Mount Batulao Hiking Tour will take you to the 360-degree summit of the mountain named after two tagalog words; Bato and Ilaw which means “Rock and Light”. Mount Batulao has open trails, remarkable rolling slopes and scenic views of the towns of Batangas. The view at the summit is a sure way to appreciate the scenery of other nearby mountains, rice fields, and sugar cane plantations. This is a perfect hike for those who are just beginning in hiking and a quick getaway from Manila.
Hiking Mount Batulao was popularized by experienced hikers. Now, the summit is open to all levels of hikers. It is, in fact, one of the thrilling hiking destinations that is close to Manila. It’s easy to reach, too! Just one bus ride away.
What’s good about Hiking Mount Batulao is it is beginner-friendly. No prior hiking experience is needed.
You’ll begin your hike on the paved road of the community. From a distance, you can see the tiny and pointed summit of Batulao. The trail is characterized by grassy rolling terrain. There are a few short, steep hills offering different angles of the summit.
The real challenge begins after the camp site near peak 7 and 8 approaching peak 9. There are ropes that you can use to assist you as the terrain is really steep and slippery.
Once at the summit, you have 360-degree view of the towns of Calaca and Nasugbu among others.
The other fun part is the trail going down the summit via the Old Trail. Here you will have to rappel down a very steep boulder. Remember that this is optional. You can still opt to go down via the New Trail.
Mount Batulao’s Old Trail offers a different picturesque angle of the summit. This trail is more challenging than the New Trail because of steeper descent or ascent.
4:30 AM Meet up in Makati : Our tour coordinator and driver will meet up with you at KFC-Caltex Gas Station, Buendia Ave. corner Chino Roces, Makati by 4:30 AM. There are restaurants in the area where you can eat breakfast before we leave.
5:00 AM ETD in Makati for Nasugbu, Batangas : As courtesy to others, please be at the meet up location at least 30 minutes before the departure time. We’ll only allow 10-minute grace period. You can sleep in the car.
7:00 AM : ETA Mount Batulao trail head. Arrival in Mount Batulao trail head. We’ll have a short briefing before we commence hiking. There are stores in the area where you can buy bottled water and trail snacks.
10:30 AM ETA Mount Batulao summit. Hiking duration up to Mount Batulao’s summit is approximately 3 hours. This varies depending on the strength of the group. We’ll take the New Trail going up to the summit. This is more advantageous for beginners. There are stores along the trail where you can buy fresh buko juice, sports drinks, and snacks.
12:00 PM Start descent to the Old Trail. The challenging part going down the Old Trail from the summit is rappelling down a short cliff. This part of the trail is safe and is doable even for beginners.
1:00 PM Lunch : We’ll rendezvous at the camp site of the Old Trail and will have lunch here. Make sure you have a packed lunch and enough hydration. There are a couple of stores at the camp site where you can buy snacks and refreshments.
4:00 PM ETA parking lot : ETA at the parking lot. Prepare for the return trip to Manila / Makati. There are shower and rest rooms at the parking lot for 10 to 15 pesos only. We have an option to stop in Tagaytay for a quick meal if the group wishes to.
7:00 PM ETA Makati / Manila : Arrival in Makati or Manila. We can drop you off along the way so you don’t have to go back all the way to Makati. End of the tour.