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Hello, Mt Batolusong!
This hike was ages in the making. After my first hike last July in Mt Hapunang Banoi, we started planning this, but there's always something that would come up. Finally, we're able to push through this today, October 23. A few days ago all of us were worried because of typhoon Lawin and that the weather won't let us go, but thank God the typhoon left.
Here's some information of the mountain and things to bring:
Major Jumpoff: Brgy. San Andres Tanay Rizal
Days Required/Hours to Destination: 1day / 1.5 hours (Mapatag Plateau) 2.5 hours (Rangyas Peak)
Specs Minor Climb , Difficulty 3/9 trail class 1/3
Features: Grass landslopes, views of Rizal, Laguna and Quezon
cap/shades/gloves/drifit/umbrella against the sunlight and moderate rains
☑️2L of water
☑️plastic for garbage
I found EatpraylovetravelPH on Facebook and sent a message. Irish, our coordinator is really nice and this hike is just 600php inclusive of the ride, cave fees, guide fees. Food is not included of course.
We left Cubao at 2am and we got to Rizal before 4am. We had a quick orientation and guides were assigned to each team. The hike wasn't as difficult, but the trails were steep, you really have to ne very careful. Before 6am the sea of clouds welcomed us. Ahhhh, it's really one of the beautiful things to see. You will forget how tired you were and what were the struggles you went through when you see it.
Around 9am, we reached the peak and the luscious greens of nature was breathtaking. It's a nature porn around you! After spending a good few minutes for taking pictures we started to descend going to Kay Ibon Falls.
Kay Ibon Falls, when we got there it was very crowded and the water didn't really look inviting. We still took a quick dip still, the water was so cold and refreshing after hours of trekking under the sun. Then we walked towards the highway for a tryke ride going back to the base to have lunch and rest for a bit.
Around 1pm, we got into our van to go to the Calinawan Cave.
Calinawan Cave is full of showbiz history according to our guide. A lot of local TV shows, movies, and even a Hollywood movie of Jackie Chan (can't remember the title) were shot in the cave. Interesting, right? We only completed up to layer 2, as the layers 4-5 were so difficult and the soil is wet. The 2nd layer was a challenge, we had to do a duck walk and then crawl towards the exit. It was really difficult yet fun.
Lastly, we headed to the river side for a quick dip again before getting ready to go back to Manila.
The only thing we didn't like was the fact that there were no shower rooms to wash up as they don't have a stable water supply.
It was a fun-filled weekend with friends! Until the next adventure!
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Mt. Batolusong - chasing sea of clouds 🤘🏻
It was always my dream to see and experience sea of clouds! And this mountain made my dream come true. It was so magical .. so surreal. ️
Since our workmate Narra owned a van we decided to just used it instead of commuting around Rizal area. Disadvantage of having a car WE GOT LOST. Hahaha! Thanks to the locals who help us reach the Brgy. San Andres (waze is not working ugh)
When we got there, we register and payed the fee of Php 25.00/person. And they already had our tour guide for the hike. At first you need to walk through some grassy area. It was early in the morning, the cold breeze of the wind and the smokey fog along our way.
The trek was very easy, good for beginners. We arrived at the Duhatan Ridge at 9am and luckily there was still sea of clouds. So amaziiiing!!!
After taking photos we descend again and found the New Zealand look a like spot in Mt. Batolusong. We just sit there and enjoy the view. By the way, there's a sari sari store that sells Fresh buko juice if you get thirsty.
We traverse to Kay-Ibon Falls to take a quick dip after a tiring hike. ️ It was just a small falls so don't expect.
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Wanna climb? Bonding without too much stress? First timer? Go this place.. If your lucky enough youll see the sea of clouds :) 11th summit
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I just love looking this kind of view. Refreshing, stress reliever. 🌤
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If you want to know how to get here, visit pinoymountaineer.com and just type in this mountain. I want to focus more on the things that you can experience qhem you climb this mountain. If you are a beginner climber, I would suggest this Mountain because it's a complete package!
At the start of the hike, there's a cave that you can go to and it's called the Sangab Cave. Just be ready to get wet because you have to cross like a mini river to get in the cave. There's alternative route going inside the cave for those who do not want to get wet. And oh, do not forget your head lamps or flashlights if you plan to push through with the cave. If you hike before the sun rises, there's a big chance that you'll exeprience the sea of clouds. The temperature in the area is quite low so make sure that you bring protection against the cold weather. Do not get worried if you get low on gas because you can always refill your water bottles at the water stations (2) along the trails. Guides (500 pesos) are required so you won't miss the water stations. The hike is manageable but you will definitely break a sweat even though there are only a few assaults. The first peak is called the Mapatag Plataeu where you can pitch a tent if you plan to stay overnight. You can also eat your packed lunch there though it could be a problem if you do not want to get burned by the sun because there is no shade in this area so do not forget to bring sun block. If you want to experience a little bit of rock climbing, then you have to hike for 15-30 minutes more to reach the Rangyas Peak (pay additional 20 pesos). Actually, there are two routes to the Rangyas Peak. Rhe rock climbing route and the normal (boring) route so I suggest you step it up a notch and try the rock climbing route! The view is breathtaking and as mentioned a while ago, if you're lucky enough, it will be more magnificent because of the sea of clouds. No need to go to Pulag to experience it! You'll also be able to see another peak which is called the "Susong Dalaga" according to the loclas (guides). Unfortunately, this peak cannot be climbed yet because there are no established trails as of the moment. There are also a few rock formations where you can take a pose and snap a photo that is IG worthy. After the hike, there's also another side trip where you can take a dip at the Kay-Ibon Falls. It's safe to go under the falls and it is quite relaxing. The basin of the falls is not that deep so you can also chill and have fun there. After taking a dip, there's an area there where you can wash up and change. Then you need to hike for about 15 minutes to get to the main road. From there, you can get a tricycle going back to the registration area to get to your car or you can go to the area where the jeep is available going back to Cogeo. Approximate budget for this climb is 500-700 pesos and the good thing about this mountain is that it is just 1.5 hours away from the metro. :)
There you go! I hope I gave you enough reasons to visit this Mountain. Enjoy! #50ksummergiveaway
P. S. - If you want to see more photos, you can visit my IG (ervispresley)
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Situated at Sampaloc, Rizal, Mt. Batolusong is actually a good starting point for beginners as it offers quite a clean and simple trail, with lots of bushy areas that can be a good hiding place from the sun.
This month offers a good climb feel as the weather is quite cooperative, not making you go wild with the scorching heat.
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