As I mentioned in my previous post that me and my friends will be mountaineering at Mt. Cristobal. But unfortunately, it was postponed and we proceed to our Plan B which is double hike at Mt. Maculot and Mt. Manabu. Yes! We climbed two mountains in just one day.
We’re all excited and nervous at the same time because it was our first twin hike and we are also nervous because we have no idea how critical it was but I am very proud to say that; “Yes! We did it!”
Mt. Maculot Itirenary
5:00AM – assembly at Buendia Bus Terminal
We met my friends at Bus Terminal, Buendia-Taft and from there we rode a Jam Bus, fare is 147php. We’re heading to Cuenca, Batangas (Jump-off).
7:00AM – arrived at Cuenca, Batangas
We rode a tricycle upon arrival at Cuenca. We registered our name and pay for 10php each. Then, the driver brought us to Geronimo Cuevas Ave.
7:20AM – start trek
It was, I guess, a two hours hiked before reaching the campsite. We, then, rested for a minutes and proceed to the Rockies. Taking some pictures and enjoying the beautiful scene of Taal Lake, rock formations, and forest.
Afterward, we went back to the campsite and ate our snack. We decided to take our lunch at Fiesta Mall before we climb to Mt. Manabu.
10:30AM – start descent
Mt. Manabu Itirenary
11:00AM – Cuenca to Fiesta Mall (Lipa)
We’re done our first hike. We are now going to Lipa. We rode a jeep going to Lipa and dropped at Fiesta Mall. We took our lunch at the mall before proceeding to our next mountain hike. Fare is 24php each .
12:30PM – from Fiesta Mall to Brgy. Sta. Cruz
In front of Fiesta Mall, we asked the tricycle driver to bring us to Brgy. Sta. Cruz (Sulok). We registered again as we arrived at the jump off and pay 20php each.
1:00PM – start trek
2:00Pm – reached at Mang Pering/Pirying’s Place
We rested for a while in Mang Pering’s place (correct me I am wrong with the name). We bought a fresh buco juice from him for only 10php and he offers us a free coffee and we told him we will have coffee right after the hike.
2:15Pm – resume trek
3:15PM – arrived at the summit
Upon arrival, we rested at the campsite and met other mountaineers. They offer us a bread and a water. Then, we went to the peak of the Mt. Manabu. We’d seen Mt. Maculot from the peak of Mt. Manabu.
Taking pictures…..after that, we met two boys and two girls from Japan. We greeted them and talked them for awhile. We went back to the trail head.
3:35PM – start descent
4:00PM – at Mang Pering’s Place
Me and Ian have coffee from Mang Pering while Jin and Roy bought again a fresh buco juice.
4:30PM – back to trail head
5:00PM – Clean up
After changing clothes and clean up ourselves we rested again at the waiting shed then have chatted with Roy, Jin and Sir Ian.
6:00PM – back to Manila
This is my official 4th and 5th mountaineering. Looking forward for the next climb. See you again, guys!
**photo credits to Jin and Sir Ian