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Mt Balagbag | A Great Mountain For Beginners

Mountains are always calling me. It's always in my mind every time I'm alone in my room or when I'm bored at work. Usually, I look photos of mountains on Facebook and Instagram. One of the mountains that caught my attention was Mt. Balagbag. According to some of my  friends, they only spent around 200 pesos. That's really freaking awesome. Right?

Our first plan last weekend ( March 25, 2017) was to visit the newest backpaker's destination in Batangas, the Layag Layag Island.  Due to the conflict of my schedule, I decided to plan a day hike to Mt. Balagbag.

At over 700 MASL, Mt. Balagbag is part of the Sierra Madre range, which stands in the middle of Central and Southern Luzon. It's located at the boundaries of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan and Rodriguez, Rizal. From the summit, you will see  the spectacular view of Metro Manila's Skyline.

Mt. Balagbag is considered as minor climb which trail class is 1-2 and difficulty is 3 out of 9. For the first timer in hiking, this mountain fits for you. The trail is easy and visible. The only problem is... it's really hot especially during summer. It's almost bare where you can't find shades and trees along the trail.

Aside from hiking, this mountain also a favorite destination of runners, bikers and 4x4 wheel enthusiasts. It's a great training venue for them before joining a competition. The trail is also wide so big cars can go up near the helipad. 

How to get to Mt. Balagbag
  • Take a bus from Cubao going to Tungko. Travel time is less than an hour. Fare is P55
  • From Tungko, ride a jeep bound for Licao-licao. Travel time is 30 minutes. Fare is P27

Other Expenses
Registration fee - Php 10.00
Fee to Mt Balagabag - P20.00

  • Last trip of Jeep going to Tunko to Licao Licao is 10PM
  • Last trip of Jeep from Licao Licao to Tungko is P6PM
  • No required tour guide but you can hire. 
  • No fix fee for guide. 
  • Bring sunblock and headgear
  • Bring lots of water and trail food
If you a have review, blog or opinion about Mt. Balagbag, please put a comment below. Happy Travels!


  1. im planning to go there this summer with my siblings. it'll be our first try. is there a parking lot somewhere? we plan to bring our own car.

    1. Yeah.. parking is available in the area..

  2. Sir mahirap ba paakyat sa summit?

    1. Nope.. Mt. Balagbag is actually recommended for first time in hiking

  3. Looking for hikes like this. Ever since I dislocated my shoulder last Dec, I'm not able to do much activities like hiking so I'm looking for hikes that are not too difficult like this one as a start over. It's quite far from where I live though. But I'll add it to my list.

    Thanks for following me on ig btdubs. :)

    1. Hi Heide, thanks for reading my blog.. Mt Balagbag is easy to hike.. There's no difficult trails but expect a long walk and too much sun exposure during summer

  4. Been there. Pero gusto ko bumalik for overnight. Hanggang anobg oras pwedeb umakyat?

    1. sa pagkakaalam ko po puede mag night trek.. visible naman ksi ung daan..


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