***NOTE: Picture-heavy post. You’ve been warned!
MOUNT BATULAO (2-DAY HIKE)
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, NasugbuJump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
Mt. Batulao is truly an appealing destination, referred to by some mountaineers as the ‘Mini Pulag’ because of its broad grassland and the spectacular view of the peaks while ascending and descending. The landscapes are quite remarkable and the scenery at the peak is breathtaking!
Team Oryt about to ascend!
Literally, ‘on the rock’
You can hike Mt. Batulao without a guide but it would be advisable if it was your first time. There are lots of tricky roads and it would be very easy to get lost or worse. We didn’t get one since one of my friends is a climber and had climbed Mt. Batulao two times already. The registration fee per person was P30 for a day hike and we choose the the old trail since we’d like to think that it will be more fun (and challenging).
The trail going to base camp
The climb is relatively easy for seasoned hikers and a good start for newbies. There were a lot of stores along the trail and each store offers a variety of snacks and refreshments, they even sell halo-halo for P25 and fresh buko for P40 a piece.
We are on ‘energy-saving’ mode. Yup. 😉
This hike is highly recommended for a day hike on a dry season. You can always hike during rainy season but I tell you, it would be muddy as hell. There were a total of 12 peaks if you choose to climb using the new trail and it would only get a little difficult when you reach 11th peak. If you have enough guts then you can proceed until you reach the last peak and do some rappelling but it is always safe to follow your instincts when it tells you to stop. Having to reach even the 10th peak is good enough; the view up there is as amazing as the view on the last peak.
EVEN MORE PHOTOS! TOLD YOU!
SETTING UP OUR CAMP
The boys cooked Spanish-style pesto
This photo still cracks me up. Guys, what the heck???
TRAIL GOING TO THE PEAKS (DAY – 2)
My poor hike shoes 😦
My good friend Lavinia is afraid of heights, she had to crawl her way up (and she was cursing like a pirate while doing so). Bravo Lavs! I’m so proud of you!
This is the part where you have to climb a 90 degrees slope, good think they have ropes to assist climbers.
Going to peak 10: Can you see that improvised tent? There are people there that sells BJ or ‘Buko Juice’.
AT PEAK 10
Oh just having “BJ” on top of the mountain. Bucketlist, ticked! 😛
The view from where I was seated