Travel 2015: Climb: Mt Gulugod-Baboy, Mabini, Batangas

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Mountain climbing and beach bumming is a perfect combination!



Mt Gulugod-Baboy, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas

Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini
LLA: 13°42'55"N; 120°53'43"E; 525 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
*Details from: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2007/08/mt-gulugod-baboy-525.html

How to get there

We went there via private vehicle but here is a quick guide on how to commute to the jump-off point according to my research:

1. Take a bus from Cubao or Buendia that is bound to Batangas Pier. Travel time is around 1.5 to 2 hours.
2. Alight at the Batangas Grand Terminal.
3. Ride a jeepney going to Mabini ,Batangas. Tell the driver to drop you at Philpan Diving Resort, the jump off point of Gulugod-Baboy

The trail

Gulugod-Baboy is "pig's spine" in English. It is named so because of the contours of the hills that looks like the spine of a pig. The mountain was first explored by diving enthusiasts of Anilao looking for other outdoor activities. Soon, Gulugod Baboy became a famous sidetrip to Anilao diving resorts or Sumbrero Island.


To start off the trek, our group walked to the concrete road opposite Philpan. We were just starting but it felt like we were already assaulting because it's an uphill road going to the main jump-off point.


If there is one thing you have to prepare for in this trek, it's the assaults. From the starting point up to the peak, our group was challenged by the continuous ascend. But don't push yourself too hard. If you need to rest, go ahead. There are various resting stations where you can stop and take a few minutes to breathe and drink water.

Mt Gulugod Baboy is a quick hike. It took us less that 1.5 hours to reach the peak. We were welcomed by the stunning view, cool breeze and grassy summit.




After some rest, picture-taking and kulitan moments, our group decided to start descending. For our next stop, we decided to hire a boat that took us to Sombrero island. It is a small island but it is a famous side trip for hikers because of its white sand and clear waters.


Personally, I enjoyed this trip because I was able to do two of my favorite things in life in just a day --- mountaineering and beach bumming. Yay! :)




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19 comments:

  1. We are just a few minutes away from Mabini but never did I thought there's a mountain great for trekking in the area. Most people go to Mabini for diving! Hehe. Anyway, my cousins and I will plan our trek here. :)

    ♥ Louise | www.louisechelleblog.com

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  2. Hi question lang po, magkano po boat from GB to sombrero island? May contact po kaya kayo? Thanks in advance! :))

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    1. hello! wala akong nakuhang contact e. pero madami naman nagooffer sa jumpoff. Di kayo mahihirapan. Boat is nasa 2-2.5K depends kung ilan kayo :)

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  3. Hi, so possible pa po talaga na makakuha ng boat na lower than 2500 yung price? Thank you.

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    1. Hi! I think may possibility na lower than 2500 if mas maliit na boat makuha nyo. Enjoy your trip! :)

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  4. Hi pwede ba mag-overnight sa Mt gulugod baboy? Nagpplan kasi kami ng itinerary to hike there next week. Please reply. Thank you.

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    1. Yup! Pwede naman mag-overnight sa Gulugod. Be sure lang matibay yung tent nyo kasi nung pumunta kami super mahangin e. Enjoy! :)

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  5. Hi.. Ask ko lang kung paano po ang daan kapag naka private vehicle? From dasma pala pala.

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    1. hello. you can check this out para sa directions for private vehicle coming from SM Dasma: https://goo.gl/maps/AY33WiddzdD2 :)

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  6. Hi ,thanks for your blog 😀
    Kayanin kaya ng 12 and 14yr old ang trail ?
    Thank You 😀

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    1. Hi Bhie! Yup! Kaya naman po :) Make sure lang po bring enough water para di sila madehydrate and mejo mag running/walkinh exercise sila bago ung akyat :)

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  7. Hi mam/sir..

    From iclimbmountain:

    If you want a hiking activity, We invited you to our event!
    Just like our page www.facebook.com/iclimbmountain

    more mountain to conquer and hopefully makasama namin kau sa mga akyat bundok n yan. Godbless

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    1. Hi Sir! Thanks for the invite :) Kapag po pwede ako try ko sumama sa mga akyat nyo :) Godbless din po!

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  8. Hi Pril! Thanks for sharing these info. I have some questions that I'm hoping you could answer.

    - Is the parking on Philpan big enough to accommodate many vehicles? How much is the parking fee?
    - I'm a little concerned on the safety during the trip to Sombrero Island, did they provide you life vests?

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    1. Hi Kemp! Based on what I can remember, yup, there is enough space in the parking area to accommodate vehicles. Parking fee is PHP50.00.

      For the boat ride, life vests are provided.

      Enjoy your hike!

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  9. hello po, what time po yung 1st trip ng Jeep from Batangas Grand Terminal going to Philpan Diving Resort(Vice Versa)? We're planning to hike Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Thanks.

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    1. Hello po! I'm not sure sa time kasi naka-van kami nung pumunta dun. Pero based sa mga nababasa ko, may byahe na as early as 7AM. :) Ingat kayo!

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