Minor Climb No. 7: Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao is one of the few mountains that are already famous for climbers way back then. It stands at 811 meters with difficulty of 4/9. It is a minor climb and will take two to four hours reaching the summit. As you walk on the open trail you will be awed to see the stunning scenery of rolling slopes, natural landscapes and picturesque views of Batangas.

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after seven months of rest due to my surgery, I am back to one of my favorite activities

My hubby and his office mates climbed Mt. Batulao in January 2008. There was only one trail that time, the Old Trail, which according to him, he was, challenged ascending and descending the slope due to its baldness. With that, I got curious to take the challenge in climbing this mountain too. After seven months of rest due to the removal of my right ovary (I had endometrial cyst), I was back again to mountain climbing. I chose Mt. Batulao to be my seventh climb.

This is my third time to join a group and it was fun being in a company of young and fast trekkers

This is my third time to join a group and it was fun being in a company of young and fast trekkers

I joined again the group of James (Dames Jaymar of Climber), our same organizer in Mt. Maculot for P799 only. This trek is with my favorite travel buddy, Cyrhine and we coerced Pauline and James to join us.

Mt. Batulao from afar

Mt. Batulao from afar

Inclusions:

Registration Fees
Drivers Meal
Guide Fee

Exclusions:
Shower
Food

Our meeting place is in McDonald’s in Greenfield District, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong at 1:00 am. Travel time to our destination was two hours only. We rested a bit, some sipped coffee while others ate breakfast.

the up and down slopes

the up and down slopes

By 5:00 am, James gathered us for a prayer and short briefing. Moment later we started the trek. It was still dark and cold. I forgot to bring my flashlight. It is good that my fellow trekkers were lighting the way. We were in high spirit as the cool breeze greeted us. I was so excited for I will be summiting another famous mountain. Again, I was the oldest in the group. Haha!

it was a downcast and cold morning so we did not sweat much until we reached the summit

it was a downcast and cold morning so we did not sweat much until we reached the summit

Since I cannot do the rigid activity yet, James suggested that I go for the “new trail”, which is a bit easier. My travel buddies went with me. Others, the advanced climbers opted for the “old trail”, the hard trek. The beginning of the trek was easy. As the sun started streaming into the horizon, we gazed upon the green verdant rolling slope from afar. It was our destination. Well, well, well, Mt. Batulao truly beckons.

the beautiful view atop the summit

the beautiful view atop the summit

Since it was mid-February, the weather is still cold and the slopes except the trails are covered with thick grasses. But during months of summer, Mt. Batulao is bald. For some who has fear of heights, walking near the edges might scare you for you can see the bottom of the slope. As of our trek, the cogon grasses abound the slope from Peak 1 to Peak 7.

In getting to Peak 8, we passed by a dangerous edge where one wrong step will take you at the bottom. The soil was loose so it was a bit slippery. The sun was already hovering up into the horizon. But it was a downcast morning so the rays of the sun did not spill gloriously onto the hill. We sat a while for a sunrise photo shoot. There is a small sari sari store in the area where they sell bread, coffee and water.

Me. Cyrhine, Pau and James taking a rest on Peak 8

Me. Cyrhine, Pau and James taking a rest on Peak 8

Later we were walking on more loose soil and stones and hilly edges. It was up and down trek, not hard at all. After a while, we reached the area where we were divided into two. With one trail guide, the advanced climbers went to the old trail and the casual trekkers (our group) went to separate trail. James joined us with one trail guide too.

The challenging part in the “new trail” is walking on the camel’s back. It was a narrow walkway with deep ravine on both sides. A strong wind may lose our balance so we were very careful in this part. James warned us not to take photo to avoid accident. It was just a short walk and later we passed by another little store where they sell buko juice.

there are at least 12 peaks in Mt. Batulao

there are at least 12 peaks in Mt. Batulao

Since we were not yet thirsty, we proceeded in our trek. The last remaining peaks went for rappelling and holding onto rocks. We finally arrived at the summit, Camp 10 by 7:35 am. We did it in 2 hours and thirty-five minutes only.

sometimes it is easy going up than going down ... agree?

sometimes it is easy going up than going down … agree?

We stood in the small clearing feasting on the breathtaking panorama of everything that is verdant and green. The most anticipated part in a life of a casual trekker like me is to feast in an awesome sight like this. I just cannot sustain my excitement for after seven months of rest here I was again marveling another masterpiece of our Almighty God.

I was so elated reaching the top of Mt. Batulao and so thankful to God as I stood in awe looking at the marvels of His creations.

I was so elated reaching the top of Mt. Batulao and so thankful to God as I stood in awe looking at the marvels of His creations.

It was cold and with a hint of sunshine. We stayed there for about thirty minutes with picture taking, eating snack, hydrating and the best of all, savoring the view. I remember our trek in Mt. Talamitam. They say it was the younger sister of Mt. Batulao wherein both have bald slopes during summer. Both have the same panoramic view only that Mt. Batulao was bigger and longer.

with Cy, one of my favorite travel buddies

with Cy, one of my favorite travel buddies

In getting back to the jump off, we did it in two hours only. It was fast and before we bask on sunshine, we were back by 10:15 am. Happy and satisfied. Next time we climb Mt. Batulao, we will go for the old trail. This is my seventh climb and I am sure there is another mountain to follow.

rappelling helps to ascend fast... but you can go up and down without doing this in Mt. Batulao...

rappelling helps to ascend fast… but you can go up and down without doing this in Mt. Batulao…

As of this time, some mountaineers are discouraged to climb Mt. Batulao because of several registration points where you will pay Php20 to Php40. New trail has five.

Thanks to James for being a good organizer. He is good in photography and he accommodated us very well. This is another worthy experience not only for the climb but we also met new friends. This is one good thing joining a group tour.

my souvenirs of Mt.Batulao...

my souvenirs of Mt.Batulao…

Tips:
1) Pray first for your safety and for everyone in the group.
2) It is best to start the trek as early as 5:00 am to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Like we did.
3) Wear shoes or slippers that has aggressive sole because the loose soil was a bit slippery.
4) It is an easy climb but still, be careful.
5) Expect to see many climbers on week-ends and holidays.
6) Bring food because eating and sharing is good when you are in the summit.
7) Drink water to give you enough energy.
8) Always follow “Leave No Trace Policy”. Avoid throwing waste anywhere.

Things to Bring:

  • 2 Liters of water
  • Slippers/Sandals
  • Headlight
  • Trash bag
  • Personal medication
  • Toiletries
  • Extra clothes
  • Poncho/rain coat
  • Cap/bonnet/bandana
  • Trail food
ITINERARY:
1:00am – Meet up at Greenfield District, Shaw Mandaluyong
2:00am – ETD
4:00am – ETA at Nasugbu Batangas, prepare, breakfast, register
5:00am – Start trek via New trail
7:35am – Arrival at summit; Rest, Eat, Photo ops
8:00am – Start descent
10:15am – Arrival at jumpoff, prepare, shower
12:00noon – Lunch time
In getting to Mt. Batulao through Public Transportation:
Ride DLTB bus in Buendia going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Alight at Evercrest Golf Course and hail a tricycle going to the jump-off point.

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Major Climb No. 1: Surviving Mt. Pulag
Minor Climb No. 1: Taal Crater Lake-Family Hiking Adventure
Minor Climb No. 2: Mt. Pinatubo Challenge
Minor Climb No. 3: Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Minor Climb No. 4: Mt. Talamitam
Minor Climb No. 5: The Grotto, Mt. Maculot and the Rockies
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