Black Saturday Climb
Last March 26, 2016, I invited my friend and his friends to go hiking in Mt. Daraitan with side trip to Tinipak River. We left Eastwood at around 4am via private car. As far as I can remember we passed in Masinag and then Cogeo. Not really sure. Anyway, the view of the sunrise up the mountains while we were on the road was super amazing! We even opened our car windows and the wind was very cold and fresh. Very far from the polluted environment in the metro. 🙂
The major roads in Tanay are already okay for cars, in fact there are so many restaurants and inns around the area. But the road going to Brgy. Daraitan was very stressful. Be sure you have a spare tire or your tires are in good condition. Rocky road indeed. The weird thing was for a few meters you will encountered a smoothed and paved road and then another meters of rocky road just alternating with each other.
Once you reach the barangay, there is a parking space available and also comfort rooms. I think you have to pay 50php for the parking fee. The comfort rooms is just 5php but if you’re going to take a bath after swimming in the river, you have to pay 20php. The registration fee that we paid in the barangay is 100php. Its 20php per person. We had two guides. The other guide is a trainee. The good thing about our tour guide is that he oriented us first about the hike and then he asked us what trail we would like to pass.
There are 2 trails going to the peak of Mt. Daraitan. Long trail and short trail. Short trail si directly ends to the summit but difficult because of the assault. Good thing we chose the long trail since 2 of our guy hikers had leg cramps most of the time. Also we enjoyed the scenic view along the way. Long trail is not really difficult but for a first timer it would be challenging and of course tiring. It took us almost 4 hours to reach the summit and almost 3-4 hours to reach Tinipak River.
Well you can take a rest before taking a dip in the river. Just be careful because the water flows so fast you might end up somewhere. Safety is still a priority. Also there are many rocks in the river that might cause you danger as well.
If you want cold drinks you can buy while trekking there are vendors around selling ice candy, chilled coke, gatorade. Just don’t throw your trash elsewhere. Leave no trace policy. OK?