Mt. Daguldol is situated in Brgy. Hugom, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. It has a height of 670 meters above sea level.
We were deceived by these numbers. Haha Lagi nalang kami mali ng tansya! We thought this was going to be way easier than that of Batulao since the latter has a height of 811 MASL, but once again, we were completely wrong.
Our initial itinerary was to arrive in Brgy. Hugom by 9:00 a.m. and start the trek right away. But because of unforeseen instances, we arrived late. We arrived there at noon, 12:30. Because of our desire to meet the target time of finishing the hike in 5 hours or less, we decided to trek immediately after arriving at the jump off without considering our empty stomach, lack of muscle-awakening-warm-up and the scorching heat of the sun.
We thought we were still full of energy. At the first minutes of the hike, I’m already feeling the heat in my head. My vision was slowly turning blurry and my pacing was really slow, I’m trailing others, though I think we just felt the same that time. I had to take 5 (no! take 10. Haha) every after few steps. The blazing heat, hunger and continuous steep slope of Mt. Daguldol summed up resulted for me to feel really weak.
Thank God that there were a lot of Nipa huts along the way where we stopped to catch our breath and take a quick rest. Some of those also have vendors that sell fresh Buko.
I’m thankful to Sir Jay and Kenn for taking care of me when my body was about to give up, and to the whole group for patiently waiting for me. hihi That was the only time that I prayed to God that if ever I’m really going to pass out, please not on that area where I’m walking just beside a cliff because I might fall off there and my friends will have a hard time retrieving my body. LOL
In the middle of the mountain was Lorenzo’s Place where hikers stop and rest or have lunch. We arrived there at around 1:30 p.m. and finally full our stomach. They have there a mini Carinderia, and in addition to our packed lunch, we ordered their Adobong Bayawak. It was delicious. Its meat has a similarity with that of a pork. Surprisingly, they also have here cold water and halo-halo!
At around 2:00 p.m., we continued our trek to the summit. This time, the heat was a bit kinder to us and our body can already tolerate it. I must say that the challenge in hiking Mt. Daguldol is its trail that’s really steep. There were only few flat trails. Thank God that at least the mountain is still full of trees making the trail fairly shaded.
Sir Jay told us, and as what we’ve also found on the web, the summit of Mt. Daguldol is a grassland. So when we saw a field of grass, we thought we’ve reached the top and took a group photo! Excited lang? Yun pala, hindi paaaa! hahaha
At around 3:00 p.m., we finally arrived at the “teletubbies land” summit of Mt. Daguldol. This time, it’s for real. We’ve reached the toooop!
And the view was really stunning. You’ll see there the sea and sky meet. It was so worth it and we felt really fulfilled.
After taking few photos and videos to remember and be proud of (hihi) we started descending. Going down was way faster and easier though the suffering was more on the knees this time, so just be careful with your steps so to avoid injuries. If I’m not mistaken, we finished our hike at 5:00 p.m.
Sir Jay told us that despite the struggles, we were able to finish our trek faster than we thought. It was so satisfying thinking that we were slow-paced! 🙂
We will definitely do a revenge hike for Mt. Daguldol. And by then, we’ll make sure that we will start early morning OR we will consider doing an overnight as the summit is perfect for star gazing. 🙂
In case you want to freshen up after you descend, beaches are accessible within the area. If I’m not mistaken, 150php entrance fee. If you want to rent a cottage, 1,000-1,500php rental fee for a large cottage.
Bring any sun protection (sunblock, cap/hat, scarf/towel, arm cover).
Carry with you enough water to keep you hydrated. 2L of water would be enough as you can buy at Lorenzo’s in case you run out.
Bring trail foods. Fruits like bananas are good. Jelly ace is good as well.
Make sure to start your trek early morning as the heat of the sun can really be harsh for trekkers during noon.
And also, make sure to carbo-load before doing a hike so you’ll not run-out of energy.
Registration fee – 35php
Guide fee – 400php
Shower – 50php
Parking Fee – 100php
Fresh Buko – 20php
That’s it! Another ANNventure done, and definitely more to come! I hope this made you want to climb Mt. Daguldol as well. And if so, kwento mo naman sa comment yung experience mo. Ciao! 🙂
P.S. Thank you to my dear friends, Allentot and Kelay, for your photos! If not because of those, this blog will be woooorrrdyyyy. haha And a huge thank you to Putik Adventures team (Sir Jay, Sir Dino, Kuya Xander) for being so kind and patient with us po. Kudos! More climbs with your group! 🙂