MT. DARAITAN FOR A DAY (Traverse to Tinipak River)

When I’m thinking about unwinding, traveling with friends, or just wanting to escape the hassle of the city life. Rizal province is definitely one of the destination that would pop out in my mind. Why? For the obvious reason – aside from the fact that this place is just around the corner, Rizal province offers a variety of locations where you can devour what the nature has to offer, from resorts, parks, to its mountains, rivers, falls, caves, name it! This wonderful province will never fail to excite you with her majestic views!

So, when my friends and I decided to go hiking for a thrilling getaway, it is here where we found the perfect mountain for us.

Mt. Daraitan.

Located in Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon, Mt. Daraitan is classified as a minor climb, with a difficulty categorized as 4 out of 9. But for first time climbers, don’t let the number deceive you. You better be prepared for an exhausting journey. But don’t worry, once you reach the summit, the stunning view of the Sierra Madre mountains and the Daraitan River meandering down below will surely pay you off.

THE JOURNEY

We started our journey at around 4 am and reached the jump off at around 8:30 am. We haven’t even reach our destination yet but we’re already in awe of the view the road along was giving us.

Tricycle-selfie going to Brgy. Daraitan.

 

Road to forever – este – to Daraitan. Expect the muddy, bumpy road to teach you the basic of dancing. And yesss! That’s fog you’re seeing here 🙂

 

The bridge. Asked the tricycle driver to stop over here for some photo op. The water is crytal clear. The view is just… WOW! (I wasn’t sure if this is the bridge where some says tricycle drivers would drop you off to take another trike that would take you to the Barangay Hall because in our case, the trike we rode from Sampaloc took us directly to the barangay hall.)

 

SEA OF CLOUDS! We weren’t even on the summit yet! (Well, we didn’t witness the sea of clouds in the summit though :D)

 

And yessssss!!! SUMMIT! Feel the heat. Feel your victory! Here, I am standing over the peak of one of the limestone rock formation covering the summit.

 

Daraitan River meanders through Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

 

GETTING THERE:

  • From EDSA-Shaw Crossing, take a jeepney to Tanay, Rizal (1.5 – 2hrs) Ask the driver to drop you off at Tanay Public Market then head to the jeepney terminal.
  • Take a jeepney going to Sampaloc, Tanay (30 – 45mins.)
  • Take a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan  (30 – 45mins.) – You’ll arrive at Daraitan River. (In our case, the trike took us straight to the Barangay Hall.)
  • Cross the bridge to the other side of the river then take a tricycle going to Daraitan Barangay Hall (5mins.)
  • You arrived at your destination! Now begins the adventure 🙂 Good luck and have fun!

 

OTHER INFO:

  •  Registration fee is 20.00php, to be paid in the Barangay Hall.
  • Tour Guide is mandatory and is assigned in the Barangay Hall upon   registration. 500.00php for 5pax.
  • Doing day hike and traversing to Tinipak River should not cost you more than 700php (under normal circumstances).

 

TIPS and REMINDERS:

  • I highly suggest you take the side trip to Tinipak River! The water running along limestone formation will surely leave you in awe and is very much worth the little distress the road will cause you.
  • There is a cave near the river which you can also tour. There is a river running inside and it has a natural pool where you can swim. Don’t forget to rent a headlamp in the Barangay Hall, all worth it for only 30.00php!
  • Don’t forget to have a sumptuous breakfast. You’ll be needing a lot of energy!
  • Bring enough water.
  • Better if you pack your lunch. You can also opt to buy food on the way. There’s no store along the trek to the summit.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and trekking shoes. The trail could be muddy and slippery so please ditch your sandals for your own good.
  • Comfort rooms are available around the village and they charge about not more than 20php depending on your business.
  • Weekend trip could be very crowded so better to schedule your trip on weekdays.
  • Bring clothes that you will need if you’re planning to take the side trip to Tinipak River. The river is so tempting you would want to take the pleasure of dipping yourself in the water.
  • There are camping sites in the area but with corresponding fees.
  • You can do Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River in one day, depending on your pace.
  • MY PERSONAL APPEAL TO EVERY ONE: Please leave the place as you find it. LEAVE NO TRACE. Not only in consideration to the next visitors, but also to help conserve and maintain the beauty of the nature.

 

We started the trek at around 9am and reached the summit a little past 11, that was just about 2 hours since we were hurrying because we decided we want to traverse to Tinipak River.

We had our lunch at the summit and after satisfying ourselves with the view (honestly, you can never get enough of the view), took enough photos, we hurriedly came down to meet the magic of Tinipak River.

 

Road to Tinipak river. Still full of energy. Thanks to mother nature. And yea, that was Mt. Daraitan over there 🙂

 

Don’t miss the natural spring where you can drink and refill, it’s absolutely free!

 

Still afar, we were able to have a peek of this sight.. the RIVER! I wanna jump like right now!

 

The Cave. Don’t forget to drop by 🙂
POOL. Yes! Pool in the CAVE!! For crying out loud! (This was my first time, sorry :D) (In reality, it was super dark in there. As in SUPER DARK -of course that’s a cave.)

 

Cold and crystal clear water. All the exhaustion swiftly went away..

 

Mt. Daraitan was a tough climb. It was not an easy trekking where you would just walk your way up. Here, the trail was steep and you’ll literally have to lift your body up most of the steps of the way. It was so exhausting that some would wanna back out.

But if you’re tough enough to finish what you’ve started, you’ll be rewarded with all the beauty the nature has to offer up above the summit. And once you’ve tasted the caressing of the water of the Tinipak River. You’ll forget how you’ve been weary all the way.

So there you go! I hope you find this blog helpful.

Thank you very much for reading!

See you on my next post! 🙂

 

x o x o

-phajini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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