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Mt.Daraitan and tinipak river

   
  

Mountain profile (from pinoymountaineer.com)

MT. DARAITAN

Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon

Major jumpoff: Brgy. Daraitan (village centre), Tanay

Minor jumpoff: Sitio Cablao Brgy. Pagsangahan, General Nakar

LLA: 14ยฐ36โ€ฒ48.5โ€ฒโ€ฒN 121ยฐ26โ€ฒ19.5โ€ฒโ€ฒ E, 739 MASL (+600)

Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2.5-4 hours 

Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3

Features: Tropical forest, limestone formations, river trek

A gem at the heart of the great Sierra Madre mountain range, close enough to Manila to do as a dayhike, is Mt. Daraitan. A former logging area, the village that bears the mountainโ€™s name is now an ecotourism site that offers outdoor attractions such as caves, springs, natural pools, and limestone formations. 

The hike up is a (mostly) straightforward 600-meter ascent that might feel steep to those not used to hiking. There are, however, plenty of holds and the trail is well-maintained. 

At the summit, one can see the Sierra Madre mountains (E, NE), the meandering Daraitan River, and a glimpse of Laguna de Bay with its outlying mountains (i.e. Makiling and Sembrano) and the mountain within it: Mt. Tagapo. Tinipak River, with its beautiful limestone boulders, is a great highlight and must not be missed! -Gideon Lasco

Going to Brgy Daraitan

if you see this road , You are not lost.Just follow it.

Long stretch of a legit rocky road

  

This is what we saw at the end of that road

  

Amazing.I couldn’t believe it could carry us. Can you just imagine how strong this wooden bridge is?

 

ITINERARY

7:45am registration and briefing

8:00am start of ascent

10:30am summit

11:00am start of descent

2:00pm foot of mountain,snacktime tinipak river

3:30pm trek going to cave

4:00 cave,stayed in the jacuzzi like spring inside

4:30 went out of the cave

5:00 ate lomi at an eatery there near the campsite

6:00 go home


A little briefing  

   

 

Start
It was a bit showery when we started so I had to wear my raincoat. 

It feels different to smell the scent of the rain while walking in the forest.

 

  

Here we are while waiting for the people who at the summit.We had this hike on a saturday.      
    
 

Foot of the mountain 

This what we have saw reach the  foot of  the mountain.You cannot see the white borders of the river yet.At first,i thought that was it and our tour is over. i was disappointed because i thought i would not see those picturesque landform that i ve been seeing in the shared photos.The guide was not that talky talky-ish.Little did i know that you still have to trek to that area.

   

   


To tinipak tiver
  

Now i am happy!!!it looks like a choco fudge sundae for me.It is amazing.

  

    
    
 

   
    

 

Cave

This is where you will pass through  
Good thng there were no longer queues that time.we were able to go inside as soon as we reached the mouth of the cave.

  

 I am really not into spelunking or going inside caves because i think may dreadful things that can happen inside becauae it is dark.There can be bats that my pee on you;snkes that may bite u or stalagmite or stalactite that may knock your head .you can also slip into its wetfloor.So this is my first time.

 

 Glad i tried it.you really have to maximize the experience when yoi go to a certain place.  
  

  

 
  It was actually good. You just really have to be careful.Of coirse it was dark.The water is cold. the water on that spring is not too deep.Thank God nothing that i feared of happened to anyone of us

    
   

When i asked a friend of mine how far is this from the tricycle terminal.He told me,it was just walking distance.i did not expect it  to be like another trekking that probably took us more than 30mins.So it got dark but still we manahe to get through  with our head lamps.
So there a whole day of adventure.

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