The landscape of Mt. Batulao is truly a head turner. I remember myself sitting on the left side of the bus beside the window and when I moved the window curtain to just peek at the scenery of Batangas, the beautiful landscape of Mt. Batulao immobilized my head and I stared at it with amazement. From afar, the rugged peaks looked challenging and the very nice weather composed of blue skies and blinding sunlight promised a non-muddy, non-slippery and easier ascent to its highest peak.
Speaking of Flora and Fauna, Mt. Batulao is merely a grassland with a very small forested part. I remembered myself resting on this part the longest because I know this is the only place aside from the nipa huts where I can hide from the sun.
There was a goat that blocked my way. I don't understand goat language so I was unsure if it wants to attack me when it was bleating. I paused a little longer just thinking and analyzing as if deciphering the animal's continuous "baaa" until I pulled it's rope and directed it to move away from my path.
I was late when I started trekking Mt. Batulao so I chose the new trail which is testified to be the easier way ascent to its highest peak. I also had a short talk with manong who does the maintenance of the trail by digging or shaping the soil using a shovel.
|at a forested part of the new trail in Mt. Batulao|
|View from Mt. Batulao highest peak|
|View from Mt. Batulao Highest peak|
1. Ride MRT train (5AM) and get off at EDSA-Taft station. Right below the station are McDonalds, Chowking and SOGO Drive Inn. At the back of these fastfood stores are BSC buses bound to Balayan, Batangas. Just ride the bus and tell the conductor that you are going to Evercrest Golf Club Resort or just say Batulao Mountain. (depart at 6AM)
2. On your way to Evercrest Golf resort, you'll pass by several Tagaytay Resorts and along the way you'll see many "Sandari Batulao" road signs. These are hints that you are getting closer to your jump off point.
3. As soon as you see the Golf Resort, get down from the bus and look for tricycles. They'll take you to a community below the mountain where you'll start trekking.
4. The trails are obviously easy to follow. Keep on walking until you see a hut where halo-halo and buko juice are being sold. This is where the trails are divided into Old and New trail. To your left is the old trail while to you right is the easier New Trail. Both trails will lead you to the peak of Mt. Batulao.
Tips for a Solo Day Hike in Batulao Mountain
1. I was looking for Crow Bus lines at the start of my solo trip to Batangas but I didn't find one that morning so I took a chance on a BSC bus headed to Balayan. (Fastforward) On my way home, I heard two old woman talking about Crow Buses, one said that Crow Buses are replaced by BSC buses.
2. If it's your first time to go to Mt. Batulao and you're doing it solo, ask the bus conductor to drop you off at Evercrest Golf resort. (In my case Bus Conductor do not know about the resort) Ask the Bus driver if the bus conductor do not know Evercrest Golf Resort.
3. Look for tricycles. You will see them right away as soon as you get off the bus. A tricycle ride from the highway to end of a paved road costs 100 per trip. (NOT per person)
4. Direction-wise, you don't need a mountain guide because the trails are very easy to follow. On the other hand, considering SAFETY, it is highly recommended to get a guide as pointed out by a reader of this blog ---see comments below. Guide services are done by kids. (300 pesos guide fee). In my very humble opinion, what's the point of having kid-guides if these kids cannot control hikers who are *galawgaw, *maharot, *pasaway, at *malikot sa bundok.. may jumpshots pa nalalaman.
5. The mountain is not as forested as other mountains. Be prepared to get sunburns if you do not cover up your skin.
How to Avoid Headaches when Climbing:
Follow the link below and I hope this can help you understand why you get headaches when climbing. Discussed in there are ways to avoid this headache and how to cure it.