Calling out all trail runners who frequently visit Mt. Balagbag to be a part of the #ReforestTheRoadinitiative on that mountain. This is an open invitation to anyone who wants to volunteer in the ongoing tree planting and tree nurturing activities on the roads that were constructed there without the approval of DENR and MWSS. These roads have encroached the boundary of Ipo Watershed and are causing soil erosion. Trees were cut and vegetation was cleared to make way for these roads. Because of these, the water that is stored in Ipo Dam becomes heavily silted.
In August of last year, customers of Maynilad Water suffered because their water supply was cut off for days in spite of the heavy rains in Metro Manila. Maynilad blamed the high turbidity level of the water in Ipo Dam. It became too difficult for them to treat the heavily silted water coming from Ipo Watershed. We do not want this to happen again that is why we are doing what we can to bring back the forests of Mt. Balagbag that some people are destroying. It is very clear that the culprit of the murky water supply in Ipo Dam is the deforestation of the mountains in Ipo Watershed. We, therefore, need to do something about it.
If you want to plant trees at the #ReforestTheRoad sites on Mt. Balagbag to help ensure that Metro Manila will have a steady supply of clean water, just send us a message and we can give you seedlings of native trees for FREE. All you have to do is pick them up at our mini tree nursery along Commonwealth Avenue in East Fairview, Quezon City. Aside from planting, you can also contribute by pulling out grass and vines that choke the seedlings we planted last year together with DENR and other volunteer groups. Weeding will help the seedlings have a higher rate of survival.
We cannot visit the sites on a regular basis so it will be good if there will be more volunteers going there on days that we cannot. This is for all us anyway. This is for Metro Manila’s source of water.
I’ve been wanting to climb Mt. Lubog for a long time and for it to be part of my 2017 project, The 100 Mountains Project. So I joined a group of hikers that is set to climb Mt. Lubog on a date that I have a free schedule.
Our group is composed of 11 awesome hikers, and we met each other at Commonwealth Market, this is where the terminal to Brgy. San Isidro is located and also where the habal-habal we rented waited for us.
When we arrived at the jeepney terminal in Brgy. San Isidro, we immediately transfer to a habal-habal which can accommodate 4-5 passengers including the driver. Expect a 1-2 hour bumpy ride from the terminal to the registration area, so bumpy that we need to get off the vehicle multiple times and push it up just to pass by those deep gaps on the trail.
After that excruciating ride, we reached the registration area where we met up with our guides and register ourselves. Few minutes later, we started our long journey to the foot of Mt. Lubog.
It is about 1-2 hours foot journey going to Sitio Lubog, the place where the real hike to the summit of Mt. Lubog will start. The trail from the registration area to the main jump off is bearable, rolling hills with few assaults. There are some water sources that you’ll be passing by, so if you ran out of water, just ask your guide to stop and fetch water to the sources.
After almost 2 hours, we reached Sitio Lubog, we took a few minute rest, bought some drinks and snacks at the store which open that time and then continued for the final assault going to the summit.
Prepare yourself for a continues rocky assault going to the summit. The trail is composed of sharp rocks which can be so slippery during rainy seasons, so be mindful of your steps and be cautious all the time.
We reached the summit within an hour and the rock formations on top welcomed us with its astounding beauty. Even though we did not have a clearing that time, we still enjoyed taking photos with the rock formations on different sides and angles of the summit. On a clear day, you’ll get a view of Mt. Oriod and other mountains of the Sierra Madre.
We went down after almost an hour of appreciating the summit’s beauty, and then reached the jump off in less than an hour. We then proceed to the Blue Lagoon, where we had our lunch and rest. We did not stay for a long time because it was raining hard and most of us wanted to reach the registration area.
After 1-2 hours of trekking, we finally reached the registration area. We had some snacks, coffee and noodles while we wait for our other team members to arrive at the area. When the whole team arrived, we rode the habal-habal again going back to the jeepney terminal. It was a super bumpy ride again, but we where thankful that none of us got hurt and we were all in one piece when we reached the jeepney terminal. From the jeepney terminal, there are jeepneys waiting for you that will bring you back to Commonwealth Market.
04:00 –– Meetup at Commonwealth Market
05:00 –– ETD to Brgy. San Isidro Jeepney Terminal
06:00 –– ETA to Brgy. San Isidro Jeepney Terminal, transfer to habal-habal
08:00 –– ETA to Registration Point (Caingalan), Register, Guides
08:30 –– Start trek going to Sitio Lubog
10:00 –– ETA Sitio Lubog, prepare for summit assault
11:30 –– ETA Mt. Lubog Summit
12:00 –– Start Descent
12:45 –– ETA Sitio Lubog, Lunch
14:00 –– ETA Blue Lagoon
16:00 –– ETA Registration Area (Caingalan)
18:00 –– ETA Jeepney Terminal
19:30 –– ETA Commonwealth Market
How to get to Mt. Lubog (Commute)
Ride a jeepney bound to Brgy. San Isidro at Commonwealth Market.
Transfer to Habal-habal going to Caingalan (Registration Area)
Budget and Expenses
Commonwealth Market to Brgy. San Isidro –– Php 25.00 (Php 50.00 Roundtrip)
Habal-Habal –– Php 1,000.00 (Roundtrip, can accommodate upto 5 passengers including the driver)
Guide Fee –– Php 500.00 (1:6 Ratio)
Registration Fee –– Php 50.00
TOTAL BUDGET PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 4 MEMBERS: Php 475.00
Kagawad Peter Idala –– 09284647447 / 09074913840, please make sure that you contact him before hand because he will be the one who will be arranging your habal-habal ride to and from the jeepney terminal of Brgy. San Isidro.
There are some caves, waterfalls, and lagoons that can be part of your sidetrip, just tell your guides in advance.
Hiking Mt. Lubog can be very satisfying especially when you will have a clear view of the surrounding mountain ranges from the summit. It was one of those long treks that can make some newbie hikers reach their limits. Prepare yourselves to the bumpiest ride you’ll ever have, and keep holding on for you not to fall. 😛
A traverse going to Mt. Balagbag is possible, just make sure you coordinate with the right persons, and also make sure that you have a ride back going to Tungko from Licao-licao.
Special thanks to Sir. Daneth Obongen for sharing the contact persons and budget breakdowns for this itinerary. He is hosting some budget friendly hikes, you can check him out if you are interested to join his fleet.
La Union is one of the go to’s of most travelers who wants to go surfing, but Elyu is not only about riding the waves and getting stoked. Just over the weekend, you can experience trekking to the waterfalls, museum hopping, grape picking, and many more. So, here are some activities and places you might want to explore when you visit the beautiful province of La Union.
1. Riding The Waves at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Urbiztondo is one of the most famous spots in Elyu where you can find nice waves to ride on. There are a lot of surf school that offer surf lessons for newbies and allows rental of boards ranging from the beginner ones to pro level. Surfing lesson rates ranges from Php 300.00 to Php 400.00 an hour with instructor, if you already know how to surf, you can just rent a board and hit the waves, and it will be a lot cheaper.
2. Go Trekking to the Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union
One of the most famous attraction here in La Union is the Tangadan Falls, a two tiered waterfall which is about 50ft high and 30ft deep. Most of the visitors of here are either jumping to its cliff or riding the bamboo raft to get nearer to the drop.
Getting here is a breeze, from San Juan, catch a jeepney going to San Gabriel or hail a tricycle going to the registration area. Fare ranges from Php 15.00 to Php 250.00 depending on which transportation you’ll choose. Once you’re done with the registration and acquiring guides, you’ll start your trek at the trail head and will start walking going to the waterfalls for 1 to 2 hours.
There are actually two trail heads going to the waterfalls, one which is just few minutes walk away from the main waterfalls, and the other one (the way we took) which requires 1 to 2 hours of trekking. We suggest doing it the long way, its more fun!
3. Visit the Bahay na Bato in Brgy. Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union
From the name itself, most part of this museum is made out of stones and pebbles found along the beaches of the municipality. Showcasing various wooden artworks and handy crafts, this spot in La Union has generated jobs for its residents.
The place is open for all occasions, and people are welcome to enjoy the place daily at 6 AM to 8 AM with admission fee of Php 20.00. Children below 4 years old are free of charge. One can enjoy the view of the ocean and listen to its crashing waves to the pebbles at the shore. Swimming is not allowed for safety reasons.
4. Indulge With the Grapes at the Vineyard in Bauang, La Union
When in La Union, your trip will not be completed if you will not drop by to the grape farms at Bauang, La Union. One of the famous ones is the Lomboy Grape Farm which was founded in 1972 by Avelino Lomboy, who was dubbed as the Philippines’s King of Grapes.
The entrance fee is Php 100.00, and if you want to do some grape picking, that would be Php 150.00. They are open from Monday to Saturday, at 7AM to 4PM and on Sundays at 7AM to 3PM.
5. Pay A Visit to the Ma-Cho Taoist Temple in San Fernando, La Union
Your La Union trip will also not be complete without visiting the Ma-Cho Temple, a Chinese temple located in downtown San Fernando, La Union that has an overlooking view of the South China Sea.
These are just some of the places you can visit in La Union, you just need to explore more and research as you go. 🙂
Book your hostels or hotels at TravelBook.ph for more a affordable rate. Click here to check out all the hotels in all areas in La Union. Btw, we stayed at The Circle Hostel, which is just few minutes to the surfing spot in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. You can also consider the Flotsam and Jetsam as an option.
We love living our lives the craziest way possible, so we hike three mountains in Nueva Ecija in three of its municipalities. There are three mountains in the province of Nueva Ecija which were recently opened and introduced to hikers like us, thanks to the Nueva Ecija Backpackers & Mountaineers Community Inc. (NEBMCI) for their effort in exploring such beautiful mountains in their home province.
The first mountain we hiked was the Mt. Sawi also know as Mt. Sawing Balite located in Brgy. Malinao, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Contrary to its name “sawi”, the view on top of the mountain is “wagi” offering you a panoramic view of the mountain ranges of Nueva Ecija and its landscapes. On an average hiking pace, we reached the summit in less than two hours, warming us up for our trilogy hike.
On our decent, we took a peek at the “Simbahang Bato” which is a rock formation that looks like a chapel. Just ask your local guide to take you here as part of your hike.
After a morning hike at Mt. Sawi, we proceed to Brgy. Mapaet in Palayan, Nueva Ecija to taste the bitter-sweet hike of the small but terrible Mt. Mapaet. It is about 400 meters above sea level and can be hiked in less than an hour. But hiking it at 10AM with the striking heat of the sun took us two to three hours reaching the summit. Ascending to the summit is not easy, aside from the hot temperature, the steep assaults will give you a hard time reaching the top. Once you reached the summit, a 360 view of the scenic landscape of Palayan, Nueva Ecija will make that bitter-sweet ascent worth it.
Before proceeding to the last mountain of our trilogy, we took our lunch in Laur, Nueva Ecija. There are eateries that offers delicious meals for a cheap price, a meal with one dish, two rice, and a drink only costs around Php 50 to Php 60.
After taking our heavy lunch, we bought the final sets of supplies that we need for our camp to the Mt. 387 (Batong Amat) in Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, our last mountain for the Nueva Ecija Trilogy. We reached the jump off of Mt. 387 by 6PM, and start our trek at around 7PM. It is a gradual ascent going to the summit, and we manage to reach the campsite around 9PM.
We camped at Mt. 387 on a new moon, and the absence of the moon made the stars shine brighter making our hike even more memorable. I was able to take some shots of the milky way at 3AM to 5AM.
We woke up to the amazing view of Mt. 387’s mountain range and saw the rolling hills dubbed as the Chocolate Hills of the North. A truly amazing view that will make you appreciate nature even more.
This trilogy will not be complete without having a dip to the refreshing water of the Aloha Waterfalls, which can be traversed from Mt. 387’s campsite. Traversing to the waterfalls is not easy. If the ascent’s difficulty is 2/9, going down to the waterfalls is twice as hard because of the steep decent which is almost 50 degrees. Thanks to the trees, bamboos and cogon grass, we were able to get down safely.
We reached Aloha falls after 2 hours of that struggling descent, and that stress going down was taken away when we had our bodies dipped to the cold and fortifying waterfall. Going back to the jump off, we rode a pickup truck which was probably the highlight of this trilogy hike.
11:00 PM — ETD to Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija for Mt. Sawi
04:00 AM — ETA to Brgy. Malinao, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija
Last minute preparation
05:30 AM — Start Trek
07:30 AM — ETA Summit
08:00 AM — Start Descent
09:30 AM — ETA Jump off
10:30 AM — ETD to Brgy. Mapaet, Palayan, Nueva Ecija for Mt. Mapaet
11:30 AM — ETA to Brgy. Mapaet, Palayan, Nueva Ecija
Last minute preparation
Proceed to Trail head
11:15 AM — ETA to Trail Head
01:00 PM — ETA Summit
01:15 PM — Start Descent
02:00 PM — ETA to Trail Head
02:30 PM — ETD to Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija for Mt. 387
Lunch along the way
Buy supplies for camp
05:30 PM — ETA to Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
Last minute preparation
06:00 PM — Start Trek
08:00 PM — ETA Camp Site
10:00 PM — Lights out
05:00 AM — Wake Up Call
07:00 AM — Break Camp
07:30 AM — Start descent to Aloha Falls (Traverse)
10:00 AM — ETA Aloha Falls
11:00 AM — Trek back to jump off
Ride a pick up truck (Optional) — 20-30 minute ride
12:00 PM — ETA Jump off
02:00 PM — ETD to Manila
Miryenda along the way
07:00 PM — ETA to Manila
Registration — Php 30.00
Guide — Php 500.00 (1:5 Negotiable)
Registration — Php 20.00
Guide — Php 300.00 (1:10 Negotiable)
Mt. 387 (Batong Amat)
Registration — Php 30.00
Seedling Donation — Php 10.00
Guide — Php 500.00 (1:5 Negotiable) Overnight | Php 300.00 for Day Hike
Doing a trilogy hike in Nueva Ecija is easier with private vehicle or rented van, because you will be transferring from one municipality to another. So we rented a van for two days which costs us Php 11,500.00 all-in.
I know that you are looking for a new hiking destination which is not that crowded, so here’s a travel guide to Laiban for a quick twin day hike and a refreshing dip to the waterfalls!
Before anything else, we hiked these mountains on a weekday and there’s literally only the two of us who hike on that day. We had the mountains all by ourselves without any other hikers on site. So, consider hiking on a weekday for a less crowded experience.
OK! Because it’s my friend Leley’s weekday off, we decided to go on a quick twin day hike in Brgy. Laiban, Tanay, Rizal which is just next to the barangays where Maysawa Circuit is located. There are actually four mountains in this barangay, a reason for it to be coined as Laiban Quatro. These mountains are Mt. Ngusong Kabayo, Mt. Lubo, Mt. Toyang, and Mt. Matang Ulang.
Hiking Mt. Lubo and Mt. Ngusong Kabayo can be done in less than a half day including the waterfalls. From jump of to Mt. Lubo, it will only take you one and a half hour to reach its summit, and another 15-30 minutes to reach Mt. Ngusong Kabayo’s rock formation. Tangwa Peak, is just a few minutes away from the rock formation of Mt. Ngusong Kabayo, and you’ll see here a 360 view of Sierra Madre, along with the mountains of Maysawa Circuit, and Mt. Toyang.
Mt. Lubo is arguably a peak not a mountain, well, I’ll just leave that to the pro’s to what ever they want to call it, but for me, Tangwa Peak deserves to be called Mt. Tangwa and Mt. Lubo to be called Lubo Peak.
Anyways, so after we reached Tangwa Peak, we descended down after a few minutes to take a dip to the cool water of Laiban Falls. Laiban Falls is a multi layered waterfalls with cool blue waters. It is just around 30 minutes to 1 hour trek from the Tangwa Peak. You will not get disappointed with this waterfall, because you’ll enjoy every layer of it, unlike the so called “8 Wonder Falls” 😛
So, after a refreshing dip to the waterfalls, we decided to go back to the jump off to wash up and go back to Manila. We reached the jump off before 11PM and left the place at exactly 12NN. and back to Manila by 2PM, just the right time for me to go to work. 😛
How to get to Brgy. Laiban
From Cubao, ride a jeep going to Cogeo Gate 2
From Cogeo Gate 2, proceed to the jeepney terminal and ride a jeep going to Sampaloc and tell the driver to drop you off to Mayagay 1, the land mark will be Martessem.
Then from Mayagay 1, there are habal-habals waiting for you and they will take you to Brgy. Laiban. You will be crossing at least 9 river crossings before you reach the barangay. Ration of the habal-habal is 1:1 for a more comfortable ride on a bumpy 30 minute ride.
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you enjoy the experience. We’ have been receiving inquiries on where to go hiking with a budget of Php 500.00*, so here’s a list to day hikes near Manila which you will spend a little less than Php 500.00*.
DISCLAIMER: * This budget hikes are possible if you are a group of 5 or more.
1. Mt. Balagbag, Rodriguez, Rizal — 777+ MASL
Famous running route for trail runners, Mt. Balagbag serves a training ground for them with its proximity to Manila and with the challenge it gives to prepare them for their upcoming races.
Mt. Balagbag, standing 777+ masl, is an ideal day hike for beginners due to its wide trail and mild assault. Hikers usually start their trek at the afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset and then camp at the summit overnight. At the morning you’ll get to experience the cool breeze as the warmth of the rising sun touches your body.
How to get to Mt. Balagbag
From Cubao, ride a bus going to Tungko.
Alight at Jollibee Tungko and the ride a jeep going to Licao-licao
From Licao-licao you can already start your hike to the registration or you can opt to ride a trike going to the registration area. I suggest you start your hike at Licao-licao because from the registration area, it is just 20-30 mins away to summit, so enjoy the hike from Licao-licao to summit if I were you.
Cubao – Tungko: Php 55.00 (Bus)
Tungko – Licao-licao: 27.00 (Jeep)
Registration + Other Fee: Php 30.00
Optional: Trike from Licao-licao to school: Php 30.00
To read more about Mt. Balagbag, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtBalagbag
2. Mt. Ayaas, Rodriguez, Rizal — 627+ MASL
Mt. Ayaas, standing 627+ masl, is considered as one of the highest peaks in Rodriguez, Rizal, a minor climb ideal for beginners as their first hike.
Main jump off this mountain is in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal, but our group took the second one which is in Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal. One should start their trek as early as 5AM to avoid the heat of the sun, Mt. Ayaas does not have much trees to cover you up when sun’s heat strikes.
After hiking this mountain, a waterfall side trip can be arranged with you guide. Tell them that you want to swim and chill at the Payaran Falls, where you can also have your lunch. Wawa Dam is also one optional side trip.
How to get to Mt. Ayaas
From Cubao, ride a UV Express bound to Eastwood, Montalban. Tell the driver to drop you off the trike terminal going to Brgy. Mascap.
From Eastwood, Montalban, ride a trike going to the barangay,
To read more about Mt. Ayaas, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtAyaas
3. Mt. Paliparan, Tanay, Rizal — 562+ MASL
Tanay has been making names when it comes to adventure destinations, home of the famous Mt. Daraitan, Tinipak River, Daranak Falls, Mt. Maynoba and so many other hiking destinations and now, just few months ago, a new mountain trails has been opened for hikers, the Mt. Paliparan.
Mt. Paliparan, with an elevation of 562+ MASL resides at the peaceful community of Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. One can experience the picturesque view of the rock formations, limestone, and a panoramic view of the Laguna de Bay, Pililla Wind Farm, and Mt. Banahaw. It is named paliparan by the Dumagats mainly because it is a venue of a kite-flying competition by their youths. The lush vegetation at trail going to the mountains made the climb more interesting and challenging.
Side trip to Tung Tong Falls is one of the highlights trekking Mt. Paliparan.
Exercise caution when hiking especially at the rocky parts of the mountains as it tends to be slippery on rainy days. Wear gloves if possible, always follow the guides, if they said no, it’s a no. Leave no trace, and listen carefully when they are conducting an orientation at the jump off point. Lastly, enjoy the climb. Be nice to everyone, and respect one another.
One of the easiest hikes in the province of Batangas and is just 3 hours away from Manila. A chill hike recommended for beginners. This easily accessible day hike offers a 360 degree view of the town of Nasugbu and its beautiful landscape.
If you are aiming for a twin hike, this can be paired with Mt. Apayang or Mt. Batulao if you want more of it.
How to get to Mt. Talamitam
Ride a bus from Coastal Mall South Bus Terminal going to Nasugbu, Batangas.
Tell the conductor to drop you off to Sitio Bayabasan
Costal Mall Bus Terminal to Sitio Bayabasan — Php 120.00
Guide Fee — Php 300 (You can opt not to hire a guide if you already know the trail.)
If you are the type of person who loves waterfalls, you definitely should visit Mt. Romelo. Mt. Romelo, situated in Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna is an adventurer’s choice when it comes to easy chill hiking and its waterfall side trips. There are at least 7 waterfalls that can be found here in this area.
Day hikers can usually visit 3 to 4 waterfalls, starting from Samaploc Falls, Batya-Batya Falls, Buruwisan Falls, then ending it to Lanzones Falls. If you want to visit all 7 waterfalls, it will require you to stay overnight and start trekking to the last 3 waterfalls early morning.
How to get to Mt. Romelo
We had our meetup at DLTB Bus Station near LRT Buendia. First trip to Sta. Cruz, Laguna departs at 3:00 AM or whenever the bus gets full. It’s a 3 hour ride from Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
At Sta. Cruz, Laguna, we ride a jeepney going to Siniloan, Laguna. It’s a 30-minute ride from Sta. Cruz to Siniloan. Tell the driver to drop you off near the Jollibee going to Buruwisan.
From Siniloan, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. Tell the tricycle driver to drop you off the road to Buruwisan Falls. A 15-minute ride going to the jump off of Mt. Romelo.
There’s another mountain circuit which has been recently opened to hikers a few months ago which offers a beautiful view of the sea of clouds and a refreshing waterfall sidetrip after descending the mountain.
The Maysawa Circuit features two mountain-hills, the Mt. Sapari and Mt. Binutasan and a creek at the end of the hike. One should register first at the barangay hall of Brgy. Cuyambay, same registration area of Mt. Paliparan. After registration, hikers will go straight to the trailhead, which requires them to ride a vehicle in order to arrive there quickly. As of July 2016, registration area is still at the barangay hall, but they said that they are planning to put a registration area at the start of the trail to the circuit.
At the summit of this mountains, you will be able to see Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Maynoba, and other neighboring mountains along the Sierra Madre mountain range.
How to get to Maysawa Circuit
From Cubao, ride a jeep going to Cogeo
From Cogeo, ride a jeep going to Cuyambay. Brgy. Cuyambay is just 5 mins away from Batangasan and is on the right side of the road.
From there, hire a habal-habal going to the Barangay Hall, then after registration, ask them to take you to the trailhead of the Maysawa Circuit
Registration: Php 30.00
Guide Fee: Php 500 (1:5) Php 1,250.00 Overnight
Cubao to Cogeo: Php 25.00
Cogeo to Cuyambay: Php 42.00
Habal-Habal: Php 50.00
Jeep rental (Rene) – 09127570867
Brgy. Cuyambay – 09124795185
Brgy. Cuyambay (Rose) – 09093379673
Van rental (from Manila) – 09269702947
Trail can be super muddy and slippery during rainy days. Bring gloves, and wear your most comfortable trekking outfit, and be careful while descending down the two mountains.
For you to witness the sea of clouds, I suggest that you go there via private vehicle and leave as early as 2AM from your meeting point.
There are few limatiks along the trail, so brace yourselves for a bloody trek during rainy days.
First off, this post has nothing against Coldplay or people who are willing to pay for the VIP price ticket to watch their concert. We too are fans of the band, we’re just listing at least 5 travel destinations that you can visit with that amount of money, so cheers and let’s get started!
1. Mt. Pulag, Benguet
Mt. Pulag, the highest peak of Luzon at 2,992 MASL. It is one of the most popular weekend destination of most hiking enthusiasts and mountaineers because of the majestic view if offers. One of the main reason why hikers flock to this mountain is because of its magnificent sunrise plus a view of the sea of clouds. It is also coined as the “Playground of the Gods” by most hikers.
There are a lot of travel groups and organizers who offers a two to three day tour/hike to Mt. Pulag ranging from Php 2,000 to Php 3,000 depending on the trail you want to take. But if you want to do it as DIY, you must at least form a group of 10 for a less expensive trip. Budget for DIY trips from Baguio city ranges from Php 1,500 to Php 2,000 depending on the number of members in your group.
Hiking Mt. Pulag is via reservation basis, allowing only 500 hikers per day for all of the trails. So you might want to call the tourism office to reserve your slots before going there.
Php 2,000.00 – Php 3,000.00
DENR – 09196315402
Guide Fee – Php 500.00/guide good for 1-5 persons, additional person is Php 100.00. Maximum of 10 persons per guide.
Registration Fee and Orientation – Php 225.00 per person
Monster Jeep Renta – Php 7,000 to Php 8,000 and can accommodate upto 18 persons. You can ask the DENR personnel for contact numbers of their accredited jeepney rentals.
We are having our Mt. Pulag Year-End Climb this coming December 28-29, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 2,799 inclusive of transportation, all fees, dinner and breakfast. You can find more details by clicking this link: Year Ender — Experience Mt. Pulag
2. Nagsasa Cove, Zambales
One of the best beach getaway my friends and I have been to is the Nagsasa Cove in Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. It’s just a chill and laid back getaway for the weekend just to be far away from the stress in the city. For a budget for Php 1,800.00 ALL-IN, we get to enjoy a relaxing and fun weekend getaway.
There’s not much to do here but to just relax, swim, play with the waves, cliff jump, and visit Capones and Camara Islands. If you are a more adventurous type of traveler, you can hike Mt. Balingkilat traversing to Nagsasa Cove.
Php 1,500.00 – Php 1,800.00
Jesus Bansales III – 0920 274 4651 | 0977 321 7900
You can contact Sir Jess if you want to visit and camp in Nagsasa Cove. You can also choose among the other two coves, the Anawangin Cove (the more crowded and commercialized one) and Talisayen Cove.
Van rental – 09063395064 | 09178618672
In all of our trips, we are renting vans from them. If you want a convenient transfer from your place to Zambales, you can contact them for van rentals.
Van rentals can range from Php 8,000.00 to Php 9,000.00
Nagsasa Tour ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 650.00 per person inclusive of everything you need in the island, entrance fees, round trip boat transfer and island hopping.
Food sharing is up to you, our group shared Php 300.00 to Php 500.00 per person for supplies and cooking materials.
3. Mt. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal
A popular day hike destination in Tanay, Rizal which is just 2-3 hours away from Manila. A quick escape from the busy streets of the city. On top of the summit, you’ll see a wide view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and a bonus sea of clouds if you’ll do a night trek and if you are lucky enough to witness it.
Tinipak River is also one the main attraction in this places, usually made as a side trip of most hikers by doing a traverse from the summit of Mt. Daraitan. You’ll also get a chance to see the beautiful rock formation in the river, you just have to pay Php 25.00 as entrance fee which is used to maintain the place. If the weather condition is good, and the current is not that bad, you can also take a dip at the natural pool inside the Tinipak Cave. Though they are limiting the amount of time to stay here for 15 minutes due to the number of people who wants to experience it.
Entrance fee to see the Rock Formation – Php 25.00
Van Shaw to Tanay – Php 70.00 to Php 90.00 (1.5 hours of travel)
Jeep from Tanay to Sampaloc – Php 26.00 (45 minutes)
Trike from Sampaloc to Extraction point – Php 100.00 per person (30 minutes)
Raft to cross the river (Optional) – Php 10.00
We are having a day hike to Mt. Daraitan this coming December 04, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 700.00 inclusive of transportation and all fees. You can find more details by clicking this link: Dayhike — Mt. Daraitan
4. Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet
A fun chill day hike in Benguet which offers a picturesque view the Cordillera’s mountain range. A relatively easy hike which can be recommended for first time hikers. You will get to experience a breath taking view while trekking to the summit and a chance to see the sea of clouds.
One of the main attraction in this mountain is the Gungal Rock which serves as the landmark of this mountain.
Php 400.00 to Php 500.00 from Baguio
Brgy. Ampucao Tourism – 09989589549
Registration Fee – Php 100.00 per person
Guide fee – Php 400.00 good for 10 persons Php 800.00 overnight
If you are going to camp, you’ll need to pay addition Php 500.00 for the camping fee
We are having a day hike to Mt. Ulap this coming December 17, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 1,200.00 inclusive of transportation and all fees. You can find more details by clicking this link: Dayhike — Mt. Ulap
5. Buscalan Village in Tinglayan Kalinga
Experience a traditional culture of the Butbut tribe in Kalinga. Relax and enjoy the company of the villagers and learn new things from their cultures and tradition. Wake up to the wonderful view of the mountains. Take a dip to the chilling waters of the water falls. All that for a budget of Php 3,000.00 for a ground of 5!
Buscalan is almost a 19 hour travel from Manila, so if you love long commutes and enjoys transferring from one mode of transportation to another for almost one whole day, this destination is for you.
One of the main reason why people from different parts of the globe visits Buscalan is because of the living legend, soon to be a National Artist (hopefully), Apo Whang-od. Believed to be the last “Mambabatok” (traditional tattoo artist) of her generation. She offers traditional tattoos to visitors for a price ranging from Php 200.00 to Php 1,000+ depending on the size of the tattoo. She is accompanied by here grand daughters/nieces Grace and Elyang.
Php 2,000 to Php 3,000 group of 3 to 5 persons
Guide Gilbert – 09084792012
Guide Oliver – 09397741477
Guide Raffy – 09279853681
Manila to Baguio – Php 455.00
Baguio to Manila – Php 455.00
Baguio to Bontoc – Php 195.00
Bontoc to Baguio – Php 195.00
Bontoc to Buscalan – Php 100.00
Buscalan to Bontoc – Php 100.00
Homestay – Php 250.00
Registration Fee – Php 75.00
Guide – Php 1,000
We are having a tour to Buscalan next year January 13-15, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 1,200.00 inclusive of transportation and all fees. You can find more details by clicking this link: Year Starter — Experience Buscalan
So there you go! These are some of the destinations you can visit if you are thinking twice on whether you should buy a VIP ticket to Coldplay’s concert, or just go to places you’ve never been before, explore and learn new things from you adventure.
It’s up to you, just do the things that makes you happy and don’t let other people dictate you on your own happiness. Live the life you want to live and be happy on whatever the result may be.
We’ll be adding more destinations in this list in the coming days so stay tuned for our updates. Cheers!
Oct 15, 2016, we have a scheduled trail run event at in Tanay, Rizal, and on the same day, Typhoon Karen is set for a land fall. The wind was so strong and chilling, the rain was hard and the road was covered with fog. We arrived at the event venue at around 9PM, assuming that the event was still a go, despite the status of the weather. We are all ready to run rain or shine that is why we went to the event venue the night before the actual event.
We thought that we can pitch our tent at the event venue, which happened to be the Ten Cents to Heaven, for only Php 300.00 that the organizer of the said trail run event told me when I was claiming the race kit. To our surprise, the resort was asking us to pay Php 300.00 per person for pitching our tent, excluding the use of amenities.
At 10PM, the organizer of the event posted an announcement on facebook that they are cancelling the event, but because of the lack of internet access in the area, we are not aware that the event was cancelled, and we were there, at the same place as the organizers and they did not even bother to tell us that the event was cancelled due to typhoon that they based on accuweather even thought the Tanay Tourism Office already posted an announcement on their facebook that all adventure activies in Tanay should be cancelled.
Since we cannot afford the rates at the event venue, we decided to go the Sierra Madre Resort and Hotel. Rates of the room for 7 person is only Php 3,000.00, with use of all amenities, including the pools and trek to the water falls, that if we too the bait at the event venue which will cost us around Php 2,000.00 for just pitching our tent.
Sierra Madre Resort may not be the best mountain resort in Tanay, but they do have the kindest staff, who accommodated us and gave us what we needed during this unfortunate event.
The resort have lots of activities that you and your family and friends can enjoy. You can trek down going to the waterfalls, swim at a 4-6ft deep swimming pool with a relaxing view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. There are hanging bridge, monkey bridge, and zipline for additional excitement.
We would like to thank the resort for accommodating us in times of the typhoon. Our trail run misadventure turned out to be one of the best staycations of our travel journey.
Kudos to Kuya Alden, Kuya Ronnie, and other staff for a good service during our stay. Keep it up! 😀
Another mountain has recently been opened for hikers, a relatively new day hike destination that nature lovers have to add to their mountain bucket list. Mt. Tala, standing about 567 meters-above-sea-level, offers a 360 view of the Sierra Madre mountain range plus a bonus experience of the Sea of Clouds.
Our team left Manila at around 1:30AM and arrived at the extraction point at 3:30AM. We should cross 3-4 rivers to be able to reach the jump off point, since our van can’t do such river crossing, we decided to park our van near Mt. Maynoba jump off point and then hired a jeepney to bring us to Brgy. Mamuyao. It was a 20-30 minute ride from Brgy. Cayabu to Brgy. Mamuyao.
At the registration office, we presented the permit we requested a week before our scheduled hike, filled out a form, paid registration fee, and acquired some guides. Before starting our trek, we were oriented by the tourism officials about what to’s and what not’s then proceeded with our trek.
We started our trek before 4:30AM. It was a 2-hour trek to the summit, passing through rivers, bridges, and a lot of deep mud, not to mention the rich number of limatiks sucking our blood (lol). We reached the summit at around 6:30AM, spent 30 minutes – 1 hour appreciating and enjoying the 360 view on the top of the summit. At around 7:30AM, we started our trek going to Mararaot falls, which is just 1 hour away from Mt. Tala summit.
We reached Mararaot Falls by 8:30AM, from there we had our brunch. It was our friend, Mia’s birthday so we brought a lot of food. We sang her a birthday song and munch our food together with our awesome guides.
We decided to go back to the barangay to get our bags and log out because we would like to be able to reach Palo Alto resort by 3PM. There are two other falls along the trails of Mt. Tala, but we decided to skip it to chill and spend the rest of the day at Palo Alto waterfalls, just few hours away from Mamuyao.
At the registration area, we were asked to provide some comments and suggestions on where they can improve the quality of their service to the people hiking the mountains. We weren’t able to give on because our experience was flawless. The guides and the officials are accommodating and they’ll make sure that you are safe going up and down the mountain.
We left the barangay by 1PM and went back to our van parked at Brgy. Cuyambay. On our way to Palo Alto, we stop and buy food at Cafe Katerina, one of the famous stop overs in Tanay. At 3PM, we reached Palo Alto and ate the food we bought. It was a very awesome experience, enjoying the cold waterfall, and celebrating our friends birthday with our wonderful friends.
It was indeed an exhilarating experience, and it was one awesome day that we will never forget. Till our next adventure team!
How to get to Mt. Tala
First, secure a permit one week before the actual trek. No permit no climb policy is strictly observe with this mountain. You can contact Mr. Perdrito Campus to arrange your permit. He can also provide you vehicle/jeepney that you will need in order to reach the jump off point from the extraction point (river crossing).
From Cubao, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo
From Cogeo, ride a jeepney going to Batangasan (You might wait for the seats to be filled before taking off)
From Batangasan, ride a trike and tell them to bring you off to Brgy. Mamuyao Mt. Tala jump off
Suggested (Chill) Itinerary
01:00 AM Assembly
02:00 AM Depart to Tanay, Rizal
04:00 AM ETA extraction point, head to jump off point.
4:30 AM ETA Sto. Nino-Mamuyao junction
5:00 AM ETA Jump off point (Bgy Mamuyao)
5:30 AM Start trek
6:45 AM ETA Manipo falls
7:45 AM ETA Makiwit falls
09:00 AM ETA Mt. Tala Summit, 598 MASL
09:30 AM Start descent, traverse to Mararaot falls
10:30 AM ETA Mararaot falls, lunch
12:00 NN Start descent
03:00 PM ETA Jump off point
04:00 PM ETA Extraction point
05:30 PM ETD Manila
07:00 PM ETA Manila
Note: This itinerary is deviced if you have beginners trekking with you. You can finish the trail early depending on your pace. We’ve had a different itinerary since have to get to Palo Alto by 3PM.
Jeep Cubao to Cogeo — Php 25.00
Jeep Cogeo to Batangasan — Php 42.00
Trike Batangasan to Jump Off — Php 200.00/person (Not yet confirmed)
Registration fee — Php 40.00
Guide fee — Php 500.00 (1:5)
If you will be renting a jeep, that would be Php 6,500 from Cogeo to Brgy. Mamuyao (2-way)
Brgy. Cayabu to Brgy. Mamuyao — Php 80.00
Palo Alto entrance Fee — Php 100.00
Best if you will be hiking with a group of 10 or more to lessen your expenses.
The jump off point is almost 1 hour away from the extraction point which the cheapest way is to rent a jeep from Cogeo to Brgy. Mamuyao.
Contact Mr. Pedrito Campus so you can request your permit and arrange your transportation if you don’t have vans or monster vehicles that can do multiple river crossings.
If you have vans, better if you’ll park it to the nearby barangays because there’s no secure parking lots near the extraction point.
You can ask Mr. Pedrito to arrange you a jeepney that can fetch you from Brgy. Cayabu (where you will park your vehicle) to Brgy. Mamuyao
There’s presence of limatik so be prepared, bring alcohol or any ointment that can prevent them from sticking to your body and suck your blood.
Trail is super muddy when wet so wear shoes that are appropriate with this kind of situation.
Tinuy-an Falls, a 3 tiered waterfalls resting at the town of Bislig in Surigao del Sur, a must visit travel destination in Mindanao.
Just an hour or two away from Aliwagwag Falls, one can enjoy a water massage near the waterfall while riding a raft.
Visitors can also climb up to the second and third tier of this water fall where you can enjoy swimming at the infinity pool-like layer.
• Entrance fee is Php 50.00
• If you don’t know how to swim, there are life vest available for Php 30.00/hour
How to get there: • From Davao City, ride a bus a Ecoland Bus Terminal and take a Bachelor’s bus going to Mangagoy in Bislig, travel time is around 5-hours and first trip leaves at around 2:30AM with 1-2 hours interval.
• Fare is around Php 250.00
• Hire a habal-habal that can take you to Tinuy-an Falls. Rate starts at Php 200.00 – 300.00 for a round trip ride per person.