Mountain profile (from pinoymountaineer.com)
Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Daraitan (village centre), Tanay
Minor jumpoff: Sitio Cablao Brgy. Pagsangahan, General Nakar
LLA: 14°36′48.5′′N 121°26′19.5′′ 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 mountain’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.
7:45am registration and briefing
8:00am start of ascent
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
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.
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.
Now i am happy!!!it looks like a choco fudge sundae for me.It is amazing.
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.
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.