Place where I found love
It melted a frigid soul
In the summertime
Daraitan is a trekking destination nestled within the Sierra Madre mountain range in Tanay Rizal.
Mt. daraitan is my 5th summit and the second most challenging so far next to my Mt. Makiling climb. It was supposed to be a river trekking and spelunking as what Brgy. Daraitan is known for but we eventually decided to go for the summit though it is not unanimous because we have two first timers in the group.
It was the last week of May. Our meeting place was at Teletech Roxas at 4:30am but of course we left the office at past 5:am. It was approximately a 2hrs drive from pasay to Brgy. Baras Tanay Rizal where we had our car parked at the house of Jeruel’s friend who had been very kind to us. She volunteered to drive us to Tanay market where we rode a jeepney going to Brgy. Daraitan. It was past 8am and the next jeep bound to Brgy Daraitan was leaving at 9 am so we needed to consider several options. We then rode a jeepney going to Brgy. Sampaloc, fare is 26 pesos which lasted for 30-45 minutes ride. From there, we rode a tricycle for a price of 50 pesos per person. We initially thought that it was expensive but latter on the ride we realize that 50 pesos seems underrated because of the never-ending rough road. After an hour we reach Brgy. Daraitan, the jump off point, we had our registration at the Brgy. Hall for 20 pesos each and we had a guide for 500 pesos. Our plan would be to climb the summit then afterwards trek down to the famous Tinipak cave.
We started our climb at approximately 10:30 AM. I would say it is not a frequent destination for mountaineers because the trail is not yet established. There were no ribbons showing directions, if we climbed by ourselves then we had a fat chance of getting lost. The trail was rigid and mostly ascending, abby and beth who are both first timers were verbalizing their dismay and were even saying that it would be their first and their last climb. I admire their courage though; they carried on til we reached the summit at about 2:15 pm. The view from the summit is not very rewarding, I wouldn’t recommend it for first time climbers. The view from the top doesn’t requite the hardships in climbing. However, it was very beautiful in my eyes; the mountains, trees, everything bring peace to my heart. There’s a familiar bliss I couldn’t explain every time I reach the summit, even just the thought of climbing brings a strange excitement to me. Of course it wouldn’t be complete if we don’t have our pictures taken. After a quick rest and picture-taking, we decided to trek our way down.
We traversed to the other side of the mountain, it was pretty easier going down and our pace was faster. We ran out of water so we were dreaming of drinking cold sodas and a litre of ice cold water along the way. After 2 hrs of trekking down, it rained and we were soaking wet, good thing we were approaching our destination. We caught a glimpse of hope when we saw nipa houses on the way. We were literally running down and at last we stopped at a sari-sari store where we had our sodas and we ate our leftover from our packed lunch. The sweetest mountain dew I would sayJ. We rested for a while before we finally went to the Brgy hall to log out and proceeded to lovenel’s house in Angono to wash up.
Dinner at Ang New No.
And yes it was a reward after the long hours of hiking, we had a dinner at Ang New No,a new restaurant in Angono Rizal. It was a birthday treat of lovenel and we had plans of celebrating it here beforehand. The meal was delightful; they served a good food with a cheap price. I would recommend this restaurant for certified foodies out there.
What to Expect ; Travel costs
Pasay to Angono vice versa = P100 per person for the gas
Tanay Market to Brgy sampaloc vice versa = P26 p x 2 = 52 pesos
Tricycle going to Brgy Daraitan vice versa = P50 x 2 = 100
Registration fee = P20
Guide fee = P500 / 6pax = P83
Overall travel expenses = P355 , packed lunch not included.
Mt Gulugod baboy is located in Anilao Batangas. It is 525 meters above sea level and at it’s peak, you can see, from east to west: Janao Bay, Maricaban Strait which bears Sombrero and Maricaban Islands, a distant, faint blue Mindoro, Verde Island (SW) and Batangas Bay. The cityand port of Batangas is visible on the west, following a farther Mt. Daguldul. To the north is Mt. Maculot, and even Mt. Batulao and the Tagaytay highlands.
This is my 6th day hike and I can say this is the easiest so far. It’s the first day of June, summer has ended and the rainy season is approaching yet we are lucky to have a fair weather considering that it was gloomy in the past few days. I always hike with my officemates/friends, we used to be four in the group but now we are six and there are others who want to join us. Assembly time was at 4:30 am at Teletech Roxas, we left at exactly 4:50 am. We had a stopover at Petron in Alabang at 5:30 and had our breakfast and bought some stuffs. We’re back in the road at 6am. It was a long travel and not only once that we needed to stop and ask for directions, luckily people on the road were nice and willing to help.
We arrived at brgy. Ligaya, the jump-off point and registration area at around 8:40, we had our car parked at the nearby parking area for free. We had our pictures taken and completed our registration and at exactly 9am we started trekking. We hit the ground running, it was easy at first, we were trekking a rough road passable by some vehicles. Though it was a smooth climb, it was really energy draining because of the upward way and scorching heat of the sun so we needed to stop and took a rest for a while.
We then resumed our hike and had some constant stopover when we feel exhausted. We arrived at around 11:30 am at the famous tree near the summit. The view was breath-taking, it was really surreal. I always fall in love with the scenery; it’s always a new feeling to every mountain I climb. It was just amazing. We took pictures, had our lunch and took a rest. Lying down under a tree with this beautiful view in your eyes and the freshness of air, these are just priceless. It was really a beautiful God’s creation.
We spent more time relaxing then we headed to the summit at 12:40pm. It was about 5-10 minutes’ walk. The view is truly fantastic, you can see MT. Maculot from afar. The sea, the clouds, the sky, trees, it was a mixture of beautiful colours dominating by green and blue (trees as green, sky and sea as blue). Of course we had our pictures taken and some perfect jump shots.
We trekked down at past 1pm, before reaching the jump off point, we had a halo-halo for 25 pesos. It’s very appetizing at an affordable price, they say it’s better than Chowking’s and I do agree. We arrived at past 2pm at the jump off point and we decided to hit the beach at Phil Pan’s diving resort. Entrance fee is 60 pesos and we rented snorkelling gear at 150/3hrs and a life vest at the same price. It was an overall amazing experience I would say.