Mt. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal

Tired eyes and cold mornings greeted us last February 8 on what was a holiday-turned-getaway with friends. Having been ‘acquainted’ with a mountain hike prior (okay, not really, because a Mt. Pinatubo hike was a piece of cake compared to this!), we decided to say yes to an adventure at Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal.

Over the years, the Mt. Daraitan trail has been very popular with both the experienced and newbies because of its proximity to the bustling city of Metro Manila. Based on my experience, the hike wasn’t easy. For newbies (who have zero experience) try choosing to go elsewhere, however, if you’ve hiked at least once already, then Daraitan can be a great trip to take.

It took us about 4 hours to reach the summit, and another 4 hours down because of the weather that made the trail more challenging than the usual. Upon reaching the top, you’ll find yourselves along with other numerous groups waiting for your turn (literally, lining up) to take photos of Daraitan’s Instagrammable spots. The place was packed!

As the day progressed, we completely lost track of time and decided to climb down late. As a result, we weren’t able to do a side trip to Tinipak River. But hey, it’s an excuse to come back right?


Morning drive.