Your guide up: Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River

Location: Tanay Rizal

Major jumpoff: Brgy. Daraitan Village Centre

Difficulty: Minor climb, 4/9, 739+ MASL

Mt. Daraitan is one of the most popular and stunning mountain in Tanay, Rizal. She is a complete package. A majestic waterfalls, pristine river, dark hollowed cave and a perfect limestone formation.

Back in 2015, a friend asked me” Aakyat ako ng Daraitan sa weekend, sama ka?. Hiking is my dream so without hesitation ย I answered “Sure!“. This is where my mountain escapade begins.

Since I wasn’t blogging yet during my first hike, I ended up inviting my friends to Daraitan ~ my mother mountain. Main reason of my climb-back is “doing it for the blog“, I’d like to document details and photos for my blog and videos for my VLOG, Seth tried to vlog for you guys. Watch it here:

The climb-back was more than worth it. But this will be the last. I’m not gonna climb Daraitan again. You might have seen our cool photos in social media but behind that was an effin** leg-breaking climb. I’m not complaining though ๐Ÿค—. I actually super enjoyed it, I was laughing the whole climb because my friends are cursing and shouting “**** Seth, sabi mo pabebe hike lang!” hahaha! That’s how hard the trail is.


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Balsa ride. This one is necessary as there is no bridge in the area due to the rainy season. The water level tends to get high thus they decided not to put back the bridge and just use this one as a service. Php5.00 only to get to the other side then ride a tricycle to reach the brgy.

Kuya joanson, my local contact organized everything for us. From the balsa ride, tricycle and registration but he wasn’t able to guide us up due to personal matter.

You have two trail to choose from. The short trail – short but extreme and the long trail – long but easy. We decided to take the long trail going up.

We started our trek at 6am.


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The trail to the summit is forested and steep, not to mention, it’s raining, so the sand is muddy and slippy. Just imagine that!

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We didn’t regret taking the long trail up because we got to see this majestic waterfalls along the trail. It’s more beautiful when you see it in person, swear! โœ‹๐Ÿป





We reached the summit at 09:35am. Thanks to Kenrick for remembering the exact time of our itinerary ๐Ÿ˜…

Breathe in, butt out! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

15-minutes more walk after the peak so we can take our lunch already.

We took the short trail going down and the rain started to pour! Gaaaaawd! It’s super steep and slippy! But I really enjoyed the hike because it’s a new experience for me. It’s my first time to hike while raining. I’m starting to fall in love with rain ๐Ÿ˜

When i was looking down the trail, i was like “wooooaah! babain ko ba talaga to?! Like seriously??!!! Kaya ko kaya to??? Medyo nalula talaga ako sa pagka assault niya beshy. ๐Ÿ˜ Mountaineers call it assault ( the steep final leg of the trek).


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We were back at the jump off at 3pm. It took us 3 hours to go down.To date, this is the most extreme climb I’ve ever done.

5-minutes rest as we reached the brgy, then we ride a tricycle going to Tinipak river for a little relaxation. We stayed there for an hour only and went back to brgy. to wash up.

Tinipak river is one of the highlights of Daraitan. You can go there directly without climbing the mountain.






0200 Meet-up Bonjour Pasay
0500 ETA Tanay
0600 ETA Brgy. Daraitan Registration Site
0630 Start Trek
1100 Summit/Photo Ops
1200 Descent to camp 2/Lunch
1300 Start Traverse to Tinipak River
1500 Tinipak River/Cave (cave optional)
1600 Wash Up
1700 back to registration/jump off


  • Jeepney fare (MNL-Tanay) – P140
  • Trike fare (Tanay-Brgy. Daraitan) – P500/6 (trike can accommodate 6 pax)
  • Balsa ride – P5
  • Tricycle ride from Balsa to Brgy. – P60 per tricycle
  • Guide fee – P750 for a group of 5
  • Registration fee – P20
  • Tinipak River fee – P20


Commute โ€“ Ride a van in front of Starmall to Tanay or a jeepney along Shaw Boulevard. Get off at Jollibee Tanay and hire a trike going to Barangay Daraitan. Ride a balsa to get to the other side. Then ride a tricycle again going to the registration site.
Private โ€“ waze is your trusted friend! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • It’s always better to hike during weekdays though it’s not always possible because of work. But if you have the chance, go climb up on weekdays to avoid crowded peak ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • If you also have a chance, I highly suggest to stay overnight. You may contact Kuya Joanson how. Contact number below. More chances of seeing sea of clouds if you start early.
  • Tinipak river can be reached without climbing Mt. Daraitan. You just need to ride a tricycle and walk a few steps.
  • A trekking sandals or shoes is necessary especially when climbing on a rainy season, well in every hike actually. I’ve seen a lot of hikers wearing slippers and maong pants. I don’t know what’s happening, maybe they thought they’re going to the mall or watch cinema, or maybe they were not informed that they’re going to climb one of the most assault mountain in Tanay! Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • For those who have a private car or those who rented a van, the road is a bumpy one. Get ready drivers! ๐Ÿ˜
  • Parking and comfort rooms are available in the area.
  • Lastly, be a responsible tourist. Leave no trace!


  • Local guide – Kuya Joanson : 09353129588
  • Van rental – Kuya Demet Antonio: 09062939746

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Travel guide: Mt. Gola + Mt. Manalmon Twin Day Hike

198+masl, a very easy hike ideal for beginners. I call it pabebe hike ๐Ÿ˜ This mountain is perfect for over the weekend getaway. Biak-na-bato National Park offers not only climbing, there are other activities like spelunking, monkey bridge crossing and swimming at the very refreshing Madlum river.

It was my first time to organize a hike. I climb with my workmates yearly. We started last year, our first mountain was organized by someone at Mt. Maculot Cuenca Batangas. Now we’re on our second mountain, the Mt. Gola + Mt. Manalmon in San Miguel Bulacan organized by yours truly ๐Ÿ™…. Days before the climb I was a bit nervous because I’m hearing so much incidents about this place. I thank God for keeping us safe all throughout the climb.

I’m proud and thrilled to share my very first DIY climb ๐Ÿ‘‡

ABOUT (source: Pinoy Mountaineer )

San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15ยฐ15.11โ€™N; 121ยฐ1.22โ€ฒ E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2



  • From Cubao ride Baliuag Transit or any bus to Gapan or San Miguel. Ask driver to drop you off at San Miguel Kamias, from here take a tricyle to Madlum.
  • Travel time is about 2 – 3 hours from Pasay.
  • Since we’re on a big group, we rented a van to avoid hassle in commuting.ย 

Van contact: Carlos Antonio (+63917 786 2672) or Darwin Macaisa (+63915 797 2586)


2am – Meet up Mcdo/Bonjour
Breakfast, buy baon, NO STOPOVER.
3am – ETD Pasay to San Miguel Bulacan
6am – ETA Sitio Madlum, Prepare, Register, Secure guide
6:30am – Start to trek to Mt. Gola
8am – Summit Mt. Gola, rest and pictorial.
9am – descend; start trek to Mt. Manalmon
10am – Summit Mt. Manalmon
11am – descend; LUNCH
1pm – Cave Exploration, Bayukbok Cave and Madlum Cave
2pm – Monkey Bridge – photo ops
3pm – Wash up
4pm – Pack up, uwian na!
8pm – ETA to PASAY


  • Bus fare = Php117.00
  • Tricycle = Php240.00 good for 4 pax
  • Entrance fee = Php20.00 per person
  • Registration fee = Php10.00 per person
  • Guide = Php600.00 per 10 pax
  • Bayukbok cave = Php200.00 per 5 pax
  • Madlum cave = Php150.00 per 10 pax
  • Monkey bridge = Php50.00 per pax
  • Parking = Php25.00


  • If planning to hike this mountain, ensure to email MADLUM Inc. stating your intent to climb. Securing permit is necessary.
ย  ย  09195746470 – Carlito “Tata Carling” Carpio President M.A.D.L.U.M. Inc.
ย  ย  09950595100 – Rexel Marketing and Promotions officer M.A.D.L.U.M. Inc.
  • Bring extra clothes and toiletries, there are rest room in the area with minimal fee
  • Prepare your packed lunch, there are carinderias in the area but are open on weekends only.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunblock, trail to the summit is very easy but not forested so you’ll be exposed to Mr. Sunny.
  • I suggest to wear trekking sandals as you’ll be crossing a river along the trail
  • Bring headlamp for spelunking. Headlamp for rent is also available in the area at Php30 per item


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You’ll be crossing this hanging bridge to the registration / jump off

Yes, you are taking the right path

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Our cool guide
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My bestie posing at the summit of Mt. Gola

Trail to the twin peak

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And together we’ll cross the river

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Chasing sunrise, chasing dreams.
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Happiness is sitting under the tree
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Mt. Manalmon Summit
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Mt. Gola Summit
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Yes, camping is possible. Make sure to coordinate with MADLUM Inc.
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Mt. Manalmon

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The highlight, swimming at Madlum River. Clear crystal! Promise me to dip in this very refreshing river!

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