Philippines : Day Trip from Manlia : Mount Talamitam
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Mount Talamitam: Batulao’s other face
Mount Talamitam is like the little sister of Batulao. It has very gradual slopes, verdant grassland which makes you feel like lying down and have a picnic and nice viewpoints along the way. If you had done Batulao, Mount Talamitam is like doing 1 peak of Batulao, a good relaxing hike to enjoy the evening sunset or a nice place to have a picnic. Perfect for beginners!
I highly recommend doing this together with Mount Batulao as it is very close-by. You can do it as part of the Nasugbu Trilogy. You could also do it and traverse to Mount Apayang beside. For me, the best time to do Mt. Talamitam is in the afternoon or evening after doing Mount Batulao.
There is no need for a guide too as the path is very clear and obvious. It is an extremely enjoyable and relaxing 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down.
Mount Talamitam is part of the Nasugbu Trilogy challenge and where you can take on Mt. Pico De Loro, Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao in two days! For more on how to do it, please read my other posts on Mount Pico De Loro and Mount Batulao!
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a cap or something for shade as it is an open grassland trek all the way. It will get really hot if the sun is directly targeting you for 2 hours. Bring some money as there is a person selling coconut water and soft drinks halfway up the trek. It will be good to bring snacks and picnic mat because I think it is a lovely place simply chill.
If you are staying for sunset, I suggest bringing a headlight as it can get dark when you are coming back through the forest parts.
HOW TO GET THERE
The start-point for Mt. Talamitam is actually located very close to the Batulao jump off point. You will most likely be taking the same bus from Manila. If coming from Manila, just ask to drop off at Sitio Bayabasan highway KM83 or say you are going to Mt Talamitam.
Tip: Most seem to suggest taking this bus. http://www.phbus.com/dltb-bus/
Getting to Mt.Talamitam
1. From Manila
0700 ETA Registration area at Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga (KM. 83)
0730 Start trek
0830 Arrival at summit
1030 Start descent
1200 Back at the registration area, head to Manila
1500 ETA Manila
2. From Mt. Batulao => Recommended!
3.30 pm Start Trek
5.30 pm Reach the Summit
6.30 pm Descend from Summit
7.30 pm Back to the registration area.
If you had followed my reverse route for Batulao and ended at DENR, it will be easy to ask people for a jeepney or a bus to Mt.Talamitam. It is just a short 15-minute journey. Luckily for us, we had Russell who drove us there.
Transport from Batulao (Everest) to Sitio Bayabasan – 12 php per person
Registration for Talamitam : 40php per person
Bus back to Manila: 120php per person. X2 if you are starting from Manila.
Guide: 300php (Don’t really need a guide, the route is straightforward)
Once you hit the horizon, you will see Mount Talamitam beckoning in the distance. If you look behind, you can appreciate the Batangas plains with Mt. Batulao looming prominently on the horizon.
The terrain is wide, open grassland, with little trees to take shelter from. The heat of the sun can be overbearing so make sure to bring enough sun cover and liquid.
The route remains flat for awhile as though a tractor was driving past it. Start on the slope towards Mount Talamitam. I was so tempted to just lie down and relax here. You can also find people relaxing there, or selling Boku Juice (Coconut Juice) and soft drinks.
The various routes will start to merge into one final route to the summit. It will be slightly steeper, looser rocks and soil but nothing too difficult or challenging.
Of course, you could have done 3 if you did Mount Apayang =)
This day-trip can be taken as part of the the Nasugbu Day Trip Trilogy challenge! Conquer Mt. Pico De Loro, Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam in two days! For more on how to do it, please read my other posts on Mount Talamitam and Mount Batulao!
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