Doon sa Daraitan: Travel Guide to Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River

It’s been almost a year since  I posted in this  blog. My apologies for that.. Anyway,  let me share with you my worthwhile experience in Daraitan and Tinipak River. One of the mountains I climbed wherein I saw the “sea of clouds”.

Tada! This is my favorite picture in Daraitan so far 🙂

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“If I can fit this huge sun in my little hands, then I can pass the huge waves with my small boat.”

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MT. DARAITAN
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
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About 2 hours to reach the peak..

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About 800php budget for DIY Day hike 1300php overnight 😉

They said it was impossible to travel to Daraitan with just 700php or 800php…
Hmmmm… Maybe if you’re a person who eats a lot and buys a lot of souvenir items, then it really is impossible.

We were just 4 in the group. We rode an FX from Shaw (Starmall) Going to Tanay. That’s Php70. From there, lots of local tricycle drivers will already approach you and ask if you will go to Daraitan. Standard tricycle fare is Php500, but we were offered Php100 per pax.

Once you’ve reached Daraitan Brgy Hall, they will let you know what other things are to be paid for, but of course, I chose the pay the Mandatory ones such as the tour guide (Php500), the registration fee/environmental fee for $20 and the wooden bridge for Php5. We didn’t ride a boat for Php10. That’s totally optional. We took the hanging bridge instead, which is more fun. I didn’t rent a head flashlight which is for Php30 for a day hike. They will also offer rest rooms, but while trekking, you can actually do your thing there 😉 Besides, we asked our tour guide to bring us to their home instead so we can get changed…

Here’s how much it will be for a day hike:
Shaw to Tanay (FX/Van) = Php 70
Tanay to Daraitan(Trike) = Php 100
Tour guide = Php 187.5 (P750 / 4 pax)
Environmental fee = Php 20
Wooden Bridge = Php 5
Daraitan to Tanay = Php 100
Tanay to Shaw = Php 70
TOTAL: = Php 552.50

There it goes… 🙂 No matter what happens, make sure that you have at least Php555 so you can go back home 😀 … I provided Php700 or Php800 as a budget so we’ll have allowance for water and food.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take lots of pictures while climbing. That’s because it was so dark..

But… to set your expectations, the trail is no joke! It was totally exhausting. It took us 2 hours to reach the peak. It was so rocky. The rocks up and down the mountain can be slippery too!

I made a short video so you can check out how the trail looks like 🙂

Please watch in HD

Mt. Daraitan in Photographs:

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Tinipak River in Photographs

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN & SUGGESTED ITINERARIES:

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***Flashlight is required. If you don’t have one, it will be 35php***

Meet our Tour Guide (Cobz Ilustre):

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I guess that’s it! Hope you find this somehow helpful ^_^. Don’t forget to bring water, food, flashlight and extra clothes! Enjoy hiking!

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