Mt. Batolusong and Kay-Ibon Falls, Tanay, Rizal

Sunday, January 17, 2016 Justin Vawter 71 Comments


I have always wanted to have that sea of clouds experience but I always fail. And who would have thought that I'll be able to experience that at the most unexpected place. Since it was a holiday, I decided to join my friends in their hike at Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal. It was originally an overnight hike which means I'll be able to finally witness some sea of clouds, however it was changed to a day hike instead. I know that I won't be able to see it anymore and that I'll just have to try again next time but luck was on our side. I now present to you the Sea of Clouds at Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal.




To give you an idea, here's a brief background of Mt. Batolusong:

Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal

Major jumpoff: Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
LLA: 645 MASL / 780 MASL
Days required / Hours to destination: 1 day /1.5h (Mapatag); 3-4 (Susong Dalaga Peak)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon

Source: Pinoy Mountaineer

The Route to the Clouds


Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal

Right after our hike at Mt. Balagbag (read the full updated guide here), I just went home to pack my stuff and went directly to our meeting place at McDonald's Sta. Lucia. Call time was 2:00 am. From Cubao, just ride a jeepney going to Cogeo and drop off at Gate 2. Fare is Php 24. From there walk to your right until you see a jeepney terminal going to Brgy. Sampaloc. It's just beside the City Mall of Antipolo. One mistake of ours is that we didn't know that the first trip is around 5:00 am so we have to wait for a couple more hours. Good thing there's a bakery nearby.

Ride the jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at "Batangas/Batangasan". Fare is Php 42 and it's a 45-minute to an hour ride. From there you'll see an arch that says Brgy. San Andres. Trikes are available which will drop you off at the registration. Fare is Php 30/head. 

Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal

Registration fee is Php 20/head + additional Php 20/head if you'll go for the Rangyas Peak which is considered the summit. Guide is required which has a fixed rate of Php 500/5 pax. 

Silent Hill


The route to the summit reminds me of the game Silent Hill. It was just creepy because of the fog. And it's so cold! I am already wearing a fleece heattech plus a jacket but I can still feel the cold inside. 

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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal


Sea of Clouds


Finally! I was able to witness the majestic Sea of Clouds! It was pure luck since we arrived at the Duhatan Ridge around 8 am already and the sea of clouds were there until 9 am. It was unexpected considering that it was already hot by that time. Thank you Mt. Batolusong for fulfilling one of my dreams. Ha ha!

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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
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Mapatag Plateau and Rangyas Peak


According to our guide, the place was named Mt. Batolusong because of the bato or rocks that the natives used for cooking. The Rangyas Peak was named after Rangyas though I cannot exactly recall who he was. The trail to the summit will give you a view of the Mt. Susong Lola, Mt. Susong Nanay and Mt. Susong Dalaga which roughly translates to Grandma's Breast, Mother's Breast and Lady's Breast. I instantly got why it was called that way. Hint: look at the tip or "nipple"!

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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal

Mapatag Plateau is considered the camp site and the summit will give you a wide view of the Sierra Madre. It looks like a combination of Mt. Gulugod Baboy and Mt. Balagbag.

Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal

Kay-Ibon Falls



The most popular side trip to the place is the Kay-Ibon Falls. It's just a small place but the water is so cold and clear. It's also close the highway so you can just exit from there instead of going back to the registration area. Just let you guide know since they are required to log you out.

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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
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Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal

Back Home + Sidetrips


We were able to ride a jeep back to Cogeo by around 1pm. If you still have time and money, you may want to hike Mt. Sembrano which is near the place or go to Pililia Windmills.

Itinerary

This would be the ideal itinerary with the time adjusted to the schedule of the trips. This is via Cubao but you can also ride an fx in Shaw Blvd. I'm not sure the route in Shaw Blvd but it's the best way if you plan on going early. Remember first trip in Cogeo is 5:00 am.


0400 ETD Cubao / Ride jeep going to Cogeo
0500 Ride jeep to Brgy. Sampaloc. Drop off at Batangas
0600 Ride tricycle going to registration area
0630 Start trek to Mt. Batolusong
0800 ETA Duhatan Ridge / Sea of clouds
0830 Start trek to Mapatag Plateau / Rangyas Peak
0915 Summit
0930 Start descent / trek to Kay-Ibon Falls
1100 ETA Kay-Ibon Falls / Lunch
1200 Pack up
1230 Back to highway / ride jeep back to Cogeo
0200 Back to Cubao

budget breakdown


Cubao jeep to Cogeo Gate 2 - Php 24
Cogeo Gate 2 jeep to Batangas- Php 42
Tricycle to Registration - Php 30
Registration Fee - Php 40 (Php 20 reg fee + Php 20 for Rangyas Peak)
Guide fee - Php 500 (Php 125/ group of 4)
Batangas jeep to Cogeo Gate 2- Php 42
Cogeo Gate 2 jeep to Cubao - Php 24

Total expense: Php 333

Mt. Batolusong, Tanay, Rizal
(L-R): Jack, our guide (sabi ng pose!), Marco, Justin, Er

Shoutout to the people behind this climb. Thanks Jack, Er and Marco!

Cheers~!

- Justin -

71 comments:

  1. Wow! It's so beautiful. What camera and software you use to edit your pics? :)

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    1. I use an Olympus E-PL 3 and my phone camera Xiaomi Redmi 1s. For software, I use lightroom on my laptop and vsco on my phone. :)

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  2. What font did you used in every picture?

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  3. Beautiful shots and equally stunning sceneries. The jump shots are awesome!

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  4. Hi! Did you climb up to Rangyas Peak? :)

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    1. yep. the flag is the at the summit of Rangyas Peak

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  5. ang ganda thanks for this sobrang helpful..

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  6. ang ganda thanks for this sobrang helpful..

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  7. allowed daw po ba ang overnight???tnx po ;)

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  8. hi, pano pagmagtravel by car? saan pwedeng iwan? we also want to go to kay-ibon falls thank you! have a nice day!

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  9. Thanks sa guide na to justin! it helped us a lot. na conquer na namin ang Mt. Batolusong. hehehe! More power sa blog na to! :D

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  10. Sir may plan kami uamkyat din ngayon feb jan batolusong.. lagi po kaya ang sea of clouds jan? and di po ba maputik sa trail kahit foggy? :)

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    1. Hi. Plan ko din pumunta tomorrow. Who will I look for?

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  11. salamat po sir for this write up... ganda ng mga shots! galing!

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  13. Grabe ang ganda po! Hat's off sa mga shots \m/
    Your blog is so helpful! Baka po bisitahin namin to after thesis defense :D

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  14. Hi, thank you for sharing this. Finally, nakahanap din ako ng updated itinerary :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing, My friends and are going there this coming Saturday.

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    1. Maam pde sumabit sa tour guide fee?

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    2. Maam pde sumabit sa tour guide fee?

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  16. sir .. san po banda sa cubao yung sakayan pa cogeo gate 2? Please reply po sir

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  17. sa may aurora cubao meron sakayan ng Cogeo Gate 2 fx or jeep

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  18. Hi Sir,

    Need pa po ba ng permit to climb jan Sir? May contactn umber po ba kayo na mabibigay para ma contact namin yung kahit sinong guides jan? Salamat po

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  19. of how beautiful images. great white clouds. I really like this photo. There Will Be hopefully delicious food again. thanks for sharing..

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  20. The angles of your shoot are really amazing :) Hope to climb with you soon ;)

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  21. Nice Justin! I love your blogs about PH mountains. Good job! See you at the mountain!

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  22. Grabe ang ganda!!! I've been to Tanay once pa lang but I wasn't aware na ang dami pala maganda sa Tanay.

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  23. Hi, nice post. I'd like to know how deep is the water in the kay-ibon falls? thanks :) more power!

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  24. Maganda po dito super, parang sea of clouds talaga siya tapos napaka hospitable ng mga villagers. pero hndi pa ko nakakapunta

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  25. Hi! What if i'll use car for transportation? Where do i'll go first to have our tour guide? Please reply asap my friends and i will hike this week :)

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  26. good day...accesible ba for private car ang mt batolusong....tnxs

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  27. Hello - May steep at mabatong portions ba dito sa hike na to? (like paakyat at pababa). May bouldering ba na ginawa kayo?
    Thanks!

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  28. Your blog is much helpful! Thanks for sharing this! :)Beautiful photos, hope we get lucky as well with the sea of clouds

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  29. OMG Guys gusto ko sumama sainyo ang cheap ng expenses niyo. hahaha this blog is so helpful :)

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  30. mapuntahan nga din to ito pala yung batolusong na sinsabi sa akin noong 2012 na mahirap dati ang pagpunta.

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  31. Hi sir. Ask ko lng po pwde po ba mag overnight sa mt. Batolusong? And magkano po fee sa guide? Thanks. :)

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  32. Hi ! ok po bang magOvernyt dto ?

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  33. Meron po bang pwedeng i contact dun?

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  34. Hi! I would like to know if there are Guides we can contact for this hike? There are still few questions we want to ask and my team is quite a huge number so we really need assistance. hope you can help us. Thanks

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  35. will be there tomorrow!! #AkyatNiTeppy

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    1. pre, natuloy ba kayat niyo and may number ba kayo ng registration booth or nung guide? akyat kami this Sat pero di namain alam kung may NPA advisory or ala, baka sayng lang kasi pagpunta namin sa reg area.

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  36. Hi, Nice write-up! You have mentioned that this trip was supposed to be an overnight hike. Magkaiba ba yung rates ng tour guide kung overnight? Do you have an idea how much? Thanks :))

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  37. Decided to hike this mountain. Hope it is open this weekend and not affceted by the elections. Excited na ko!

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  38. Hi! Tanong lang po kung anong oras ang last trip in Cogeo going to Brgy. Sampaloc?

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  39. Hi. Ask ko lang kung safe ang trail at di mahirap para sa 7 years old na bata.
    Thanks!

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  40. Hi po... Is there anyone na merong number ng guide po? Balak kasi namin magtree-planting dun and dapat makausap muna namin yung guide para alam namin what to bring... Thank you.

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  41. Hi po anong month po kyo umakyat dito?

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  42. Just went there last weekend, view is amazing. What I dont like is the fees, Guide per 5 person is P1250 (overnight) + 20 registration fee each (campsite, + P20 pag inakyat summit). masyadong mahal, bukod pa bayad pa sa cave which it costed us another P400. ok lang tumulong sa mga lokal wag lang sana masyadong mahal. yun lang. hehe

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  43. this blog is okay, only lacking is safety issues... when we got there in cogeo around 4am getting ride to drop point.. we're being overcharged ng pamasahe, biruin mo gusto ng jeepny Php 100/person.. to think monopolize ng jeepny ung byahe, I feel cheated and its not fair.. so I negotiated for less.. kaso every time I tried to negotiate.. irritated cla (barker and driver)to the point na nagkakasigawan n.. mabuti I have my bro to watch my back.. he gave me warning, sabi nia "kuya hinay hinay lang"... so instead of insisting, give in nalang.. napakadilim ng terminal ng jeep n un walang street lights, walang police or barangay outpost.. so mahirap na "magripuhan"... to groups planning for this, make sure hindi kau puro babae, its not safe.. by the way 6 kame sa group mga barako..

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    1. Thanks for this!

      I agree. Actually, sana nga maging staple sa travel blogs ang tungkol sa safety ng lugar.

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  44. HI. I'm just wondering how you got your guide and how much you paid for the guide? Thanks. Nice blog by the way.

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  45. Hi, do they have any parking space?

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  46. What time/season magandang pumunta? ung kita yung sea of clouds?

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  47. Dyan ako na iinis sa overcharges ng mga guide sa mga hikers e. Kng wlaang aakyat wala dn nmn silang kita. Sana ung saktuhang oresyo lng.

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  48. Me and my group was there yesterday (Sept.18,2016) Guide fee charge for day hike 500.00/group (5pax), 700.00/group (5pax), additonal charge if more than 5pax ang group.

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  49. Thanks !!!! :D madami bang puno sa pag akyat? :D

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  50. Thanks !!!! :D madami bang puno sa pag akyat? :D

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  51. Hi Justin, if you do not mind, what filters do you use on VSCO? So pretty the pictures!!! :)

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  52. Hi Justin,

    Is there parking space there? I'm planning to bring my car. Thanks!

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  53. Hi Justin,

    Thanks for this! Super informative. Though I do have a similar question with Eric. Is there parking space there? And is the road leading to the foot of the mountain a rough road? Or will medium sized Vios be ok to drive in? Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hi Serica,

      I was there last Saturday (October 15, 2016). Yes, there are parking slots. I brought my Mazda 2 and the only rough patch was after you turn left in Brgy. San Andres. The rough patch was unexpectedly smooth (considerably).

      Note: Waze to Mt. Batolusong isn't accurate. You have to drive farther along Marcos Highway. (If coming from Manila > Marikina > Antipolo), You'll pass by the entrance to Masungi Georeserve to your right. Then farther ahead to your left will be the entrance to Brgy. San Andres. You'll notice that road gets wider and when we went there, there were several tricycles parked. There are sari-sari stores as well so it should be hard to miss.

      Parking Fee (regardless of where you park): Php 50.00
      Registration Fee: 40/pax
      Guide Fee: 500

      Note: There's no signal there that's why you can't find contacts.

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  54. FYI: We went there last weekend Nov 5-6 for overnight and we paid 1250 for group of 5. We were 7 so we paid 2500.

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    1. Tanong lang po Do we need to contact them before going there?

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  55. Hi Eric, thank you for the info with regards to bringing your private car . Btw, did you have a day-hike too, and how long would it take you to go back to the parking lot if you choose to pass by Kay-Ibon falls downhill? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Kurt, we did a dayhike as well. We passed by Kay-Ibon Falls, spent roughly an hour dipping. We arrived at the highway about 3pm. From highway, it'll take about 20minutes tricycle ride back to Brgy. Hall. We did a really "chillax" hike because the friends that I brought there were all newbies. Goodluck with your hike! :)

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