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The crazy friendship was started in Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River . The weather was on our side the whole time. It was a chill trek in a ...

Overnight at Tinipak River and Mt. Daraitan

The crazy friendship was started in Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River. The weather was on our side the whole time. It was a chill trek in a long trail together with my cool peeps. Lots of interesting stories revealed along the trail. Every pose on the rocks, laugh trip, food trip and drinking session were memorable. 

Mt. Daraitan is one of the favorite outdoor destinations in Tanay Rizal. It is located at the boundary of two provinces – Rizal and Quezon. Major jump off is located in  Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay while other jump off is located in Sitio Cablao Brgy. Pagsangahan, General Nakar. It's a minor climb with difficulty of 4 out of 9 and  a trail class of 1 to 3.

Before heading to the summit, we stayed overnight at the camp site near the river. I felt here the serenity of the place. The sounds of the flowing water and chirps of the birds were like a music to my ears. I forgot for a moment the busy life in the Metro. The place was very relaxing. Our bonding here was really unforgettable. 

Near the campsite, we found the beautiful caves, springs, natural pools, and limestone boulders. The water inside the cave was refreshing. Don't forget to bring lamp or flashlight. The whole area was really dark. Get also an extra careful while walking inside. Some part of  the area were slippery. 

Going to the summit was mostly ascent. Good thing the trail was well-maintained and we found plenty of holds. Please take time to rest. Some of the veterans in hiking still get leg cramps. Bring enough water and trail food. It's advisable to wear sandals or shoes. The trail was muddy and slippery during rainy season.

When you reach the summit, probably you might say the word "finally." It's tiring to get to the top especially if you are beginner. From here, you can find Sierra Madre mountains, beautiful Daraitan River, and a glimpse of Laguna de Bay. We're blessed to see spectacular sea of clouds. It's amazing and breath-taking. The overlooking view was priceless.

How to get to Mt. Daraitan
  • Take a van from EDSA-Shaw to Tanay, Rizal (P70). 
  • From Tanay, take jeep to Sampaloc (P26)  
  • Then, Take tricycle to Brgy. Daraitan (P100)
Other option, from Tanay, take a tricycle going to Baranggay Hall in Daraitan P500 . Travel til be around 1 hour to 1.5 hours

DIY expenses
  • Registration Fee - P50
  • Tour Guide Fee P750/5pax (day hike) P1250 (Overnight)
  • Environmental Fee - P20
  • Cave Fee- P5

Travel Guides / Tips
  • Travel early in the morning to avoid traffic jam along the road
  • Put sunblock on your skin to protect your skin from the direct of the sun
  • Bring enough water and food
  • There are no water sources in the summit
  • If you have sensitive stomach, don't drink the water from the river
  • Keep the place clean and never leave a trace
  • From Tinipak River, it takes 20 minutes to reach the cave
  • Travel Time will 3-4 hours going to Daraitan
  • The Brgy. Hall is equally distributing the tour guide for each group of climbers. Guide is mandatory
  • There's signal for SMART, SUN and GLOBE at the summit.
  • Waterproof  your bag for gadgets in case of rain