A full of fun and adventure weekend for me at Mt.Daguldol,it was a “no preparation” hike with my girl friend Gellaine.What i have is just my backpack,tent,led light and a lil knowledge about Daguldol by reading blogs while at work before that day.We met at Cubao bus terminal,we ride a bus bound to Batangas City 0900,fare:157php.We arrived around 1100,from Batangas Grand Terminal ride a bus to San Juan,Supreme Bus.
Travel hrs: 2hrs
We arrived around 0130 in San Juan public market,from there you can ask locals about where is the jeepney terminal going to Hugom,and you can take your lunch in some eateries located in the area,and buy all your necessities here,there is a small super market in the jeep terminal.Dont forget to buy water.
San Juan to Hugom 45minutes-1hr
While waiting for other passengers to fill in,I approach one of the passenger and ask if they are going to Mt.Daguldol,and yes they are,they are 14 in the group,so i ask if we can join them in the trek to Mt.Daguldol,and it just happen that they are from Accenture Mckinley,and I am from UHG Mckinley,so they agree.While on our way,our jeepney driver stop in Brgy.Talahiban,and there is people from “department of tourism” collect money for those hikers heading to Mt.Daguldol, ecological fee ,20php.
Registration and Guide fees
Guide is mandatory, 400php for group of 5,we are 16 in our group,lucky to be with this group of pips from accenture,and we pay 800php for the tour 24hrs guide,50php each,and 35php each for registration fee.After signing our names in thier log sheet,we hire tricycle for 50php each,yah its kind of expensive,but you have option of walking along the beach for like 20-30 minutes.
We started the trek around 0300,and fun begins here,after covering up our body with sunblock,the trek begin…first 5 minutes,aww,i dont want to continue this trek,yah i am surprised,simula pa lang,nakakapagod na,sabi ko nga,ang lakas mang gulat ng bundok na toh.
After 30-40 minutes you will reach the first rest area,and then after around 1hr of trek you will reach Sitio Catmon,in where you can buy halo-halo for 30php,the cold refreshment at least gave us strength.
Mt.Daguldol is not easy to climb,for me this is not just 3/9 difficulty ,lots of assaults although it stand just 670+ masl.The trail passes through a series of forest and woodland,expect a breath-taking views of Laiya beach along your way up.Around 6pm,its getting dark,im kind a scared and thinking about some creepy thing in my head,good thing there is an incredible thing happen, a long the way,there is a lots of Fireflies.i am so amaze,i cant stop walking,thats why i dont have a chance to take picture…almost 7pm we finally arrived in the camp site,5 minutes away from the summit,we prefer to stay in this area because of the water source available in this camp site.
1000 Lights off
I woke up around 5am and waited to the sunrise,I went to summit alone because the rest of the group are still sleeping.Unfortunately,the thick fog prevented me of seeing beautiful sunrise..
At exactly 1000 we starts descending from the summit,it was not easy as i expected,be extra careful as you go down,steep and slippery slopes along the way.
And an excellent side trip to Naambon falls,80 feet drop waterfalls,a five minutes away from the trail,but dont expect too much water during summer,but it was a good place to eat lunch and rest.
After 4 hours of trekking,we finally reach our last destination,
the Laiya Beach.
We stay in one of the resorts at beach of laiya for like 3hrs to rest and to wash up,we pay 50php each.After enjoying the water,its time to go,we hire a jeepney to Lipa City,for 2200php,thats good for 16px,138php each.