It’s the weekend again, you and your friends are looking for another hiking adventure with a twist, Mt. Gulugod Baboy is the place to be! This is another beginner-friendly mountain that you and your friends should try.
I will discuss in this blog post why it is an exciting adventure to hike Mt. Gulugod Baboy, sample itinerary, estimated expenses and contact numbers. So hop on!
Mt. Gulugod Baboy is located at Anilao, Mabini, Batangas – known for its beautiful beaches and great diving spots – which is also the birthplace of Philippine Scuba Diving. Since divers are natural adventurers, they explored the hill and soon, it became a hiking destination. However, nowadays, it is a popular side-trip for diving escapades.
A little trivia:
Mt. Gulugod Baboy, the name of the mountain means “pig’s spine” which is derived because of the contours of the hills. “Gulod” means hills; “pig’s hill” can also represent its pastoral scenic view and you may also encounter cows and goats along the way.
On the other hand, in World War II (early 1942), Japanese airmen crashed in the surface of this mountain. So to celebrate their survival, they planted a flag on the summit and called it “Pinagbanderahan” which means “Where the flag was hoisted”.
There are three peaks in the range namely: “Gulugod Baboy”, “Gitna” and “Pinagbanderahan”. The third peak has an ancient tree which is known to hikers as the real Mt. Gulugod Baboy.
The jump-off point is at Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini. LLA: 13°42’55″N; 120°53’43″E; 525 MASL. Days required or hours to reach the summit: half-day or 1-2 hours. This is a minor climb with a difficulty of 2/9 and a trail class of 1-2. It features scenic views of Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay
*Info from Pinoy Mountaineer
How to Get To Mt. Gulugod Baboy
You can DIY it for a cheaper cost. Here’s how:
If you prefer to visit Gulugod Baboy via private vehicle, you can search “Philpan Dive Resort, Mabini, Batangas” in Google Maps or Waze and it will lead you to the registration area. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on traffic.
Registration at Mt. Gulugod Baboy
You will need to register your names at the jump-off of Mt. Gulugod Baboy and you will be asked to pay for 60 pesos per person. You can also ask the local guides to accompany you to the summit at the registration area. I would recommend that you hire a guide because it is also a way of supporting the livelihood of the locals there. Guide fee is 500 pesos good for 5 people.
According to a friend who went there last month: Before reaching Anilao, there was a guy who asked them to pay an environmental fee of 150 pesos per person. They didn’t pay and my friend said that the Barangay doesn’t know about this.
2020 Update: Kuya Jaymar confirmed that there is an environmental fee of P50 per person.
There’s also a summit fee of 30 pesos per person. They charge it saying that it’s part of a private property.
There are two ways to reach the peaks, first is by hiking and the second is by riding a tricycle. I suggest that you choose hiking it to maximize the experience that Mt. Gulugod Baboy has to offer.
The first part of the trail is a cemented pathway which stretch to a kilometer or two of continuous ascent, the second part passes a shady and forested area (private property) and eventually leads to a rolling terrain of grasslands. The trail of Mt. Gulugod Baboy is not that difficult, the only challenging part is the fact that it is a continuous ascent all the way to the peaks.
There are steep parts but they are manageable and can still be surpassed by beginners. If ever that you’ll lose hope and felt tired along the way, there are markers that will motivate you as it indicates how much more you need to hike to reach the peak.
Here are some of our photos:
Upon reaching the summit, you can see Janao Bay, Sombrero and Maricaban islands, Verde Island and Batangas Bay. You can also spot the city and port of Batangas that are visible on the east, and behind and beside them, Mt. Pinamucan, Mt. Maculot, and even Mt. Batulao and the Tagaytay highlands. The view from the summit really made me contemplate about life, it made me realize how tiny we are and how the world is too big for us to explore.
During the descent, you may opt to hire a tricycle going back the jump-off to save time if you want to relax and experience the crystal clear water of their beaches. You can rent a cottage at Philpan Dive Resort which costs 500 pesos and an entrance fee of 150 pesos per person (6 years old and below are free). If you are up for more adventure, you might like to visit the nearby Sombrero island which you can reach via boat that priced 2,500 to 2,800 pesos, good for 10 people.
Sample DIY Itinerary at Gulugod Baboy
Please keep in mind that this is only a suggested itinerary and might change due to uncontrollable factors such as traffic. Feel free to use this sample itinerary as a guide in visiting Mt. Gulugod Baboy.
0300 ETD Buendia Station
0500 ETA Batangas Grand Terminal
0600 ETA Phil Pan Junction
0630 Register Site. Breakfast.
0730 Start trek
1100 Start Descent
1300 Jump off, lunch, beach time
1800 ETD Mabini
2100 Home sweet home
Estimated Expenses & Contact Persons
Prices and contact numbers might change without further notice. Please feel free to comment in this post to let us know of any changes in the price so we can update the article.
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You can contact one of the local tour guides there, Kuya Jaymar Ilao at 09105294122.
Why Should You Hike At Mt. Gulugod Baboy?
Mt. Gulugod Baboy is a mountain for everyone. It has been one of the favourite hiking destinations of hiking enthusiasts as it features rolling hills, grasslands and an unobstructed 360-degree view of the coastal water that surrounds the province of Batangas. Diving in one of the country’s rich marine diversity is also something to look forward to when you decide to have a side-trip in one of their beaches and diving resorts after the hike.
It is an exciting adventure to try with your friends, especially those who are torn between going to the mountains or bumming a beach, now you can do both at the same time. It is really an excellent destination for hikers and divers alike.
So now, are you ready to pack your bags and experience this thrilling trip? See you at the mountains!