Monday, March 14, 2022

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

March 13, 2022 Sunday in Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal Province, Philippines


BUDGET WARNING: Mt. Balagbag is one of the easiest and shortest hike near Metro Manila. Guide is now mandatory, even checking in to bare minimum resorts along the way is required. 

My 29th family outing initiated and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

MT. BALAGBAG DAY-HIKE AND RESORT VISIT DIY ITINERARY (1 adult, 1 teenager, 1 child):
0600H ETD Home; jeep to Tungko 54
0645H ETD Tungko; jeep to Licao-licao 87
0730H ETA Licao-licao; walk to Registration; Environmental Fee 20; Guide fee to Resort 250
0830H ETA Carillo Tolits Resort; Entrance fee 180; Ice cream 72
1330H ETD Resort; walk down the trail
1430H ETD Licao-licao; jeep to Tungko 87
1530H ETA Tungko; jeep to Home 63
TOTAL: PHP 813

MT. BALAGBAG HIKING FEES UPDATED AS OF MARCH 2022:
* Environmental Fee: PHP 20 (free for age 12 and below)
* Guide (up to 5 tourists): PHP 250 up to resort, PHP 350 up to Mt. Balagbag summit
* Resort Entrance: PHP 80 (adult), PHP 50 (children)
* Mt. Balagbag summit entrance: PHP 50 per tourist

I already hiked Mt. Balagbag traverse to Mt. Maranat on self-guided solo trip with total expenses of only PhP190 only last 2016. Mt. Balagbag is one of the easiest and shortest hike near Metro Manila (2 hours for a minor trek with very wide and obvious trail). In my honest opinion, requiring a guide for more than an hour hike is a form of cheating to think that the mountain is a nature no one owns. I lost my work too because of pandemic. But that doesn't give me the authority to scam people. I've been to a lot of major and minor hikes in 5 continents around the world, I think Mt. Balagbag trek is one of the expensive and scam I did for a dayhike. 

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

Mt. Balagbag Day-Hike and Resort Visit with my Nephews

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