The three of us were supposedly chillin’ our asses out in the city of pines but we chose to hike instead.

Only 3-4 hours away from Manila lies one of the most beautiful mountains located in the province of Rizal, Mt Daraitan. The mountain itself has a lot to offer for campers and hikers who would love to day hike as well as overnight. From its huge limestones to its pristine rivers and caves, Mt. Daraitan has blossomed its fame.

We arrived in Barangay Daraitan at around 5am. We were lucky enough that only a few hikers decided to climb the mountain that day. The experience would be more enjoyable if it’s not that crowded especially when you have reached the summit where people are falling in line just to take pictures.

Registering and getting a tour guide from the Barangay Hall is a must. We paid 500 pesos for our guide and 20 pesos/person for the registration fee.

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We began our trek at around 6am after a short briefing from our guide. REMINDER: Getting anything from the mountain is strictly prohibited.

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Since we were only beginners, we took the long trail to the summit. Two of us have no experience climbing at all. It took us about 2 hours climbing just about half of the mountain’s trail. Since this was our first hike, our body nearly gave up on us.

We were also lucky to have Kuya Robert as our tour guide because he was very understanding and helpful, plus that guy has jokes! (Contact: 09353280134)


Make sure that you wear appropriate footwear for its muddy trail.

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Along what seemed to be a never ending assault are 2 rock formations, rockies 1 and 2. These formations also serve as a sign that you are getting close to the summit!


After 4 hours of trekking we have finally reached the summit! Thanks to our tour guide Kuya Robert for this awesome photo.


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View from the peak. 739+ MASL


For the first timers who are planning to climb this mountain, we recommend that you prepare your body days before the climb. Climbing Mt. Daraitan is not as easy as it looks. It requires courage, endurance and determination to accept the challenges of this mountain.

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12:00 MN – Meet up in Edsa Shaw
12:30-2:30 AM – Jeepney Ride going to Tanay, Rizal
2:30 AM – Arrival in Tanay town proper
2:30-3:00 AM – Quick breakfast at Mcdo
3:00-4:00 AM – Ride a tricycle going to Barangay Daraitan
4:00-4:25 AM – Viewing and feeling the mountain scenery plus picture taking
4:25-4:30 AM – Bamboo rafting to cross the river
4:30-5:00 AM – Tricycle ride going to Daraitan Brgy. Hall
5:00 AM – Arrival at Brgy. Hall
5:00-5:30 AM – Registration at the Brgy. Hall plus Comfort Room
Note: Make sure you use the CR before ascending because there are no comfort rooms up there. Unless you know..behind the bushes.
5:30-6:00 AM – Short orientation with our tour guide, Kuya Robert
6:00 AM – Start ascend
6:45-7:00 AM – Rest in a small camp
A man is selling fresh buko juice here.
7:30-8:00 AM – Atburan falls/Water source
Note: You can refill your water bottles here.
8:30-8:45 AM – 1st Rockies plus picture taking
9:00-9:15 AM – 2nd Rockies plus picture taking
10:00 AM – Arrival at the Mt. Daraitan summit
10:00-10:30 AM – Picture taking at the summit
10:30-11:00 AM – Feel the vibe and rest at the summit
11:00 AM – Descend to Camp 2
11:30 AM – Arrival at Camp 2
11:30-12:30 AM – Eat lunch and rest (Own packed lunch)
12:30 AM – Descend to Camp 1
1:30-2:00 PM – Rest at Camp 1
3:30 PM – Arrival at Brgy. Hall of Daraitan
3:30-4:00 PM – Rest
4:00-5:00 PM – Shower
5:00-5:30 PM – Tricycle ride going back to river
5:30-5:35 PM – Bamboo rafting to cross the river
5:35-6:30 PM – Tricycle ride to Tanay town proper
6:30 PM – Arrival in Tanay town proper
6:30-8:30 PM – Jeepney ride going back to Edsa Shaw
8:30 PM – Arrival in Edsa Shaw


Jeepney Fare from Shaw to Tanay – Php 65/head x 2 (roundtrip)
Tricycle from Tanay town proper to Barangay Daraitan – Php 500 x 2 (roundtrip)
Bamboo Raft ride – Php 5.00/head x 2 (roundtrip)
Tricycle to Daraitan Barangay Hall – Php 10.00/head x 2 (roundtrip)
Environmental Free – Php 20.00/head
Tour Guide (required) – Php 500
TOTAL EXPENSE: Php 678.00 (excluding food)

Other expenses
Fresh buko juice – Php 25.00
1 liter bottled water – Php 50.00 (at Camp 2)