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Prepare to Hike at These 7 Hiking Spots of Mountains in Batangas

These Batangas Mountains for hiking are just a few hours away from the city too!

By: Rei L. | January 01, 2023
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Batangas is widely considered an adventure hotspot


It’s pretty comforting to know that just two hours from the bustling Metro Manila, Batangas City is teeming with grand mountains and beautiful natural sceneries. It is a place where thrill seekers and nature lovers can enjoy a weekend of sightseeing and mountain hiking.

Looking for a dose of adrenaline and wonder without having to go far? What about going hiking in Batangas? Check out these mountains in Batangas for hiking sure to give you a good energy pump!


1. Mt. Maculot

Where: Cuenca, Batangas
Registration Fee: PhP20


Mountain in Batangas

How creative can you get with your selfie at the Rockies at Mt. Maculot?

Image: Nhiz Diaz Menor

After just a two-hour trip from Manila, you can get to Mt. Maculot, perfect for trekking. It has three favorite hiking spots—the Rockies, the summit, and the Grotto on the opposite side of the jump-off point. Going up to the peak of the Rockies can be quite challenging due to the long rocky trail, which takes about two to three hours to trek. However, making the distance is rewarded with the breathtaking view of Taal Lake, a perfect backdrop for a selfie from this mountain in Batangas. Afterward, you can continue trekking up to the summit for an hour and then down to the Grotto for another two to three hours.

It is mandatory to have a guide whom you can hire for PhP500 (jump-off to the Rockies) or PhP1,000 (jump-off to the Rockies, summit, and Grotto) for a maximum of five persons. The registration at the jump-off point, Barangay Kaye Siete, is PhP20. The parking fee at the jump-off point costs PhP50.


2. Mt. Talamitam

Where: Nasugbu, Batangas
Tourism Ecological Fee: PhP20


Hiking in Batangas

Most of the trail at Mt. Talamitan in Nasugbu, Batangas, is covered mainly by grass.

Image: Excelsa Bañares Ilagan

Another famous mountain in Batangas is Mt. Talamitam. A fantastic spot for hiking in Batangas poses a small challenge for beginners with its challenging 60-degree assault to the summit. Talamitam trees thrive on its soil, and this is how the locals came up with the name. This Batangas mountain can revel in the panoramic scenery of Mt. Batulao, Taal Lake, and Tagaytay City, a perfect hiking spot in Batangas you should visit.

The trek to the summit of Mt. Talamitan takes only about two hours to reach the hiking spot from the jump-off point in Sitio Bayabasan in Barangay Aga. If you are unfamiliar with this mountain in Batangas, you can hire a guide for PhP500 for five hikers. The ecological fee is PhP20; the barangay donation is PhP20.


3. Mt. Manabu

Where: Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Admission Fee: PhP30


Batangas Mountain

The big white cross is a famous landmark at the summit of Mt. Manabu in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

Image: Fritz Guevarra

Mount Manabu, which is located close to Sto. Tomas in Batangas is considered one of the best spots for beginners to go hiking in Batangas and get their start in outdoor activity. Although newbies are welcome, Mt. Manabu also gives more seasoned climbers a good amount of challenge and adventure with its few steep climbs and muddy trails. Once you reach the peak, you will find out in this mountain in Batangas a vast white wooden cross amidst tall grass and blooming plants, marking the highest mountain point.

It only takes about two hours to reach the peak of Mt. Manabu from the jump-off point at Sulok in Barangay Santa Cruz. The admission fee costs only PhP30; parking is PhP50 for a day, while overnight parking costs PhP100. If you prefer to be joined by a local guide, the price is PhP500 for a day hike and PhP1,250 for an overnight hike.



4. Mt. Daguldol

Where: San Juan, Batangas
Registration Fee: PhP35


Mountain in Batangas

The summit of Mt. Daguldol in San Juan, Batangas, is a bed of vibrant greenery.

Image: Norlan Silao

Mt. Daguldol is an admirable mountain in Batangas for climbers who are also beach lovers. Conveniently located along the coast of San Juan, Batangas, it makes it easy for climbers to cap off their adventure with a trip to the beach and a refreshing swim. During your ascent, you will also find in this Batangas mountain some waterfalls and streams that could serve as pit stops along the way.

Hiking in Batangas is generally manageable since slopes are spare. It only takes two to three hours to reach the hiking spot of this mountain in Batangas. The jump-off point is Barangay Hugom, where you must pay a registration fee of PhP35. You also need to pay PhP20 for the ecological fee. If you ever need it, hiring a guide costs PhP400 for a day hike and PhP1,000 for an overnight hike.


5. Mt. Gulugod Baboy

Where: Mabini, Batangas
Environmental Fee: PhP50


Hiking in Batangas

Mt. Gulugod-Baboy in Mabini, Batangas, has mesmerizing views at its summit.

Image: Mt. Gulugod-Baboy Guide Association

Mt. Gulugod Baboy is one of the three peaks that comprise the hill range across the Calumpang Peninsula in Mabini, Batangas. This hill range is only used to welcome divers from Anilao who would look for more adventures on land. Eventually, Mt. Gulugod-Baboy has become a famous mountain in Batangas for hiking because of the mesmerizing views once you reach the summit, which includes Batangas Bay, Balayan Bay, and other nearby mountains for hiking in Batangas, like Mt. Batulao.

The peak of Gulugod-Baboy is on the southeast side of the range. The usual jump-off point is Philpan Dive Resort, and you can reach the height of the hiking spot in about one to two hours. The environmental fee is PhP50; the landowner fee is PhP30, and if you think you will need assistance in your trek in this mountain in Batangas, you can also hire a guide for PhP500 (for four hikers) and PhP800 (for eight hikers). The parking fee is PhP100.


6. Mt. Batulao

Where: Nasugbu, Batangas
Registration Fee: PhP60

Batangas Mountain

It’s rolling hills are an attractive feature of Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Image: Athena Bulay

Mt. Batulao is a favorite among trekkers because of its accessibility from Manila and its charming landscape of rolling slopes and green meadows through which the cool mountain breeze blows. There are two trails: the Old Trail and the New Trail. The latter is relatively more accessible than the Old Trail at the mountain in Batangas. It features challenging steep slopes as you reach the final ascent.

Mt. Batulao takes two to three hours to reach the hiking spot from the jump-off point at Evercrest Golf Course. You can have a guide join you hiking in Batangas’ Batulao for PhP500, suitable for five persons. You can use the toilet for PhP25. Registration costs PhP60 for old and new trails, but prepare as there are spots along the route where some locals collect registration fees too.



7. Mt. Masalakot and Nalayag Monolith

Where: Lobo, Batangas
Entrance Fee: PhP100


Mountain in Batangas

The Nalayag Monolith at Mt. Masalakot is a great reason to conquer one’s fear of heights.

Image: Gerold Viguilla

Mt. Masalakot and its Nalayag Monolith have recently gained popularity as a new trekking destination with a different eco-adventure. At the end of this mountain in Batangas trek, all your fatigue will dissolve once you marvel at the striking views of nearby beaches and mountains.

Trekking to the highest peak of the monolith involves a lot of rock climbing and rope segments. The higher you climb, the steeper the slopes get. Climbing to the highest peak of Nalayag Monolith takes three to four hours to reach the hiking spot. There are two major jump-off points: Sitio Maligaya and Sitio Punas in Lobo, Batangas. Hiring a guide, which will cost you PhP550 for five hikers, is highly recommended for first-time visitors. The entrance fee to this mountain in Batangas is PhP100. You must also pay PhP20 for the environmental cost of hiking in Batangas and a PhP50 charge for the parking fee for those who come with vehicles.


Whether a first-timer or a veteran at hiking, you will surely enjoy the rewarding experience of climbing for those breathtaking views in Batangas. Bring your friends or family to look out for each other and have as many loved ones sharing the memory with you. Moreover, if you have a memorable hiking experience in any of these mountains in Batangas, share it with us!


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more exciting activities and travel destinations in Batangas and Southern Luzon!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on March 31, 2018.


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About Rei L.
A writing major from UP Los Baños, Rei is currently pursuing a career in food and lifestyle writing. She is a self-indulgent, go-getting, independent twenty-something career girl who loves coffee, solitude, and hugs. A sentimental writer, she considers coffee shops her haven and writing her refuge.
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