Every time I went south of Luzon, it’s hard for me not to glimpse at Mount Makiling as it stands proud along with Mount Banahaw on the vast plains of Batangas and Laguna provinces. But never did I imagine that one day I’ll be able to experience its beauty firsthand.

We started our seven (7) hour trek from the entrance of the Makiling Reserve at Sto. Tomas, Batangas. This area gave me an industrial park vibe because of the pipes all over it. Upon starting our ascent, I had this feeling of excitement when I saw the cloud-covered peaks of this mountain.

I’ve been to mountains in the Cordilleras, Bulacan, and Rizal areas butMakiling is a different “animal” from them. We were cool all the way inside the dense forest as I was on the lookout for “limatiks”. There was brief glimpse of the “outside” world through the rock formations along the trail to Peak 3. From Peak 3, you can see the provinces of Laguna and Batangas as well as the nearby Mount Maculot.

After a brief stop, we went ahead to cross what they call “Limatik Central” to Peak 2. The weather in this area is different from before we started our hike. Almost 50% of the time, we were either crawling or hopping because of the outgrowth of ferns, fallen tree trunks, and ruts that are all over the place. We arrived at Peak 2 around lunch time and headed for Agila Base after a quick rest.

All in all, this is a memorable trek for me because of the flora and fauna you can see inside this legendary mountain. Unlike other mountains though, there’s no place where you can take photos of views like “sea of clouds” and such. Sans the lack of view, there’s so much reason to go back here.

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