Sunday, May 14, 2017

MANGROVE FOREST OF LOBO: "Wondering Walk through the Boardwalk of Lagadlarin"

THE BOARDWALK OF LAGADLARIN'S MANGROVE FOREST
MANGROVE FOREST OF LOBO
"Wondering Walk through the Boardwalk of Lagadlarin"
By: Ramon Q. Gayas Jr. (Ser Montaineer)

NOTE FROM THE BLOGGER: As we presently celebrates the Month of the Ocean, I dedicate this write up for wildlife's habitat that is very relevant to the sea, the Mangrove Forest. I wholeheartedly support that responsible use of mangrove forest in ecotourism is a great way to appreciate, nurture and preserve our beach forest, towards protecting the coastline and marine biodiversity, and strengthening our resilience to climate change.

OVERVIEW                                        

MANGROVE SWAMP
One cool stuff from the variety of adventures can be done once you set foot in the town of Lobo, Batangas is the trek through the “Boardwalk” of Brgy. Lagadlarin's Mangrove Forest. Formerly threatened with devastation, but folks are now eager to preserve this valuable wildlife's habitat as an Ecotourism site. A must visit attraction in Lobo which offers pleasant and enjoyable scenery. Just 20 minutes ride from the town proper and an easy 45 minutes to 1 hour boardwalk trekking, visitor enables for close-up mangrove forest experience.

TAKEN FROM OPEN TREE HOUSE
The trek through the boardwalk initially passing some Mangrove Palm trees (nipa fruticans), which eventually heading deeper to a wide bunch of Mangrove trees. You can glimpse to the "Mangrove Swamp" while passing - much closer from the bamboo bridge placed across - and might think for short, yet very potential "paddleboat tour". While climbing the man-made open "tree house" may give refreshment and makes you feels the ambiance atop the mangrove forest. Don't worry for the weariness, as there are established rest stop point in the area and a lot of photogenic spots ahead where you can stop by. More importantly, enjoy the surreal feelings from nature's sounds and being with it. All these are good for daylight tour and could be an extension of longer Lobo Batangas trip. Highly recommended!

ONE OF THE SEVERAL REST STOP POINT
OVERLAPPING BRANCHES OF MANGROVE TREE
PHOTO OPP SPOT AT THE END OF BOARDWALK
GROUP PICTURE ATOP THE OPEN TREE HOUSE COURTESY OF MS. RHONA
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Destination’s Profile
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Lagadlarin, Lobo, Batangas
Possible Duration: 1 to 2 hours Daylight tour
Features: Mangrove Forest, Swamp, Man-made Boardwalk, Open Tree House
Possible Activities: Boardwalk Trekking, Photo Opp, Potential for Paddleboat tour and Wildlife observation
Transportation
(As of May 06, 2017)
For commuters:

P157 - BUS - Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal Terminal (BCGT)
P20 – 2 JEEP - BCGT to Lobo Jeepney Terminal
P55 – JEEP – Lobo Jeepney Terminal to Lobo Poblacion
P60 – TRICYCLE – Poblacion to Lagadlarins Mangrove Forest

Last trip of Jeep from Lobo: 1700
Last trip of Bus from BCGT: 2000
                
For private transportation: Head out your trip to Batangas City Diversion Road via SLEX Star toll-way, take the road heading to Lobo Batangas. Afterwards, detour the ride to Brgy. Lagadlarin. Ask the local folk about parking area. Approximately 3.5 hours travel time from Buendia, Taft Avenue.

For tricycle and jeepney service from Lobo, Poblacion to Brgy. Lagadlarin: You may contact Romel Casilihan at 09077722052
Contacts and Coordination
Lobo Tourism Office: 09954960103
For Eco-tour you may contact Prof. Caringal at 09369365887
Registration and fees
Register at Pasalubong Center Lobo Poblacion and pay P20 Environmental users fee
Guide fee / Guide assistance
Not required

Water source
Available at the Jump-off community
Trekking notes and Precautions
Trend status – Presently gaining popularity, as of May 06, 2017

Prerequisite – Having knowledge about Mangrove ecosystem is an advantage

Daylight tour – Recommended

Night trekking – N/A

Cell phone signal – Sporadic in the entire boardwalk

Amount of water to bring – 1L for daylight tour

Sun exposure – In the afternoon, adjust your Itinerary

Wildlife encounter – Mostly birds and swamps’ small fishes
Campsite / Camping notes
N/A
Side Trip and Facilities
Beach at Lagadlarin

Shower area – At the Jump-off community

Sari-sari store  – At the Jump-off community
Estimated Budget
P600 (mangrove forest daylight tour for commuter)

SAMPLE ESTIMATED BUDGET COMPUTATION

(Mangrove Forest daylight tour for commuters from Manila, Make adjustment depends on your preference)

Number of participants
4 persons
Duration
Daylight tour
Transportation
P314 - BUS - Manila to Batangas City Grand Terminal (back and forth)

P150 – 3 JEEPNEY RIDES – Batangas City Grand Terminal to Lobo Poblacion (back and forth)

P30 per person – Tricycle service from Lobo, Poblacion to Brgy. Lagadlarin (back and forth)

Guide fee
N/A
Registration fee
P20
TOTAL
P600 (w/ P106 contingency fund)

SAMPLE ITINERARY

(Mangrove Forest daylight tour for commuters from Manila. Make adjustment depends on your preference)

0400 ETD Buendia Taft to Batangas City Grand Terminal
0530 ETA Batangas City Grand Terminal
0600 Take jeepney to Don Ramos
0615 ETA Don Ramos, take jeepney to Lobo Jeep Terminal
0630 ETA Lobo Jeep Terminal, take jeepney to Lobo Poblacion
0730 ETA Lobo Poblacion, Register at Pasalubong center, Breakfast
0800 Take tricycle to Lagadlarin Mangrove Forest
0820 ETA Lagadlarin Mangrove Forest, explore and take photo
1000 Optional side trip to Lagadlarin Beach, then headback to manila








Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MT. DARAITAN AND TINIPAK: "The Limestone and Stream Paradise in the Great Sierra Madre"

THE VIEW OF TINIPAK RIVER, MT DARAITAN ON THE BACKGROUND

MT. DARAITAN AND TINIPAK
"The Limestone and Stream Paradise in the Great Sierra Madre"
By: Ramon Q. Gayas Jr. (Ser Montaineer)

ONE OF THE SUMMIT'S LIMESTONE VIEWPOINT
The wondrous gems at the heart of the great Sierra Madre, concealed by the mountainous border of Gen. Nakar Quezon Province and Tanay Rizal, are "Mt. Daraitan" and "Tinipak". A set of fabled getaway destinations for outdoor lovers and ideal sites to those seeking for combined challenge of hiking, caving and streams escapade. Who would have thought that the places suffered from environmental neglect, threatened with deforestation and massive tourism are still able to preserve their serene beauties. Surprisingly, the reward of reaching these places is like having nuances of hidden paradise. But for those who had come unprepared, the hike through steep terrain up to the 739+masl summit of Mt. Daraitan and the descent via traversing trail could feel unforgiving. Interestingly enough, as one reach the summit one forgets the weariness as the climate becomes noticeably refreshing. While the presence of numerous quaint limestone viewpoints and dramatic features of Sierra Madre seen from the top gives feeling of exhilaration. Most of all, the river which bear crystal clear water, the unique subterranean cave, and the marvelous surroundings waiting at "Tinipak" may remunerate all the strenuous efforts of everyone surveying the area. All these combined makes a very fruitful nature tripping experience.

INSIDE THE SMALL CAVE ALONG THE TRAIL TO SUMMIT
AT THE SUMMIT OF MT. DARAITAN 739+MASL
AT THE OTHER VIEWPOINT IN MT. DARAITAN
AT THE WOODEN BRIDGE TO TINIPAK CAVE
ENTERING TINIPAK CAVE
AT THE STALACTITE SECTION OF TINIPAK CAVE
THE PANORAMIC TINIPAK RIVER AND IT'S GIGANTIC LIMESTONE FORMATION
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Destination’s Profile
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay Rizal
Elevation: 739+masl (Unverified)
Hours of Climbing: 3-4 hours
Days of Climbing: 1 or 2 days
Alternate trail: Sitio Cablao, Gen. Nakar Quezon
Specs: Minor Climb
Difficulty: 4/9
Trail classes: Cemented road, woodland, forested trail
Features: Scenic view of Sierra Madre, Limestone viewpoints, Cave and pristine river
Transportation
(As of February 16, 2017)
For commuters:

P70 - VAN – Shaw Blvrd to Tanay Market

First Trip of Van from Shaw: 0400
Last trip of Van from Tanay: 2100
                
For private transportation: Head out the trip to Marcos Highway and go through the way passing Tanay-Infanta Road. Afterwards, detour the ride to the rough road heading to Brgy. Daraitan. Park prior the river, or near Brgy. Hall if wooden bridge is available to cross with vehicle. Approximately 2 to 2.5 hours travel time.

For tricycle and jeepney service from Tanay to Daraitan: You may contact Jhun at 09067856489
Contacts and Coordination
Head Guide Willy – 09069533470

Tanay Tourism Office - 09989881590
Registration
Register at Brgy. Hall and pay P50 environmental fee. Expect another P25 fees in Tinipak area for Dispute territorial payment and wooden bridge maintenance
Guide fee / Guide assistance
Getting guide is required (1 guide/5persons)
P500 per guide recommended for day hike
P750 per guide recommended for overnight

Local Mountain Guide:

Tour guide Jerson - 09261936116

Water source
Available at the Jump-off area and Tinipak
Hiking notes and Precautions
Hiking trend status – Popular hiking destination receiving daily arrivals

Reservation and Limit - No reservation, limited for 100 climbers only on week end as per the local official (as of February 16, 2017), avoid mass climbing though

Prerequisite – 4 hours day hike experience is an advantage

Day hike – Highly recommended

Night trekking – Coordinate night trek plan before proceeding

Cell phone signal – Present at the jump-off, sporadic throughout the trail and Tinipak

Amount of water to bring – 2 to 3L for day hike, 4-5L for overnight

Sun exposure – At the community road

River Crossing – Weather dependent

Terrain condition – The entire trail is established, gradual to steep and slippery when wet.

Thorny Plants – Minimal

Bladed Grass – Minimal

Lipa - Minimal

Rope segment – None

Limatik – None
Campsite / Camping notes
At Station 3, may accommodate 3-5 tents. Coordinate your camping plan before proceeding and bring enough water (4-5L).
Side Trip and Facilities
Tinipak’ cave and river

Shower area – At the Jump-off

Sari-sari store  – At the Jump-off
Estimated Budget
P1000s


SAMPLE ESTIMATED BUDGET COMPUTATION

(For manila-based commuters)

Number of participants
4 persons
Duration
Day tour
Transportation
P140 - VAN – Shaw Blvrd to Tanay Market (back and forth)

P250 – Tricycle service from Tanay Market to Daraitan (back and forth)

P30 – Tricycle from Daraitan river to Brgy. Hall (back and forth)

Guide fee
P125 per person
Registration fee
P75 per person
TOTAL
P1000 (w/ P380 contingency fund)

SAMPLE ITINERARY

0400 Assembly at McDonalds Shaw Blvrd (Edsa Central), near MRT Shaw Blvrd
0430 ETD to Tanay Rizal Public Market
0600 ETA Tanay Rizal Public Market, buy supplies, arrange trike service
0630 ETD to Brgy. Daraitan
0715 ETA Daraitan River, (cross with raft or via wooden bridge if available), trike ride to Brgy. Daraitan
0730 ETA Brgy. Daraitan, Register, Arrange guide assistance
0800 Start trek to Mt. Daraitan
1130 ETA Summit, Explore and Photo opt, Rest and Lunch
1300 Start descent to Tinipak
1500 ETA Tinipak, Explore cave and swim
1630 Head back to Brgy. Daraitan via riverbank
1700 ETA Brgy. Daraitan, Rest and wash, Log out
1800 Head back to Tanay, onwards to Shaw Blvrd.
2100 ETA Shaw Blvrd, Chillax (optional)
2300 Home sweet home



Monday, February 20, 2017

MT. PULOT ITAAS: "Hiking the Top of Mt. Honey Top, A Peek from the Peak of Dela Paz, Batangas City"

MT. PULOT AS VIEWED FROM THE ROAD TO JUMP-OFF
MT. PULOT ITAAS
"Hiking the Top of Mt. Honey Top, A Peek from the Peak of Dela Paz, Batangas City"
By: Ramon Q. Gayas Jr. (Ser Montaineer)

Acknowledgement: I Ramon Q. Gayas Jr. would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who helped in making this article possible especially to the following persons: Honorable Chairwoman Benita D. Zapata, Secretary Rufina Arellano and Panaligan Family who served as our host in Brgy. Dela Paz, Pulot Itaas, and to the local guides assisted us in exploring Mt. Pulot. I would also like to thank my team who joined me in the exploration: Monna Policarpio, Jep Erenio, and Michael Schwarz, as it would have been close to impossible to have succeeded without their support.

OVERVIEW

BCMR AS VIEWED FROM TIBIG-BANOI RANGE
A panoramic landscape commonly seen from the coast and peaks in the southernmost tip of Batangas. Stands near the span of Verde Island Corridor, resembles a twin peak image aligned with the foothills of Mt. Tibig-Banoi Range, and impressive to behold coupled with clouds and twilight illumination. Introducing --- a beautiful peak nestled in Batangas City Mountain Range (BCMR), Mt. Pulot Itaas. The place formerly use for "kaingin", but more remarkable as source of the sweet medicinal "honey" locally known as "pulot" - where the name of the mountain and its neighboring communities was derived - is a great potential hiking destination which offers blissful sights and adventure; from challenging road to pleasant community, exciting trails up to rewarding viewing point.


JEP, MONNA, MIKE AND THE BLOGGER
Mt. Pulot was frequented by some tree planters from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) a decade ago. While the past three years of progressive hiking scene in Lobo Batangas gives exposure to it, which eventually piqued the interest of many hiking enthusiasts, especially those who climbed the Mt. Tibig-Banoi range, where it is largely overlooking along with the highlands of BCMR including the Mt. Pinamucan. In December 2016, the Lobo Batangas-based research team lead by Batangas State University Professor Anacleto M. Caringal made consecutive visits at the community of Brgy. Dela Paz, Pulot Itaas and studied the existing Philippine Teak (Tectona Philipinensis) forest. The blogger is part of the research team, and that event made him able to check out the Mt. Pulot's hiking potential. Furthermore, last February 11 to 12, 2017 he and his hiking team conducted an exploration climb and scribed the exploratory trail, viewing point and bushy summit of Mt. Pulot.

The Entry point and Jump-off

The community of Dela Paz, Pulot Itaas, Batangas City serves as the jump-off point in climbing Mt. Pulot. However, take note that there are communities in the location which bear the name "Dela Paz" and "Pulot" to avoid confusion, these are the Brgy. Dela Paz Proper, Brgy. Dela Paz Pulot Aplaya and Brgy. Dela Paz Pulot Itaas, or the jump-off itself. This is accessible via Batangas City-Tabangao Road and Poblacion, Lobo Batangas, which is approximately entail 3 to 4 hours travel from Manila. Passing whichever route will bring the trip along the coastal road leading the way to De Lapaz, which eventually detours to community road locally dubbed as "Pulot Ibaba" (Entry Point), near the notable Elementary School of Brgy. Dela Paz, Pulot Aplaya. As of February 12, 2017, there is no regular means of transportation passing at the road connecting Pulot Ibaba and the Jump-off. Taking tricycle might be inappropriate as the road is steep. However, those who have four-wheel vehicle service may directly proceed to Pulot Itaas. While commuters alight at Pulot Ibaba has an option to ride through rented single motorcycle, or trek the road which will take 1 hour up to the Jump-off point. Though challenging and almost similar with the first leg of hiking Mt. Gulugud Baboy via Philpan, the trek up via community road is manageable. There are several rest stop point and views ahead. In fact, there is waiting shed along the way and several open areas that gives way to see the closer view of Mt. Pulot, portion of Verde Island Passage and Islets of Calapan Mindoro.

In Pulot Itaas' community, trekkers are required to drop by at the Brgy. Hall or house of Chairwoman Benita D. Zapata, for courtesy call, registration, and get local guide assistance. The well-known mountain guide in the place is Geminiano Ebora, a longtime resident in Pulot Itaas and popular harvester of honeycomb in Mt. Pulot. He might assist hikers in climbing the said mountain. Interestingly, the village of Pulot Itaas was recognized as one of the Livable Place in Batangas City in year 2015. There is also a "heart-shaped" rock formation located along the community trail prior to the last houses in the area.

MT. PULOT AS VIEWED ALONG THE ROAD TO JUMP-OFF
TRAIL ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF JEP ERENIO
HEART-SHAPED ROCK FORMATION
Trail to Bigaan Campsite/View deck

After passing the community, the trek to Mt. Pulot recommence inside the typical environs; which holds intermittent stream channel and woodlands with occasional presence of bamboos and fruit bearing trees, mostly Mango and Tamarind. Surveying through this way will bring the adventure to upslope and exposed terrain that is widely conquest with shrubs and many thorny plants. Nevertheless, one may feel the excitement while taking the way up, as it gives initial sightings to the combined landscape of Batangas City-Lobo and span of Verde Island Corridor, which is also impressive if viewed from the view deck along the forest of Mt. Pulot.

COASTLINE OF BATANGAS CITY-LOBO
The trail leading to the forest is quite challenging. It gives trial of steep ascent and hindrances cause by shrubs and thorny plants, yet will further headed to "Bigaan". One place in the forest of Mt. Pulot that is formerly rich in "Alocasia Macrorrhiza" otherwise known as "Biga". A nice rest stop point which require 2 hours of ascent from the Jump-off, possess potential campsite good enough for 3 to 5 tents, has a small viewing cliff (500+masl, unverified) which may accommodate 8-10 persons, and offers splendid scenery. However, hiker must give careful attention to ensure safety while exploring the "Bigaan View deck". At this point, one can see the magnificent coastline formation lining beneath the combined landscape of Batangas City-Lobo; from Pulot's foothills to the highlands of Talahib Pandayan, Mt. Tibig-Banoi Range to Lobo-San Juan Mountains (LSJM). While the Islets of Calapan Mindoro are looks looming decors rises over the Verde Island Corridor.

MT. TIBIG-BANOI AS VIEWED FROM BIGAAN VIEW DECK
COAST AND LSJM AS VIEWED FROM BIGAAN VIEW DECK
THE PANORAMIC SCENERY FROM BIGAAN VIEW DECK
MT.TIBIG-BANOI, LSJM AND COAST OF BATANGAS CITY-LOBO
SUNRISE VIEW FROM BIGAAN VIEW DECK
The Summit and other viewpoint

On the other hand, climbing the summit (Sta. Maria Peak, 655+masl, unverified) is optional. There is no clear view on top as it is entirely obstructed with trees and full of overgrowth. But the 1 hour climbing distance of it from Bigaan may add enjoyment, considering there are slopes to pass which opens up for views and enable to feel refreshing coastal wind. Thrillingly, the hike to Mt. Pulot will be more rewarding if one is able to explore the other potential viewpoint (optional, exploratory). Indeed, there is another viewing cliff (564+masl, Unverified) aside from "Bigaan View deck" – requires an hour of trek from "Bigaan" but off the trail to summit - where one can glimpse to the extensive view consists of; Verde Island, Southeastern Batangas City Marine Corridor, Islands of Batangas Bay such as; Culebra, Tingloy, Maricaban and Sombrero, and slope of Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

Overall, Mt. Pulot is a pleasant sampler of rarely explored peaks in Batangas City Mountain Range. Together with the other attractions in the range that are yet to reveal, the resplendent sceneries, and exploratory spots within it, makes it an interesting peak to discover.

AT THE OTHER VIEWING CLIFF
PANORAMIC SCENERY FROM THE OTHER VIEWING CLIFF
VERDE ISLAND PASSAGE AND BATANGAS BAY
THE BLOGGER'S TEAM WITH CHAIRWOMAN BENITA D. ZAPATA
3D MAP ILLUSTRATION: MT. PULOT ITAAS AND IT'S RELATION TO THE OTHER PEAKS IN BCLSJM

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Destination’s Profile
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Dela Paz, Pulot Itaas, Batangas City
Elevation: 655+masl (Unverified)
Hours of Climbing: 3-4 hours
Days of Climbing: 1 or 2 days
Alternate trail: N/A as of February 12, 2017
Specs: Minor Climb
Difficulty: 3/9
Trail classes: Cemented road, woodland, farmland, forested trail
Features: Scenic view of coast and landscape of Batangas City-Lobo, Verde Island Passage, Batangas Bay, Exploratory
Transportation
(As of February 12, 2017)
For commuters:

P127 - BUS - Manila to Lipa Bus Terminal 

P120 - VAN – Lipa Bus Terminal to Lobo Poblacion

First Trip of Van from SM Lipa: 0630
Last trip of Van from Lobo: 1700
Last trip of Bus from SM Lipa: 2000
                
For private transportation: Head out your trip to Batangas City Diversion Road via SLEX Star toll-way, take the road heading to Batangas City-Tabangao-Lobo road and go through the way passing Dela Paz, Batangas City. Afterwards, detour the ride to Pulot Ibaba road near Dela Paz, Pulot Aplaya Elem. School. Ask the local folk about parking area. Approximately 3 hours travel time from Buendia, Taft Avenue.

For jeepney rental from Batangas City to Pulot Itaas: You may contact Kon. Reynaldo Ronquillo at 09465654255

For tricycle and jeepney service from Lobo, Poblacion to Dela Paz Pulot Ibaba: You may contact Romel Casilihan at 09077722052
Contacts and Coordination
Brgy. Chairwoman Benita D. Zapata 09295515662

Brgy. Secretary Rufina Arellano 09093370155

Brgy. Konsehal Reynaldo Ronquillo 09465654255
Registration
Register at Brgy. Hall of Pulot Itaas or at the house of Chairwoman Benita D. Zapata. No registration fee as of February 12, 2017
Guide fee / Guide assistance
Guide is highly recommended (new hiking destination)
P500 per guide recommended for day hike
P700 per guide recommended for overnight

Local Mountain Guide:

Ben Panaligan 09074494337
Rudy and Geminiano Ebora 09292939117
Kon. Reynaldo Ronquillo 09465654255
Water source
Available at the Jump-off area and at the trail above the community
Hiking notes and Precautions
Hiking trend status – Potential hiking destination with minimal record of hiking activities as of February 12, 2017

Reservation and Limit - There is no implementing ruling about reservation and limit as of February 12, 2017. Avoid mass climbing though

Prerequisite – 4 hours day hike experience is an advantage

Day hike – Highly recommended

Night trekking – Coordinate night trek plan before proceeding

Cell phone signal – Sporadic at the Jump-off but present at around 400masl

Amount of water to bring – 2 to 3L for day hike, 4-5L for overnight

Sun exposure – At the community road and above the community

River Crossing – Nothing major

Terrain condition – Gradual to upslope and slippery when wet. The trail from Jump-off to Bigaan is established, but exploratory up to the other viewpoint and summit (As of February 12, 2017)

Thorny Plants – Many prior Bigaan

Bladed Grass – Minimal

Rope segment – None

Limatik – None

Honeybee - Many during summer season as per local guide
Campsite / Camping notes
There are many potential campsites above the community, while Bigaan Campsite may accommodate 3-5 tents. Coordinate your camping plan before proceeding and bring enough water (4-5L).
Side Trip and Facilities
Beach at Dela Paz, Pulot Aplaya (near entry point) and Banalo-Masaguitsit Lobo, Batangas

Sing-sing na Bato coastal rock formation (along the coastal road heading to Lobo, Batangas

Shower area – At the Jump-off

Sari-sari store  – At the Jump-off
Estimated Budget
P1000


SAMPLE ESTIMATED BUDGET COMPUTATION

(For manila-based commuters passing Poblacion Lobo, Batangas)

Number of participants
4 persons
Duration
Overnight
Transportation
P254 - BUS - Manila to Lipa Bus Terminal (back and forth)

P240 - VAN – Lipa Bus Terminal to Lobo Poblacion (back and forth)

P150 per person – Tricycle service from Lobo, Poblacion to Dela Paz, Pulot Ibaba (back and forth)

Guide fee
P175 per person
Registration fee
Voluntary
TOTAL
P1000 (w/ P181 contingency fund)

SAMPLE ITINERARIES

Day Hike: For group with private vehicle

0330 Assembly at Buendia near LRT Gil Puyat Station, Breakfast
0400 ETD to Brgy. Dela Paz Pulot Itaas, Batangas City (Jump-off), Via Batangas City-Tabangao Road
0700 ETA Pulot Ibaba road (Entry point), head out the ride to Pulot Itaas
0715 ETA Brgy. Hall of Dela Paz Pulot Itaas (Jump-off), Courtesy call, Ask for parking, Register, Arrange guide
0730 Start trek up to Mt. Pulot
0915 ETA Bigaan View deck, Explore

Option: Trek to summit or explore the other viewing deck which may consume 1-2 hours (exploratory)

1300 Descent to Jump-off
1500 ETA Jump-off, rest and wash
1630 Head back to Manila
2000 ETA Manila

Overnight: For commuters passing Lobo, Batangas

Day 1

0530 Assembly at Buendia near LRT Gil Puyat Station, Breakfast
0600 ETD to SM Lipa
0800 ETA SM Lipa-Lobo Van Terminal
0900 Take van to Poblacion Lobo Batangas
1030 ETA 7-11 Poblacion Lobo Batangas, Buy Supplies
1100 Ride rented trike to Dela Paz, Pulot Ibaba road (entry point, near Elementary School of Pulot Aplaya, Batangas City)
1130 ETA Pulot Ibaba, Lunch and Preparation
1300 Start trek to Brgy. Hall of Dela Paz Pulot Itaas (Jump-off)
1400 ETA Jump-off, Courtesy call, Register, Arrange guide
1430 Resume trek up to Mt. Pulot
1630 ETA Bigaan Campsite/View deck, Explore, Set Camp
1800 Dinner and Socials onwards
2000 Lights out

Day 2

0500 Wake-up call, Sunrise viewing at Bigaan, Breakfast

Option: Trek to summit or explore the other viewing deck which may consume 1-2 hours (exploratory)

1100 Lunch and Break camp
1200 Descent to Jump-off
1400 ETA Jump-off, rest and wash
1500 Descent to Pulot Ibaba
1530 ETA Pulot Ibaba, Ride rented tricycle to Poblacion Lobo Batangas
1600 ETA Poblacion Lobo Batangas
1630 Take van to SM Lipa (5PM: last trip)
1830 ETA SM Lipa, Take Bus to Manila (8PM: last trip)

2030 ETA Manila