Mt. 387 Batong-Amat Traverse (724+) | Nueva Ecija

March 22, 2017

I’ve seen photos of Mt. 387 on social media and it’s been getting attention from hikers due to its resemblance to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. That’s why, Batong Amat a.k.a Mt. 387 was also dubbed as the Bohol of the North. The mountain is located at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija usually 3-4 hours drive from Manila.

Mt. 387
Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
Entry Point: Mr. Roy Manuzon Residence
Elevation: 724 MASL
Hours to summit: 3 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty: Backtrail 2/9; Traverse 4/9, Trail Class 1-4
Credits: Perry Saico | Perryodiko

The Hike
The Gang with the Vice-Mayor.

I chose to hike Mt. 387 since it’s not yet infested by mass hikers and because of its interesting mustard-colored hills. The tour I joined in was organized by Sir Neilz for Php 850 last March 11.

Inclusions:

– Van Transfer (Cubao-Nueva Ecija-Cubao)
– Tour Guide
– Registration Fee

We arrived around 5:30 AM, it was still dark and cold, we had our breakfast at the jump-off point at the small eatery where could buy cup noodles and coffee to fill up your stomach before starting the hike.

At the foot of the mountain.

Though availing 2 seedlings and tree planting were encouraged, the locals currently stopped the activity since it was hot and plants run dry. We were given three (1.5) liters of water to water the seedlings along the way.

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A local watering the seedlings

The name Mt. 387 was given to Batong-Amat because the area covers about 387.9 hectares when it was adopted by the Kalinga sa Kalisakasan ng Puncan to preserve the mountain.

The hike was relaxing and the terrain were easy even if the sun was scorching hot on that day. Pleasantly, there were few hikers too, maybe around 50+, (for me that’s few).

Start of the grass trail.

The trail is composed of tall grass (talahib), pine trees, bamboo grasses and other forest trees as seen on the photos.

Hiking Mt. 387 through backtrail is recommended for beginners but if you want a challenging one you could traverse your way to Aloha Falls, just prepare a pair of gloves, tons of patience, endurance and perseverance and you’re good to go.

For those who would backtrail Mt. 387, you could take the elf dump truck to Aloha Falls for Php 15 per person.

They look like uneven version of Chocolate Hills.
There are pine trees in Nueva Ecija.

Bring an umbrella if you don’t want to get roasted.


What to Wear:
  • Dri-Fit Shirts or Long Sleeves
  • Leggings / Jogging pants / Compression Pants
  • Gloves (great help for traversing Mt. 387)
  • Socks (I doubled my socks that day and it was one of the best decision I made)
  • Trekking Shoes or Sandals

What to Bring:
  • 2-3L Water
  • Poncho
  • Trail Food
  • Packed Lunch
  • Sunscreen
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Itinerary:

0130 – Meet Up/Assembly
0200 – ETD to Nueva Ecija
0530 – ETA to Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
0545 – Breakfast
0615 – Start Trek
0730 – ETA to View Deck
0900 – ETA at Batong Amat Peak, Break, Photo Ops
1000 – Start Descend (Traverse)
1230 – ETA Aloha Falls / Lunch
1400 – ETD to Jump-off Area / Shower / Rest
1730 – Early Dinner at Mang Inasal
1800 – Dinner at Mang Inasal
2230 – ETA in Cubao

Our group were supposed to do a back-trail however when we reached the peak, they impulsively decided to do a traverse. Before the hike, I was informed that traversing Mt. 387 will be exhausting and brutal in so many ways. They were right!

Good thing, I prepared my gloves since you won’t have any choice but to grab those branches for support as you go down. The trail was steep and the soil were loose, any misstep will lead you rolling down.

Going down was a bit tricky and it’s easier if you’ll sit than standing up.

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It was a never-ending inclined terrain, once you reach a flat rocky surface that indicates that you’re near to Aloha Falls. There were river crossing before we arrived at Aloha Falls.  We were exhausted upon reaching the falls where we had our lunch and took a nap to replenish energy.

Hello! Aloha Falls sounds redundant.

Please, don’t be like Lester and Iñigo.

It was around 2PM when we trek back to the waiting area where a truck would take us to the jump-off point. Riding the truck felt like riding a 4×4 truck at the Sand dunes of Paoay in Ilocos Norte.

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Our view while waiting for the truck.

It was a 10-15 minutes ride, we took a shower afterwards and had a snack at the eatery. We left Brgy. Puncan at around 3:30PM to go back to Manila. It was a pleasant hike and I enjoyed the company of my new found friends.

How to Get There
  • Take a bus bound to Isabela or Tuguegarao (3-4 hours | Php 330)
  • Drop-off at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija near Iglesia Ni Christo
  • Walk across to Sir Roy Manuzon Residence
Credits: JR Salvedia
Contacts

Contact person: Roy Manuzon – 0917 571 2152

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Till my next hike!