Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River

*Update: Access to Tinipak cave is already open as of January 2017.

We found our way back to Rizal once again, this time in Tanay to climb Mt. Daraitan. What made us add this mountain to our list was it’s stunning features. From grueling assaults, marvelous limestone formations, scenic viewpoints, treacherous river currents, to exploring the caves. 

The Mt. Daraitan Traverse

Located at the heart of the Sierra Madre mountain range, it’s proximity to Manila makes Mt. Daraitan one of the best ecotourism spots in Luzon.

Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan

With Flashlights on, we crossed a hanging bridge at 5:30am to the other side of the river and rode a tricycle to the jumpoff.

Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan

It was raining the night before which made the trail slippery and muddy. What surprised us was the steep, rocky ascent. I never expected this mountain to be 90% assault to the summit! Good thing there were branches and thick tree roots to hold on to while climbing.

Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan

limestone formations just popped out in front of us after crossing the campsite. This made it more difficult as we climbed these rocks to get through.

Mt. Daraitan

We reached the summit at around 9am. I couldn’t help but to stay longer on the rocky cliffs. The view of the mountain range and the winding river was just spectacular!

Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan

Mt. Daraitan
Our trusty local trail dog flashing a smile : )

We had some snacks on the summit and then proceeded to go down a different trail. This path was longer, equally as steep as the way up, and also shared the same feature, with more rocks that got in the way and some that had to be passed through.

Mt. Daraitan
Quite a tight squeeze

Mt. Daraitan


Mt. Daraitan has a lot of interesting features from its muddy trails, rock formations almost similar to Mt. Pamitinan, and a steep trail for a 739 meter above sea level mountain. The views are so beautiful that you want to just be there and stop time. Good thing we were blessed with a sunny weather that day, giving us a clear view on top.

We have managed to go down the foot of the mountain by noon time. The sound of the strong current made me feel refreshed! We took a quick rest inside a shelter before proceeding to the river.

Some facts:

  • Location: Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon
  • 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
  • Height: 739 MASL (+600)


Mt. Daraitan

Tinipak River Trek

It was so disappointing when the guide told us that we were not able to explore the caves because the bridge collapsed and the river’s current was too strong to cross. Oh well, better be safe than sorry. Maybe next time…


It was still an enjoyable trek even if we were not able to explore the cave. The weather was indeed in our favor. There were excellent cloud formations and the sun was up all day, providing excellent saturation to the whole place.

We took a dip in the river. The current was indeed getting stronger as we got further. We moved along as we went passed the gorges and the trails to be welcomed by powdery white limestone and rocks. 

There is no way we will cross the river with this amount of current. We just stayed here to take a rest.

These whole trip was a sleepless outdoor adventure for me. I literally headed straight from the office desk to the mountains, this is the point where I felt very sleepy so I dozed off, hearing nothing but the gushing waters. No distractions, no city noise, no adulthood commitments for the moment. 

I literally slept at this very spot for less than an hour. Climbed a rock and just dozed off. I took a photo immediately after waking up. Best way to recuperate.

And then I snapped back to consciousness, slipping away from Mother Nature’s cradle as I heard my friends call me, saying that it was time to go. (and like I always say whenever I travel: “I wish we could have stayed longer.”)

It was around 4:30pm when we got back to the trailhead. Waiting for our tricycle ride, I took another glimpse of the mountain that we just conquered moments ago, feeling thankful and accomplished as another one was ticked off our list.


Mt. Daraitan + Tinipak River Dayhike 
0400 Take jeepney from EDSA-Shaw to Tanay, Rizal
0530 ETA Tanay, Rizal. Take jeep to Sampaloc, Tanay (P26
0615 ETA Sampaloc, Tanay. Take tricycle to Brgy. Daraitan (P100/person)
0700 Arrival at Daraitan River. Cross with raft and take trike to barangay hall
0730 ETA Barangay Hall; Register and secure guides
0800 Start trek up Mt. Daraitan
1130 ETA summit. Explore the viewpoints / Lunch
1300 Start descent to Tinipak River
1500 Arrival at Tinipak River. Explore the area
1630 Proceed to Brgy. Daritan via riverside trail 
1800 Head back to Tanay, Rizal via tricycle


Itinerary #2 (Personal)
02:00: Meet up at KFC Shopwise Cubao
04:30: ETA Tanay, Rizal 
05:00: Tricycle to Jumpoff.
05:30: Registration/Secure guides
06:00: Start trek
08:00: Assault to Summit/photo ops
09:30: Traverse to Tinipak river (Long trail)
11:30:  Lunch by the river
13:00: Rest
14:30: Trek/Swim at Tinipak river
16:30: wash up
18:00: ETD to Manila
21:00: ETA Manila 

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