Mt. Batolusong is located in Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal. It is a 1-2hour drive from Manila (depending on the traffic). My friends and I met at McDonald’s in front of Trinoma, and left at around 5AM. Along the way, we could already see the Sea of Clouds. It’s amazing, and I got a little more excited. We reached the jump off site before 6AM.
We started the trek a little past 6 and reached Duhatan Ridge just in time to capture the beauty of the majestic Sea of Clouds. It was my first time to hike so it all makes the experience a little more special. The view was truly breath-taking. So was the hike, LITERALLY breath-taking. I managed to blurt out “ayoko na” several times along the way but still continue to drag myself up to the peak which is 780m ASL. The trail was almost 5km long, and was rated 2-3/9 but since it rained the night before I think that made it a little bit harder (or baka ako lang kasi first timer).
We payed Php20 pesos at the Barangay Hall (+ another Php20 for the Rangyas Peak). Some hikers don’t continue the hike up to the peak and enjoy the scenic view from Mapatag Plateau. It is another 1hr hike or so from the plateau to Rangyas peak. You’ll be passing something like a bamboo trail, and will be needing to “rock climb” to reach the peak. A cold, and fresh breeze greeted us upon reaching the peak.
We stayed there for a few minutes to appreciate the view, as well as to take a short break. On our way to back to trail to Kay-ibon falls, we passed by a small “store” selling fresh buko. Again, rested for a few minutes and continued to trail for the falls.
We stayed a few minutes, had our snacks, and continued for the Sangab Cave. It wasn’t advisable to swim and explore the cave at that time since the water wasn’t clear due to the rain the night before. If ever, you’ll be needing extra gears such as headlamps and additional payment for the tour.
We walked our way back to the Brgy. Hall where we had our lunch a little past 1, cleaned ourselves up as the rain was falling. Then went home past 2PM.
It was indeed a fun, and fulfilling experience, especially for my first hike. Will definitely go hiking again… SOON!
Be the “kaya ko pa” in this world full of “ayoko na”.
Major jumpoff: Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal*
LLA: 645 MASL / 780 MASL
Days required / Hours to destination: 1 day /1.5h (Mapatag); 3-4 (Rangyas Peak)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon; and if you’re early: the Majestic Sea of Clouds
Brgy. Hall: Php 20 (+ another Php20 if you want to reach Rangyas Peak)
Tour guide: Php 500 (good for 5-7 people)
Food: Lunch is around Php50-70 (there’s a nearby sari-sari store that also sells lunch, just go ask manang before heading up)
Transpo: sorry I don’t know; we went by private car.