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Batangas: Day Hike in Mt. Batulao!


For first time climbers, there are a lot of mountains you can choose that is just near Manila. One of them is Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu Batangas. Just a few minutes away from Tagaytay. The name of the mountain was derived from “Bato sa Ilao” (Illuminated Rocks).

Mt. Batulao, Nasugbu Batangas

How to get there

By public transportation, If you're in Manila, take a bus in Pasay going to Nasugbu and ask the driver/conductor to drop you off at Evercrest Golf Club. This is where Caleruega is also located, so you can make a side trip after. You can also take a jeep bound for Nasugbu if you are already in Tagaytay. There are tricycles at the entrance that can take you to the jump-off point (probably cost PhP 20.00 per person) or just walk. 

If you're taking a car, just the same route. There is available parking lots for PhP 100.00. The road to the starting area is rocky that is not suitable for cars and too small for SUVs or vans so you need to walk or ride a tricycle again for PhP 100.00 (max of 4-5 pax).


Rough roads, only motorcycles and tricycles can go through

What to Bring

There are stores at the drop-off point, but it's better to bring your own since the prices are a little higher than usual.
  • Lots of water or sports drink
  • Sun protection like sunblock, sunglasses, scarf and hats
  • Snacks/Food
  • Flashlight (if you're hiking at noon)
  • First-aid Kit

Nasugbu Trilogy

Registration Area
You can do the climb with or without a guide. But if you are a first time climber, I suggest getting a guide since there are cliffs and narrow trails that you are not familiar with. You also help local make a living. Guides costs start PhP 200.00.


Start of trail
Mt. Talamitam is seen along the trail

There are two trails you can take. The old and new trail. The new trail is much easier than the old trail and would take you 2-3 hours back and forth hike. In summer, the trails are very dusty, so I highly suggest to wear hiking shoes (don't wear slippers/sandals like we did LOL) and muddy during rainy seasons. There's also not many trees or shades along the trail. There is a total of 10 peaks. The registration area is at peak 1 (camp 1) where you will need to pay PhP 20.00/pax (PhP 30.00/pax for overnight camping).

On the way to Peak 1
Peak 1
Still a long way to go

You can hike in the morning or afternoon. We chose to hike in the afternoon to catch the sunset. We started at 4:30 PM and got back around 6:30 PM. Some peaks don't have a sign.

Peak 4
Campsite near the old trail
Peak 6
Narrow trails with cliffs

Climbing up with a rope

Look at this guy, hiking with slippers LOL


Almost there

At the summit (camp 10), there is a small hut which is a store that sells water and other drinks and even halo-halo. You'll reward yourself with a magnificent view of Batangas and a stunning sunset if you hiked in the afternoon. So if you're thinking to go on your first climb, I suggest this mountain. Enjoy, and remember to leave no traces.

Camp 10 (Peak 10)
The summit
View from the summit

Quick Tips

  • There are 2 trails (old an new) new trail is much easier
  • Budget around PhP 600.00 per pax (includes transportation)
  • Hire a guide if a newbie
  • There is a parking area for Php 100.00
  • Restrooms and shower rooms are available in houses near the parking area
  • Bring sun protections and water
  • Bring your own tent for overnight camping
  • Leave no traces
If you need a guide I suggest Kuya Ely and you may contact him at this number: 0905-392-9583

Mountain Specs

Specs are from PinoyMountaineer
  • Nasugbu, Batangas
  • Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
  • Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
  • Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault
  • Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
Sunset in Mt. Batulao, Cheers!

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