Mt. Talamitam and Layong Bilog River : Our Love Month Adventure

Date: February 25, 2017

Location : Mt. Talamitam, Nasugbu, Batangas

Love is a thing that cannot be explained it tickles the heart and troubles the brain”

Mt. Talamitam

  • Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu (KM. 83)
  • LLA:14.1158° N; 120.7577° N; 630 MASL
  • Days required/ Hours to summit:1 day / 1.5-2.2 hours
  • Specs:Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3 with steep assault (100m)

(source: pinoymountaineer)

First Hike of 2017

Our Mt. Talamitam Adventure started when we registered our names at the jump-off site of Sitio Bayabasan in Brgy. Aga of Nasugbu, Batangas.

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

We paid the registration fee costs Php 40.00 (Breakdown of expenses – Please check it at the bottom of this blog post). The jump-off site of Mt. Talamitam is just a one bus away from Coastal Mall and it will take you for about 3 hours before you reach it. The bus assistant already knew the entire jump-off sites in Nasugbu, Batangas, so you don’t need to worry. Just be attentive and do no not take long sleep.

For us not to get lost, what we did was we asked the bus assistant to inform us once we reached the jump-off site of Mt. Talamitam. We passed by the jump-off site of Mt. Batulao in Evercrest Golf Course. Mt. Batulao is also located in Nasugbu, Batangas. Also, this mountain has the panoramic views at the summit that will leave you in awe! This will definitely be our next target mountain to hike! Glad we already knew its jump-off site.

We had ample time to freshen up and do some warm up exercises before we started to climb.

Mt. Talamitam

We are finally here!

We were very excited. It’s just doesn’t show from our faces but yeah. We are very much excited.

It was our first hike year to date!

We’ve been hearing good reviews about MT. TALAMITAM and it’s absolutely one of the recommended mountains for the beginners like us. It really excites us a lot.

Mt. Talamitam

Lovely Mountain

And one thing that spice up this hiking adventure was that this was our first time that our good college friend, Mary Dolle aka Emdi joined our adventure. As far as we can remember, we haven’t seen her after graduation day. And this was our first time that we’ve seen her after several years (I guess) and not only that, it was also her first time to hike.

Mt. Talamitam

Are we all set?

Before this day arrived, we already got a contact person and a reserved tour guide for this adventure. We got the number from Joy, our nature-lover friend who had been to Mt. Talamitam a year ago. She gave us Ate Emma’s number.

Out of excitement, I immediately contacted Ate Emma to become our tour guide. This adventure was more secured and safe because we already have our contact person / tour guide.

At the jump-off site, we finally met our tour guide named Estefanie, Ate Emma’s daughter. We were surprised that she looks younger than what we expected.

Mt. Talamitam

We’re all set and ready to hike. We were with Estefanie, our tour guide for this adventure.

After few minutes of walking, we reached the bridge that’s only made of bamboo.

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

We must have a selfie with the bamboo bridge. So, we did. Just be careful when walking on this bridge. Just a friendly reminder. This bridge was not as strong as we thought.

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Few more steps, we passed by the concrete bridge and our sweats were forming all over our body. We took a deep breath and took a short rest. This is one of the reasons why we need to have other sports activities or even jogging and walking, for us not to get tired instantly.

Trekking Snapshots

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

we reached the vast plain grassland with a partial view of Mt. Talamitam along with the peak of Mt. Batulao and Mt. Toong together with their ranges. We took pictures of the picturesque view. We really can’t help it. To tell you honestly, the 360-degree view of this mountain is worth to capture. What a picturesque place!

Vast Plain Grassland Snapshots

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Jump for Joy

Mt. Talamitam

Thank you for the sweetest smile honey, it keeps me going.

Mt. Talamitam

Buti pa ang cow, kahit naaarawan maputi parin.

Mt. Talamitam

It was a little bit harder for us now. The vast plain grassland was bald and there were only limited number of trees living along the trail going to the top of this mountain.  There were no shades to cover us. So the direct sunlight gave us serious challenges than what we expected.

On the way to the half of this hike, we saw group of 3 boys selling Buko Juice, some sodas and energy drinks.

Look at their innocent smiles. 

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

We forgot their names, but we’d like to thank you for a quick entertainment.

We decided to stop for a while and drink some water, bought drinks and had a little chitchat with them. Their age range is from 8 years old to 10 years old.

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Goofing around for a few minutes

They’ve been dreaming to become popular someday, so, during our short stay, we got a chance to see their hidden talents *whispering*. According to them, they can sing, dance and little acting, I guess. They didn’t hesitate to show us what they’ve got. They were so cool!

They gave us a very short dance sample which gave us an instant entertainment. For a few seconds, we almost forgot that we need to hike and reach the summit because of these bibong mga bata. We were half way there.  Thank you for a short entertainment! Back to hiking.

And it was already 10 o’clock in the morning. And we were getting closer to the top. And the view was getting nicer and better.

We can’t help but to appreciate everything we see now. These are one of the things that’s we’d hope we could see it everyday. Thank you Lord for giving us this great opportunity to witness this marvelous mountain.

Mt. Talamitam

Puno ng Niyog

Mt. Talamitam

Malayo ang tingin pose

Mt. Talamitam

Kunwari Stolen Shot

We were not at the top yet but the 360-degree views were wonderfully giving us a continuous amazement. We suddenly realized how great our God is.

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain. – Psalm 48:1

Mt. Talamitam

Few minutes later, we were walking at the 45-degree assault of the mountain towards the summit. We need to keep pushing. We worn our hand gloves.

It’s already twelve o’clock and we need something that will refresh our body. Water please! We had a short break, drank some water and ate jelly ace brought by Emdi.

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

“If it gets hotter, drink some water”

As per our guide, within 15 minutes we will reach the summit. It’s time to move fast. Summit is just a few crawls away and our excitements were rushing through our veins. We kept moving and finally one step closer and we’re already at the top.

The view from the summit was the best view we’ve seen that day. The overlooking view from Mt. Talamitam gave us the great 360-degree view of Batangas. Different amazing mountains were visible as well. We took time to appreciate the view and the summit.

“There’s no success without hardship” – Sophocles

Mt. Talamitam Summit Photos

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam

I've always wanted to have this kind of picture with you. #AreAndMadjAdventures #SweetestHike #MtTalamitam

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After an hour and half, we’re about to descent. As always, descending from the top is not as hard when you’re ascending. So, we had a chill descent. Busy clouds were covering our paths over the sun. Little dragons inside our tummies were rambling.

We stopped by to eat our packed lunch. Our ulam was a special spicy adobong manok w/ egg cooked by yours truly. It was delicious as per them. *cough*. Thank you! Madj and I prepared our ulam for lunch while Emdi prepared the rice. We ate together with our tour guide and her dog.  Burpp! We’re all relaxed and energized again.

After few minutes of rest, it’s time to finally descent!

Layong Bilog River Sidetrip

Layong Bilog River View Sidetrip is a must to all who wish to cool down after the climb at Mt. Talamitam. So we tried.

When we arrived the river, there were more than 10 groups spending time enjoying the cold water. We wanted to take a dip but we realized that we don’t have extra shirts. So we only took time to appreciate the view and at the same time we relaxed our feet, cooled down our sore legs, breathe fresh air and chill.

Mt. Talamitam

Special Thanks

We would like to say Congratulations to our friend, Emdi on her very first hike experience. We knew that this has never been easy for you. Though, you have felt lots of body pain, gathered lots of dirt, screamed lots of complaints still you overcame these adversities.

Thank you Emdi for joining our Mt. Talamitam Adventure. Till’ our next climb!

Mt. Talamitam

 

Because of her outstanding performance as our guide, and she made this hike a more enjoyable and cheerful one. We would like to say thank you to our jolliest guide we’ve ever had, Estefanie. Words can’t describe how much we enjoyed your company. In line with this, we would like to recommend you to the next Mt. Talamitam hikers. Hope we could see you again!

Mt. Talamitam

See her contact information at the bottom part of this blog post.

Thank you Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam is effortlessly breathtaking. It is an easy hike and perfect for beginners. It boasts 360-degree view that allows you the see the nearby mountains such as Mt. Batulao and Mt. Toong, and nearby towns. We feel blessed to see the amazing view of Mt. Talamitam.

“Success is nothing if you have no one left to share it with”

This hike has been very memorable to us. Great view, great company, and great hike!

Thank you Mt Talamitam for giving Madj and I a one of kind hike and a memorable one!

– Are

Mt. Talamitam

Memories made in the mountains stay in our hearts forever.


How to Get Here

Ride a bus from Coastal Mall South Bus Terminal going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Tell the conductor to drop you off to Sitio Bayabasan.

Few Important Tips

  1. Bring lots of water
  2. Take lots of pictures
  3. Clean as you go
  4. Bring sunblock shades, umbrella to protect your skin from the direct heat from the sun.
  5. Bring extra shirts and swimming materials.
  6. Bring packed lunch.
  7. Always follow your guide.
  8. Climb as early as possible to prevent being under the direct heat of the sun for so long.

Mt. Talamitam Itinerary

  • 0400 ETD Muntinlupa City to Coastal
  • 0500 ETA Coastal Terminal
  • 0545 ETD Bus to Mt. Talamitam Jump Off
  • 0745 ETA Mt. Talamitam Jump Off
  • 0815 ETD Start Trek
  • 1000 ETA Halfway to Mt. talamitam
  • 1215 ETA Summit . Picture Taking. Rest.
  • 1330 Start Descent
  • 1400 Lunch Break
  • 1500 Continue Descent after Lunch
  • 1600 ETA Layong Bilog Sidetrip
  • 1630 ETD Layong Bilog Sidetrip to Jump-Off
  • 1700 ETA Jump Off. Rest. Clean Up. Buy Souvenir (Banana)
  • 1800 PM ETD to Coastal Mall

Mt. Talamitam Expenses

  • Bus to Mt. Talamitam : 120 Php/ pax
  • Registration Fee : 45 Php / pax
  • Restroom Fee at the Jump Off : 3 Php
  • Registration Fee Layong Ilog : 20 Php / pax
  • Banana Isang Piging : 15 / kilo
  • Gatorade : 60 pesos
  • Mountain Dew : 30 pesos
  • Guide fee : 500 for 3 pax + Tip
  • Mt. Talamitam to Coastal Mall : 120 / pax

Recommended Tour Guides

  • Ate Emma Camilag: 0905 201 3038
  • Estefanie Camilag (Ate Emma’s Daughter): 0909 873 1284

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