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.
Along the trail going to the summit, you’ll pass by a cave which is not yet ready from spelunking but you can enter it and check it out with the presence of your guides.
After descending down from the summit, our group took our lunch at the Tuoy village. They are so friendly and nice, you’ll fee that you are welcome to their place. They sell ice candies, food, etc. You can even ask them to cook for you and pay them after. We reached the village at around 10:30am so we have plenty of time to rest and take our siestas for at least and hour. After then, we resumed our trek going to Tung-tong falls at 12:30PM.
Trekking to Tung-tong falls took and hour and half, and it rewards us with a beautiful view of the falls and cold water streaming down from the top of the falls. We really enjoyed this part of the hike because we have been refreshed. Some of my friends jumped from the top of the waterfalls which is up 15 ft deep from the center. Cliff diving is possible but please exercise caution when doing so.
To get back to the jump off point, we need to climb to the top of waterfalls because it will be a long journey if we will be doing a back-trail from the falls. Climbing the waterfalls is no joke, you have to really grip real hard and kiss the wall for you to not fall to an almost 50 ft high drop. There are “stairs/steps” where in you can place your feet for balance, which somehow made the climb less harder.
We reached the jump off by 5:00 PM and we washed up, eat some mami for Php 25.00 and then left at around 6:00PM.
0400 — Take jeep from Sampaloc to Cogeo
0500 — ETA Cogeo. Take jeep to Cuyambay junction
0615 — ETA Cuyambay. Take habal-habal to Brgy. Hall
0630 — ETA Barangay Hall. Register / Secure guides
0700 — Start trekking
0930 — ETA viewpoint / Peak 1
1030 — ETA Peak 2
1200 — Lunch at Tuoy village
1300 — Head to Tungtong waterfalls
1500 — ETA Tungtong waterfalls.
1530 — Resume trek
1600 — Back in barangay hall. Tidy up
1700 — Return to Manila
2000 — ETA Manila
How to get there:
• Take jeep to Cogeo from Cubao
• From Cogeo, ride a jeep going to Brgy. Cuyambay
• Ride a Habal-habal going to the Barangay Hall
• Cubao to Cogeo — Php 25.00
• Cogeo to Cuyambay — Php 48.00
• Habal-habal to Brgy. Hall — Php 25.00
• Registration fee — Php 20.00
• Donation for seedlings — Php 10.00
• Guide fee — Php 500.00 (Day Hike), Php 800.00 (Overnight) guide ration 1:5
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.
Photo credit to
Rosch del Agua