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Mt. Talamitam Mountaineering Adventure

Our mountaineering adventure today takes us back to Nasugbu in the province of Batangas. After conquering Mt. Batulao a few weeks back, we're back to the province to conquer its sister mountain - Mt. Talamitam.

According to our guide, Mt. Talamitam got its name from the talamitam trees that once grew at its slopes. Sadly,  these trees were cut down long ago leaving the mountain bald as it is today. Although there are plans to rehabilitate the peak, it still remains a plan to this day. 
Registration area at Barangay Kayrilaw, Nasugbu Batangas

Start hike

Bye cemented road!

That's Mt. Talamitam as seen from a distance

Mt. Talamitam stands 630 meters above sea level (MASL) and is considered as a minor climb. This made the mountain a favorite hiking destination of many, particularly beginners and weekend hikers. However, the mountain was closed for a few months in 2018 until early 2019 due to jurisdiction issues. It was reopened on Feb 2019 and in line with this was the closure of the jump-off point in Sitio Bayabasin in Barangay Aga AKA KM83. The new jumpoff point is now in Barangay Kayrilaw AKA KM82 (although this has been already used as a jumpoff point by some before). 
Trekking through the small banana plantation

Finally Station 1

Time for some rest

Back on the trail

Well, look at that! A buko juice stand in the middle of the trail.

Using the new jumpoff point, the hike starts at the registration area near Kayrilaw Elementary School. A registration fee of P20 and an environmental fee of P20 will be charged per head before you're allowed to continue your hike. You will also be required to avail of the services of a local guide (please take note of the word required). The guide fee is P500. The condition is, it should be one guide per 6 people. 
We're near Mt. Talamitam

Water break guys!

From the registration area, the hike actually begins 200 meters away at the end of the cemented pathway. From there, hikers would follow what is mostly a forested path for about an hour until they reach the clearing which looks like the Marlboro Hills of Batanes. For me, this area is one of the most picturesque areas of the mountain. It is also the best place to see the unobstructed view of the mountain. 
There you are!

Some hikers taking a rest before assaulting the mountain

Groupie!

Look at that view!

Time to go up the peak!

There are several photo-perfect spots along the trail up the peak
Yup! I didn't miss out on that opportunity.

It takes another 30-40 minutes to reach the summit from here. However, unlike before where you have to do the 60-degree assault on open ground up the mountain, hikers now follow a path which zigzags up the mountain and which sides are relatively covered with tall cogon grass. Although the old 60-degree trail is usable and some use it during their descent. 

Our guide telling us we're near the peak.
Finally! Summit reached!
We didn't miss the opportunity to take that groupie photo with the signage

We shared the peak with dozens of other hikers...

... and the image of Mama Mary

Upon reaching the summit, hikers will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Nasugbu and its neighboring towns. It is also a great spot to view Mt. Batulao. After enjoying the view and completing your selfie quota, you can buy some refreshments at the store on the peak (yes you read that right). This store also provides the only shade on the peak, well that is if you did not bring an umbrella with you.
We had lunch before we descended Mt. Talamitam...

If you feel the urge to take a shower after the hike, you may inquire at the registration area about the best place to do it. They will usually direct you to a house which offers these for a fee of P20- P50. 

Additional notes:
Since Mt. Talamitam can be hiked in half a day, it is possible to partner it with the nearby Mt. Batulao for what is dubbed as the Twin Dayhike. Another mountain which can be partnered with Mt. Talamitam is Mt. Apayang. 

Itinerary:
4AM - Ride a bus to Nasugbu from Coastal Mall Terminal or PITX (P120 -150)
6:30AM - ETA KM 82, walk to the nearby trike terminal and ride a trike to the registration area (P100 for 3 people)
7AM - ETA registration area at Brgy. Kayrilaw (P40 registration fee + environmental fee) + (P500 for guide)
7:10AM - Start of the hike
9/10AM - Arrival at the summit
11AM - Descent
12NN - Lunch at one of the stores along the path or at a place with good shade.
2PM - ETA registration area
3PM - Rest and shower
4PM - Trike back to KM82 (P100 per 3 people)
7PM - ETA Manila

Getting there:
From Coastal Mall Terminal or PITX, ride a bus going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Tell the conductor to drop you off at KM82. Once there, walk a few meters to the tricycle terminal and board a trike to the registration area near Kayrilaw Elementary School. 

Register and continue on with your hike.

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Comments

  1. wow, seems like a fun adventure. I wish I can do this one day! Great pictures BTW!

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  2. This looks like a really fun day hike, with beautiful views!

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    1. It is. It's probably one of the best day hike destinations in the country.

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  3. It's quite amazing that there is a store on the peak. That means that someone does that hike every day, just to reach his work place. Wow! The hike doesn't seem difficult at all, definitely you wouldn't need a guide for it.

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    1. Hahaha I agree with you but still acquiring the services of a guide a requirement. =)

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  4. This seems like a great experience for life ...I just loved the pics and the beauty of mother nature!!

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  5. wow this looks like a great place to be! I would love go to!

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    1. Please do visit Mt. Talamitam if you have the chance. =)

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  6. Hats off to you for completing your climb! I could never climb a mountain, its not my type. But Mt Talamitam is a beautiful mountain with that gorgeous scenery.

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    1. That's true Aisasami. I actually envy you as you live in Japan, there are numerous mountains there to climb.

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  7. I've always wanted to try hiking but I've never really had the chance to actually go for it. One time we were going to serve a tribe in a mountain, and it involved a 3-hour trek but there were N P A threats so we had to withdraw.

    I admire people like you. Good job!

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    1. Awwww that's a scary incident. So far, we haven't experienced any NPA threats in the mountains we climb. It's probably because we only hike mountains in provinces deemed NPA-free. Plus we have guides who are locals. I guess that helps as well.

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  8. It's really crazy (in a positive way) that there are too many places worthy of visiting in the Philippines. I am from the Philippines but I have not yet discovered some places there and would really love to someday.

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    1. You should start exploring mountains Quin. There are plenty of good hikes near Manila and Mt. Talamitam is one of them. You'd love it. =)

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  9. What a fun adventure and such beautiful views. I would love to check this out one day.

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    1. Please do Junell. You'd surely love the view from the summit.

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  10. I am always up for a new adventure and this seems very fun. Thanks for letting me share this one through your post and pictures.

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  11. Real adventurous. This is a place worth visiting. Thanks for sharing this

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    1. Yes it is Shadrack. =) You should come visit it. =)

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  12. Mt. Talamitam is one of the first mountains that I've climbed and I have some really funny memories there - one of them is getting chased by a goat. HAHAHA! The trail seems different but in your photos, Talamitam looks 'greener' now compared to when we climbed it. I like that they have refreshment stall now, before I didn't see any and we only bumped into a Manong who sells ice pop and ice candy.

    ps: I super like the pictures! They look sharp!!!! :D

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    1. Seriously? you were chased by a goat? Hahaha. That's one heck of an adventure Polly. Yup the trail is different now due to the land issue of some locals. They closed the old trail already. The best time to visit Talamitam is early in the year (Jan-May) as the grass is growing and are not dried up by the sun yet.

      Thank you for the super cool messages Polly, much appreciated.

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  13. Excellent look into the mountaineering life style. Great work on planning and executing your climbs. Exciting stuff, wish I had the knees for it. Thank you for sharing.
    https://zero-ignorance.blogspot.com/

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    1. Well you wouldn't know unless you try right. =) Come visit the Philippines Simon, I'll accompany you in hiking Mt. Talamitam.

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  14. Joan’s FootprintsOctober 7, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    I’m a hiker too! And that’s one beautiful summit!šŸ¤©

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  15. It is neat that someone set up that little stand in the middle of the trail to help give everyone a boost and keep them going.

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  16. Love the quick refreshment on the way. Trekking is tiring and the buko juice is so refreshing.

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    1. I agree with you Elizabeth but the buko juice is quite pricey.

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  17. This looks like such an adventure! I love the views

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