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Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rodriguez Rizal | Dayhike

Every time I view the DIY group page, I see a lot of stunning photos. They are really impressive! Most of the shots are "buwis-buhay" pose which captured in the mountain. There's a photo of a mountaineer sitting on a rock that caught my attention. I immediately contacted my friend to tell him that we are going to Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rizal on Saturday morning. 


Past 3'o'clock in the morning, we started to travel to Rodriguez Rizal. Our early escapade was very smooth. It's advisable to drive early in the morning because there's no traffic. No hustle at all! We arrived at exactly 4:30AM in Barangay Wawa, the jump off point. We saw a lot of climbers / DIYers registering their names  and paying the necessary fees.



Before we headed to DENR, I already contacted our guide, Sir Ronald. He was referred by my younger brother. After we registered our name, we started to trek. The trail was friendly during the first few hours of our hike. We walked on rough, rocky roads after passing the hanging bridge. We also passed in a rocky ridge of sharp limestone to reach the summit. 



The're no major ascent, the only challenge was the sharp and pointed rocks along the trail. Everyone put an extra care on stepping and touching these rocks. One wrong step can cause damage or injury. It's better to wear gloves. There're available cheap gloves near the DENR which cost from P50-P100.



At the summit, we're welcomed with breath-taking views of the nearby mountains like the twin mountains of Mt. Pamitinan and Mt Binacayan as well as the distinctive Mt. Ayaas We stayed and rested for minutes. The air was really refreshing. Even it's too hot that day, the wind was still relaxing.  


Sir Ronald took a lot photos for us. He's really a great guide and photographer. Even he had no proper training in photography, he can able to capture great photos. What I like about him, he's proactive in taking pictures. He also know the right pose and angle. I really recommend him to be your guide. Contact him at 09124496971

How to get to MT. HAPUNANG BANOI

Take van from Cubao going to Montalban/ Rodriguez. Travel time is 1-1.5 hours. Drop off at Montalban (Eastwood).
Take a jeep or tricycle going to Baranggay Wawa. Travel Time is around 30 minutes.

Expenses

Cubao to Montalban/Rodriguez (Van)-P50
Eastwood- Wawa (Jeep)-P10
Registration Fee- P50
Guide: P500/4-5pax

Travel Guide/ Tips
  • If you want to witness sea of clouds, travel early in the morning like around 3AM
  • Don't forget to put sunblock to protect your skin from the direct heat of the sun. Wear also rashguard and cap.
  • Bring plenty of water and trail food
  • Wear gloves and leggings. 
  • It's advisable to use close shoes instead of slippers or sandals
  • It's better to travel in a group. You can save more money on that!
  • Globe has no coverage in the area. Smart is working but sometimes you can't make and receive phone calls. It's better to send text messages.  

Mt Hapunang Banoi
Rodriguez, Rizal
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA: 517 MASL (+460m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3.5 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-4 
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