To set things straight, I am not a mountaineer. I am a beach bum okay, a water baby. But I get to climb a few mountains and always survived strong! (as what my peers usually told me after the climb) Well, I have to thank my previous work for the strong leg work every day, I worked on field before in high heels and I go to gym regularly. So that explains the physique and strength. ๐Ÿ™‚

However, my pre-requisite for every climb is a side trip to either a falls or a beach. So when a friend invited me for Mt. Balingkilat with side trip at Nagsasa Cove, I answered right back with YES even without any knowledge about the climb except that it was located in Zambales ๐Ÿ™‚

However, my pre-requisite for every climb is a side trip to either a falls or a beach. So when a friend invited me for Mt. Balingkilat with side trip at Nagsasa Cove, I answered right back with YES even without any knowledge about the climb except that it was located in Zambales ๐Ÿ™‚

We started the trek early!

Mt. Balingkilat, literally the โ€œMountain of Thunderโ€ in the native Aeta language, is at 1100 MASL one of the highest peaks in theย Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves area, an emerging hiking hotspot within San Antonio and Subic towns that has scenic views and nice trails that interconnect high peaks and beautiful coves.

QUICK FACTS

Subic, Zambales
Jumpoff: Sitio Cawag Settlement, Subic Town
LLA: 14.89 N, 120.11 E (est.), 1100 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4

What I love to see every day - SUN RISE <3

WHAT TO DO / ACTIVITIES

  • Trekking
  • Photo Ops
  • Swimming in Nagsasa Cove
Mt. Balingkilat is rocky and grassy that could give you cuts. So cover up! ๐Ÿ™‚

WHERE TO EAT

Anywhere comfortable ๐Ÿ™‚ You can eat under the trees. But the problem is, there is little to NONE tree in the area. The mountain range is an open field.

Dig in, guys!

HOW TO GET THERE

Mt. Balingkilat is 3.5 – 4 hours away from Manila.

VIA DIY / PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

ย โ€ข Victory Liner Pasay/Cubao, Genesis Lines

ย โ€ข 3.5 – 4 hours travel time;

ย โ€ข Fare is Php 245 per person

โ€ข Submit your letter of intent to the police officials; there are tricycle in the area that you can ride going to the jump off point
โ€ขย  CONTACT PERSON / GUIDE: 0907-4737117

VIA ARRANGED TOUR

Water break! Thank God for the little shade. Sun's on break at this moment haha

WHERE TO STAY

The usual isย  a 2-day trip so you get to sleep at the campsite then proceed to the summit early in the morning. Other option is start early so you can traverse by afternoon to Nagsasa then spend the night there or go back to Manila to cut the costs; or stay in resorts in Zambales.

OR BOOK HERE

if staying in Manila or Zambales

The trail is so easy yet for reasons I could not explain, even a slight breeze is non-existent. Heat is the greatest enemy here. There is little to NONE tree cover!

ITINERARY

DAY 0
2200H โ€“ Assembly in MOA

Day 1

0230H โ€“ Arrival at Subic Jolibee, beside Police Station

0300H โ€“ Arrival at Cawag Resettlement Center

0400H โ€“ Start Trek

0730H โ€“ Balingkilat Campsite

0800H โ€“ Mt. Balingkilat Summit

0930H โ€“ EARLY LUNCH

1000H โ€“ Traverse to Nagsasa

1400H โ€“ ETA Nagsasa Cove

1600H โ€“ Boat to Pundaquit

1730H โ€“ ETA in Pundaquit

1800H โ€“ ETA to San Antonio, Subic

1930H โ€“ ETA Victory Liner

2300H โ€“ ETA in Cubao

Note: This trip is so much better for overnight stay at the Balingkilat campsite. Youโ€™re welcome. ๏Š

The scorching sun is beating the hell out of us. This is the part (never-ending assault) where I asked myself why I joined in this climb, haha! I am running out of water and I'm getting annoyed with the extreme heat :/ย 

PERSONAL NOTE

  • Bringย at least 3 L of water per person
  • Guides are strictly 1:7. Rate is Php 1,000 for overnight and Php 900 for day tour. Please provide food, drink and tent for the guide.
  • Bring sunblock! SPF 300++ lol. It is really hot!
  • Wear long sleeves, arm band whichever is comfy
  • Cellphone signal is available in most of the area
  • CONTACT NUMBERS
    o Chieftain Juanito Balosbalos โ€“ 0918-3271442
    o PNP Subic โ€“ 0946-2368934

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EXPENSES (DIY)

BACKTRAIL TO CAWAG

Bus Fare MNL to Olongapo RT โ€“ Php 490.00
Jeep Fare Olongapo to Subic โ€“ Php 19
Registration fee at Cawag โ€“ Php 20
Guide Fee โ€“ Php 1,000 / 7 = Php 143.00

TOTAL – ย PHP 672.00 per person

From the summit you will be greeted by the breathtaking view of Zambales Coves Area and the neighboring mountains such as Mt.Cinco Picos enough to forget the hardships from the trail going to top. But it was still FREAKING HOT.

It was my highest mountain to date, at 1100 MASL. But it wasn’t the most difficult; if only we have enough water I guess it would relatively be just as easy as the other mountains.
We didn’t get to traverse to Nagsasa due to time constraint and no water supply, water supply is drying up because of the weather I guess. So we decided to descent back trail.

But the highlight of the trip? 30mins before we reach the jump off, we walked past a flowing river. Without hesitation, we filled our water bottles and drink ๐Ÿ™‚ the sweetest moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re that crazy for a drop of water! And so we finished descent within 3hours LOL

-M

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