Mount Talamitam is located in Nasugbu, Batangas. It acquired its name from the Talamitam trees that used to grow on the slopes of the mountain. However deforestation happened and the mountain is left balding with dry patches of soil seen from a distance. Local government has done efforts of reforestation in hopes of restoring the mountain to its former self. Because of the lack of trees in the area, hikers should expect to trek under the glaring heat of the sun. Make sure to use sunblock and wear proper clothing to protect yourself from the heat.
Nevertheless, Mount Talamitam is an enjoyable day hike for beginners. The climb up to the summit ends with a slightly steep trail. Once you reach the peak, you may spend some time there. Relish the sights of nearby peaks as you rest up on top of the mountain. Take a few good photos and head on over to other attractions within the area. Hikers might be interested in taking a side trip to Layong Bato where you may go for a dip in its refreshing waters.
Elevation: 630 m above sea level
Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 2 to 3 hours
Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas
The adventure up the peak of Mount Talamitan starts when you’ve reached the Talamitam River. There is a bamboo bridge available for crossing. However, the river is shallow enough if hikers would rather cross it directly. Follow the trail as it leads you through small forested areas and wide grasslands. After a few hours, hikers will reach the end of the trail and arrive at the summit. The peak offers a nice view of nearby mountains, such as Pico de Loro and Mount Batulao. Relax for a while and take in the refreshing mountain air.
There are many other minor trails up Mount Talamitam. If you want to explore alternative paths, talk to a local or get a guide to help you navigate through the mountain!
How to Get There
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:
(Nasugbu, Batangas – Barangay Aga – Jump off point)
Mount Talamitam is located in Nasugbu, Batangas. For hikers coming from Manila, proceed to Coastal Bus Terminal and ride one bound for Nasugbu. Get off at KM 83, Sitio Bayabasan, Barangay Aga.
An alternative way is to use private transportation and drive directly to Sitio Bayabasan, Barangay Aga. There are available parking spaces by the streets. This will make it more convenient for you to take side trips after descending the mountain.
As for registration, proceed to the barangay hall in Barangay Aga. Register your hike and pay the necessary fees. Hiring a local guide is strongly suggested by the locals, but it is said that you can talk your way out of it. Just be sure you know where you are going and have experience hiking alone. Regardless, you will surely find a guide willing to accompany you in the registration area.