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Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

By Wanderingjoshua

After climbing/trekking the trail up to Mt. Pico de Loro, I couldn't resist climbing another mountain. This time around I decided to climb Mt. Batulao in Batangas. It was fairly easy to get to Mt. Batulao. My friend and I met in Taft McDonald's where the buses that went straight to the drop off point were stationed. Look for the bus that went to Nasugbu and passes by Tagytay. The conductor knew where we were going upon first glance, based on what we were wearing, and told us that the bus stopped by the drop-off point of Mt. Batulao. The bus made it a whole lot easier for us to get there. The fare cost P106 one way and the tricycle ride to the start of the trek was P50 one way.

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

At the start of the trek, we were bombarded with a sea of green and rolling hills. The rolling hills are a sight to behold. The sight of the hills made us want to conquer each peak from where we stood. My friend and I decided to do a traverse from the old trail to the new trail.

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao


Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Our awesome guide

Our guide was one of many kid guides that offered their services to eager mountaineers. We decided to pay him P300 for his services. To his merit he knew the trails so well he told us that he makes 3-4 trips up and down the mountain whenever mountaineers hired him. Didn't think that becoming a guide was such a lucrative summer or weekend job!

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Base Camp

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

We had to register at camp 1 of the old trail before we can proceed. The fee was if I'm not mistaken was P20, and you have to pay another P20 when you pass by the new trail on your way down this traverse. 
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

The rock formations are also a sight to see when you go up Mt. Batulao. 
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

You have to climb this very steep rock surface when you pass by the old trail on your way to the summit. There is a rope that you can use, although our guide simply just ran up this surface as he waited for us.
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Finally, camp 10 --- the summit!
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Reaching for the sky. 
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao
There is something about conquering mountains that makes you feel like you're on top of the world. 
Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Batulao

On the way down you will be greeted with lots of green and rolling hills. We took a lot of stops on our way up and down, and we also got to meet several hikers and campers who decided to spend the night in Mt. Batulao. I can honestly say that Mt. Batulao's trail is easier compared to Pinatubo and Pico de Loro. The trail is more manageable even for beginners.
Here's a breakdown of expenses going up Mt. Batulao:
P212 for the bus fare going back and forth
P150 each for the guide (we paid the guide P300)
P50 each for the trike
P40 for the fees on the new and old trail
Total: approximately P460 

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