Return to Batulao

If you want to hit that RESET button, there are a number of ways to effectively do that. One of them for me was Mt. Batulao!

The first time I went there last April 12, it was under siege by forest fires. Nonetheless, it was an amazing journey. Traverse the mountain from the Old Trail to the New Trail. We camped at the new campsite it the new trail. star gazed. drank our way to oblivion yet manages to cooked food for the soul.

My return to Mt. Batulao was a spontaneous decision to join my other like minded spontaneous peers. There was no plan for it, but it happened anyway. Just like love, you may not plan to fall in love, but then again, it catches you like cupid shot himself with his arrow. #parangPagibig #segway

Photocredit to Mr. Aleks Paat

Unlike popular beliefs, returning to a place you have visited before for me is never the SAME! The people changes, the experiences changes, the environment  changes and of course, you yourself changes.

Mt. Batulao I’ve seen this Sunday (June 23) was reaching her peak of magnificence. There are still burned areas but unnoticeable. The bald trees have now grown leaves. The grass now as tall as a man are turning its color to that perfect hue of green. All is well for Her.

Our IT for the day hike was go up the summit via the new trail then down the old one. If someone ask me right now which of the two hike patterns would I recommend(past hike vs this hike),  I would say try any of the two, and go back to do the other. There is no comparison, because its two different experiences which are unforgettable! It was challenging for us because we had no ample sleep. But with our perseverance and eagerness, we prevailed!

 

Peak 8 has the perfect backdrop to an amazing photo! While the summit holds the grandeur of seeing all the peaks plus more of the lands and mountains surrounding Batangas – Tagaytay – Laguna area.

 

Photocredit to Jepepips for some of the photos

We were the only hikers who were at the summit when we arrived. We owned the place, took selfies, enjoyed the view, Go Pro moments, laughed, cried, reminisce and bask in the beauty of Mt. Batulao.

 

 

 

 

 

Tinipak River: Definitely a Hidden Paradise

When you read or hear a travel destination to be a hidden paradise, you tend to over shoot your expectation.

Tinipak River

And yet, Tinipak River was indeed one.

Getting there is a bit of a challenge – but it was all worth it. Once you’re there, every sweat, every heat, every breathe is not wasted upon seeing the majestic Tinipak (Carved Rocks) river. With its pristine, clear water and virgin river banks, it definitely is a Hidden Gem.

 

Me at Tinapak River

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SO MANY FIRST to cross out from my list:

First time to River trek

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First time to Cliff Dive/Jump

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First time Spelunking! at Tungtong Cave

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First time to see Limestone, Stalagmites, Stalactites

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First time to camp at a River Bank

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DON’T JUST LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY, GO SEE!

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How to Get there,

We got some IT online for instance this one:

Overnight: Tinipak river-cave + Light pack Summit assault via Lilindigan Trail

MT. DARAITAN / TINIPAK RIVER-CAVE
Tanay, Rizal / Gen. Nakar, Quezon
Major jump-off: Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
MASL: Unverified
Estimated days and hours to explore: 1-2 days / Summit: 3-4 hrs, Tinipak river-cave: 2-3 hrs
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 3-4
Features: community, river, rock formations, cave, tropical forest, fauna and flora, scenic views, exploratory
Article History: Created July 09, 2013

ITINERARY
DAY 1
5AM ETD to Tanay Market from Shaw Blvd via Private Transportation
6:30 AM ETA Tanay Market / Buy Supplies
7:00AM Take Tricycle or Jeep rent to Daraitan
7:30AM ETA Daraitan / Boat Ride / Take Tricycle to Brgy. Hall
7:50AM ETA Brgy. Daraitan / Register and Get Guide / Proceed to jump-off point
8:00AM Start Trek (Mail Trail)
8:40AM Tinipak Creek-Cottage-River / continue trekking via main trail
08:50AM ETA Boundary to Bagbagan Trail / continue trekking via main trail
09:00AM ETA Trail head of Lilindigan / continue trekking via main trail
09:45AM ETA Cemented stair
10:00AM ETA Cablao Elementary School
12:00PM ETA Trail Fork to Summit (Right Trail for Bato Peak 1) and (Left for Bato Peak 2) / Lunch /
01:30PM Start descent
3:00PM Back to Main Trail
03:30PM ETA Tinipak Cottage-River / rest / set camp / socials / swimming whatever
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DAY 2
06:00 AM Wake up call / Eat breakfast
08:00 AM Start taking rock boulders to cross the river to get to Tinipak Cave
9:30 AM ETA Tinipak cave / swimming and cave exploration
03:00 PM Go back to cottage /camp
04:30 PM Break camp
05:00PM head back to Jump off
06:00PM Jump-off / Rest and wash / Take Tricycle to Brgy. Hall / Log out / Proceed for boat ride
07:00PM ETD to Tanay Market
08:30PM ETD to Shaw Blvd
10:30PM ETA Shaw Blvd

And Another:

1. From Starmall FX/van Terminal, Shaw Boulevard, ride a van bound to Tanay, Rizal for 70Php. The van stops at the Tanay Public Market. Travel time is about 1.5 – 2 hours.

**WE MUST LEAVE EARLY TO CATCH THE 1ST TRIP OR ELSE WE’LL LEAVE AT 1PM**

2. At Tanay Public Market, hire a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan which can accommodate 4 pax. 100Php each. Some driver asks 500Php. Haggle! Travel time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Upon reaching the junction to Daraitan, expect a 30-40 minutes major rough road. Oh well, curse those people behind the PORK BARREL SCAM! Haha.
In addition, the association of tricycle drivers in Daraitan do not permit tricycles from Tanay to wait for their passengers while having a tour, hence you can’t rent them for a round trip.

3. Reaching the Bgry. Daraitan, you need to ride a boat just to cross a 10 meters wide river for 5Php.

4. On the other side which is the Brgy. Daritan proper, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Hall to register. Tricycle ride cost 10Php per head and registration fee is 20Php. Here, you will have your tour guide. I would like to thank Kuya Russel, our tour guide for accompanying us.

5. Going back to Tanay Market, ride a tricycle again for 100Php each. Jeepney is available what until 1:00PM only as far as I remember. So if you didn’t catch the Jeepney, ride a tricycle instead.

SOURCE:
http://mtdaraitantinipakrivercave.blogspot.com/

 

NOTE:

We did not follow all the IT, Once we arrived at Tanay public market, we roam the place, got supplies. Tricycle drivers are teeming there offering service from and to Brgy Daraitan Drop off. We did not climb Mt. Daraitan because we enjoyed the river and the cave. WE SHALL RETURN SOON for the SUMMIT ASSAULT.

We got one driver who insisted on staying overnight and waited for us the next day (Sunday) to return to Tanay Public Market.

Expenses:

70 pesos Van from Starmall to Tanay

100 pesos each for tricycle going to Brgy. Hall of Daraitan

500 pesos for the whole tricycle ( going back to Tanay Market ) fixed amount

30 pesos per tricycle for the Sticker ( optional, voluntary ) on the “toll gate” of Brgy. Daraitan

500 per group for a tour guide ( day hike ) / 750 for overnight

 

 

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This was one memorable river trekking. – date of trek April 26-27 2014