Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mt. Daguldol - A Must-Try Climb in Southern Batangas

seascape trail
I can say that Mt. Daguldol is one of the most beautiful treks in Southern Batangas. Why? Because of the following reasons: 
  1. The range is so grand and luscious.
  2. It offers a combination of simple to moderate trails: seashore, woodlands, and light forest.
  3. The initial trek is through the seashore of beautiful Laiya with sandy to rocky to coral debris trails.
  4. Although the peak is a vast grassy slopes. It is not that spectacular in terms of views but it has an inspirational feeling nevertheless.
  5. Excellent side trip - the Naambon Falls, an 80 feet drop waterfalls five minutes away from the trail. The water falling down the rock surface is revitalizing. (Do not expect too much during summer or dry season. The falls can be disappointing, no cascading water, and it is really not impressive)
  6. Relaxing overnight camp at the famous Laiya beach. (If you will do day hike)
(lifted from Pinoy Mountaineer) 

trail after Laiya shoreline
San Juan, Batangas
Major jump-off: Brgy. Hugom, San Juan Batangas
LLA: 13°40.380N 121°19.160E, 672 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3

Other Concerns 
  1. The summit of Mt. Daguldol is an open space like Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Expect that it can be very hot especially during summer. The area is also windy, as expected from a coastal mountain.
  2. Public transportation to jump off is inconvenient. The travel time is long and bothersome. It can take 5-6 hours. If you are climbing in a group it is advisable to rent your own service.

If you do not have your own service, try the following: 
  1. Take Lucena-bound bus (from Cubao or Buendia), drop off at Candelaria, Quezon
  2. Take a provincial bus to San Juan Batangas
  3. From San Juan local transportations are available going to the Brgy. Hugom.
  1. Bus from Manila to San Juan, Batangas (RRCG Buendia/Gil Puyat)
  2. Jeep to Laiya it also goes directly to Brgy. Hugom additional charge. 
We only spent P800.00 each inclusive of the following:
  • Service
  • Guide Fee. Guide is mandatory. I suggest just secure a guide on your way up (P350) and find your way down to save money. You won’t get lost as the trail was already established) (750 guide fees for way and back)
  • Registration (P35.00 per head)
  • Dinner
  • Resort Fees
  • Parking Fee (P150.00)
group shot before going home at Laiya Beach
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  1. the mountain close to my heart. :)
    dito kasi ang una kong climb :)

  2. @Batang Lakwatsero: I checked yours. I liked it more. Very detailed!

    *For those who will come across this post check out Batang Lakwatsero's blog for detailed IT :D

    1. thanks :)
      bsta pa-sabit ako minsan sa climb mo madam...

  3. @Batang Lakwatsero: It will be an honor to have you :)We have Ugo next month. Tara?

    1. naku po. kakatapos ko lang sa Mt. Ugo last Mar 17-18. I was with the authors of Tramping Philippines, Dane and Agnes.

      interested po ako dun sa explo climb nyo sa Mt. Oriod..

      It is also an honor to climb with you madam.


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