Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mt. Banoi (960+)


MT. BANOI
Lobo, Batangas
Major jumpoff: Sitio Malabnig, Brgy. Balatbat, Lobo
LLA: 960 MASL (Main Peak) 850 MASL (Two Towers' Peak)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Woodlands, scenic views of Southern Batangas
Article history: Last updated February 21, 2013

BACKGROUND
Mt. Banoi is part of the mountain range that surrounds the town of Lobo, which, at 30 kilometers away from Batangas City, is one of the most distant towns of Batangas province relative to Metro Manila. With the advent of the SLEX and Star Tollway connections, however, Mt. Banoi and its sister mountain Mt. Lobo are now within "striking range" of Manila, i.e. dayhikable in a way that is compatible with the public transportation (last trip from Lobo to Batangas City leaves at 1700H).

Information on Mt. Banoi has been scant in the Internet. Old itineraries still mention an active communications tower in Two Towers' Peak, but they are now abandoned and rusting. Moreover, it is now clear that the main peak of Mt. Banoi is much higher than the listed 600 MASL; it is actually 960 MASL and goes beyond the towers - it requires a hike of less than an hour, but considering that the views are the same through the peaks, a visit to the Main Peak is optional.

The hike starts at the Chapel at the end of the road of Brgy. Balatbat, which is also the beginning of Sitio Malabnig. The trail is generally straightforward and is not particularly confusing. You can ask locals along the way; there are houses along the way. The trail passes through woodlands reminiscent of Mt. Sembrano or Mt. Malipunyo. The Malabnig Village is the major landmark along the trail - it is actually a community of more than a dozen houses at around 400 MASL, and beyond this lies the trail to the peaks. The first peak, the Front Peak, has an electric post and can serve as a campsite. Then, beyond it and in the same direction lies Two Towers' Peak which is easily identifiable with its two communications towers. Finally, the Main Peak is the taller, forested peak that you can see from the Main Peak. There is a small, cement landmark that can be regarded as the summit marker.

Features of the mountain include the bucolic scenes of farm animals, villages, and pastoral activities along the way. Then, at the top, the whole town ot Lobo can be seen, and so is Batangas City and Verde Island south of it, as well as the sea lanes. Mt. Lobo, which is continuous with Mt. Daguldol and Mt. Naguiling, can be seen east - and indeed Mt. Lobo is another climb in Lobo, Batangas - said to be even higher than Lobo at just beyond 1000 MASL. The downside of Mt. Banoi is that its views, while remarkable, are not that spectacular, and the distance (>3 hours travel time) may not justify it as a dayhike venue. Yet, it is still a high peak, a worthwhile challenge.

ITINERARY
0400 From Manila, take bus to Batangas City
0530 Drop off at Balagtas. Take jeep to Lobo Jeepney Terminal
0600 From Lobo Jeepney Terminal, take jeep to Lobo
0700 ETA Lobo Town Hall. Register at Police Station.
0730 Take tricycle to "Malabnig, Brgy. Balatbat"
0800 ETA jumpoff. Start trek.
0915 ETA Waiting Shed (Water Source)
1000 Arrival at Malabnig Village (Last Water Source)
1100 Arrival at Front Peak (770 MASL)
1130 Arrival at Two Towers' Peak (850 MASL)
(from this point, optional ascent to Main Peak)
1300 Start descent
1530 Back at Jumpoff
1700 Last trip Lobo to Batangas City
1800 ETA Batangas City. Take jeep to Balagtas Junction
1820 Dinner / Take bus back to Manila
2100 ETA Manila

*For overnights: adjust the itinerary accordingly by multiplying trekking time by 1.5-2. You can camp on Front Peak or somewhere near the village. There are no campsites in Two Towers' Peak or the Main Peak.

PRACTICALITIES 
Transportation. As mentioned, Mt. Banoi is now possible as a dayhike but please take note that the last trip from Lobo to Batangas leaves at 1700H. Thus, one must strive to arrive back at the jumpoff at 1600H, to leave enough time for you to look for a tricycle or walk down to the highway. From Manila, transportation to Mt. Banoi is a matter of getting to Batangas City by bus (110 kms, 160 pesos, 2 hours), then taking a jeep from Batangas to the town of Lobo (35 kms, 56 pesos, 1 hour, last trip both ways: 1700H). Finally, from Lobo, take a jeep or tricycle to the jumpoff (<5 kms, 20 mins).

Registration and guides. Registration is required at the Police Station at the Town Hall, no registration fees are required there. However, as of 2012, a P20 registration is collected at the barangay hall of Brgy. Balatbat. Guides are not required as the trail is easy to follow.

Trail notes. Beyond the village, there is one fork on which you have to take the narrower upward, rightward trail. The wider trail continues straight and down - if you follow this you will realize that it will take you lower and lower; whereas the peaks are to the right and up. Be aware that at some point you have to take this trail - use your judgment to realize where this fork is.

Camping notes. While there are many water sources, it is safer to regard the Malabnig village as the last water source; prepare accordingly. Cellphone signal is present throughout the trail.

Sidetrip possibilities. Some hikers have suggested the beaches of Lobo as a very nice post-climb sidetrip, or a place to spend the night after the hike.

MT. BANOI PICTURES
The Two Towers' Peak still has remnants of two communication towers, hence its
name. This photo was taken near the Main Peak of Mt. Banoi.

Continuing the trek from Malabnig village.
 The distant peak is the picture is  Two Towers' Peak
Once near the grassland slopes, the views of Southern Batangas are scenic.

The summit is marked by a small cement block.

Descending from the village using well-trodden footpaths.
Mt. Banoi is a readily-identifiable landmark from the other Batangas peaks.
TRIVIA
A Traverse trail connects Mt. Banoi's Main Peak to, possibly, Batangas City via Mt. Bacao (?). However, when the blogger attempted to follow this trail, it suddenly terminates 800 meters past the main peak, and therefore we decided not to continue. More information is needed for this traverse, but it is definitely a possibility, especially considering that there are many mountains in the range.

36 comments:

krystinbajado said...

There were no flat campsites here. It was fun to watch your things roll down though the slope is not that steep. We've been there last February and the wind was strong and the fog was thick at night. We didn't have a clearing in the morning but it was still breath-taking. We've had a side trip at the beach and the sunset was awesome.

Anonymous said...

wow! new destination. :D
you're really an inspiration sir gid.

evangeline p.

Allan Alegre said...

sir my name is Allan Alegre we tried to traverse this we end up to MT. Bacao the Exit point is the 1st Barrio of Lobo, Batangas. check our pics... http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=100186893327692&id=100000091443563&aid=231&ref=notif&notif_t=photo_album_comment

Anonymous said...

We also did a Mt. Banoy hike last weekend, an all-female overnight climb. We had Talumpok East as our jumpoff, passing by several Sitio's along the way like Sitio Banoy.

We planned to traverse to Balatbat from Talumpok East trail, but we had a late breakcamp so we didn't pursue the traverse. We also saw that single tower structure from your primary pic in this post. Isn't that Mt. Bacao? At the top there's a lot of gigantic communication towers in contrast to your Mt. Banoi post primary pic. The structures at the top of the Mt. Banoy represents communication tower of GMA, ABS-CBN, Kiss FM.

We had confirmed with the tower engineers that we indeed are in Mt. Banoy. Also there are lots of flat land to camp. We found a secluded one, near the watersource. There’s a higher peak adjacent to where the towers are, but there are no trails going to it from there.

It's just a road trail hike up to the "summit"/wireless.

I got my information from Ivan de Castro. You can check his site http://idecastro.multiply.com/photos/album/84/YAPAK_Climb_for_a_cause-Mt._Banoi#photo=21

BPS

gidyonder said...

Hi BPS, thank you for pointing this out. as early as the time of Long Henson, there has already been confusion as to which is the "real" Mt. Banoi but the answer is that the ranges in the east part of Lobo town are actually referred to as "Banoi/Banoy". therefore, several peaks are known as Banoi.

this deserves further clarification, and i am in favor of a more specific nomenclature i.e. Banoi - West Peak or Banoi - East Peak. I will await more comments and hopefully a consensus before making steps towards this end.

The Main Peak, i.e. Summit of Mt. Banoi, on the other hand, is accessible from the Two Towers' Peak and we were able to reach it during our dayhike. Hopefully, a traverse trail will be established (and documented) that will connect these two Banoi Peaks together.

Anonymous said...

It would be a great use if you could help establish the boundaries of Mts. Banoi and Lobo. Thanks.

BPS

Anonymous said...

several barangays from both municipality of LOBO and city of Batangas suroound this mountain. therefore lots of possible JOPs and traverse routes.

austin_albert@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

We've been there last February and jump off is at sitio Balatbat, your information is absolutely correct there is a Fork after the Electric post clearing and must take the right turn if you want to reach the communication towers, if you go straight ahead it will lead you downhill where there is a campsite.
There is a village water tank just before the electric post clearing and go slowly thereafter or you might miss the right turn and it is not visible during night time.

It was a worthy climb we were guided by a Pesky yet subtle and helpful differently able young lady who followed and later guided us, her name is Edelyn.

We contacted the municipal police thru the number they gave us and they confirmed that the lady will not cause any problem to us, in fact she did help us a lot.

Before going home dont fail to take a swim at the Beaches of Lobo, water is still clean and clear.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

nung umakyat kme ng banoi, may trail guide kaming babae na parang buntis ata.. may mental disorder ata.. pero wag ka, sinundan parin namin xia.. kahit naligaw2x pa kme, salamat sa kanya at nakarating kme sa campsite.. : )
dayhike na naging night trek..

Anonymous said...

Her name is Edelyn last February sya rin nag guide sa amin hindi sya buntis mag kakalungan lang sa isipin, taga paanan ng bundok kilala sya ng mag locals. pakakain mo lang sya at pahiramin tent kabisado nya campsite. Gusto nya talaga sumunod sa mga mountaineers. ganun daw talaga trip nya sabi ng mga tao dun.

plengski said...

ask ko lang po, is that edelyn really a guide?or gusto lang nya sumama? did you pay for her?and kaya ba ng bicycle yung mt. banoi, kung gagamitin lang pababa?

Anonymous said...

Edelyn is not a guide, gusto nya lang sumama. Pero last June 4 we went there pauwi na kami tska lang namin sya nakasalubong kasama BF nya :) may mental disorder sya pero mabait naman. Wala kami guide nung umakyat madali lang naman kc tska may makakasalubong kang locals ask mo lang kung tama ba dinadaanan nyo. Malapit na kayo sa Tower pag may madaanan kayong kabahayan. After nyo umakyat magbeach kayo malapit lang. ;)

Anonymous said...

hello po.

gud day sir/mam. ask ko lng po kung magkano ang budget sa transpo kasi po pupunta po kami dito sa aug 28-29.

thank you po.

Anonymous said...

someone climb here lately?can mountain bike go up there?

Renevic said...

We're trying to set a climb this weekend. But undecided, how to climb and swim in one day.

Plengski said...

we've climb there last Sept. 3, It was a great climb!! Our jump off point was on Brgy. Talumpok East and not from Lobo. It was an easy trail. But weve seen a hill on the way with a big rock on top. Im just curious if anyone of you had been there?We are planning to go there next week, problem is we dont know yet the trail, or maybe we should find it on our own hehe.

Anonymous said...

i think they call it baluarte, i was also curious about that rock, i had a friend from that brgy. said you can jump of from talumpok west at brgy. baclas going to brgy.piit

plengski said...

thanks for the info. maybe this month we will try to climb that rock. Will post details after. Thanks

Anonymous said...

on that part of that mountain, there is also a popular rock, it shapes like a number 71, you can ask the locals about that.if you explore on that mountain you can find a lot of interesting site to climb on.. good luck

plengski said...

sa saturday po akyat kami dun sa sinasabi nyo na baluarte, problema lang po ay mahirap yung sasakyan kapag sobrang aga papunta dun sa talumpok west, try na lang namin mag jump off sa brgy. sico, yung daan namin papunta banoy, tapos hahanap na lang kami daan patawid.. baka meron po kayo idea, any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated.
ingat sa lahay

plengski said...

sucessfully climbed baluarte!! hirap lang kasi sobrang mataas na yung mga damo saka halos mawala na yung daan, kinailangan pa namin mag hanap ng sariling daan, tapos umulan pa, sobrang putik at dulas. Di ko makita yung bato na korteng 71. We'll post pics later.Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

we are planning to climb mt. banoi on first week of march, this will be an exploration climb, so sir/mam can you give us an idea about this mountain? thanks!
-jass

genezide_jr said...

@Jass

From Lobo, take a trike to Brgy. Balatbat sabihin niyo po aakyat kayo sa towers. Madali lang yung trail. After 30mins of trekking may madadatnan kayong village, mababait ang mga tao dun at nabigyan pa kami ng ice cold water. Ang confusing part lang po ng trail is yung papunta na sa tower. Paglagpas niyo po sa parang tangke ng tubig, mga 10mins after mapapansin niyo na patag na yung trail. Pag pababa na yung trail, mali na yun. Meron po dun sa kanan na maliit na trail pataas, ayun yung tamang daan pa-summit. Mga 10mins na akyat may landmark po na mga poste ng kuryente kayong makikita and yun yung 1st viewpoint makikita niyo ang Lobo beach. A great sidetrip pagbaba niyo is a tricycle ride to Masagitsit beach ang sarap magswimming dun. Hehe

plengski said...

kung sa tower lang po ang punta nyo, meron po ako alam mas malapit na way, kaso more on trekking lang siya. Pag sakay nyo po ng jeep sa Batangas City, biyaheng Dagatan, sabihin nyo, baba kayo sa Sico, dun sa daan punta wireless, pagka baba nyo, diretso na po yun hanggang wireless. HTH and good luck po..

Balingit/Torda,s/Tubeo said...

Sir/Ma'am:

An update regarding our climb at this mountain last March 17-18 2012.Our group took a Batangas Bound bus at ALPS Bus terminal along Edsa near Cubao. It took us almost 2 hours from manila to PPA Batangas costing us 165.00. Upon alighting the bus, we had a 10 min walk towars the nearest intersection across the street and take a jeepneey ride going to Lobo Jeepney Terminal (UBJO signboard for a minimum priced ride;8.00). From Lobo Jeepney Terminal, we took a ride going to Lobo town proper which costs 53.00 and will be consuming an hour of transpo time. Enter Lobo Town hall and register at the police station inside.(Lobo town proper has a near wet/dry market that is open until 5-6pm). Take a tryk to sitio malabnig bgy balatbat(register at bgy balatbat hall/20 per head).Start trek at sitio malabnig. It took us 3 hrs and 30 mins ascending the mountain and 2 hours descending. Back at Lobo town, we bought supplies form the market and went off to bgy fabrica, Marsol beach(tryk terminal near Lobo town Hall:tryk costs 40.00 and occupies 4-5persons). Marsol is a long stretch of Sea shore having lots of Beach resorts(try to negotiate). We had negotiated a room at Lobo Beach Club and Spa. It only cost us 2000 for the room(good for 8 persons:1 bathroom/2 double sized beds and an electric fan, has a pleasant view of the beach with sliding glass doors), no entrance fees, has a huge area which may be used for events and nice mangrove swamp view at the back area of tne resort. For inquiries, kindly search Lobo beach club and Spa at any search engines at the net or you may contact them at 09081579896 (Boongaling, Ryan:care taker, very accomodating and really approachable). Hope this may help future trekkers of this mountain. More power pinoymountaineer.

Many Thanks,^_^

Jason Christopher Indiongco said...

Hello Sir Balingit,

We are planning to climb Mt. Banoi this Sat. Thank you for the info.. Appreciate a lot, by the way is it possible to pitch tents sa resort?

Thanks in advance...

The BACKPACKERS said...

The BACKPACKERS were here at Mt. Banoi! For the story and what to expect:

http://thebackpackersadventures.blogspot.com/2012/09/mt-banoi.html

Thank you and more power to Pinoymountaineer!

aorlanes said...

Galing kami dito nung sunday, pero hanggang 2 towers lang. Me harang yung trail papuntang summit so di na kami nagpumilit. Sulit ang view sa campsite. Sa nakasalubong namin, me nahulog ata kayo na keychain, pm me kung gusto nyo pang kuhanin. Have a safe climb everyone!

Anonymous said...

My friends and I are going to Mt. Banoi this May 26-27. Please text me if you would like to tag along. my number is 09277542528

- ian

plengski said...

Now im confused, maybe iba po yung tinutukoy ko na mt. banoi sa above post ko. Kasi po yung tower na naakyat namin is a working tower and not the rusted ones. Sabi ng mga tao dun ay tower daw yung na abs-cbn, so it currently is working. But based sa mga nabasa ko ulit, lalo na dun sa mga take off is from Lobo, iba nga yung sinasabi ko hehe. But, yung inakyat namin is brgy, banoi/banoy din so im confused of which really is mt. banoy. Please enlighten us.. Thanks!!

BTW eto po yung link nung mt. banoy na tinutukoy ko.. salamat po

http://www.wanderingpleng.blogspot.com/2011/09/jumbo-climb-to-mt-banoy.html

aorlanes said...

Sir, me chapel sa jumpoff ng Mt Banoi/Banoy. then first part ng hike dito is sa driedup river bago yung uphill climb to reach the small brgy above. Then to two towers na kung saan sira na. :)

plengski said...

@aorlanes - salamat po sa clarification. So ibang banoi po yung sinasabi ko po na naakyat namin. Locals call them 'wireless'. May two tower din hehe.. Iba din ang jump-off, mas malapit and might be easier to trek. thanks!!

aorlanes said...

@plengski iba lang yung jumpoff nyo at ibang towers din yung makikita sa trail na yun, baka nga me traverse yang trail mula talumpok east papunta sa balatbat. :)

Anonymous said...

Magandang umaga,
My team is planning to climb this Mountain. July 27-28 anyone who wants to tag along you are most welcome. You may contact me at 09052971963.
More Power to this site and to all true hearted Mountaineers,
Kadlawon Mountaineers,
Mac$

Anonymous said...

good evening sir/maam,
just wanna ask po if safe po ba night trek sa mt. banoi? and if k lang mag trek dun kahit lang guide...

thanks,
brent

Anonymous said...

May I just comment on the post you have had mentioned about Mt. Banoy which is exactly located in Batangas City not Lobo, Batangas. This mountain is a separate attraction because you can traverse in Barangay Malabnig in Lobo to get into the highest peak of Batangas (MT. BANOY). I live in Batangas City and Mt. Banoy is facing two barangays of Talumpok Silangan and Talumpok Kanluran. I am conducting a research on ecotourism in Mt. Banoy, Batangas City and there is a little confusion on the information you mentioned. (Please correct it for the information of other mountaineers). I've already passed through Mt. Banoy (inside the forest) traversing to the tip of the surroundings wherein Globe Telecom & Smart Communications is presently erected. This is a part of my research and I quote "Batangas City has a rolling terrain that ranges from 0% to 30% in slope. Mount Banoy in Barangay Talumpok Silangan is considered the highest point which is 968 meters above sea level and about 13.50 kilometers east of the poblacion. The slope rises from 8% to 30% in the east beyond Barangays of Mabacong, Simlong and Pinamucan Ibaba."
The tower you have had mentioned is not part of Lobo but Batangas City itself. Its better to trek near Talumpok Silangan passing through the road of Sitio Banoy than travelling from Batangas city to Lobo, Batangas (medyo malayo po sir"). Thank you.

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