Throwback Travel: Mt. Daguldul, San Juan, Batangas

The time was November 2004.  Many things have changed since then – shirt size, civil status (well, not applicable to everyone in this pic hehe), priorities. But friends are always there to make you enjoy life.  I can’t help but smile as I go back to pictures of our Mt. Daguldul hike.

From Lipa City, we set to jump-off at Brgy. Hugom in San Juan, Batangas.  The fun part in this hike is that we get to start off at the beach and pass by nice rock formations before entering the forest trail.  Looking at my photos’ metafiles (because I can’t recall anymore), we reached Niyugan Campsite after 3.5 hours or so.  It was not a difficult climb but I remember getting muscle cramps on the hike up, as well as the slippery terrain because it rained slightly while we climbed.   As always, what comes as normal food in ordinary situations becomes sumptuously delicious when eaten and shared at the peak of a mountain.

San Juan, Batangas

Mt. Daguldul

Early morning the next day, we started our short trek towards the peak. From here, views of nearby mountains in Batangas can be seen such as Mt. Maculot, Mt. Malipunyo and Mt. Naguiling.

Mt. Daguldul

During our descent, we took the sidetrip to Naambon Falls (ambon means light rain in English).  Just look at the pictures and you’ll most probably agree with the name.  After the sweaty hike and coming down to the beach, the best thing to do next is, of course, get ourselves refreshed on the beach.

Naambon Falls, Laiya Beach

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