Mt. Batulao Guide and Itinerary – Our First Overnight Hike

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao (811 MASAL) is located in Nasugbo, Batangas. It has a difficulty of 4/9, trail class 3 and is popular among hikers. It has 2 major trails – the “Old Trail” and the “New Trail” in which hikers have an option to take. It’s name came from a fabulous origin. The Tagalog word Batong Dilaw means “yellow stone”. It was said that the mountain was named as such due to the rays of the early morning sun turning the mountainside into yellow on a clear day.

Name: Mt. Batulao
Difficulty: 4/9
Elevation: 811 MASL
Jump-Off: KC Hillcrest Golf Course (Evercrest), Nasugbu, Batangas
Hours to summit: 3 hours
Features: rolling slopes, open trails, grassland, and picturesque views of Batangas

I haven’t spent a night in a mountain because we always opted to go for a day hike. But this time, since we are preparing for Mt. Amuyao in Buenguet, and Mt. Batulao being just 3 hours away from Manila, we decided to have an overnight hike – as a preparation.

But first, a groupie pic is required. 🙂

Cavite Mountaineering Club
With the Cavite Mountaineering Club

How to go Mt. Batulao?

  • For Commuters – Ride a DLTB bus bound for Nasugbu in Buendia Station. Alight at Evercrest (KC Hillcrest Golf Club). Fare is P150.00 Ride a tricycle or walk towards the registration point.
  • 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.

We left Manila at around 2 in the afternoon. We took a bus from Buendia going to Nasugbu, Batangas. It took us to 3 hours before we reach the jump-off at Evercrest. From there, we rode a tricycle going to the beginning of the trail. Fare is Php 100 for 3 to 4 person.

Our tour organizer register our group and the local officials of the mountain gave us a local guide for the climb. We started to walk on a cemented and well-maintained road for several minutes. We started at 5 PM. The itinerary was designed for a “chill” climb. So we weren’t in a rush. It rained that day so we got a muddy trail along the way.

Mt. batulao
Mt. Batulao

Ouch! Our feet. 😂

May I just remind you that aside from the registration fee paid in the Baranggay Hall and the tour guide fee, there are also other additional fees claimed by the locals at each rest stop along the trail. It’s less than Php 100.

It almost getting dark by the time we reached the rest stops which is a perfect time to watch the sunset. As we walk by we saw some horses eating grass and we saw local kids roaming around.

We took the “Old Trail” and we reached the campsite at around 6 PM. This is where we will spend the night camping. We set up our tents, cooked our dinner, ate and kwentuhan to the max.

This campsite is actually amazing. There’s a store and even comfort rooms. Amazing right? 😂

The next day, we woke up pretty early because the boys wanted to capture a time-lapse before and during the sunrise. I also wanted to watched the sunrise myself. From the campsite, we started to trek going to the summit by 4 AM.

mt. batulao

Going to the summit is a bit of a challenge. We need to pass this rope thingy going up. But it was really fun. See the trail at my back? It’s really steep. The rope is the final ascend.

Finally at the summit.

mt. batulao

Since there are only few people who climb the mountain that day. We had the chance to enjoy the summit all by ourselves and had our “photo shot”. (feeling pro ^_^) It was so fun in there. The cold breeze added to the great experience.

Other hikers started to arrive at around 8 AM. We already had our time so we decided to back to the campsite. After eating our breakfast, we started to clean up because we need to start to descend.

It was an experience to me really. It’s my first time sleeping in a tent. It was so fun. We started to descend after cleaning up.

Before heading to Manila, we crave for Bulalo so we stopped in Tagaytay. I really enjoyed our overnight stay in Mt. Batulao. I love this mountain and will definitely go back.

Bulalo in Tagaytay

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