Mount Tibig is another mountain in the province of Batangas. Thus is a hike for both beginners and experienced hikers alike. Just a few hours from the jump-off point, hikers will already be rewarded by the fantastic view up at the peak. For those looking for a bigger challenge, continue the trek up Mount Banoi or take on the Lobo – San Juan Mountain Range!
Mount Tibig houses different types of terrains. Hikers will enter woodlands and grasslands alike throughout the entire trek. They will pass by several houses of locals where they get to see what it is like to live away from the city. The view up at the summit is one you won’t forget easily as it features a beautiful view of nearby peaks and water bodies surrounding Mount Tibig. The wind gets pretty strong, especially at night. Take necessary precautions to make sure you stay safe while camping up at the peak. Also, if you are doing an overnight, make sure you stock up on water supply as there are no water sources on the trail.
Once you descend, check if you have enough time to spare since there are a lot of side trips you might want to visit. Lobo beach is a great place to start! Additionally, take note to check the weather before your adventure to avoid unnecessary hassle. Try not to go during the rainy season because the small river is known to cause flashflood in the area.
Elevation: 563 m above sea level
Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 1.5 to 3 hours
Major jump-off point: Hulong Banalo, Lobo, Batangas
From the jump-off point, hikers will enter a rough but well-established road. The first part of the trail may seem tiring and strenuous, but don’t lose heart because it’ll end at some point! Mount Tibig trail is relatively easy once you get past the steep paths full of loose soil. At the end of the cemented road, hikers will enter a forested area. This is where the fun begins (if you’re not having fun already!), since one gets to experience nature up close while walking through these paths. Overgrown shrubs, tall fruit trees, narrow streams, are just a few things Mount Tibig will let you experience. Expect to cross a small river along the way. However, it is dried up during summer.
Halfway through your hike, you will encounter a small kubo standing alone among the tall grasses in the field. This is a landmark, which informs hikers that they have reached Sitio Tibig, Batangas. Hikers will once again enter a forested area though not lasting for long. The trees will eventually give way to vast grassland. And soon enough, you will reach the highest point of Mount Tibig.
At the summit, the sight is truly one for the books! Hikers can expect a beautiful view of Verde Island and the passage. The many peaks located in Batangas can also be viewed from up here. Lobo beach, Lobo – San Juan mountain range and the Lobo Delta are also some sights to see. Brave the miniature rock by a cliff and celebrate your success of hiking Mount Tibig. Catch the sunset before beginning your descent.
It is also possible to spend the night in Mount Tibig. The summit serves as a great campsite for those who wish to spend a longer time with nature. The refreshing mountain air can help you relax as you take a breather from the hustle and the bustle of the city. Also, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have the amazing view around you once you open your eyes in the morning.
This is also recommended for those going on the traverse trail. Just be sure to notify the people in the station of your plans. Take note that the guides will ask for a higher fee, as they will be with you the entire time.
Mount Tibig to Mount Banoi Traverse
Mount Banoi is nearby mountain to Mount Tibig. It is possible to continue on a traverse trail from the summit of Mount Tibig. The guides will be more than happy to show you the way. So if you feel like the traditional Mount Tibig hike was ‘bitin’, why not continue on to Mount Banoi?
The route completing the traverse offers a much more scenic view. Hikers will be able to get a clearer view of Lobo beach and Verde Island from there. As the hike takes you to a much higher elevation, around 960 m above sea level, the views will be much more spectacular. However, to get to your next destination, expect to go through tall grasses and forested areas. The trail can get very steep but with a little determination and perseverance, you’ll get there in no time!
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:
(Batangas City – Balagtas – Lobo, Batangas – Police Station – Jump off point)
Mount Tibig is located in Lobo, Batangas. Manila hikers must take a bus to get to Batangas City. The bus will get you to Balagtas where you are to ride a jeepney bound for Lobo. Get off at the Lobo Jeepney Terminal and ride another jeep headed for Lobo town proper. Tell the driver that you are going to the Police Station. This is where you register your hike and pay the necessary fees. Proceed to the jump-off point by taking a tricycle. In a few minutes, you will arrive at Hulong Banalo. You may look for someone to be your local guide somewhere near the jump-off point; although Mang Gabino is the chief guide for this mountain. Rest assured, you will be in good hands as long as you stick with your guide.
It is also possible to get to the area using your own private vehicles. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach the jump-off point from Manila. Just don’t forget to drop by the police station to register your hike! Look for the basketball court near the Banalo Elementary School. If you ever find yourself lost, ask a local and you’ll surely find your way to the jump-off point.