Santo Tomas, Batangas
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I have conquered another mountain!!!
Mataas na Bundok or popularly known as Mt. Manabu is an ideal trail for beginners, based on some blogs that I’ve read.
Jump off: Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Difficulty: 2/9 Minor Climb (760 meters above sea level)
Length: 3.5+- miles (this was based on our own gps watch)
Mt Manabu has 8 stations:
Station 1 – Tangke ng Tubig
Station 2 – Dampa
Station 3 – Creek
Station 4 – Jackfruit Tree
Station 5 –Dampa
Station 6 – Malaking Krus – Summit of Mt. Manabu
Station 7 –Forest
Station 8 –Grotto
The first 4 stations were totally okay. It was a cold and stress-free walk at first. You have 2 ways to Malaking Krus once you reached station 4. You can either start with Station 5 or check the Grotto first at Station 8. We chose the Station 8.
The way to stations 8, 7 and 5 was a bit tough for all of us. It was a long, hot and steep hike to the summit. After 1 hour, we finally reached the summit of Mt. Manabu. The length of time will still depend on the pace of your group.
Our sweat, pain and exhaustion were all gone when we saw the view from the peak of the mountain. Reaching the summit was the most satisfying part of the trek. We all enjoyed the view and ate lunch while savoring the fresh air on a mountain peak.
· Bring plenty of water.
· Bring chocolates to boost your energy.
· Do not leave any trash on the site.
· 500 pesos is their fixed rate for the guide. Our tour guide was very nice and accommodating so we gave him an extra.
· Make a side trip and try Batangas Lomi or Goto.
“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” ― Ed Viesturs
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We went for an overnight camping trip in Mt. Manabu and the view at the summit at sunset and sunrise is worth the effort to climb the mountain with a 30kg backpack weighing you down.
Things I learned on an overnight camping trip:
1. Bring around 4L of water. You dont want to get dehydrated anytime during the climb and going down the mountain.
2. While youll want to wear light dri fit clothes in climbing up and down the mountain, youd also want to bring cold gear for the really cold night ahead. I was freezing at around 11pm up to 6am. Hahaha. Good thing I brought a jacket.
3. Try to empty your tummy before climbing unless youre ok with unloading by the bushes. Hehehe.
4. Enjoy the view and take lots of pics!
Oh and please, for the love of the mountain, don't leave your trash. Bring them back down and dispose properly. There's no one here to clean up after you, dont be an uneducated, uncivilized person who doesnt think of anything else but themselves.
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Back on track! Yahoo! The locals are very friendly starting from the outpost of Brgy Santa Cruz where registration is done before entering the peripherals of the mountain at Php 20.00 per pax. Hiring a guide is not necessary if you have someone in the team who had been here before, the trail is pretty straight forward but can be daunting if done at night, hence a guide is helpful at night to avoid getting lost in the heavy thickets of trees especially in the grotto trail.
Mt Manabu's trail is pretty easy. What I liked most about this mountain is that the trail is very refreshing. The shades of the green forest is relaxing to the eyes. The trail is surrounded by tall trees and green plants.
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