MT. MAMARA TRAVERSE IN BRGY. DARAITAN – TANAY, RIZAL
So far, this has been the best traverse I’ve done. The place was wonderful and our itinerary was just perfect. My dad & I were able to maximize the day by climbing up Mt. Mamara, swimming inside the Tinipak Cave and Tinipak River, eating lunch at the place and going home really earlier than expected. By looking at the itinerary of some bloggers who went as well, we thought it would also take us the whole day and that we’ll be able to leave the place by nightfall. But apparently, it’s not that necessary to stay the whole day!
5:30am – Left for Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal.
7:10am – Arrived at the brgy hall, registered, took our guide and briefing conducted by the guide (this is where you choose which mountain you want to climb – Mt. Mamara or Mt. Daraitan).
8:00am – Started walking.
8:30am – Start of the Mt. Mamara trail.
10:30am – Reached the summit.
11:00am – Started descent.
11:45am – Reached Tinipak cave, went for a quick swim.
12:15pm – On the way to Tinipak river.
12:30pm – Reached Tinipak river, went for a quick swim.
1:15pm – Headed to the tricycle station back to the brgy hall.
1:45pm – Back to the brgy hall to log out via tricycle.
2:15pm – Refreshed ourselves and left!!
The travel time going to and fro Brgy. Daraitan is actually what will take most of your time. I would recommend that you and your friends would rather use a car so you’ll get to the place faster. Also, while you’re on your way to the Brgy., don’t forget to look around because the pathway is beyond magnificent. It’s like an endless road to nowhere.
Using the Waze app will be of great help as well (by searching Brgy. Daraitan, barangay hall). Don’t forget to bring lots of [cold] water and snacks so you can munch onto something while climbing up. I brought almost a dozen sachets of Ding Dong nuts and it helped me regain my energy a lot (especially that it has salt). Lastly, don’t forget to bring extra clothes and slippers. There are a lot of toilet and shower cubicles in the parking area near the barangay hall so don’t worry about it. You just have to pay for it.
BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES
P200.00 – breakfast at McDo (good for 2).
P50.00 – bridge fee (for private vehicles).
P200.00 – registration fee (P100.00/head).
P500.00 – tour guide (good for 5 persons for hiking but if you’re only going to the river, they say it’s good for 10).
P10.00 – walking bridge to the trail (P5.00/head).
P60.00 – tricycle fee on the way back to the barangay hall (P15.00/head).
P157.00 – lunch (good for 3 persons because we treated our tour guide).
P50.00 – shower/toilet use (I remember it’s P20.00/head for shower, then P5.00/head if you wanna take a wee).
My dad & I spent a total of P1,227.00 for this day trip.
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