Mt. Daraitan – Directions, Elevation, and Everything Else You Need to Know
Where is Mt. Daraitan located? – Tanay, Rizal
What is the elevation? – 739+ MASL
How Difficult of A Climb is It? – It is rated as a 4 on a scale of 9.
Scenic Viewpoints – You will see majestic views of the Sierra Madre range as well as the Tinipak River (there is the Tinipak cave to explore as well).
Mountain Climbs in Rizal – Tinipak River and Cave (Sierra Madre Range)
I have had the privilege of going on several dayhike, weekend hiking, and traverse trekking adventures in Rizal. Mt. Daraitan is one of the best for those who like to go caving and really appreciate the views of the Sierra Madre mountain range. You can explore caves and see stalagmite formations that are unbelievably cool. Mt. Daraitain has become a very popular climb and hiking destination but it’s not overly crowded at this point. The higher you climb the better it gets.
Coming from Manila? Set the Alarm!
I began my journey from the front of Edsa Central Terminal at 4AM in the morning.. I had a hard time falling asleep but figured that I could sleep on the van (which never happened).. The van departed at around 5 as our crew waited on a few more people to fill our van.
Note : You have the option of taking a jeepney, which is the cheaper option of course.
How long does it take to get from Manila to Rizal? It’s only about an hour of travel time so it’s very convenient for those who want to get out of crazy Manila for awhile! 🙂
From Rizal we asked a tricycle driver to take us to Mt. Daraitan and off we went to Brgy. Daraitan.
Get Ready for a Bumpy Ride
It was all smooth sailing until the road starting ascending uphill. It was a pretty rough ride thereafter. I think this part of the journey took another hour and we were relieved when we were finally dropped off at our destination.
After arriving at Brgy. Daraitan we registered for the climb. Be forewarned, it’s rather crazy at the registration site. There were swarms of people and we were all very confused for awhile.
Time to Climb The Mt. Daraitan
The hiking trail begins on a concrete road that soon becomes a rocky road. Shortly thereafter the climb begins. We noticed beautiful flowers and thickening trees. It was nice to be in nature once again!
The trail was muddy which made the rocks very slippery, so be careful! In certain areas the hiking trail has some wooden bars to hang on to, but you still need to take your time. The rocks are very unforgiving!
Rest Camp Between Station 1 and 2
If you get tired you will pass 2 rest camps. I think it was the muddy trail that made the hike much more grueling that what it normally would have been in better conditions.
By now on the dayhike, it was nearing noon and we stopped to eat lunch. After eating I wanted a nap, but knew that I would only get more tired if I just sat around so we set out to trek further.
You will pass some nice limestone rock formations that are picture worthy. I was beginning to ask myself “Where is the peak?” However, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and proceeded my tiresome hike up the mountain.
Camp 2 – Only 15 Minutes Away From The Summit!
We finally arrived at Camp 2 and knew that the summit was close. When we finally reached the peak, the long hard trek up the mountain suddenly became worth it. I felt accomplished and the view from the top of the mountain is amazing. I had to give myself a pat on the back after that climb.
Traverse Hike to Tinipak River
Oh, you may have thought that the journey was over? Oh, just a dayhike and then back to Manila? No. This is where our traverse to Tinipak River begins. The sun was beginning to fall so we started heading down and began the traverse to Tinipak River. Considering that the rocks were very slippery, going downhill wasn’t much easier than going up! I stress, once again to be very careful if you do this. You don’t want a broken knee cap at this point (or at any point!).
Tinipak River – Breath of Fresh Air!
We finally reached Tinipak River and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief. Our aching muscles were crying out in pain at this point.
Tinipak River is amazing. It features limestone rocks surrounding the turquoise blue water. The water rushing by the rocks made a soothing sound. We arrived at Tinipak River right as the sun went down so we were thankful that we were able to take a pause to watch the sunset disappear. In the distance you could see the orange sky fade away from the treeline of Mt. Mamara.
Conclusion? – Mt. Daraitan is a wonderful climb and will be a hiking expedition to remember for sure. I did feel that the mountain had too many people on it, but for being only an hour outside of Manila I can’t complain. For being rated only a 4/9 difficulty it really wore me out. The we trail and slippery rocks drained you emotionally as well as physically as you had to focus your attention on the trail.
Tips or Suggestions
- Be respectful of the mountain. Some hikers were playing loud music and just hanging around at the summit. This takes away from the relaxing nature a mountain peak should provide. So, at the summit I would suggest taking your photos, breath in the majestic beauty of what surrounds you and then move on so other climbers can enjoy it to without it being a mob scene.
- Don’t litter! Not sure why I should even have to leave this as a “Tip” but, just respect the mountain.. Come on people!
Directions on How to Get To Mt. Daraitan :
- Take a van outside of Starmall to Tanay.
- Take a jeepney to Jollibee’s on Shaw Boulevard.
- Get on a trike and request to be taken to Barangay Daraitan to the registration area.
If you have your own transportation, follow these directions :
- Take Manila, Ortigas Extension to Rizal Provincial Rd.
- Take Roman Rojas Rd and Marikina-Infanta Highway/Marilaque Highway R-6 to Tanay.
- Turn left to Makaira on Daraitan Rd and drive until you get to the registration area.
How Much Does Everything Cost?
Here is a summary of the expenses you will incur :
- RT Fare from Manila to Tanay – 140 Peso
- RT Fare Trike Tanay to Barangay Daraitan P500/5-P200
- Environmental fee at the Registration area – 20 Peso
- Tinipak River fee – 20 Peso
- Food – 100 Peso
- Guide fee 750 peso
Tips On What You Should Bring With You in Your Backpack :
- Water! I’d suggest bringing 2 liters with you.
- Trek pole
- Clean / Dry clothes
- The fees listed above were estimates. Bring more money than this in case you encounter unexpected fees or prices have risen.
- First aid kit
What Else Is There To Do in Tanay
Many people want to make a weekend getaway or maybe even climb another mountain. There are many waterfalls, caves, and mountains in Tanay.. Here are some that may interest you :
- Mt. Batolusong
- Mt. Mamara
- Daranak Falls
- Mt. Maynoba
- Kay-ibon Falls