Leave No Trace – Mt. Daraitan (739+)

Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Daraitan (village centre), Tanay
Minor jumpoff: Sitio Cablao Brgy. Pagsangahan, General Nakar
LLA: 14°36′48.5′′N 121°26′19.5′′ E, 739 MASL (+600)
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
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Located at the heart of the relatively unexplored Sierra Madre mountain range in between Tanay, Rizal and Dolores, Quezon. Mt. Daraitan has a difficulty of 4/9 and a moderately steep climb that is enough to keep your heart pumping. After two hours of travel from manila and another two hours into the rough roads of Tanay, a quaint municipality will welcome you. Secure a guide and permits from the barangay hall.

Nature’s Rendezvous
Ancestors from ages ago called this Daraitan which when translated to the local tongue means rendezvous point, “kitaan” or “tagpuan”, since aborigines who inhabited this part of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range often used this as their meet up points for different purposes which we don’t know. A rendezvous point of people and also of nature where mountains, river and caves meet.
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Don't you think its time we also grow up.

The trail is relatively covered by dense foliage of floras and will keep you from the heat of the sun and thus a really cool hike up.

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After an hour and a half, finally summit!. Limestone viewpoints are one of the attractions of Daraitan and a view of the meandering Tinipak River snaking around several hills.

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Do not be deceived by trees around this limestone formations, one wrong move and you’ll be plummeting straight down.

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From Cataclysm to Life
And after the summit, the group head straight down to Tinipak River, traverse took two hours to reach the river. Tinipak means crumbled, fragmented, etc. It might have been due to an eartquake that led into a rockslide, the cataclysm then brought this white limestones from the cliffs into the river.

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This is the cleanest inland body of water in the region, caving and camping are the activities that can be done here aside from swimming around the lunaresque river.

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Itinerary & Expenses
Mt. Daraitan Traverse to Tinipak River 
Dayhike

0430 – Take UV Express FX from EDSA-Shaw to Tanay, Rizal (75php/pax)
0645 – ETA Public Market Tanay, Rizal (150php/pax + 30php for bridge crossing)
0700 – Breakfast
0830 – ETA Barangay Hall, Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay. Register and secure guide (Registration Fee: 20php, Guide Fee: 600php/group)
0845 – Start trek up Mt. Daraitan
1130 – ETA summit then take pictures at viewpoints / Lunch
1300 – Descent to Tinipak River
1500 – ETA Tinipak River, swim, rest
1630 – Proceed to Brgy. Daritan via riverside trail 
1800 – ETD to Tanay, Rizal, Take a jeep (100php/pax)
1900 – ETA Tanay, Rizal, take FX to Edsa (75php/pax)
2015 – ETA Manila

Estimated Budget:
Transportation: 415php/pax
Guides and Fees: 20php (Reg. Fee) + 120php/pax (guide fee)
Food: 250php

Total Damage: 805php – 1000php safe budget

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

Go, Carve that Niche,

Rex

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