Mt. Daraitan + Tinipak River: 2024 Hike Guide, Location, Height, Difficulty

Mt. Daraitan
Mt. Daraitan, Tanay - when we saw the gorgeous photos of this mountain, we thought it's a perfect place to relax and re-energise with the positivity that nature possesses. Hiking this mountain and crossing the Tinipak River can definitely give you a unique experience because the place is surrounded with relaxing greens and the sound of the rushing water by the river preserves tranquility. Aside from this mountain, the province of Rizal has a lot to offer, from arts, crafts, food, rivers and mountains.

 To add more thrill, we were on the top load.

HOW TO GET HERE: From Mega Mall, Robinsons Galleria or in Cubao, you can ride in a jeepney to Tanay Transport Terminal. At the backside of the public market, we rode in a jeep to Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. The travel time from the market to the jump off is about two to three hours. The jump off is the area before crossing the river. Next part is riding on a raft crossing the river. Then, rode in a tricycle to the Brgy. Hall for registration. REMINDER: There are limited jeepneys to heading to the jump off in Sampaloc.

THE TRAILS OF DARAITAN: The terrains are simple, however, it became challenging because of the rains, plus, it was a night trek. From the registration area, it is a one to two hours walk on a well-established trail, passing by the cemetery, hopping on and off the boulders and crossing the river. It was cold and getting colder because of the wind and rain showers.

Activities and Camping by the River is the Best Place to Stay
It has a wide campsite, but are private areas. These campsites were already developed into a resort-ish type with cottages, washrooms and stores. If you’re lazy preparing your foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can ask Ate, the owner - forgot her name, to cook something for you, for a reasonable price. The area is open but it's in the middle of the mountains, so the air is fresh and has a relaxing ambiance. But has a sticky mudddd.

The Beauty of Tinipak River
It’s a long body of rushing water with crystal clear and cool waters, free flowing to the lower areas, passing by the provinces of Rizal, Quezon and Laguna. This river is surrounded by white limestone and large boulders which added an artistic formation - such an incredible and instagrammable place.

The Cave near The River
Another feature of Daraitan and Tinipak River is the cave, situated few meters from the camp site and the other side of the river. The trail is difficult because hikers need to hop on and off the boulders with sharp edges. Wooden ladders were constructed to ensure that trekking is safe.