Mt. Daguldol is located in Barangay Hugom, San Juan, Batangas, where you need to travel almost five hours. It is nearly located in the shoreline of Laiya Beach. Daguldol is one of the mountains that beginners will really enjoy. Because of it has an easy trail and has several great side trips, particularly Naambon Falls and Laiya Beach.
But don’t under estimate Mt. Daguldol, from the start you need to pass by Laiya Shoreline, where in your stamina will be tested walking in the sand especially during summer season. And when you get to Mang Lizardo’s place, you need to secure guides from Hugom Environmental Guides Association (HEGA), it is mandatory to have a guide on Mt. Daguldol. Guides Fee cost P350 per 15 persons and an entrance fee of P35.
Daguldol is rich with coconut trees and different kinds of trees. And despite of having a easy to moderate trail, there are parts of the trail that you will feel tired because there is less air/oxygen passing thru the trail. You will pass around the mountain and there is part of the trial that the mountain blocks the air coming inside the forest. That’s why most of the time climbers get a leg cramps during the trek. Trek on the sand along the shoreline is also one factor why it happens. In order to avoid cramps, bring salt and enough water along the trail. Several rest areas are also provided on the trail. By the way Daguldol has two trails the traditional, the San Juan Trail and the traverse from Lobo Batangas going to San Juan, but I haven’t tried the traverse yet. That’s why I can’t give information for now.
|Camp 1 - Gulugod Baboy|
|Bilaran ng Limatik|
The best part of the trek is the side trip. Where it offers: The “Naambon Falls”, and the white sand beaches of Laiya. Naambon Falls is not that spectacular to be a falls. Only small amount of falls is falling maybe that’s why they call it Naambon. It is enough to refresh your body from the heat of the trail. Laiya beach resort will give you the finish line of the trip. Where you can relax and take a refreshing resort for swimming.
|Laiya Beach Resorts|
How to go to Mt. Daguldol in Laiya?
From Buendia Taft Take Bus going to Lipa, Batangas. Drop by Lipa Batangas. You can rent a jeep and go directly to Barangay Hugom. Or take jeep going to San Juan Proper. Then take jeepney again going to Barangay Hugom.
0400 Assembly at 7-Eleven Buendia
0500 From Buendia Taft Take Bus going to Lipa
0730 At Lipa, rent a jeep going to Brgy. Hugom
1030 ETA Brgy. Hugom; Arrange for Guides. Lunch
1200 Start Trek - Beach Front
1430 ETA Mang Lizardo's place
1530 ETA Niyugan Campsite, Set Camp
1600 Start Trek going to summit
1630 ETA Summit
1730 ETD from Summit
1800 Back to campsite
1900 Dinner / Socials
0500 Wake up call
0520 Trek going to Bilaran ng Limatik
0540 ETA summit
0700 ETD from summit
0630 Break Camp
0700 Start Descent
0800 Back at Mang Lizardo's place
0900 Take a sidetrip to Naambon Falls
1000 Resume descent
1100 Back at Brgy. Hugom; and take a bath from the Laiya Beach Resorts
1700 Rent jeep back to Lipa
1930 ETA Buendia
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