Trek to Mt. Talamitam
Mostaco Marketing is almost 3 years old but we haven’t had a formal team building activity yet. For the month of April, we laid out 3 team building activities to reward our team for all their hard work. Since the Mostaco team are eager for an outdoor activity, we scheduled a trek to Mt. Talamitam last April 8, 2017.
Mt. Talamitam is located in Nasugbu, Batangas and is considered a smaller sibling of the more famous Mt. Batulao. Based on it’s MASL, it is not as imposing as Mt. Batulao. But the hike is very exhausting and tiring. Hiking Mt. Talamitam is best enjoyed early in the morning to avoid direct exposure to the sun.
Preparation and the hike
The team departed Las Pinas at 4:30 AM to meet our ever reliable guide in Evercrest. After stopping over for breakfast and meeting our guide, we proceeded to the Mt. Talamitam jump off point in Sitio Bayabasan. If you are not familiar where it is, it is roughly 11 kilometers from Evercrest. You will also see a big white tarpaulin signage signifying the jump off point.
After registering and paying the obligatory 45 pesos per hiker, we proceeded with the climb. The first part of the trail is cemented and pretty straightforward. After 10 minutes, you will cross a bridge and then a bamboo bridge and the assault begins.
Mt. Talamitam will feature an all assault climb. After crossing the bamboo bridge, it is an assault climb to reach the grasslands. It took us an hour to reach the grasslands and we had plenty of rest to catch our breath. The heat of the sun didn’t help either.
After reaching the grassland, you can find a shade and sit to relax. There are also vendors selling refreshments. The grasslands are sloping grasslands until you reach the foot of Mt. Talamitam for the summit assault. It took us 30 minutes, again with plenty of rest, to reach the foot of Mt. Talamitam.
There are two trails to choose from. Our guide said the left trail is steeper compared to the right trail. Our more adventurous delivery guys took the left trail and we assaulted the summit using the right trail. It took us 45 minutes to reach the summit with a rest in between. We reached the summit after almost 3 hours.
From the summit, you can see a glimpse of Fortune Island, Pico de Loro and Mt. Marami. We stayed in the summit for 30 minutes for photos and stuff. We descended using the left trail and we reached the jump off point after 2 hours. We had lunch at Milagros and we had inihaw na liempo, inihaw na pusit and the ever famous Batangas Bulalo.
It was a rewarding experience to climb Mt. Talamitam. For the year, this is my 3rd mountain to summit (after Mt. Batulao and Mt. Pulag). Our team had an amazing time and they can’t wait for our Mt. Ulap team climb at the end of April.
We have 2 more team building activities for April. On April 18, we are treating them to watch The Fast and the Furious 8 in IMAX! From April 29 to May 1, we are treating them on a Baguio vacation and that much awaited Mt. Ulap climb. Who says working with Mostaco Marketing is not fun!