Mt. Irid Fail, Kinabuan Falls Wins.

The original plan was to go to Mt. Irid in Tanay, but because of miscommunication about the permit, we we’re not allowed to hike Irid. One guy from Tanay Tourism said we can simply print our “Permit to Hike” only to find out that we have to personally pick it up from the Municipal Hall. We were going on a Sunday, how can we get it? Anyway, we went ahead and just printed our email conversation hoping that they will accept it, unfortunately, local management did not accept it but allowed us to go to Kinabuan instead.

Not meant To Be. I guess it was not really our time to hike Irid. As we go to Kinabuan, rain fell after crossing the 4th river, that means five more rivers before we reach the camp site where we can pitch out tents for the night and expected for the river to swell. Soon enough on the 7th river, the water current was so strong that we had to take a detour where the water is not too deep and too strong for us to cross. I thought that if we are to climb the summit, it will be a very difficult one because of the rain. Trail will be 5x more difficult than what it already is.

From barangay hall to Kinabuan we had to cross 9 rivers to reach Kinabuan.

By 5:30pm we reached Kinabuan and assembled our tents. By 6:00 pm we’re done and ready to go but our guide told us check out the waterfalls the following morning instead since it’s already dark, we will not be able to appreciate the waterfalls. So we freshen up, prepared our dinner, short socializing and lights out by 9:00pm.

The next day after we had our breakfast, we went straight to Kinabuan Falls, just a three-minute walk from the camping site. I remembered seeing it for the first time, it was glorious. I may be exaggerating at some point but it was really beautiful. It is like a paradise where fairies and mystical creatures live. Unspoiled.

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Here are some pictures we took on our way to Kinabuan and the Kinabuan Falls:

TIP: WE VISITED THE PLACE SEPTEMBER 17, ONE WEEK AFTER A STORM PASSED BY, IT IS VERY EVIDENT TO THE SIZE OF THE WATERFALLS. DURING SUMMER, IT IS RELATIVELY SMALLER BUT YOU CAN STILL ENJOY THE COLD DIP IN THAT POOL.

MAKE SURE TO CONTACT TANAY TOURISM FIRST IF THEY REQUIRE “PERMIT TO HIKE” JUST TO GO TO KINABUAN FALLS. BUT IF YOU PLAN TO HIKE MT. IRID, IT IS A MUST THAT YOU HAVE A HARD COPY OF YOUR PERMIT.

Contact Pitoy (point person) at +639293265454 or 639263652353

How to get there:

Option A.

  1. From Cogeo Gate 2, take a jeepney going to Sampaloc, Tanay and drop off at Batangasan (San Andress, Php42.00).
  2. Take a tricycle going to Sitio Maynoba (50.00 per person for a group of four)
  3. From Maynoba, you have to walk and cross 5 rivers to get to Sta. Ines, proceed to Bgy. Hall for permit, registration, and secure a guide.
  4. From Bgy. Hall, start trekking for about 2 hours to 2 and half and cross 9 rivers before reaching Kinabuan camp site.

Option B. Wait for monster jeep from Cogeo leaving between 12:00nn to 1:00pm. If you missed that you have to go with Option A.

Option C. Rent a monster jeep (as they call it)

Option D. Use your own 4×4 or a mountain bike will do.

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