Backpacker Story : Mt.Batulao and Tagaytay City with less than 10 USD


Mount Batulao is located in Nasugbu, near Tagaytay City. While Tagaytay City is located in Cavite Province, the Philippines. It’s only 2-3 hours drive from Manila. Mount Batulao has been a famous hiking and camping destination for most hikers, especially for beginners. There are two major trails at this mountain, the New Trail and the Old Trail. I was using the old trail (it’s more difficult than the new trail). These trails can be combined for a traverse climb.

I went there with 3 people; two people from Germany and one from Indonesia too. Because only us in our dorm that didn’t go to work on Tuesday. So we decided to leave Manila for a day-trip to Mt. Batulao. We were being backpackers, so we used the combination of public transportation and only spent a little amount of money. Me personally, only spent less than 500 Philippine Pesos (less than 10 USD). It was already for covering food, entrance fee, transportation costs, etc.

Do you want to know how it was? Keep scrolling in this page! Because I’ll try to unpack my budget list for Mt. Batulao backpacking today :

  • Bus from Roosevelt to Cubao : 15 PHP
  • Bus from Cubao to Pasay City : 24 PHP
  • Lunch in the Bus Terminal : 55 PHP
  • Bus from Pasay City Terminal to Tagaytay : 120 PHP
  • Jeepney from Tagaytay to Mt.Batulao : 10 PHP
  • Entrance Fee in Mt.Batulao : 20 PHP
  • Toilet fee : 10 PHP
  • Tricycle : 130 pesos for 4 persons (35 PHP each person)
  • Jeepney back from Mt.Batulao to Tagaytay City 10 PHP
  • Bus from Tagaytay City to Baclaran LRT Station 130 PHP
  • LRT from Baclaran to Roosevelt LRT Station (near our house) 30 PHP

Take your calculator now!!

TOTAL EXPENSES : 459 PHP only!! (= 9.23 USD)

or if I convert it to my country currency, it’s around IDR 123.000 only.

Actually it was the cost from Quezon City to Mt. Batulao, since we lived near SM City North EDSA, Quezon City. But if you go there from Manila City, it will be a little bit cheaper because of the transportation costs from Quezon City to Manila and vice versa. Oh ya! The trip is already including a side-trip also to see Taal Volcano Lake, Tagaytay. You can just stop for a while and taking some pictures from the street.

Because we were backpackers, we brought only one backpack each person. Don’t bring too much things for mount-climbing, because it will make you climb harder and feel more tired. I suggest you to use a pair of sneakers for backpacking, since too much walking can make your feet feel hurt if you use uncomfortable shoes.

Things to bring in your backpack :

  • Mineral water (at least 2 litres)
  • Trail foods (biscuits / bread)
  • Small money
  • Umbrella
  • Knitted hat
  • Jacket
  • Extra T-shirt & toiletries
  • Sunblock
  • Hansaplast
  • Garbage plastic

I think that’s all from my backpacking and first time mount-climbing experience. Thankyou for reading!


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