Manabu Peak is located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It is actually a part of Malipunyo mountain range and is one of its major peaks. However, this hike features only a very short trail and a relatively easy hike. This is especially great for beginner hikers. It has beautiful sceneries all around the trail. Despite the short route, hikers will be treated to wonderful grasslands, small streams and forested areas.
The summit itself offers a nice view of the mountain range. Make sure to snap a photo with the huge white cross marking the peak. You are lucky if you happen to catch magnificent view of the sunrise. The summit is a vast grassland covered with various berries and flowers. Cool air blows through the trail creating a very refreshing environment.
This is one of the more popular day hikes near Manila. However, some groups choose to spend the night in one of the campsites. Either way, this hike is truly a must-do with friends. So for a quick weekend getaway, head on over to Manabu peak!
Elevation: 760 m above sea level
Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 1 to 2 hours
Major jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
The Manabu Peak trail has a lot of different attractions along the way. There are several stations, each with its own view and appeals. Expect to cross small streams and rocky landscapes as you enter woodlands. The trail is covered with green surroundings, making the hike much more refreshing and relaxing. More than halfway of the trek, you will pass by Mang Pirying and Mang Tino’s hut, where they offer coffee to visitors.
It is easy to reach the summit. This is also where the campsite is located. It can accommodate around 20 tents on its meadow landscape. If you plan to spend the night there, it is best to go early and reserve a good spot for you and your friends. Come morning, make sure to wake up early to catch the beautiful sunrise. You can spot several different mountain peaks of nearby mountains.
Before you descend, you may opt to take a short side trip looping from the summit back to the original trail. You will pass through the Grotto and another forested area. Although it may start off a little steep, the trail will go back to its wide and easy path.
It’s important to plan your trip in advance to make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go on the day itself. Here are some ways to get to your destination:
From Manila, take a bus to Lipa, Batangas. It will take around two hours to reach barangay San Pedro. Proceed to the tricycle terminal and ride a trike to Sulok, barangay Sta. Cruz, where the jump-off point is. Drop by at the barangay hall to register your hike.
An alternative way is to take private transport. Since this is just a short day hike, you may park your car in the space provided at the jump-off point. As for local guides, it is not required. But there are a few people available at the start of the trail should you want to hire one.