Mt. Daraitan is found in the outskirts of Tanay in the province of Rizal. A mountain made of luscious forest and beautiful rock formation with the additional beauty of the Tinipak River at its base is the venue for our Climb for a Cause Leg 2.
This climb aims to raise funds to help in building a school for NHTA Center for Education that offers free education for poor children in Cainta.
This will be my third climb to Mt. Daraitan. First was April 2014 and the second is summer last year. And in this three years I can see lots of changes in the mountain compared to my first clim in 2014.
We arrived at Brgy. Daraitan at 6:45 in the morning but there were already so many people preparing to climb Mt. Daraitan. I was surprised to learn that there is a new trail going to the summit. It is longer but a little easier that the normal trail which is full of ascends and steep slopes. Given that some of our companions are beginners and I am curious as well, we chose to follow this new trail which is a good choice because all the other groups chose the old trail. We have the new trail all to ourselves!
The start of the trail is flat with minimal to no inclines at all. We also have the view of the nearby mountains because we were treading along the side of Mt. Daraitan.
After we went through a grassland where we can see the peak of Mt. Daraitan, the trail begun to change and gradual slopes and inclines were encountered. These changes forced us to take rest every 10 minutes. The trail on this part is not yet well established which can indicate that this trail is new and not so many people pass through this path.
Thirty minutes from the summit, there’s a mini rockies where we took our pictures. There is about two more mini rockies to see as you went to the summit.
I was surprised to see the summit. There were no more thick trees surrounding the rock formation of the summit but a group of rocks cleared of any trees that may hinder the views from the summit. I didn’t know what to feel. I missed the trees but there were lot of place to take pictures now unlike a year before where you can only see glimpse of the sceneries around Mt. Daraitan due to the many trees surrounding the peak.
After 15 minutes, we were asked to vacate the rockies so that another group could take pictures. Sad. 😦 We used to be able to stay there for how much long we want and eat our food at the summit but now we could only stay in the summit for 15 minutes to take pictures.
We went to Tinipak River after we ate lunch and once again mesmerized by its beauty. On the way to the river, there was a long line of people waiting just like the line in MRT. With so many people going to and from the river and narrow single path, we needed to wait and make turns in going to and from the river. After 30 minutes, we arrived at the river and dip into its cold water. All the fatigue and tiredness from the climb was washed away by the water.
Some people from our group went on to explore the cave and experience the small lagoon inside the cave. Good thing there was no many people at that time so they didn’t need to wait for a long time and have the lagoon all for themselves for almost an hour. (when there are many people waiting to go to the cave, a group is only allowed to stay in the lagoon for 15 minutes)
Rain falls down in the afternoon, good thing we were already near the baranggay washing up. We asked the locals where can we eat a bulalo and point us to Venus Bulalohan. One order of bulalo is worth P100 and is said to be good for 2 persons. We asked for 4 orders but were surprise to see a gigantic serving of bulalo with oozing fats and bone marrow. We were so startled that we asked ate if it’s for 4 servings. She said no and we were so ecstatic and went on to eat and find the it so masarap! It’s even better than the bulalo we ate at Mahogany in Tagaytay. Plus, with its price of 100 pesos? It is so sulit!. So when you visit Mt. Daraitan, you should try to eat in Venus Bulalohan.
See you again next year Mt. Daraitan!
• Go early. Mt. daraitan is so famous nowadays so lots of people are climbing it especially during weekends so if you want to enjoy the daraitan peaks for a longer period of time, come early. Who knows if you start the trek up by 3am, you may be bless to see the Mt. Daraitan sea of clouds!
• Take your lunch in Tinipak Campsite. There are lot of space here where you can eat and rest under the tree. Plus, there are lots of restroom where you can change so you don’t need to wait in line and it’s near the river.
• Clean up near the Baranggay Hall. From the campsite you still need to walk for about 30 minutes going to Baranngay Hall and going back it might rain and your clean clothes will be for nothing. It happened to us 🙂
Pictures courtesy of Rosalie Nofies of rosnof.wordpress.com