1. By public transportation: Take a bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas. Get off at KM 83.
2. By private transportation: Head to Tagaytay via SLEX-ETON Greenfield -Sta. Rosa or via Cavite. Then, by following the road to Batangas, you’ll reach KM 83.
Coastal Mall to KM 83 bus ticket: 120 php x 2 | Registration Fee: 20 php | Guide Fee: 300 php/group
What to Bring
Usual day hiking stuff: trail food, trail water, extra clothing, toiletries, personal meds, packed food, money (see above), swimming clothes if you plan to take a dip in the river
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Mt. Talamitam good for beginners? With a difficulty of 3/9 and a trail that could be easily seen, the answer is yes.
2. Is it required to hire a tour guide? They say it’s “required.” I’ve seen a group that has been able to talk their way out of it. However, if it is your first time in Mt. Talamitam, I suggest you get a guide. The guides there are friendly. After our hike, our guide even gave us free assorted fruits!
3. How much should I/we give our tour guide? The recommended guide fee is 300 php per day. However, as I have mentioned above, there is no fixed fee so you can give any from none (if you’re that heartless because these guides are working to support themselves AND their family) to as much as you want. Remember that a little act of charity can go a long way.
4. How many hours or days do we need to spend in Mt. Talamitam? At a normal trekking pace, it would take you around 1.5 to 3 hours to ascend and 1 to 2 hours to descend, making it dayhikable. However, if you have an extra day to spend, why not camp there overnight?
5. I/We still have a lot of extra time. What should I/we do? (1) Have fun at Layong Bato, a river at the foot of the mountain. (2) You could also do twin day hike with any of its neighboring mountains! Yes, it is very doable. Others even summit 4 mountains in just one day.
Want to see photos from my Mt. Talamitam adventure? Here you go!
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