June 06, 2015. Our destination — Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas, a day-hike to remember.
We were six (6). The three (3), including me, meet at Alabang South Station while the other three (3) meet at LRT Buendia. We take a Batangas City bus via Tambo at 6 am. Fare is Php 94.00. Got off at Tambo and from there we take Lemery jeepneys going to Cuenca, fare is Php 22.00. We arrived at around 7:30 am. We stayed at 7/ 11 to wait for the others.
They came at around 8:30 am. First, we pay a Php 20.00 registration fee. Guides are already required. It is Php 400.00 per five (5) persons, excess person is charged Php 100.00. If you are going on a traverse hike, tour guides are Php 800.00, excess is Php 100.00. Our guide is Kuya Lito. One (1) valid ID is also required to left in the registration for the whole group.
From the registration area, it is still a 30-minute walk going to the start of the trek. We can already see the mountain while walking. Getting excited and still nervous at the same time though it’s already my second climb.
At 9 am, we started ascending. There are several buko stop overs. A good thing to have a 5-minute rest every now and then.
From the Left : Direk, Vans, Xaan, (Me), Val, and Francis
I found new friends in the name of Direk and Francis.
At 11:30 am, we got to the campsite, where the so-called 7/ 11 is located. The 7/11 sells softdrinks, water, and foods mainly for the campers and hikers who are having lunch. We ate our packed lunch there and rest a bit since we are heading to the Rockies.
At 12 nn, we head to the Rockies. Oh hello there Rockies and those tiny creatures.
Obviously, it is called the Rockies because of the big rocks on top of it. And honestly, I am nervous to do this. I have no idea if I can make it. But I’ll never know if I can or not if I didn’t give it a try, right?
So there you go. That’s me on the Rockies.
I made it!! Cheers to that faith I have. HAHAH! We stayed on the Rockies for photo ops and to appreciate the view of the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. After that, we get back to the campsite for a rest. Then, we decided if we’ll go to the summit and go on a traverse or not. But in the end, we got to the summit and went on a traverse.Might as well do everything at a time. By the way, this is my first traverse. 🙂 And by traverse, it means you’ll go down on the other side of the mountain. Some says it is the harder way. Oh well, lezz do this!
There are tall grasses on the way to the summit so better wear arm sleeves. The decision to go to the summit is right. The view is stunning. Only thing we hate is it’s too hot on top and there’s no tree we can shed in.
Mt. Maculot’s summit overlooking the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. We stayed at the summit for few minutes to take a picture and then we went on a traverse. The trail on the traverse is a bit hard (well, for me). There are times where you need to rappel down. Lots of big rocks is on your way. Luckily there are also lots of trees for shed and to hold on and Kuya Lito is very much helpful to assist us.
By this time, I lost track on how long we are descending to reach the Grotto. Kuya Lito said that from the Grotto, it will take 30 minutes to 1 hour only to got down, depending on the phasing.
It’s Xaan 🙂
It’s stairs all the way down the mountain from the Grotto. We got down at around 6 pm. Took a tricycle to the mountaineer’s stopover near the jump off are of Mt. Maculot. Fare is Php 40.00 each. There we took a shower and order foods for dinner. Fee for the shower is Php 15.00 per pail. Foods, mainly Chiksilog/ Longsilog/ Porksilog, is Php 50.00. Their special Lomi is Php 50.00 also. They also sell T-shirst ranging from Php 200.00 – Php 250.00.
At 7:30 pm, we bid goodbye to Kuya Lito and thanked him for a great day-hike.Then, we took a tricycle to the main road where there are jeepneys going to SM Lipa. From there, the three (3) of us took van going to Alabang Starmall. The other three (3) took bus going to Cubao.
This is a super mission accomplished day and I’m so proud of myself. It’s my second climb, second summit, first traverse, and the best thing is I met new friends.
Thank God I got a chance to climb the tallest mountain in the Philippines (kapag nagpa-rebond) – Mt. Maculot. HAHAH! Joke courtesy of our guide, Kuya Lito. 🙂