Hiking Mt Gulugod Baboy, Mabini, Batangas | Budget Itinerary

Gulugud Baboy, Batangas

Three hours away from Manila stands Mount Gulugud Baboy overlooking the Balayan bay to the North east and Batangas Bay to the southwest in Mabini Batangas. The 470 MASL (meters above sea level) mountain has a difficulty of 2/10 suitable for beginners but do not under estimate the mountain as it can literally take your breath away. For those who just simply wants to enjoy a chill overnight camp, there is a paved road with parking that goes straight to the camping site.

Traveling today or planning your Itinerary for a DIY hike or overnight camp in Mt Gulugod Baboy? Learn more about the Budget, and How to commute to Mabini Batangas from Manila.

Mt Gulugod Baboy

Mount Gulugod Baboy (470 masl), located in Mabini, Batangas is one of the three peaks together with, Gitna (485 masl) and Mt Pinagbanderahan (525 masl). The term “Gulugod Baboy” is a transliteration for “pig’s spine” as the peak of the mountain looks like the back of a pig when viewed from the top.

Trekkers and hikers can experience up to 2 hours of strenuous and literally breath taking assault towards the camp site of Mount Gulugod Baboy from Barangay Ligaya jump off point. Campers with their own car can drive their way straight to the campsite through paved road on the other side. Those who wish to also experience diving or snorkeling in Mabini may do so by hiking in the morning and diving/snorkeling in the afternoon.

Pinagbanderahan’s name comes from the root word “bandera” or flag. There are already several versions of the story but the most famous is where locals believed that the Japanese aircraft crashed in this area and hoisted their flag on top of the hill.

Ang Bundok Gulugod Baboy (470 masl), na matatagpuan sa Mabini, Batangas ay isa sa tatlong tuktok kasama ng Gitna (485 masl) at Mt Pinagbanderahan (525 masl). Ang pangalangang “Gulugod Baboy” ay isang transliterasyon dahil ang tuktok ng bundok ay parang gulugod (spine) ng baboy kung titingnan mula sa itaas.

Ang mga trekker at hiker ay maaaring makaranas ng hanggang 2 oras ng mabigat at literal na ubos hininga patungo sa camp site ng Mount Gulugod Baboy galing sa Barangay Ligaya jump off point. Ang mga mag-cacamping na may sariling sasakyan ay maaaring dumiretso na sa campsite sa pamamagitan ng sementadong kalsada sa kabilang panig. Ang mga gustong makaranas din ng diving o snorkeling sa Mabini ay maaaring gawin ito sa pamamagitan ng hiking sa umaga at diving/snorkeling sa hapon.

Samantalang ang pangalan ng Pinagbanderahan ay nagmula sa salitang ugat na “bandera” o watawat. Mayroon nang ilang bersyon ng kuwento ngunit ang pinakasikat ay kung saan ang mga lokal ay naniniwala na ang Japanese aircraft ay bumagsak sa lugar na ito at itinaas ang kanilang bandila sa tuktok ng burol.

Hike Mt Gulugod Baboy

We started our Mt Gulugod Baboy hike after registering in Barangay Ligaya Tourist Assistance Center. Our van did not bring our luggage to the campsite so we carried full pack instead. From the registration, we started the assault trail through a cemented pathway. The hike was only 2km which can be completed in 1 hour without luggage. However, the assault was a bit difficult and we started to run out of breath after just walking 200 meters. and had to stop every 50-100 meters to catch our breath.

Tip: If you are hiking Mt Gulugod Baboy with some luggages for overnight trip on a tour group, ask if your van can bring your luggage to the campsite to minimize the difficulty of your ascent. The total distance from the jump off point to the parking area is 1.8km.

From the registration, you’ll be starting your hike along a concrete road which will continue for the next 1 km. Note that the hike to the top is mostly assault so take time to pause when needed. Do not rush the mountain as the 2 hours ascent includes all the possible stops you will have. If you are a regular hiker, you can easily finish the ascent in 1 hour.

There are some huts along the way where you can take shelter. Once you reach the dirt road, your pace may speed up a bit and you will pass by some cows and goats along the way. When you get to the houses with an overlooking hut, then you are merely 30 mins away from the parking area. Take your time to get some photos here.

You will see the ocean at this altitude with a view of Sombrero Island at a distance. There is also a scenic tree perfect for that instagrammable shot. From here on, you’ll mostly be passing grassland area with a few trees so make sure you are also well covered if you dont want to get sun burnt.

Sinimulan namin ang aming Mt Gulugod Baboy hike pagkatapos magparehistro sa Barangay Ligaya Tourist Assistance Center. Hindi dinala ng van namin ang mga bagahe sa campsite kaya full pack agad ang mga dala namin. Mula sa registration, sinimulan namin ang hike sa sementadong kalsada. Dalawang kilometro lamang ang hike na kayang matapos sa loob ng 1 oras kung walang bagahe. Gayunpaman, ang assault ay may kahirap at nagsimula kaming mawalan ng hininga pagkatapos lamang maglakad ng 200 metro at kailangang huminto tuwing 50-100 metro para makahinga.

Tip: Kung nagha-hiking ka sa Mt Gulugod Baboy na may dalang bagahe para sa overnight kasama sa isang tour group, tanungin kung madadala ng iyong van ang bagahe sa campsite para mabawasan ang hirap ng pag-akyat. Ang kabuuang distansya mula sa jump off point hanggang sa parking area ay 1.8km.

Mula sa registration, sisimulan mo ang paglalakad sa isang konkretong kalsada na aabot ng 1 km. Tandaan na ang paglalakad sa tuktok ay kadalasang pang-aatake kaya maglaan ng oras upang huminto kung kinakailangan. Huwag magmadali sa bundok dahil kasama sa 2 oras na pag-akyat ang lahat ng posibleng paghinto na mayroon ka. Kung ikaw ay isang regular na hiker, madali mong tapusin ang pag-akyat sa loob ng 1 oras.

May ilang kubo sa daan na masisilungan. Kapag narating mo na ang rough road, maaaring bumilis ng kaunti ang iyong pag akyat at madadaanan mo ang ilang mga baka at kambing sa daan. Kapag nakarating ka sa mga bahay na may kubo na overlooking, 30 minuto lang ang layo mo mula sa parking area. Maglaan ng oras upang makakuha ng ilang mga larawan dito.

Makikita mo na ang dagat sa altitude na ito na tanaw ang Sombrero Island sa malayo. Mayroon ding magandang puno para sa mga instagrammable shots. Mula rito, karamihan ay dadaan ka sa damuhan na may kaunting mga puno kaya siguraduhing natakpan ka rin kung ayaw mong masunog sa araw.

Gulugod Baboy Summit / Campsite

When you see parked cars, you would know that you are already at the camp site. There are two stores and both of them have shade where you can take a rest while getting some refreshments.

There are also clean restrooms / toilets for those who wish to take a quick pee (₱10) or poo (₱15). When staying overnight to camp, you can also freshen up with a quick bath for ₱40 for 1 pail of water. If you want unlimited water, you can choose to go down a bit the concrete road and there is another place where you can get more than enough water supply.

If you are on a day tour only, you can choose to go to the peak after resting for a few minutes taking more photos along the grassland and overlooking the sea.

For those taking an overnight camping / glamping, There are two areas where you can pitch some tent. One is the open area on the left and the other near the shade on the right side. If you are looking for a good 360 view, take the one on the left side. A 5 min hike is required from the store. If you want more protection and trees, go for the right one.

Kapag nakakita ka ng mga nakaparadang sasakyan, malalaman mong nasa camp site ka na. May dalawang tindahan at parehong may shade ang mga ito kung saan maaari kang magpahinga habang kumukuha ng mga pampalamig.

Mayroon ding malinis na banyo / palikuran para sa mga gustong umihi ng mabilisan (₱10) o magbawas (₱15). Kapag ikaw ay nagcamping, maaari ka ring maligo sa halagang ₱40 para sa 1 balde ng tubig. Kung gusto mo ng unlimited na tubig, maaari kang bumaba ng kaunti sa kalsada at may isa pang lugar kung saan makakakuha ka ng mas maraming supply ng tubig.

Kung ikaw ay nag day tour lang, maaari mong magpahinga ng ilang minuto bago tumuloy sa tatlo pang peaks ng Gulugod Baboy.

Para sa mga nag oovernight camping / glamping, Mayroong dalawang lugar kung saan maaari kang magtayo ng ilang tolda. Ang isa ay ang open area sa kaliwa at ang isa naman ay malapit sa shade sa kanang bahagi. Kung naghahanap ka ng magandang 360 view, kunin ang nasa kaliwang bahagi. Kailangan ng 5 minutong paglalakad mula sa tindahan. Kung gusto mo ng karagdagang proteksyon at mga puno, piliin ang nasa kanan.

Batong Buhangin Resort, Bauan, Batangas

The next morning was a foggy morning and we did not see the sun rise. However, this is still good for an early morning photoops with all the haze in the background similar to that of Sagada mornings. The weather was very cold and it is highly suggested that you bring warmers or heat tech uniqlo sweaters. If you are staying alone in your tent, a warm gloves may also help.

After taking our breakfast, we rolled out our tents and prepared for our beach adventure. This time in Batong Buhanging Beach Resort in Bauan Batangas. The travel time from the camp site to the beach area took more than 1 hour travel but it could have been shortened out if we no longer passed by the jump off point.

Upon arrival at the beach, our van parked at the designated area and we walked for a few hundred meters along the shoreline to get to the beach resort. The beach was well maintained will very little trash along the coast or floating in the water. It was a gray sand will pebbles laid over the shore hence the name batong buhangin.

Our tour coordinator took our ₱200 payment for the resort. There are also huts and rooms available but since we are only doing a day trip, we only rented a hut for ₱500. The beach resort also caters to divers and snorklers. During our stay, there was a group who were doing free diving lessons. They also rent out mask and snorkel for ₱150 for 2 hours.

There’s also swimming pool at the back of the resort for kids who prefer to swim in the pool than in the beach.

Kinabukasan ay isang maulap na umaga at hindi namin nakita ang pagsikat ng araw. Gayunpaman, ito ay mabuti pa rin para sa isang maagang umaga photoops na may na parang umaga sa Baguio o kaya Sagada. Malamig ang panahon at mainam na magdala ng jacket o mga heat tech na uniqlo sweater. Kung mag-isa ka sa iyong tent, maaaring makatulong din ang mainit na guwantes.

Pagkatapos naming kumain ng almusal ay nag pack up na kami at naghanda para sa aming beach escapade sa Batong Buhanging Beach Resort sa Bauan Batangas. Inabot ng isang oras ang byahe naming dahil kami ay dumaan pa sa jump off point.

Pagdating sa beach, huminto ang van namin sa designated parking saka kami naglakad ng ilang daang metro sa baybayin para makarating sa beach resort. Malinis ang kahabaan ng baybayin kahit ang buhangain ay kulay abo na may maliliit na bato kaya naman tinawag na batong buhangin.

Kinuha ng aming tour coordinator ang ₱200 na bayad para sa resort. Meron ding mga kubo at kwarto pero dahil day tour lang kami sa beach, nagrenta na lang kami ng kubo sa halagang ₱500. Nagpaparenta rin sila ng mask at snorkel sa halagang ₱150 para sa 2 oras na gamit.

May swimming pool din sa likod ng resort para sa mga batang mas gustong lumangoy sa pool kaysa sa beach.

How to go to Gulugod Baboy?

If you are commuting from Manila to Gulugod Baboy in Mabini Batangas, your best option is to go to PITX and ride a bus to Batangas City.

  1. From PITX, ride a Bus to Batangas City. You can check the schedules here.
  2. Once in Batangas City, take a jeep bound to Mabini and ask the driver to drop you off the crossing of Gulugod Baboy.
  3. Take a tricycle from the crossing to the jump off point.

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Mt Gulugod Baboy Budget

Here’s the budget you may be spending for your itinerary when hiking Mt Gulugod Baboy. Note that the guide is not required but is good to have.

₱50 per head environmental fee
₱30 per head daytrip
₱60 per head overnight
₱50 per head land owner fee
₱500 per group (4 pax below) guide fee (v.v)
₱700 per group (5 pax above max of 8) (v.v)
₱800 per group for overnight (one way)

Gulugod Baboy Tour

Our trip to Gulugod Baboy was a tour group of 12 pax and the damage for the overnight not including food was ₱1400.

  • RT Van Transportation
  • Guide Fee
  • Registration Fee
  • Environmental Fee
  • Spring
  • Coordinator act as your photographer
  • Souvenir Bagtag
  • EXCLUSIONS: *All meals *Wash Up Fee *Beaches Entrance *Beaches Cottage

Mt Gulugod Baboy Overnight Itinerary

Day 1

  • 1:00AM – Call Time
  • 2:00AM – Rolling
  • 5:00AM – Brgy Ligaya Mabini Batangas courtesy call to local officials
  • 5:30AM – Start Trekking
  • 7:30AM – Mt Gulogod trekking/Photo Off

Day 2

  • 4:00AM – Wake-up call coffee break
  • 5:00AM – assult sea of clouds
  • 7:00AM – breakfast
  • 8:00AM – Preparation To Batong Buhangin Beaches

BOOKING IS REQUIRED. Please contact this page or the president of the association – Globerth Sapunto, 09215739964.
https://www.facebook.com/Mt.GulugodBaboyGuideAssociation/

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