A Muddy Hike at Mt. Daraitan + Tinipak River (739+) | Rizal

March 08, 2017

Lucky are those hikers, who had a wonderful hike on a sunny day with a clear view from the summit. I know rainy weather and slippery terrain make a tough hiker (but please!), I had enough experience with those mud and foggy view. And that’s what happened on our Daraitan Hike, heads up because the following photos will be muddy and foggy.

Gloomy weather won’t break our spirit.

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

Credits: Pinoy Mountaineer

The Hike

In the past, I usually planned my hikes weeks (or even months) before expecting it’ll be sunny but mostly it was the opposite. That’s why I vowed that I would search and join a hike every Thursday night since I observed that if it rained on Thursday, there’s a high probability that it would be the same on the coming Saturday.

Mama Mary at Station 1.
Since mountains in Rizal became famous, expect that it’ll be crowded at the summit.

Since it was drizzling while we were climbing up, I didn’t get the chance to take some photos during the hike. There were lots of assaults but it was bearable unlike those of Tarak Ridge.

Read: Major Hike at Tarak Ridge (1,130+) | Bataan

There are lots of rock formation at the top of Mt. Daraitan.

We joined the group tour oganized by Kieven Oboza of Gunita Outdoors last January 28,2017 for 750/person.


  • Private Van Transfer (MNL-Daraitan-MNL)
  • Registration Fee
  • Guide Fee
  • Entrance Fee to Tinipak River
My hike buddy on that day.

Breath-taking view!
I can barely recognize the color of my shoes.

If you’re ever planning to hike somewhere in Rizal, check the weather forecast and make sure that it’ll be sunny or else you know what your shoes would look like.

Conquered Mt. Daraitan.

Aside from the couple, no one else was taking a photo at this spot and since it also has a nice view, we opted to line up for this one.

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The struggle to get that shot.

0100 – Assembly
0200 – ETD to Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal
0430 – ETA at Daraitan River
0500 – ETA Barangay Hall (Register and Secure guides)
0530 – Start trek up Mt. Daraitan
0900 – ETA at the summit
0930 – Start descent to Tinipak River
1200 – Arrival at Tinipak River
1400 – Proceed to Brgy. Daritan via Riverside trail
1600 – ETD to Manila
1900 – ETA in Manila

The crowd behind the lens, and their favorite spot.
What to Wear:
  • Dri-Fit Shirts or Long Sleeves
  • Leggings / Jogging pants / Compression Pants
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Trekking Shoes or Sandals
Mt. Daraitan’s summit is not spacious unlike other mountains.
What to Bring:
  • 2-3L Water
  • Poncho (very useful in this kind of weather)
  • Bag Cover
  • Headlamp
  • Trail Food
  • Packed Lunch
  • Sunscreen
Read: Day Hike Travel Essentials

Going down was always a pain in the a**, I mean KNEES! Especially if the rain was pouring down heavily, muddy water were streaming down and the ground was slippery as it can be. It requires 5 times of your energy and patience.

Tinipak River

Trekking down took us 3-4 hours to reach Tinipak River and the first thing that we did was to clean and wash ourselves by the shore. We stayed there since the current was strong and fast. We could have gone to the cave but it was not possible at that time because the water level was high. We spent the rest of the time there until it started to rain again.

How to Get There
  • From Starmall Shaw Boulevard, take a van or a jeep going to Tanay. (P150+ | 1.5 – 2 hours)
  • Get off at Jollibee Tanay then hire a trike going to Barangay Daraitan registration site. (P100/person | 30 minutes)
The Locals.
They’re building those huts for a better view of the river. Don’t know if it’ll be a restaurant, a lodging or a resort.

Tanay Tourism Office: 09989881590 / 09323757376

Took a trike from the river to the village.

Hiking Mt. Daraitan on a rainy day added to my list of unforgettable experience. I’m also looking forward on hiking the other mountains nearby this summer when the sun is blazing hot and the ground is firm and dry.

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Till my next hike!