Mt. Batulao Day Hike

I’ve been meaning to climb another mountain since late last year. But apparently, it wasn’t the best time for me just YET. You may know that one of the goals I have for this year is to keep my lifestyle as active as I can. I personally describe this as hitting the gym, joining running events and doing other fun and exciting physical activities including mountain climbing. Me and Jhori registered for a hiking tour, Traveling Adventure, last January 14 to finally make this thing happen. We opted for the February 28 schedule at Mt. Batulao because it seemed to be just right for our schedules. The truth is, I was having a hard time asking my friends to join us for this trip, so I guess signing up for a hiking tour became a big of a help for us, for providing us our needs while enjoying the company of other people who have the same interest as we have.

Mt. Batulao is one of the most popular day hikes near Metro Manila. It remains one of the most favored hikes for beginners and training for aspiring mountaineers. Being located at Nasugbu, Batangas, Mt. Batulao is very accessible and can be reached in roughly 2-3 hours travel time from Manila.

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

I wasn’t able to get some sleep before heading to our meeting place at 3:30 AM in Cubao, yes, I LITERALLY did not sleep! So I did a quick nap in the van while we were on the way to Batangas, and it wasn’t the best nap I could ever have. I felt really uneasy! We arrived at around 6:00 AM and prepared ourselves for the upcoming hike. I won’t be elaborating the trails and stuff here, so you can go check Mt. Batulao’s know-how on other blog sites instead.

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

We followed the old trail going up to the summit. There are a total of 10 camps going to the summit of Mt. Batulao. There were also vendors along the way who sell buko, snacks, ice cream and even lugaw. We made multiple stopovers for registrations, a total of four registrations if I remember it accurately but, I could be wrong, okay? haha! There were also several times that we had to stop and wait for other hikers. This is somewhat of a con if you are hiking with different groups of people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a pro either, nope, not yet! But I can do better than the others, maybe? So we took that opportunity to take photos of the oh-so-great scenic view from up there. Nature’s beauty just continues to amaze me!

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

At last, the summit! It was very windy up there but that did not make the scenery any less of its beauty. It was majestic, beautiful! The word fulfilling is an understatement to how it felt like. I remembered my excitement upon reaching the top while I utter, “FINALLYYYYYY!”.

There were already a bunch of hikers (from another travel group) up there when we came. It was very different from my previous hikes because we were only few back during my Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Maculot hike.

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Then after a while, the weather started to get gloomy. We were rushing our early lunch and photo ops so we could go back to the van before the weather gets even worse. Next thing we knew, the rain had started pouring. It became freezing cold up there so we had to double time our way back down. We followed the new trail this time, by the way. The rain isn’t as visible on the photos, though. The bad weather lasted for about 30 to 40 minutes, then we slowly saw Mr. Sun shining upon us again, thanks God!

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

It was another fun adventure for the two of us. I’m more eager now to climb more mountains within this year, though I have to constantly remind myself to not be a couch potato anymore, oh please!

Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Other Things to Share:

  • This is by far the easiest hike I ever did. Though I have only hiked three mountains to date.
  • Both the old and new trails were easy to follow. You’ll not get lost even without a guide. It’s just so perfect for newbies!
  • I suggest you bring packed lunch because there’s no available store in the summit and the locals only sell ice cream there.
  • Aside from day hike, you can also go and try their overnight hike. Though, I don’t have any plans of doing it just yet.
  • There are houses down the mountain that offer paid use of toilet and shower. For sure, you need to freshen up before going home just like what we did.
  • I absolutely fell in love with Mt. Batulao and I would love to go back!


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Author: Dianne

She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering. A full time IT Specialist based in Manila, Philippines who enjoys designing, reading and blogging. She fuels her day with a cup of good coffee in the morning and concludes the night thinking about life.

  • It’s a beautiful place! One day, I hope to get into real good shape and climb mountains like you!

    • Yes, it really is! I’m sure you can too. I hope to one day read your mountain climbing adventure soon!

  • I didn’t realize I wasn’t following you on Bloglovin’. No wonder I wasn’t able to get updates from your blog. Huhu. I’m thinking of at least doing one hike this year. How long did the entire hike took you? I don’t think I read that from this post (or maybe I missed it…)

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    • I just installed bloglovin on my phone after reading your comment. haha! I have an account there a long time already but I haven’t utilize it still. Time to follow you guys there! hmm. I’m not really sure how long it took us, but it’s approximately 3 hours. We had a lot of stopovers too as mentioned.

  • Wow! Amazing photos! I also want to try mountain climbing, but i am not sure if i can handle it. I may be wrong but the only mountain that I know near here is Mt. Apo, it’s very intimidating! I lost count on how many times we planned on climbing but never really got the courage to do so haha! I hope I can climb at least one mountain here this year πŸ˜€

    • Well, I still don’t have the courage to climb Mt Apo. I bet it’s more difficult than the others. haha! Mountain climbing is so much on trend these days. I don’t know, but I notice that everytime (everyday at least) I visit my facebook, I get to see photos of my friends on mountains. I’m sure one day that plan will push through. Especially nowadays that it’s on the hype.

  • I am having a hard time convincing people to go on a hike with me. I’ve never properly hiked a mountain before and I have heard Batulao is a good place to start, but all my friends are either too advanced for an easy hike or too lazy to actually go on any hikes. πŸ™

    But the view is so darn beautiful and nainggit lang ako! Haha.

    • You can try joining groups instead. I recently discovered a facebook group called, “CLIMBER”. Though I haven’t tried joining any events there yet but I’m planning to. πŸ™‚

  • Iel

    I enjoyed reading this blogpost! Mountain climbing is also one of the activities that I find really enjoyable My first hike was in Mt. Pulag, pero mababa lang yung inakyat namin. Thanks for elaborating on your hike on Mt. Batulao, definitely will try that once I have the chance. I’m just curious, how much did you paid for the whole hiking tour package?

    • One of my goals is to hike Mt. Pulag. I’m eyeing to see the sea of clouds there! We paid 750.00php for the package. πŸ™‚

  • Lou

    One of my goals this year is to climb on a mountain too. But somehow I get too frustrated and scared if I can really do it (baka ang ending eh disappointments). I haven’t really tried hiking for like 8 years. I used to be really active back then when I was still a kid. I need to people to go with me! πŸ˜€ Ba’t parang nafifeel ko yung ginaw hahaha

    • Just try to do some basic workout routines prior to your hike so you’ll avoid body pain afterwards, or lessen the pain at least. I’m sure you can still do! Mt. Batulao is a good mountain for a comeback too. πŸ™‚

  • These looks amazing!!! I haven’t tried climbing a mountain because I’m afraid of heights, but I’ll take your word that this is an “easy” hike. I guess I can survive this? Hehe! πŸ˜€

    PS: Love your photos!

    • You’ll survive for sure! There were a lot of first timers within our group during this hike. Just don’t pressure yourself to go fast. Slowly but surely. haha.

  • Clarisa

    Mt. Batulao was my first hike. Although, I did not like hiking (sorry! really not for me), but I really did enjoy the hike because of the people I was with, and most especially the experience! I am the most inactive person you will ever know but I really tried my best to reach the summit. We were actually more than 10 in our group who joined the hike, but only half of us reached the summit (we had overnight hike, then climbed the summit the next day). Everything was so worth it when I reached the top, the view is so spectacular!

    One thing I cannot forget about the hike is the descent. I don’t know if I’m just super tired, but the descent was like climbing up again. Almost every step was going up, not going down! Haha!

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    • That’s okay. Not all people like mountain climbing. haha! But it’s really good that you were able to enjoy it despite the down sides. I don’t like the descent too. I find it harder that the climb itself. huhu!

  • Mei

    I wanted to try hiking/mountain climbing too! But after our almost one hour trek to the jumpoff point for the canyoneering, I had second thoughts haha muntik nako mamatay dun sa trek kaloka, nadulas ako kasi maliliit yung mga bato, buti nahawakan ako or else boom sa bangin ang destination ko hahaha

    Also, I don’t want to hike alone, I wanted to join a group of experienced hikers. I also want to force me friends to guide us haha dami kong friends na hikers/climbers talaga. Pero di kasi nagsswak sa sched kaya di pa kami makagawa ng maayos na usapan haha

    They say Pico de Loro is also good for beginners. I know a friend who’s not a hiker, but he was able to do a day hike. So maybe dun muna ako then I’ll see if I can go to another mountain haha

    • Extra ingat lang talaga sa trekking! Mga ilang beses na din ako nadulas especially nung first hike ko at Mt. Pamitinan. haha! It’s better talaga if you are in a group with experienced hikers kasi they’ll assist you and they know better what’s best to do.

      Pico de Loro is on my list! I’m still checking our schedule if my saktong day to climb Pico. Hopefully next month!

  • If you’re into hiking, you may want to prep for Mt Pulag! It’s the best mountain I’ve ever climbed and I’ve been there 4 times, the last one was 2009! I’ve been meaning to go back but I’m not that fit yet. LOL.

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    • That’s on my list too. Everybody is raving about Mt. Pulag. I’m sure it will be an amazing hike for me, if ever. But I need to prep for it, yes!

  • My husband and I haven’t tried hiking or mountain climbing but we wanted to. By the way, how many hours did it take for you to go up and down Mt. Batulao? I think it’s easier to climb up than go down, am I right?

    • Yes, for me it’s easier to climb. Sometimes I wish that there’s a shortcut when going down. haha! Hmm. 3-4 hours, I guess. But I’m really not sure coz I wasn’t able to catch the time during the climb, my bad. πŸ™

  • My cousins and I wanted to go hike in Mt. Batulao it’s just that our parents won’t allow us. Hope we could try soon!!