trail registration areas
Water sources
None in normal course of trail but available in campsites through caretakers 
Cellphone signal
Present throughout the trail
River crossings
None
Roped segments
Fixed rope in steep part of Old Trail (between Camp 8 and summit) that can get slippery when wet
None
None
Rattan
None
Hiking notes 
Can be very muddy during the rainy season and dusty/windy during the dry months 
Sidetrips
Nasugbu or Tagaytay; Twin dayhike with Mt. Talamitam (see itinerary here)
Alternate trails
There are other possible traverse routes but not permitted by DENR as of 2014
Yes (2-3 hours to summit; 1.5-2 hours down)
600-900

ADDITIONAL CONCERNS
Private transportation. Going by car is also easy: just go to Tagaytay via SLEX (take Sta. Rosa or Mamplasan-LIIP exit and follow through) and make a right turn upon reaching the Tagaytay Rotonda, going all the way beyond Tagaytay Public Market and past the marker welcoming you to Nasugbu. Evercrest is just a little past KM. 72. Inside Evercrest, go straight then make a left turn. You can either park in the village (take the right, downward road) or follow through and randomly park in the road, or fall for some 'parking spaces' that locals have created for P50-100/day.

Security and safety concerns. Mt. Batulao is generally safe and we have not received any reports of theft. It helps that there are locals who stay in the campsites. In February 2012, an accident involved the death of a first-time hiker who fell from Peak 8 of the New Trail; this however is an isolated incident and should not be a cause of worry provided that hikers are always careful and properly oriented.

Environmental concerns. As one of the most popular hiking destinations near Metro Manila, Mt. Batulao receives a lot of hikers on weekends, and campers at times reach hundreds. To reduce impact on Mt. Batulao, PinoyMountaineer suggests avoiding camping in the weekends or peak seasons such as the Holy Week, or minimizing group number to 15 or fewer (with 30 as upper limit). Dayhikes have less impact. Moreover, PinoyMountaineer does not advice hikers to patronize refreshment stalls in the mountain as profitable activities may encourage further commercialization of the mountain. 

MT. BATULAO PICTURES
Even at the start of the trail, the twin peaks of Batulao can be seen.

Practically the whole trail passes through grassland slopes that are at times steep.

Local kids guide trekkers up Batulao as a means of augmenting their school allowance.

Some of the rock formations near the peak are vaguely reminiscent of Mt. Guiting-Guiting.

The scenery at the peak is dramatic and breathtaking.


TRIVIA
Becuase of the many 'ups and downs' of Mt. Batulao, the altitude gain from the jump-off point to the summit is actually less than 300 MASL.

Batulao's name is said to derive from a spectacular origin. Every yearend, the sun sets right between Batulao’s two peaks, creating an image of rocks surrounding a disc of red light. In Tagalog, this phenomenon of “Bato sa Ilao” (Illuminated Rocks) became abbreviated to “Batulao”. Although this happens only in the last week of December, Batulao’s charms throughout the year are more than enough to make it among the favored mountaineering destinations.

The First Amputee Climb was held in Batulao in November 2009. Four amputees reached the summit, and the event was featured in GMA 7's Born to be Wild and ABS-CBN's Rated K. The climb was organized by PinoyMountaineer.com and the Mu Sigma Phi medical fraternity.

WEATHER OUTLOOK: NASUGBU, BATANGAS

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gideon said...

it's generally safe to camp in mt. batulao (i wouldn't advise the summit itself though; there are campsites before it). just prepare in case of bad weather; the trail gets slippery. you may get a guide at the jump-off if unsure (P300/day). i hope you have a great climb!

Ernest said...

good day! last may 31- june 1 2008, me and my friends are in batulao very nice spot.. kahit pang 5th climb ko na dito nakaka excite pa din... btw sir may new updates... bukas na pala ung bagong trail sa batulao... ung new campsite is between a slope in the jagged peaks. cool. may side trip din na ilog dun (bay-bay river)... mga 45 minutes- 1 hour trek from camp one. ask the camp administrator for details.

Donny Boy said...

Aakyat kami dito sa Sunday..Sana maganda ang panahon..steep nga ang pa Summit sa lumang trail..pag sa bago naman mhaba ang trail pero walang matarik kagaya ng papuntang camp 8..

Ingat lang po tayo lagi sa CLimb..alamin ang panahon bago umakyat..☻☻☻

Donny Boy said...

update lang po..

Galing kami ng pinsan ko sa Batulao last 2 weeks at maganda sya ngayon dahil hindi sunog..Green land na ulit..

Me tindahan na sa Camp 6..Masarap na halo-halo for 25bux..pede mo ding tawadan ng 20bux..hehe..

Seperate din ang Bayad sa luma at bagong trail..so 20 sa luma at 20 sa bago..40bux lahat pag traverse trip ang gusto nyo..

Si Mang Aristing(naka salamin at medyo maputi ang buhok) at Mang Lorie(Kayumanggi at Matipuno) ang nag bukas ng bagong trail..sa kanila din mag rregister sa bagong trail..

Me nangyari pala dati dito kwento samin ni mang Aristing at Mang Lorie,Isang Mountaineer ang Namatay dahil sa pagsabog ng burner sa loob ng tent..nagluluto daw den biglang sumabog..cguro naulan kaya sa loob nagluto..anim daw silang nagpalitang magbuhat pra madala sa jump off at madala sa hospital agad..di na raw nila alam ang nangyari kung anong nagyari sa taong yun after nun til umakyat uli yung kasama nung nasunog at sinabing namatay din daw..Kaya pag me naakyat daw at nagcamp sa kanila eh sa me kubo nila pinag luluto yung mga mountaineer para maiwasan nga ang mga ganung pangyayari..

So Safety po lagi ang una nating iisipin pag aakyat tayo..☺♥☺

gideon said...

@donny boy, ernest, thanks for your update on the new trail of mt. batulao.

it is sad to hear such camp-related incidents. hiking is really a risky sport and although we do our best to stay safe, may mga bagay tlga na di naiiwasan. thats why we must always pray for safety in every climb ^^

jjayjjay said...

sir gid, balak namin magclimb sa batulao eh!!! yung sa evercrest din ba yung bagong trail? if not where po yung daan namin? thanks.. more power...

gideon said...

i have yet to try the new batulao trail myself, but i believe it has the same jumpoff as the old one. at the barrio, tell them you're doing the new trail to get directions.

Anonymous said...

Thejump off of the new trail still the same jumpoff at evercrest

URBAN TREKKER said...

Batulao was my first major and solo climb. No one was climbing when I went up. I hired a 13 year old boy as a guide for Php200. We took the new trail. It was shorter but steeper than the old trail says the other local. It took us 3 1/2 hours to go up the Summit and back down. Our phase was fast by my standard because most of the time I was gasping for air. The kid who was guiding me was just staring at me and I can see there was no effort in his part while I was dying of exhaustion. Also had a couple of close call after the bamboo forest.

gideon said...

@urban trekker: your batulao adventure seems challenging but looks like it was well worth it!

xave said...

this coming saturday my friends & i are planning to scale MT.BATULAO see you at the summit, whoever has plans on climbing.

xave said...

planning to climb Mt.Batulao on SATURDAY, see you at the summit

Anonymous said...

elow...my plan kmi ng barkada kung umakyat dyan dis coming sept...my idea ba kayo if magkano yung budget back and forth...
tnx in advance..

gideon said...

@anonymous: read the itinerary carefully, there are transpo prices, just add them up. allow for price increases.

for a standard daytrip i usually allot 500 pesos: 300 for transportation, 50 for registration, and 150 for food. of course guide fee is an extra if ur getting one.

Anonymous said...

hi sir gid, tnx for the info..

jjayjjay said...

sir, gid.. thanks.. nice seeing you at batulao... see you on other mounatain.. more power po sa pinoymountaineer.com.. Im a big of this site talaga...

gideon said...

@jjayjjay: thanks for your support. see you in the mountains again soon!

icewolf said...

Hi! First of all, thanks for putting up this site. It's quite helpful especially for newbies like me. Anyway, my friends and I are planning a dayhike on Batulao this Saturday and I was actually thinking of doing a traverse; which trail would you recommend for the ascent and which one for going down? Also, which of the two trails are steeper? :)

Anonymous said...

Hi. Is it safe (especially for a girl)to go alone on this hike? Great blog! -- C

gideon said...

C, as regards safety in batulao, the only thing not safe is giving and receiving advice about it over the internet :D

ruel said...

hello po. k namanpo pala sa MT. BATULAO sana ma2loy kame by next month, plano kc namin mga ka office mate ko. god bless us all...............

icewolf said...

My friend and I went ahead with the traverse dayhike last Saturday and I can say that it's just spectacular. We ascended on the old trail, took a short rest at the summit, then descended on the new trail (east-to-west). This is the route I recommend for a traverse hike, coz personally, I wouldn't want to climb down the very steep portions of the old trail (being someone afraid of heights, hehe). The view at the summit is amazing, 360 degrees of scenic landscapes, like the summit itself is surrounded by a wide mountain range.

The weather last Saturday was also perfect, in my opinion. There was no rain that morning, just a few short drizzles. This and the actual rain shower the night before made the soil more compact, lessening the danger of loose soil, although we still had to be careful with some loose rocks, so as always, checking every foothold before putting your weight on a rock is a good precaution. I think the previous rain showers are also responsible for the couple of fast-flowing streams that passed through along the old trail, one of which was quite forceful and was wide enough for someone to take a quick refreshing dip in. Moreover, there was plenty of much-appreciated cloud cover (we could actually see rain pouring down not far from us on the side as we were on our way to the summit). I can just imagine how exhausting it must be to hike the new trail during summer, since there aren't much trees along that path. When another friend of mine ("urban trekker", above) did a solo climb last month, he emptied his 2-liter hydration pack and a some extra water bottles but that still couldn't quench his thirst. But because of the relatively cool weather this weekend, I didn't even empty one hydro pack. So except for the muddy terrain at the beginning of the trail (red soil, sticky and slippery), I was pretty thankful for the suitable weather. And the fact that we encountered four other groups hiking the new trail that day must mean that the weather really was ideal.

gideon said...

@ruel: have a safe and enjoyable climb next month!

@icewolf: thanks for sharing your climb with us. i agree that the east-west is a great idea.. the descent from the east trail is really bothersome, though its excellent training for those going on major climbs with steep descents (i.e. d2, g2)

batulao seems to be picking up in popularity these days. lets hope (and make sure) that cleanliness of the mountain is maintained.

Mark David said...

Hi, I realize I've been using my silly username icewolf while all you guys are posting with your real names, hehe, so I guess I'll just use my google account..

Anyway, that's a good tip, gideon. I really should train in steep descents since I'll have to face them sooner or later in other mountains anyway; no use in always avoiding them I guess. So do you have a link where I could get some pointers for descending steep slopes? I've always been considerably afraid of heights and perhaps knowing proper techniques would give me more confidence :)

By the way, it's a great site you have here. All these information are truly proving to be useful especially for guys like me who are just starting to climb.

Anonymous said...

sir mark.. you're from? david din kasi ako. grandcanyon

Mark David said...

hi there, David isn't my last name, it's Gan :) taga Cavite po ako.

Jun said...

Hi guys, can you suggest where can we park our car securely on our way to Mt. Batulao? Does Evercrest allow overnight parking, and how much will it cost us?

Thanks a lot guys.

Anonymous said...

lol! thanks for making me laugh, you just made my day! =)- C

xave said...

sir gideon thank you for the info about the new trail in Mt.Batulao it was great although we encountered rain before the trek and it was quite slippery but it was ok, i was in camp 7 and it was very foggy and cold because of the weather,having to feel that is just like Mt.Pulag on that day ZERO visibility was on it's 80% until the next day, my climb to the summit was a success again it's FOGGY but i didn't mind. another thing all the campsites are full of mountaineers it was GREAT to meet new friends again, the mountaineers from PAGCOR,NESTLE PHIL,GLOBE TELECOM & LA SALLE, the climb was not possible if it wasn't for your info SIR GIDEON. Many thanks & GOD BLESSxxavierx.multiply.com
Mt.Batulao sep 20-21 08

gideon said...

xave, you're most welcome. im glad you had an enjoyable climb last weekend!

KaUste said...

Sir Gids, wala po ba contact number sa Batulao? plano po kasi namin magkaibigan magdayhike sa sabado(sept. 27) kaso medyo maulan kaya gusto po namin muna itawag dun kung advisable po ang umakyat. Salamat!!!

Pagpalain po kayo at ang buo mong sambahayan!!!

ZKEY

Anonymous said...

uy kauste kami rin! since open sha and wala ganong cover, natatakot mga kasama ko sa thunderstorms.. baka daw makidlatan. sayang gusto ko pa naman talaga.

pero last week, i believe same weather pero may mga nagtuloy parin. sina xave

gideon said...

what i would be worried about with rainy weather are the muddy trails that you will have to walk through in the first half of the climb...not to mention the slippery trails on either the west or east trail variants.

i don't routinely get contact numbers of dayhike destinations, although i happen to have the cell number of a tricycle driver at the jumpoff. villy - 09239217612.

be warned though that some guides claim good weather to attract more visitors (and thus, income)

KaUste said...

Sir Gids salamat po sa paalala at sa number. Galing nyo po talaga. Pagpalain po!!!!

jaya said...

Climbed for the first time with our only info on our destination taken from this site. Thanks a lot!

I'll share my pics here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/roxj//sets/72157607548761622

Anonymous said...

Hi po Sir Gid and guys..umakyat po kmi sa batulao ng sept 27-28 OPEN CLIMB kaso lng hindi kmi nkapagsummit by some reasons..gustong2x ko pa naman sana magsummit hehehe..ask lng po ako if mga ilang oras yung batulao traverse east to west..ksi sbi ko babalik pa ako dito para mag summit lng hehehe..
tnx in advance....

Mark David said...

hi, based merely on my experience, i'd say that an east-west traverse would take about 6 hours on a normal pace on good weather, but a fast hike would probably just take 4 hours or less.

Jeffrey Mazaredo said...

well maintained po ba yung trail? at di nakakaligaw? planning going without a guide

Mark David said...

both trails are well maintained, particularly the west trail (new) which is pretty straightforward. i guess the east trail (old) can be just a little confusing in some parts of this trail that pass through small forested areas.

Carl Michael said...

Hi there Mark David! You wouldn't happen to know someone by the name of Carl Michael from Cavite also, do you?!

Keyword: "Tagisan ng Talino"

Mark David said...

hey bro, yeah i know you :) are you into mountaineering now as well? email me bro: markdavidgan@gmail.com

Carl Michael said...

@ mark david

Hey Icewolf, The_Jackal here! Long time no see and hear bro! Who would have thought that this is where we'll cross-paths again?! We are planning of hiking up Mt. Batulao this coming weekend and hopefully the weather will cooperate with us!

Just sent you an e-mail bro!

Mark David said...

yeah bro, who would have thought i'd one day enjoy getting all tired and dirty climbing mountains right? you have a good hike this weekend, just be prepared for the weather in Batulao, it can get really hot, or really wet :)

PIKNIKERS MOUNTAINEERS said...

dear sir & mam,
PIKNIKERS MOUNTAINEERS will be going to Kalinga Apayao on January 2009 to do a Medical Mission. The activity will be lead by Piknikers Members, Doctors, surgeons and Film Director Tarik. all members of piknikers. This will help the locals to have knowledge about first aid and life saving medicines. they will be also check about their health conditions and will be given free medicines and vitamins. the activity will take about 10 to 15 days. we will also share music with them by the performance of the musicians SLUDGE FACTORY.....
in case you have anything to contribute like, medicine, old clothes or anything you think might help them. (no cash please) you can send it thru us.. you may contact us at email: piknikersmountaineers@yahoo.com.ph or with the same address in friendster.
thank you very much guys. promise we will also go to the unexplored mountains there and share the IT with you.

Jeffrey Mazaredo said...

Been to Mt. Batulao Oct.10-12 solo climb since my friends backed out on the last day. I'm from cubao used the KC bus (kc or ck) going to batangas city I alight at the Diversion road and eat my late breakfast. There is a bus station I forgot what station it is just near the intersection bus bound to nasugbu you can ask some vendors. Tell the driver you will alight at the nearest jeep station that are going to tagaytay. You will see the beaches of batangas for about 1 hour i think since I lost track of time. )(remind the driver you will alight at nearest jeep going to tagaytay)After you alight there are jeepney going to tagaytay 30 pesos the road is called Olivares tell the driver to drop you at the Entrance of Evercrest Golf. An yes there are guides. P.S Dont follow use the Bus at TAFT for your sake :)

Mark David said...

@jeffrey:

Hehe, yeah i agree man, taking the Nasugbu buses is just much easier and more comfortable. I'm from cavite so I still have to take another bus up to Aguinaldo Highway at the corner of SM Bacoor and that's where I wait for the Nasugbu-bound buses.

Jeffrey Mazaredo said...

I will be going back to this mountain to learn more about the trail :) really nice to camp in here and well maintained hope to make new friends in my future climbs

miracle said...

my group is planning to have a day hike in mt batulao, just want to ask if you could give us a contact person that we can have as a guide there.. would appreciate any help.thanks..

backpackingsheet said...

Hi sir gid, i think i saw you and 2 others as you are being accompanied by children guides in batulao earlier today. I was the lady in red waiting for the bus. Batulao is really awesome!!! Sobrang dulas at mabato ng trail nagpaa ako pasummit. Hehehe.

Ernest said...

right! si Sir Gid nga yun. nakasalunong namin siya paakyat nung pababa kami. then after a hearty meal at tagaytay (special bulalo and sizzling bulalo hehe), nakasabay pa namin siya sa bus. sir ako ung naka gray shirt sa bus and also ung nakipag shakehands sayo sa trail.

gideon said...

yes, i climbed batulao with two of my pals last sunday -- a late afternoon dayhike. i met the group of ernest; pasensya na i couldn't stay long because our itinerary was so tight and we had to hurry up the mountain.

same old batulao -- nice views; windy and refreshing at the top.

till nxt time!

xave said...

nice sir gideon yung last na climb mo pala sa Mt.Batulao eh nakilala mo c melvin, he was the young kid who followed me and fellow mountaineers, mabait na bata, pero c JR talaga was the bully type of kid. XAVE

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, my group and I are climbing this weekend. I have a problem. Im from novaliches, and I dont know where to start. Which bus to ride and where to ride. Can somebody help me?

Jeffrey Mazaredo said...

From novaliches, ride bus going to taft alight at taft (last station of mrt) and there look for the "crow" bus bound to nasugbu.

Anonymous said...

meron po ba mga bilihan ng mga pagkain sa jumpoff para sa overnight?

karl of Piknikers Mountaineers said...

hi sir gid, finally na experience din namin si batulao.. we went there last sunday for a traverse from new trail to camp 1.. pero nag camp muna kame sa camp 7 kasi kami lang nandun.. anim kame tatlo kami sa Piknikers at tatlo na free lancer.. masaya naman.. but i think medyo mahirap sya traverse from new trail to camp 1 pag may bagyo.. mukang slippery yun pag basa.. again may konti ako pasalubong sayo na pics of flora & fauna.. at konti contacts.. but this time is for refresher lang.. may pay shower dun sa tapat ng evercrest 20 pesos.. pwede din mag rent ng room sa kanli kust in case ginabi sila.. 250 over night na sya.. free shower na at coffee.. contact is Ms.Joan @ 09085332081 very accomodating sila & nice... nasa tabi lang din nila yun mga kainan kaya wala ng hahanapin pa yun nga gusto akyat.. until here sir gid.. thanks and more power to your group.

karl of piknikers mountaineers said...

ay sir if gusto mo pala makita yun flora & fauna baka na upload na bukas sa friendster namin piknikersmountaineers@yahoo.com.ph thank you and god bless

gideon said...

thanks karl, your updates are always appreciated in pinoymountaineer. cheers!

Anonymous said...

anu po bang magandang bilhin na souvenirs pagdating sa mr.batulao?thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

ang saya naman sa batulao,.
2nd mountain k0h palang,.
nakaakyat na po ba kayo ng guiting guiting at mt.makulot?

chocopopoy said...

hellowwww

umakyat kmi nung batulao jan 3 nyt trekkk kmi nun
ang saya sobrang lakas ng hanggin sa trail at ang gnaw dn ..gcamp kmi sa camp 7 ,ung tent namin tumupi sa lakas ng hanggin ,,,masarap ung HALO2 sa camp 6 ..bakit ug camp 9 ndi nmn pwede magcamp kc maliit ung space nya ...d2 ung bundok na nanginig ung tuhod ko ..inakyat ko ung taas ung batong malaki (papunta ng bagong trail) may daan pla sa gilid ,,,may kubo na may tindang buko at suman PANALO........pag baba namin sinalubong na kami ni BAH BAH BAH at nakipag boding sya sa amin hehehe

pepe said...

lagi ba madaming umaakyat sa batulao?

watever said...

may snake p0 ba sa batulao?maghike kasi kmi ng mga frendz ko...takot ako sa snake...plz pki inform nman p0h..

tnx...^_^

Anonymous said...

hello all,

Galing po kami sa mt. batulao nung january 24-25, 2009. Sa camp 5 po kami nag stay..

Nananawagan lang po sana sa kung sino mang aakyat dun at makadaan sa camp 5, pasilip naman po ng tanim namin. Nag tree planting kc kami... if paakyat nasa right side siya... 4 na trees po natanim namin.

Salamat po... para sa ating lahat naman po yung mga puno na yun... pasilip na lang po at pakidilig na din ng kahit konti...

Thanks po ulit.
At balitaan nyo po ako pagkabalik nyo...

Thanks, thanks..

---ice---

Anonymous said...

hi to all!

galing po kami ng mt. batulao last jan.24-25, 2009. Sa camp5 po kami..

Favor naman please sa kung sino mang aakyat baka pwede naman pasilip sa camp 5, kasi nag tree planting kami dun, pa check naman kung okay yung mga tinanim namin. If paakyat kayo, nasa right side sya... 4 lahat yun. Anyway, tayong lahat din naman po ang makikinabang nun pag lumaki na...:-)

Maraming salamat po... makikibalita na lang po ako sa inyo pagkagaling nyo dun..

Thanks thanks!

---ice---

jenny_pie09 said...

hellooo po sr..last year umakyat po kami ng batulao pero di po kami nakapag summit kc binagyo po kmi dun p lang sa camp 1 pagka gising namin kinabukasan...2 mountineer po ang kasama namin,nagpasya cla na bumaba na kmi kasabay c tatay jonny ung bantay sa old trail,dahil na din sa kmi ay mga firstimer p lang..sayang nga po e...atsaka wikdays kmi umakyat kaya kmi lang po ang tao sa bundok...but this coming april akyat uli kami sa batulao par naman po mafeell namin ang summit...tnung ko lang po sr if ok na sa new trail may mga tindahan din po ba?at sana di ganun kainit if umakyat kami!!!

thank u po...God bless po sa lahat!!!

Goodluck!!

Anonymous said...

hello,

gaano kalayo ang campsite ng bagong trail sa summit?

salamat

Anonymous said...

sir walking distance lang po... hehehe joke :-)

kikaybukikay said...

hi! my star and i went to batulao last fri and sat. we celebrated valentines there. it was over the top. heehee. =)

Myk said...

nag traverse po kami dito last feb. 15-16 ang saya .. laking pasasalamat namin at hindi tumuloy ang ulan .. mala cliff hanger!! exciting!! hehehe

jenny_pie09 said...

helllloooo gud evening po sa lahat....

malayo pa man ang april pero excited na po ako mag climb uli sa mt.batulao kase di namin nasummit un e,last year 6 persons lang kmi na umakyat,but this tym marami na kami kc my ilan sa mga kawork namin ang sasama na,but still kelangan pa din na wikdays ang akyat namin....sure na talaga ang akyat namin!!!

thanks poohhh!!!!

lee said...

ey! we went there last feb. 7-8 and took the new trail. it was cloudy at that time kaya d nakakauhaw o nakakapagod...pitched our tents at camp 8. may isang group dun sa camp 7. while waiting for the others dalawa kaming nag decide na mag summit. we ran the trail up in about 30 mins. the wind was strong since 4pm til the next morning. it was fun!

Anonymous said...

sunog ang daan sa new trail..sa luma na lang kayo muna..cheers! -donny

Anonymous said...

hello po mga sir!...newbie plang po kmi ng mga friends ko...last week umakyat po kmi ng mt. pico..ang gnda po khit mdyo nkkpgod..hehe...sn po b ms mgnda dumaan? s old trail or s new trail?...alin po s dlwa ung hndi msydo steep ang mga dadaanan?...

---makki mindo---

Anonymous said...

sir ice ok na tinanim nyo puno patay na!.......hehehehe....joke..ala nman dun eh!....pnagtatanong q ala nman nakakaalam kng my bagong tanim dun na puno...cguro nakain na un ng baka!......hehehehe

jenny_pie09 said...

to mr Gideon..

uy sr may friendster ka ba ha?pede u po ba

ako i add ha?gusto ko lang makita if wat

itsura mu pohh!!!thankzzzz

God Bless..

mye :) said...

hi sir gid! i just wanna know kung may water source sa any camp? kahit for cooking lang.. aakyat po kami sa march 28. thanks sir! hope you'll reply. more power!

Anonymous said...

sir.. ano lang ang mga pdng gmtin pangluto sa camp(do's and don'ts). pwede po ba mag-ihaw dun etc? pasensya na po ngayon pa lang po kasi kami maghike for reunion purposes. hehe

vashe said...

hi mye,
kitakits n lang sa batulao sa 28.. un nga lang dayhike lang kami...

Anonymous said...

hi!we're going to climb Mt. Batulao this coming march 28, is it advisable to wear a short while hiking... di kc ako comfortable sa jogging pants, cn i just wear a short? i mean is it safe for my legs?!hehe... w8 ko po response...

Anonymous said...

good pm mye, about sa water source wala pong water source sa taas so need mo talaga magdala ng tubig. ingat po sa akyat goodluck - maddog

maddog said...

sir/mam kung saan ka po comfortable sa sout mo yon po gamitin mo kasi ako kahit anong trail short sout ko hehehehe handa ka lang sa init sigurado sunog kayo don goodluck po

vashe said...

aba marami na pla tayo aakyat sa 28 heheh

gideon said...

sorry but i am not able to respond to individual "climbing advice" questions at the moment. however, i will be preparing a "Clothing Tips and Suggestions" article and i will post it soon in pinoymountaineer.

rnold14 said...

mga dre...may water source sa campsite both in old and new trail...oks para sa magluluto...

mon said...

mga sir tanong lng po

kung mag oovernyt po kmi sa batulao meron po bng mga kubo or bahay sa camp na nagpaparenta ng kwarto if ever na wala po kming tent?

pde nmn po magovernyt sa campsite db po?

salamat po sana po masagot nio po

Anonymous said...

sir gidz, galing lang kami ng Batulao last saturday, sobrang init sa summit at walang kahangin hangin pero sulit ang pagod, buti nalang may naglalako ng soft drinks sa sa summit, salamat kila kuya at ate 25 isang bottle...more power sa pinoy mountaineers...

bones

Anonymous said...

Sir Gid, last holy week galing po kami dto sa batulao medyo mainit nga pero sulit nmn ang view at ok nmn yung weather. nga pala advise lng po sa mga gustong mgclimb dito sa batulao meron pong 2 trails new and old trails but i suggest to take the new trail then camp at peak 8 tapos assault nyo nlang po yung summit. pwede rin pong magcamp sa peak 10 ng new trail pero sabi ni mang risting medyo risky dw po don lalo na kapag hnd maganda ang weather dahil malakas ang hangin yan din po sabi ng mga mountaineers na nakasabay namin at the best nmn tlga lalo na yung view sa summit ng batulao.

ingats po sa mga aakyat dto sa mt.batulao.

- Tetah04 (Team Makaakyatlang)

Anonymous said...

good day to all,sa batulao kame nag holy week then side trip sa nasugbu beach pagbaba ng sat.
grabe init ng araw halos bumagsak nako sa hilo dahil puyat din kase ako..pero sulit naman pag nasa camp8 na pahinga muna kayo sa kubo ni mang resti :) sa mga mag ka climb dala lng kayo ng protective gear para sa araw sa mga ayaw mangitim mag sun block muna sa jump-off :)...
4L per head ok na siguro sa pag akyat mura lang nman ang tubig dun na tinda P10 lng sa 1.5L na bottle pde rin inumin...ingat lang sa mga pupunta ng summit may steep part na dadaanan and my mga loose stone din.

chitoqueso

Anonymous said...

good day to all,sa batulao kame nag holy week then side trip sa nasugbu beach pagbaba ng sat.
grabe init ng araw halos bumagsak nako sa hilo dahil puyat din kase ako..pero sulit naman pag nasa camp8 na pahinga muna kayo sa kubo ni mang resti :) sa mga mag ka climb dala lng kayo ng protective gear para sa araw sa mga ayaw mangitim mag sun block muna sa jump-off :)...
4L per head ok na siguro sa pag akyat mura lang nman ang tubig dun na tinda P10 lng sa 1.5L na bottle pde rin inumin...ingat lang sa mga pupunta ng summit may steep part na dadaanan and my mga loose stone din.

Anonymous said...

we went here last wikend... and dun kami sa Peak 10 nagcamp... astig... sarap...

saya ng socials namin... thanks sa info nyo...

-rahji_9

Anonymous said...

hi there! me and my friend will climb this coming sunday, night trek.. im just wondering if it's safe to climb even if it is just the two of us?? - nanu

Anonymous said...

is it safe for a group of two to climb mt. batulao? because we are going to climb this coming sunday. thnks.. -scarem

Anonymous said...

yes sir its safe to trek at night.ingat lang poh sa pag lalakad and bring headlamp and xtra flash light :) ...happy climb

Rizalyn/bingkay said...

hello!!!galing poh ako sa mt.batulao 1day ago,5 days kami dun,ang saya hnd ko talaga makakalimutan ang time naun lalo na pag narating u ung summit,,hay!!.tanggal lahat ng pagod!!!..ingatz lng poh kau sa pag akyat medyo my kahirapan poh ang daan,THANKS AND GOD BLESS U ALL!!!

Anonymous said...

may ginawang bagong trail sila mang resti at were lucky kasi kanina kami palng daw ang nakakadaan dun, mula sa summit to new trail may daan na optional lang naman kung gusto nyo sa gubat kayo daan o sa grassland pero mas mdali daan sa bago nilang gawa, try nyo din.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, my friends and I are planning to climb Mt. Batulao at May 1, 2009, but where a bit worried of the weather.Is it still advisable to climb even in this rainy period?

Many thanks.

best regards,
Jeser

Anonymous said...

good morning pag maulan ba safe rin ba umakyat dito sa batulao.

thanks and more power

Anonymous said...

Kagagaling lng nmin khapon s Mt.Batulao for a bday/fun climb.Nyt trek.Kanina lng umaga mga nkarating sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan..Saya!Astig!

Anonymous said...

hi. how can one go to Mt Batulao from Calatagan? How long does it take to go to Mt Batulao from Calatagan via public transport? What to take? thanks.

atctt

edge said...

From Calatagan there is public transport(jeep or bus)going to Nasugbu,then from nasugbu ride jeep going back to Mendez,Tagaytay just say Evercrest Golf to driver it is the landmark stop going to jump-off of Batulao,u can ride a trike from there or walk at least.

hapi trek!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks Edge! :) I'll be coming from Ronco beach resort at Calatagan (I think it's at the tip of the peninsula), hence the query. I'm from Metro Manila, and thus I'm clueless hehehe Any idea how long the travel time would be? I'm hoping to reach Evercrest at 0700hrs. Thanks again! :)

-atctt

edge said...

From Manila there is a Bus-bound to TUY/Balayan (GoldenDragon Bus) or Erjohn Bus bound to Nasugbu.These buses shud pass to Evercrest so verify the travel time also.But in your itenerary(0700) it's impossible to reach otherwise u travel on night before^_^.

hope it helps u...hapi trek atctt

Anonymous said...

Thanks Edge! :) Apologies for confusing you, I'll be coming from Calatagan going to Batulao. Driving a van from Metro Manila to Calatagan, spend a day there. Then I leave the family at the beach and go to Batulao the following day hoping to arrive at 0700 from Calatagan. Ought to be back at the beach by afternoon same day. :) (day trek lang sa Batulao, taking new trail both ways) Will be taking public transport from Calatagan to Batulao and back, van will remain at the beach resort (they might go around). Thanks! :)

-atctt

Anonymous said...

ask ko lang po kung talagang advisable ang may tour guide kapag 1st timers? thanks! tight budget kasi yung grupo namin

edge said...

In many cases,one shud take a guide esp.if ur not familiar w/ the place.And also to hav u meet them as for future contacts.In batulao,as u pass the trail u can meet this kids offering to guide you (w/c is negotiable to 1h-2h rate).These kids are kind & adventurous.

I advise u to climb in a day for much appreciation of trails.Make plans also to sustain ur budget.^_^

gudluck..hapi trek!

Anonymous said...

Hi, my bid for Batulao didn't push through because I didn't realize the resort was that remote. Public transport was nearly nonexistent (it'd be faster and easier to travel from Manila to Batulao than it is from the resort to Batulao), so it got scratched. :( Nonetheless, maybe next month will try. :) Thanks nonetheless Edge and Pinoymountaineer as well. -atctt

PS
This is off-topic, but anyone has climbed Mt. Pintong Itim and Mt Tigbalang? They are at Batangas also. The names intrigue me (especially Pintong Itim *eeeek!* )....

edge said...

If i wasn't mistaken these mt's(tigbalang,pintong itim) was located nearby calatagan,somewer in Balayan,Batangas.Much of a hills these 2..

Maybe bcoz of these,less we hear of these mountains/hills.Pinas has so many wonders that are still undiscovered.Keep on tracking guys.^_^

gud day!

Anonymous said...

Correct, at Balayan. I first saw them at Google Earth, was trying to "eyeball" them going to and back from the beach resort at Calatagan. I asked a farmer (?) about Pintong Itim and he says there's a trail there (concrete I think? I don't recall anymore), and I asked why the name. He says there are spirits there (the usual panoply of Philippine mythological characters it seems), and that no matter how sunny it is, the plants there are always dark - or something like that. By that time, I was gasping for air when he was talking, so I guess the lack of oxygen affected my hearing comprehension hehehehe! Pardon for the OT. :) Might - operative word *might* - attempt Batulao end of May with some friends this time. I hope it pushes through. :) - atctt

BRO.RICHARD said...

after reading all the blogs/ comments/testi ive decided to give it a try probably on the 15th of this month .. Batulao.. here i go.. (hoping for a favorable weather!) -- tnx Sir Gideon for putting up this site... Kudos to you! God bless you! wanting to hear more from you!!!

BRO.RICHARD said...

After reading all (well almost..) the comments/ blogs and testimonials about this mountain.. ive decided to give it a shot.. (wahhuu!!) probably on the 15th of this month i will avail some time (hoping for a favorable weather by then) anyway Sir Gideon this site is awesome ...keep up the good work!! -Kudos to you! --God bless you looking forward to hearing more about your mountaineering experiences!!

burningliquid said...

mga sir/ma'am,... trek kami ngaung saturday sa mt.batulao,.... kung aahon din kayo mga sir/ma'am eh kitakitz nalang tayo sa summit,... happy trip sa lahat,.... keep up the good work sir gideon,.... more power sa lahat ng mga mountaineer,...

uhtigeh said...

sir please give me some advice since i was never realy a hiker but i really want to try it since i really find it very interesting and ito talaga ang mga dream adventures para sakin pano at san ako magsimula maging hiker.. thanks and more power

edge said...

@uhtigeh,

Sa question mo na Paano?<--- i suggest na sumama ks mga open climbs ng groups/freelancers,d2 sa blog ni Gid na 'events' mamili ka ng sasamahan.Start only on minor climbs to break your inner instinct.

Sa question mo na Saan?<--- You will know if u already there...

add mo na rin ung Ano?<---- gear-up urself also,u know naman the outfit of hiking a mountain...U don't need a gadget to start with(eq.stoves,tent,lamp..etc).Just pack-up ur hygienes inside ur knapsack/backpack then ur ready to go..You can appreciate Nature even if ur low-impact climber.U will understand that as u go along...hope it helps!


Gudluck! Practice LNT!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir, just adding up... Batulao was my first and only climb but it's somehow worth a two and cetainly not the last!! I made a promise to go back to this mtn and here i am, ready to summit tomorrow!!

Thanks..

Lance said...

Yehey!!! Pupunta kami dyan bukas!!! Kita Kita tayo!!!!

Anonymous said...

hahaha!aakyat kami dito sa 18! babalik ako kung saan kami unang nagdate ng galpren ko hehehe! ang batulao!


ochock T.I.R.I.K mountaineers

edge said...

Been in Batulao again,an Anniv climb precedes in Camp 6 then early traverse to summit down to new trail(w/ hangover in our heads).

Notice many climbers we surpasses and known.At least they leaves no trace as they descent also.

The night was calm as we reached Camp6 around 8pm hapon hike^_^.

Everyone was discussing the climbs & experiences during the socials (not to mention the stars and the religion napagusapan din ata,,aruyyy).

The experiences and goals we forsight for the group.Our next step for the biggest role we had in mountaineering community.

One year is not enough to our outlast steps towards adventure and recreations.We only hope HE will give us more strenght and open-heart to continue this journey in every steps we make.

After we feel exhausted and get tidy up to Nanay Nena's house (tnx to her again for welcoming us). We headed to our sidetrip.

It's in Leslie's that completes our journey.Ang mainit na sabaw ng 'bulalo' at 'gulay' ang nagpakawala ng aming pagod.

At last the postclimb,our final outputs lies in here.I think majority of it was ung 'alak'...napasobra sa sarap.^_^ hehe

All in all it was a succesful climb that we had gathered again by nature dispite of our untimingly schedules.

Gudluck to all! hapi trek..

"nagmula sa lupa, bblik ng kusa"...alabok

Alabok Mountaineers (July 08')

lian shan said...

woooow!!!!! hmmmm... mukang exciting umakyak s mt. batulao ah.. base s mga comment nyo, n e excite n tuloy me. one of my frend w/c i've met s YM ask f sino gusto sumama punta s mt. batulao and i did'nt hesitate. excited n tuloy me pumunta at sumama mag mountaining.. first time ko to. e2 ang gusto me m experience mtgal na.. at last mggwa me n din... wooooo.... hooooooo... mt. batulao im comming to you! we plan this coming 19th of july n pumunta dyan.. weeee heee.. excited n me...

Carmelo said...

akyat ako dito sa friday july 17, day trek ako kung wala makakasama, over night naman kung may gusto sumama...
sino po gusto sumama???

pm nyo nalang po ako sa multiply ko...

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Anonymous said...

to carmelo:

ser pm nyo ko kung musta weather sa batulao ng july 17 at 18,pgkababa nyo pls?!kc ppnta kami nun sa 18 eh hndi q alam kng anu status ng weather dun..tenx sir?!

ochock T.I.R.I.K mountaineers

Lance said...

Ok dito sa Batulao. Recommended talaga ang night trek kasi walang puno sa trail and sobrangg init sa hapon and lalo na sa tanghali. July 4-5 kami umakyat and dun kami sa summit nag camp. 3-4 tents kasya dun. Hindi ganun ka ginaw nung akyat namin and indi lumipad ung dala namin na sarrangola kasi hindi mahangin. sarap mag overnight and kung ayaw nyo mainitan pagbaba, start nyo na ung descent around 7am. hehehe.

julie ann g. baldon said...

hi poe..
plano po naming umakyat this coming aug.15..

la po bang falls dun? kahit ano pwdng paliguan sa mt.batulao?

bundokero said...

Wow. See you on Aug.15 @ Batulao

Anonymous said...

Had finally settled a date with Batulao and it's gonna be on Sept. 19-20. Mikit ikit tanamu pu karin! Ingats and Godbless! =D

neo

Anonymous said...

Ask ko lang po kung meron bang makukuhang guide kapag night trek?

Anonymous said...

By Aug. 22 plano po naming umakyat sa Batulao w/ DOT

Anonymous said...

Sir, is it safe to climb Batulao even though its raining 3 days prior the sched climb?

Anonymous said...

Plan namin umakyat sa batulao this saturday..Kya lang meron kasamang walang pang experience sa pag akyat, safe ba ang batulao sa mga beginners specially para sa mga girls??

CPRU Mountaineering said...

Umakyat kami sa Mt. Batulao last week, if you are asking about safety? Super safe. I left my window car open for 2 nights.walang nawala! mababait ang guide.. Look for Mario, aged 16. ok siya!

Anonymous said...

pogi ako dun ko nakuha ung lakas ng loob sa batulao

Anonymous said...

@cpru
Pwede ko po ba makuha yung contact number or info about kay Mario?

JenTan said...

hi sir gideon. we are a group of 10 beginners interested for overnight hike at batulao, makiling, or maculot. can you kindly recommend? also whats the rate for a guide? thanks!you can email me at tan.jenniferjames@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Guys does any1, happen to have a contact#/cell# for any tour guide in mt batulao?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

guys, here's the number of mario of batulao
09099918320. ok tong batang to! energizer ang nakasaksak hindi nalolowbat! super mario!

ErL said...

we are going to batulao this coming september 12-13, who ever want to join us visit our site. www.bananamountaineers.moonfruit.com

Van said...

aAkyAt pOh aQ sA thUrsdAy...auG 27...nDi pOh b nAuLan sA mT.bAtULaO nGauN?...tska pde poh b humingi ng mga tips?...kc aq poh TeamLeader this climb kc puro 1st timer kasama q pero amateur p q sa mountain climbing...

tska pde poh b sumama sa mga akyat nyo?...tga cavite poh aq....antay poh aq ng mga sagot nyo...thankz...

Van said...

mGa siR, pAg aLam nyO pOh pAnAhOn nGauN sA bAtuLaO pAki tX nMan pOh aQ...hAhA...e2 pOh nUmbEr q... 09198476167...pAg mY mGa cLiMb pOh kAu nA dAy hikE pAsAMa nMan pOh aQ tGa cAvitE aQ...17yrS oLd...
thankz poh...

edge said...

we'll mr.teamleader, mas ok po sana kung proper ang pag-type mo ng message, hindi ung tulad sa txt msgs,masakit po sa mata eh..:)

usually naman pag maulan sa cavite,maulan nadin sa batulao...
but i think wala namang bagyo or padating...
sometimes sa gabi ang ulan sa batulao di naman ganun kalakas...prepare for it.

madami mag-offer ng guide dyan kaya no problem sa trail...ingatan nio po gamit nio din.

gudluck!hapi trek!

Anonymous said...

Anybody climbing Mt. Batulao this Saturday (August 29)?

erl said...

we are going to batulao this coming september 12-13, who ever want to join us visit our site. www.bananamountaineers.moonfruit.com

and cristobal on october( no definite date yet)

Anonymous said...

Mt. Batulao is great as for first timer hikers like me..chalenging yun mga trails but its worth the hike when you reach the summit..with the CPRU group and 2 other new hikers we enjoy the stay at the camp site. Enjoy lalo with SUPER MARIO our guide! Dami namin na inom n buko dun!kaya kung may UTI kau take the Batulao Trail..hehehehe
ADDITIONAL INFO..ok din un community sa Jump off very accomodqtin and concern sa mga dayo sa lugar nila. One of members of the group left her car window open..nilagyan nila ng cover to protect the inside and as per her comment wala na lost sa mga things nya..

enjoy your climb!

Welo

Anonymous said...

sir gid,
posible po ba na akyatin mag-isa ang talamitam? wala po bang ligaw?
aakyat kasi ang mga kasama ko ng batulao ng saturday. naisip ko lang na umakyat muna ko ng talamitam ng friday. posible rin po ba yun?
galing ba ng talamitam may masasakyan papunta sa ng batulao?
maraming salamat sir at sana matulungan nyo ko!

Anonymous said...

mga sir.. share ko lang po..
ang saya umakyat sa mt. batulao..last seot 12 n 13
nakuha rin namin si mario as our guide.. sobrang daldal at nakanta pa on the way..
at habang andun kami sa camp 1, nung mga mg10 na.. sobra ung ulan, di pa kami nakapagdala ng waterproof cover para sa tent. kaya advise sa lahat ng aakayat. huwag makakalimot nun!

=paula jheryz castillo

saya din akyatin ang mga peak 1 2 10.. ehe.. sayang wla ung halo2 na sinasabi sa peak 6.. wew..

enjoy po sobra.. 2 lang kmi ng bf ko umakyat.. old trail kami to new trail.. sarap ng buko at duhat! waw.. pati ung view.. kasu nkakasunug lang tlga ng balat sa tanghali.. kahit mahangin.. iba parin tirik ng araw..

ayun lang po!

gudlak sa mga aakyat! sarap balikan kahit nilipad ung pants ng kapote namin! huhuu...

ingat mga sir!

russel capricho said...

yes pahinga kami sa work...kahit medyo badtrip dhil wla na work pero na plan narin namin ung akyat namin hehehe!!!!

sa lahat ng aakyat sa oct3..kita kits tau dyan!!!mt.batulao here we go...4 the second tym mula ng feb14 babalik narin ako dyan....hehehe!!!kaso may prob ehhhh pwd kaya ung gawin naming cover sa tent ay ung parang sako? hehehe bsta goodluck sa amen hehehe!!! thx sa site kc nakalimutan ko ung sasakyan papunta dun buti nalng d2 ung site nyo mga boss....

i hope na may aapon sa akin na mga groupo para naman mas marami ako maakyat hahahah...thx

Anonymous said...

Hi,

ask ko lang kung pwede ba day climb ang batulao? and balak ko kase na ako lang magisa magclimb tapos kuha na lang ako ng guide as buddy..okay po ba yun? thanks sa mga

edge said...

pedeng-pede po..and madami mag-offer sau ng guide dun sir.

Medyo mainit lng sa trail..or madulas kc naulan dun..

Try to explore new-old trail.gudluck!

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Just a quick question here, Is it possible to camp at the peak of mt batulao?
Thanks!

marichelle said...

hello poh!!!

try nyo batulao mganda po sya lalo na sa old trail...mas thrill kc dun kesa sa new ehh...
taz dala na din kau payong dhil sobrang init!!hehe joke!!

pero try nyo din ang pico!!
sarap po magrapell dun!!!
graveh!!!!

ptr_jude said...

just came here last 2 weekends ago with my daughter..she's only 3 years old..i hope she's the youngest who ever climb batulao..at her young age i want her to see and appreciate the beauty of God's marvelous creation..just a proud dad

Anonymous said...

Ive also been to mt.batulao the same weekend and few minor mountains the previous weekend what ive notice is that..mountains now adays are over crowded of undicipline mountaineering clubs who doesnt FOLLOW the creed of philippine mountaineering, and dont abide the law of low impact tropical peak climbing , most mountaineering clubs now climb only to drink and litter the mountains with trash...they laugh like hyenas when drunk distorbing nuctornal wildlife...(have you notice no sounds of cricket and sicadas at night)Gone are the days that the socials is done by kwentuhan and sharing stories , gone are the days of stargazing while sipping hot coffee while music of buklod and bob marley gently plays with wind, gone are the days of LIGHTS OUT!, its not bad to have a few shot of alchohol to warm our body pero sana naman we (Mountaineers / or nagpapanggap na mountaineers) consider that we are not the only climbers and most of the true blooded mountaineers climb mountain to find a brief rest/break from our respective weary city routine (work stress and noise air polution)i wont mention which club are they sorry sa mga tinamaan...we are all brothers and as brothers we should stand corrected..it makes us a better person and responsible outdoor lovers and steward of nature....

Anonymous said...

I agree...

abm

Anonymous said...

nag climb kmi sa batulao last month it was fun... i enjoy the mt. a lot sarap ng feelings malayo k sa lahat pro malapit k s knya kz ang taas ng lugar mo... GOD BLESS US ALL...

sa mga nakasabay nmin sa hike kina tita susan, mam omi, sir jud with little nica... thank you po miss ko n kayo :-) po lahat hope mag ka climb ulit n kasama kayo...

nice persons are those who accept you regardless of your status in life,,,
sa bundok lahat pantay pantay,,,
im glad i met gooooood personsssssssssssss there

STAY SAFE

myls:-)

ptr_jude said...

i am planning to climb mt.manabu this last week of october with my daughter nica...di ba mahirap para sa daughter ko ang manabu..she's only 3 yrs old..thanks

Anonymous said...

Puro landslide sa Batulao. Delikado cia akyatin ng umuulan, gumuguho pla yung mountain walls, me isang namatay dahil naguhuan last Ondoy devastation. Sa itaas na ng community ang daan, close yung dating daanan sa baba. Sobrang putik. Ngaun ko lang narevisit since last akyat ko ng Jan09. Madali na lang yung daan sa new trail, iikutan mo na yung mga peaks di gaya ng dati na yun lang ang daanan. Worth it na yung registration na P20.

BPS

zuTiL said...

Sir Gid, confirmed ba yung namatay sa Batulao last typhoon Ondoy?

thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi, confirmed yung namatay. Tiyahin ni Melvin to, yung batang guide. Locals po siya, me naiwang pitong anak according to Melvin. Corroborated din ng iba ko pang nakausap. Nanguha cia ng tanim na ugat para ilaga dahil maulan, sabi tinext daw na bumalik na pero di agad dumating. Ilang araw daw bago naretrieve (?) Nung umakyat ako sarado pa yung daan sa baba papunta sa Batulao trail proper, inikutan lang namin sa taas kme dumaan papunta dun sa malaking pahingahan na nagtitinda ng mountain dew buko at halohalo (bago pa man magridge assault). Trapped yung mga sasakyan sa loob, hindi makalabas kasi me harang yung daan sa eskwela, although pwede dumaan yung tao pero sobrang putik at lahat ng naglalakad dun nakabota.

BPS

Anonymous said...

gusto ko po sanang umakyat dis oct 10 sa batulao training climb ko po sa akyat ko sa pico de loro... maganda po bang training un para sa akyat ko sa pico de loro? mahirap daw kasi dun eh...

Anonymous said...

sir Gid, is it safe to climb Batulao this weekend? My friends postponed our climb last weekend due to typhoon Pepeng, and decided to climb this coming Oct. 10-11..

Anonymous said...

ser gid, my plano kme umkyat dis saturday (Oct. 10-11).. inaccessible ba sya both trails?

Anonymous said...

kelan ka akyat ng pico de loro? akyat din ako dun eh..hehe.. last week of october ang target..kita kits..

Anonymous said...

regarding your concern, batulao is accesible on both trails, i just did a dayhike trav last oct 4 after ng landslide. Kuha kayo ng mga guide kasi alam nila yung daan para makaiwas sa landslide. be prepared kasi sobrang putik cia last time, sana natuyo na this time, more so na malinis na yung guho.

BPS

TREKSIERRA ADVENTURE TEAM said...

Hi sir im chris of treksierra adventure team can we tagged along with your group sa Pico De Loro climb nyo sa last week of october?? heres my email address rrain_in_pain@yahoo.com

Regards

Anonymous said...

mabuhay ang mga mountaineers! magandang gabi sa inyong lahat..

hearing all those incidents, safe pa po ba umakyat sa batulao? we are planning to trek the mountain last week of november pa namn. so i think magddepende sa weather?

seeking for advices mga sir... thanks!

<-- khe from bicol

Anonymous said...

good day!! ask ko lang kung meron na ba nakaakyat ng batulao recently after the two typhoon..kamustahin ko lang yung condition kung okay na and tuyo na ang trail..ask ko din ang price ng guide kung magkano..thanks!!

Anonymous said...

tingin ko its depend upon the weather na rin kung walang darating na bagyo tingin two weeks is enough na. sa guide naman for your assurance na rin kuha na rin kayo isang guide lang na bata 100 pesos lang yun syempre kung marami kayo lakihan nyo na lang ng konte kawawa din kasi mga bata eh,,,===from mindoro mountaineers

Anonymous said...

hello!!! I'm one of the lucky person's to climbe mt. Batulao.. It was also the first time Ive climbed a mountain so it's really a big achievement..

Anonymous said...

safe naman po umakyat ng Batulao, we just climbed Batulao nung Oct. 10-11, medyo maputik nun pero ayos lang, pinag pala kami at umaraw nung time na yun. May nakuha kaming guide si German 150 PHp/day.

riyelle said...

hi po puwede ba malamn # ng guide(german)? and my registrtion po ba how much po ?

Anonymous said...

maraming salamat sa mga nagbigay ng updates about Mt. Batulao..hopefully, the condition there will continue to improve, especially the trail..sana tuyo na..

Anonymous said...

try nyo dumaan dun sa kabilang daan papuntang ilog..mas madali daan dun..tapos pag uwi yung traditional way na lang tahakin nyo para kumpleto ang batulao climb nyo.

Anonymous said...

meju madali lng 2..masarp mag traverse d2 sir..from old to new trail...xo double ung bayad..
so mgi2ng 40 ung byad...
mas mganda sir ung old trail poz pag pauwi new trail :)
meju super putek nga lng 2wing rainy days..

halos tga dasmarinas cavite
rin maka2sabay nio..
xe yan ang pnka mlpit ng bundok samen
:))
kea nde nmin kelangan ng malaking budget..
ingat sa mga aakyat d2
:)

Anonymous said...

We had a dayhike to Mt. Batulao last Sunday (October 26, 2009). Medyo maputik pa din ung parte ng mga kabahayan dun. Hindi ko alam kung talagang loose ang lupa doon since first time naming akaytin ang Batulao kaya medyo nakakatakot baka kami madulas. But the entire experience was very fulfilling for us..Nakakapagod pero ANG SAYA!!!

Anonymous said...

new hir at this site. Mt. Tagapo...1 hr from port to talim island, a day to get
into the peek of Tagapo.. We decided to climbed it up this
time to Brgy. Bangad, about 3 - 4 mountains away from the peek of Tagapo..
20 pesos per head from binangonan port, advisable akyatin sya ngaun
cause me mga falls kaung madadaan along the trail. Sarap maligo.. :)
Water source? Actually you can buy mineral water sa paanan palang ng bundok.
if u like true mineral water me mga deep well sila na nagsusuply ng sobrang linis na water..
me mga grocery stores pa nga..so you dont have to worry for necessities
Tour Guide? Ung tour guide namen libre lang eh. Nadampot lang namen sa sabungan ng gagamba.
Then sabe namen i guide niya kame libre na lng namen siya ng foods, we'll help him
na lang to harvest spiders into the mountain. Sobra sobra hospitality nila.
di nmn po ganun kalubog Talim island compare to manila...ahahaha..no need to worry,
functional lahat ng ports.
note: Mas masarap siya akyatin pag mahal na araw!
-- kip safe
-- keep moving forward.

-- squeezysponge

Anonymous said...

hi,,i'm planning na mbinyagan sa mt.batulao it wud be my first climb.you think kaya naman for first timers? may tip ka ba sa katulad ko? like what to expect,what to bring, and how to enjoy the trail?thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

suncover :D

Anonymous said...

u shud bring me.. ;)

-- squeezysponge

Kevin said...

I just did this a couple of days ago, the new trail was ok.. there's a considerable hike before actually reaching the trail. It seems you don't need to bring that much bottled water - you can buy fresh coconuts along the way hehehe..

Anonymous said...

mga sir akyat kami dito ng 27 ng nov. nyt trek po kami...kitakits

Anonymous said...

climb kmi d2 dis weekend night trek.. cnu kya dyn makakasbay!?

Anonymous said...

mga bundokero at bundukera akyat kami dis sat. meron ba makakajoin? hehehhehe

Anonymous said...

kami sir.. kaso baka night trek kami.. may pasok pa sa school eh.. hehe!

richie said...

i did this climb last monday (day trip only). great trek up to the summit. traversed the mountain taking the new route going up and old route down. rappelling was lotsa fun. Didn't need to bring a sweater or jacket as it was really warm and sunny. anyone know if there's a trail to the second highest summit?

Anonymous said...

akyat kami mga sir this 27th ng umaga, may makakasabay kami sa inyo?

Anonymous said...

mga sir, sino po akyat this coming 27th mga morning? akyat po kami

Anonymous said...

galing kami dito last saturday morning kmi umakyat at overnyt.. old to new trail. solo kmi sa camp 7, grabe lakas ng hangin nun madaling araw.. dali lng ng new trail at saya itraverse kht beginner pede dito.. meron nga mga bata dun nag fieldtrip.. hehe! bout sa guide hanapin niyo lang c melvin ok un 100 nga lang eh.. medyo malayo nga lang ung lalakarin sa una.. sarap nung banana cue sa old trail!!

adian said...

gud am sir.


cno gusto mag pa guide sa batulao? and pico?? na guguide po kami!! or kahit saan basata sa luzon lang.. tnx tnx.

dreiii@yahoo.com add nyo lang po ym ko tnx..

dreihrnndz

choloman said...

hi gud day po s lahat akyat sna kmi s batulao ds december my kakilala po b kau mga numbers s barngay plno kc namn mg gift giving.tnx po s lahat...ltp malaya mountaineering...

ivan jfinex said...

galing kami sa mt. batulao nung dec 5-6.
Ganda ng panahon, mainit at dusty sa tanghali
malamig naman nung umaga at paakyat ng summit.

Babalik kami dito para ibigay yung pictures nung guide namin na si wilson liit at si mabel dun sa mom nila , yung nagtitinda ng buko sa unang kubo.

Overall masaya ang Batulao experience.

malaya outdoors club said...

ok talaga batulao

Anonymous said...

need advice which trail should be take, if were going to have a night trek....

Anonymous said...

kahit anong trail po pwede at safe naman.. Pero kung gusto niyo ng madali, yung new trail na lang po, dire-diretso lang po kasi yun eh...

Jah!!
Lenin-HMC

Anonymous said...

sir para sakin kung mag night trek kayo medyo madali yung new trail kasi parang diretso lang talaga at kita talaga trail madali lang pero mas ok campsite sa old trail lalo na sa camp 7 dun kami nag camp medyo malakas nga lang hangin sa gabi..

Anonymous said...

planning to traverse climb Mt Batulao this sunday, jan 10. any group i can tag along with? can you share an itinerary? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

plan nmin umakyat this january may dala kmi sasakyan, san po pwede mag park dun at safe po ba?

Anonymous said...

ano pong beach ang pwedeng side trip after ng climb sa batulao at pano po makapunta dun? 24 po ba ang biyahe ng bus from tagaytay to manila? tnx po.. akyat kami sa batulao at nag-iisip ng side trip.. tnx po.. God bless.. :)


Cj

Anonymous said...

san po ba pwede mag park dun overnyt... yung safe po sana ang sasakyan... ty

Anonymous said...

@ Cj
nagtanong kami sa locals dun sabi nila d daw 24hrs ang bus dun pero umaabot daw ng mga hangang 10-11.. sidetrip na beach d ko lang sure.. hehe

@anonymous
try niyo po sa evercrest kung pede kaso kung pede dun malamang may bayad..

josephmolde said...

sir cno magbatulao sa 23?dayhike lng kmi mga sir

Anonymous said...

hi sir joseph.. tayo po magkasama sa climb.. hehe.. nakausap ko na po si ken.. kaw daw yung isa sa kasama namin for batulao climb.. kita kits po.. nga po pala, clean-up drive po yun.. God bless po..

Cj/ Cory

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