A Beginner’s Travel Guide to Hiking Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao Climb

How to get to Mt. Batulao

Via Bus

Take a bus that is bound to Nasugbu – Lemery. Drop off point is Evercrest Golf Course in Lemery, Batangas. Just tell the conductor that you’ll be going to Mt. Batulao then they’ll know that already. Travel time is roughly 2 to 3 hours.

Once you get to Evercrest, you can either walk or take a tricycle going to the jump-off point which is PHP 20.00 per head. In our case, since we ran out of budget (Jam Liner conductors fooled us and dropped us at the other side of Batangas), we have to walk from Evercrest going to the jump-off point.

Via Car

Follow the route to Tagatay until you see Evercrest.

How to get to Mt. Batulao
Violet – Mt. Batulao; B mark – Evercrest Golf Club

Things to Bring

For day hikers

  •  1.5 to 2 L of water
  • Energy drinks (Pocari Sweat or Gatorade)
  • Hiking or trekking shoes. Sandals aren’t recommended. It’s very dusty.
  • Sun protection (hats, sun block, headgear, sunglasses)
  • Hiking gloves (optional but recommended)
  • Food (Snack and Lunch)
  • Picnic mat
  • Huge size Umbrella (optional if you don’t have tent)

For ones who will stay overnight

  • Tent of course
  • Cooking equipment
  • Prepare PHP 30.00 per head for the camping fee

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao Itinerary sample (Day Hike)

04:00 a.m. – ETD Jam Liner bound to Nausgbu
06:30 p.m. – ETD to Evercrest
06:35 p.m. – Breakfast
07:00 a.m. –Tricycle to the jump-off point
07:10 a.m. – Start of trek
10:00 a.m. – Summit conquered; Lunch
12:00 n.n. – Start descent
02:30 p.m. – Reach jump-off point
03:00 p.m. – Freshen up; ETD bus to Cubao or Pasay
06:00 p.m. – ETA Cubao or Pasay


PHP 132.00 – Cubao to Evercrest Lemery, Batangas via Jam Liner (one-way)
PHP 106.00 – Evercrest to Pasay LRT (Taft)
PHP 14.00 – LRT Pasay to Cubao
PHP 25.00 – Buko Juice
PHP 25.00 – Mountain Dew
PHP 100.00 – Food and water
PHP 20.00 – Registration
PHP 422.00 – Total expenses

Other expenses which you may spend

PHP 30.00 – Overnight fee
PHP 25.00 – Shower
PHP 10.00 – Tae (Poopoo)
PHP 5.00 – Ihi (Urinate)
PHP 300.00 – Tour guide (for the whole group)

Author’s note

In our case, even if it was our first time hiking (ever) to Mt. Batulao, we didn’t get a tour guide because as I have said, we ran out of budget. Surprisingly, we were able to hike Mt. Batulao without hiring a tour guide. We got lost a lot of times, but thanks to the friendly locals living in the area, we were able to ask them from time to time.

Tour guide costs PHP 300 for the whole group. From there, we were able to save PHP 43.00 each.

Useful FAQ

Do you recommend hiring tour guide?
Yes and No. Yes, if you’re a beginner and not confident of hiking Mt. Batulao by yourself. And by hiring tour guide, you contribute to the lives of children who happened to be your tour guide. Tour guides are aged 9 to 14 years old.

No. Trail is very visible and easy to follow. It’s impossible to get lost once you started ascending. You can just possibly follow other hikers with tour guide.

Which trail is harder, the old or new?

What is the difficulty level?
4 out of 9.

Photos from the climb

Mt. Batulao Summit
On our way to the summit

Mt. Batulao Climb
It was very windy and we have to keep our balance

Mt. Batulao Peak 8
The controversial Peak 8

Cousins having fun descending
Cousins having fun descending

Careful not to fall
Careful not to fall

Mt. Batulao Climb
Looks familiar?

Top of the world
We’re on the top of the world

Goofing with the friendly locals
Goofing with the friendly locals

For more photos, you can check out my album at my Facebook profile.

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  • Joshua

    Great shots of Mt. Batulao! I remembered my first hike up that mountain. I liked the rolling hills, rocks, and scenery as we hiked up the mountain. You should try other mountains as well. Mt. Maculot and Mt. Talamitam are some mountains you can day hike. The trail is easy and the scenery is just as great if not better.



    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Mt. Batulao was indeed very challenging for us! Thanks Joshua for the recommendation, we will definitely try hiking those mountains soon. ;-) And maybe see you soon! HAHAHA


    Al Reply:

    We want to try Batulao on Sunday May 19, that would be my 2nd hike..Mt. Maculot is my first just last week. Since dalawa lang any group na pupunta on the same date, we could also join in your group…pls contact 09052405348. The more the merrier…^_^


  • http://www.mynomadichabits.com/ Gino | My Nomadic Habits

    ang ganda talaga ng Mt. Batulao kaya isa ito sa mga bundok na talagang aakyatin ko…


    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Gino! Yes, when we climbed there we can’t take our eyes off with the rolling views. Super! We spent 3 hrs hiking instead of 2 hrs hehe.


  • http://www.senyorita.net/ Micamyx|Senyorita

    Gusto ko i-try mag-camping dyan :D


    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Try na!!


  • vidasioson

    Wah. Your photos are so pretty. Even if the view is simple lang.


    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Thank you Vida!





    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Yup. wishing we can climbing can here again some time!


  • Bourlesqueen

    Yup! I’ve been there. One of the beautiful places I’ve seen. Mount Makiling was the one I used to roam around. Probably next time. I’ll spend more time in that area. I hope there’s no such thing as slips and fall when I reach the summit. I’m biologically Filipino myself. But I grew up here in Canada. I was in Manila for a twelve day visit two years ago.


  • jembitz

    hope to join ur group sumday :)


  • bobet

    will kids around 8 years old be able to hike this? is there any available restrooms if stayed overnight? thanks


    Jeser Javier Reply:

    Hi Bobet, I’m Jeser, a Filipino mountaineer. Yesterday, I revisited again this mountain and brought some friends who haven’t experienced any hiking activities. It was challenging to assist them as the steepest part of the mountain have loosed sand/small rocks that are too risky. As an experienced mountaineer, I’d rather suggest not to bring children who haven’t reached the adolescent period yet as the playful nature of children will expose them to the danger brought by deep pitfall sides of the Mt. Batulao.

    No good restrooms available here. Though there are some at the campsite, expect unpleasantness.

    Just enjoy the nature and you will appreciate this mountain :) have a nice hiking!


  • http://ilovetansyong.blogspot.com/ I Love Tansyong

    nice adventure


  • http://www.icare.com.ph jezamyn benavides

    Just wanted to know if a hiker must need to present something there before allowing them to hike, like permit or something?


    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Nope. No permit or anything.


  • http://www.icare.com.ph jezamyn benavides

    My group wanted to know if there’s a resort nearby that you may recommend us because we planned to go there after the hike. Thanks again for ur assistance.


  • http://mabayadpo.blogspot.com/ Jeser Javier

    Hi Ada, nice blog :) I’m mountaineer and blogs my travel too. About the JAM Liner bus, I don’t usually see them passing by Evercrest, maybe other bus lines are better they’ll drop you off straight at Evercrest, there are lots of them at the Coastal and I heard DLTB in LRT-Buendia has now Nasugbu bound buses. Also, you should try all other mountains :) Pls visit my blog too. Thanks



    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Jeser!! Thank you for the update regarding the buses! Wish to go back to PH soon and climb another mountain again!!


  • Michael Franks

    Looks exciting! This should definitely go to my list.



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