Between General Nakar, Quezon and Tanay, Rizal can be found this beautiful wonder with its own unexpected beast to discover. Approximately three to four-hour travel from Manila which makes it one of the best destinations to get away from the buzz of the metro and its hectic schedule.
According to pinoymountaineer Mount Daraitan is considered a minor climb with 4/9 difficulty and trail class of 1 to 3. Its looks so easy to climb when you look at it in paper.
While trekking all the way up to the summit, anyone can appreciate tropical rainforest and different limestone formations which is predominantly evident among mountain ranges in Rizal. At the summit you can see Laguna de bay, Pililia Wind Mill, Mounts Maynoba, Batosulong, Makiling, Sombrano, Susong Dalaga, and many more.
Enjoying the summit after more than 2 hours of trekking.
Then upon descent, Tinipak river offers various water activities and not only that, adjacent to it is Mount Mamara which has different caves to visit with natural pool in it.
Tinipak River. Just where the water from the cave is coming out. We did not go to where the crowd are.
Inside the cave where you get to enjoy running water pool.
Yes it has its own madness. If you think that the hike to the summit is just easy, think again, you must be mad. The mountain is approximately 740 meters above sea level (masl), relatively higher than Mount Hapunang Banoi in Montalban which is only 517 masl. More than 600 meters of that height is a straightforward assault with 70 to 90 degree angle. For those who are not experienced hiker, this will be a challenge. Weather condition will also play a big part in the level of difficulty.
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