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Welcome to Mt. Mamara Tanay, Rizal

Mt. Mamara

Welcome to Mt. Mamara, Tanay Rizal!

Welcome to Mt. Mamara! Just to be honest with you guys. I never knew this mountain exists until we were declined to climb Mt. Daraitan since it already reached its maximum capacity of 300 people that day, so my friends and I decided to climb whichever mountain is available which is Mt. Mamara.

Our adventure

It was unfortunate.

Mt. Daraitan had always been on our list of mountains to hike ever since college. A lot of things already happened, one of which was we already graduated and now was our most awaited chance to finally fulfill that plan we had and reconnect to our adventurous-seeking-side, however, the tricycle driver already spoiled us that we could not possibly climb the mountain that day and offer us alternatives.

But no, we wouldn’t want to simply give up and let our time be wasted, or our plan to be messed up. We need to at least try. So, we stick to our plan and went to Daraitan. We didn’t get there easily. We had a lot of stop overs due to complications on the tricycle, we even transferred to another tricycle halfway there. We were joking around that perhaps that was the sign of the Universe that we should not continue our journey.

On our rough ride to Daraitan, the tricycle driver warned us about their popular superstitious belief known as “tapik” (tap). He told us that when a man taps us, we should tap back. If not, we will be bewitched and blindly go back to the mountain ‘alone’ and marry a local there.

The moment we reach Sabangan, a man approached us asking if we will be climbing. He was the person who validated that Mt. Daraitan is already full that day.

It was disappointing.

I remember how I woke up early that morning and how I couldn’t even sleep out of excitement the night before only to be hearing such news.

“Dito na kayo sa kabilang bundok aakyat.” The man said pointing his finger to the mountain next to Mt. Daraitan.

A sudden rush of excitement flow through my veins. At least we have a mountain to conquer.

Before we got to the mountain, we took a long walk from the Barangay. We could had ridden a tricycle, but, our thoughtful and funny tour guide suggested that we should walk so we could warm up. As we strolled toward the mountain, we passed by the Tinipak River, we were mesmerized by the picture-perfect rock formations and we were extremely amazed by the glimmering sapphire water flowing through the river.

 

There were a lot of people that day. Before we even reached the base of the mountain, we had to wait for other groups of climbers to cross the bridge.

As we climbed, I’m already losing interest. We were stopping for every five minutes to wait for those who were climbing before us or to give way for those who were already going down. Such hike was really tiring. You can’t simply find the momentum to gather all your energy and climb up continuously like the usual.

Noticing my annoyance, our tour guide calmly said “Dito ‘pag ganitong holiday madaming tao, kailangan mo talaga ng tyaga at mahaaaabang pasensya” (in here, during holidays there are a lot of people, you really need perseverance and patience). That was when I started to calm my head and tried to understand the situation that there might be new climbers from the group over us.

What I love about the mountain is that it is full of trees. Never once did the sunlight touched my skin. All I felt was the cold breeze of air drying up the sweat on my face, it was absolutely refreshing. When we racked up the peak, I saw a lot of climbers already taking their lunch, taking a rest, and taking pictures.

It was like a whole community church went up together for a team building because really, it was full of people. I heard some people say loud and clear, “akala ko ba maganda? Nasa’n maganda dito?” (I thought this place is beautiful? What is beautiful in here?). Some even said “Summit na ‘to?” (Is this the summit?). But for me, I genuinely love the summit. I love how the mountain covers itself with trees. It’s a good place for relaxation after a challenging hike.

The first thought that came to my mind when I stepped on the peak was the twilight series. The strong tall trees of the forest. The shy glimpse of sunlight through the thick leaves. The refreshing cold breeze of air. It was nostalgic.

This place reminded me of all my young fantasies. How I wish to be in such place and write about the novels I haven’t finished or paint the mesmerizing view of nature below us. It reminded me of fairytales, of fictions, and of all my childhood delusions of how life was perfect and simple.

I found healing.

We sat on an uncrowded area and started eating. We shared food while reminiscing our past hikes. I felt younger, like we were College students again away from stressful school works. This. Is. Life.

After taking our lunch, we got ready for a series of photo shoot but since the popular spot for picture taking was already crowded, our tour guide brought us to somewhere as equally beautiful view but deserted. We took a lot of time there until we are completely satisfied.

Mt. Mamara

When we went back to the crowded picture taking spot, there were still a lot of people lining up for the spot. But when we got our turn, the rain fell so hard and the air gushed over the top of the mountain sending chills through our body. We were afraid. But of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance to take a photo there, instead of solo, we went for a group photo.

After that, we started to descend the mountain but on a much easier and depopulated route. I didn’t enjoy the climb so much because it took us forever to climb up. But downclimbing was so much fun. It was raining so hard, the path is a lot slippery and my friend slipped three times, so we had to be extra careful.

I held tight on trees and branches to keep my feet on the ground. And while I try hard to keep my balance, I felt like we were on the Jumanji movie or we were at Terabithia or I was Tarzan. It was amusing how I really enjoyed walking down to that muddy rode.

I remember how I used to regret conquering a mountain. I always told myself “this will be my last hike”. But I always find myself climbing and climbing again. But on that moment, when I finally heard the calm sound of the river, I asked myself – when is the next hike?

It took us three hours to climb up but only an hour and a half to go down. After that strenuous hike, we rewarded ourselves with a quick refreshing swim at Tinipak river and went back to the campsite to wash ourselves and walked to the rock formations for another set of pictures.

From there, the tricycle took us to a Lola Aning Eatery and tried their signature Lomi for only PhP35.00. We were not disappointed. My Batangueña friends were also happy about it. After eating, we walked to Sabangan with our tour guide and part ways there.

It was disappointing.

How time flies so fast and we had to leave this beautiful place. It was a place too far from the stress of Manila. It is simple, peaceful, and captivating.

It was unfortunate.

How I realize that their superstitious belief is half-way true, but instead of a man, the nature tapped us. So yes, we will surely go back.

Mt. Mamara

A Few Reminders:
  1. Make sure to double check the branches of trees before clinging on it some have spikes you might not want to touch.
  2. Be prepared for sudden change in temperature. Bring raincoat if possible.
  3. Safety First. You don’t have to get there as fast as possible. You simply need to get there as safe as possible.
  4. If possible, go there during weekdays to fully enjoy the experience.

 

Let’s Talk About Budget

For me this hike is quiet expensive because I don’t usually spend over PhP500.00 when I hike.

Transportation: PhP366.00 per head

Eco Environment Fee: PhP100.00 per head

Tour guide: PhP100.00 per head (group of 5)

Miscellaneous:

Bridge – PhP5.00

C.R – PhP20.00

Food – PhP135.00

Total – PhP726.00

I think PhP800.00 is a good budget.

 

How to get to Mt. Mamara:

I list down possible routes, but I recommend going to Upper Antipolo for a faster ride.

 

From Lower Antipolo:

From Cogeo ride a jeepney bound to Sampaloc: PhP 67.00 per head

From Sampaloc ride a tricycle bound to Brgy. Daraitan Sabangan: PhP 100.00 per head

From Sabangan you have to ride a bangka to get across the river: PhP 5.00 head

From there you have to ride a tricycle to go to the Baranggay for registration: PhP 12.00 head

 

From Upper Antipolo:

From Shopwise ride a jeepney bound to Tanay: less than Php 40.00 per head

From Tanay ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan Sabangan: PhP 100.00 per head.

From Sabangan you have to ride a bangka to get across the river: PhP 5.00 head

From there you have to ride a tricycle to go to the Baranggay for registration: PhP 12.00 per head

 

From Cubao:

Route I:

From Alimall ride a jeepney going to Tikling: PhP 26.00 per head

From tikling ride a jeepney bound to Tanay: PhP 40.00 per head

From Tanay ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan: PhP 100.00 per head.

From Sabangan you have to ride a bangka to get across the river: PhP 5.00 head

From there you have to ride a tricycle to go to the Baranggay for registration: PhP 12.00 per head

Route II:

From Cubao ride a jeepney and get down to Shopwise Antipolo: PhP 30.00 per head

From Shopwise ride a jeepney bound to Tanay: less than Php 40.00 per head

From Tanay ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan: PhP 100.00 per head.

From Sabangan you have to ride a bangka to get across the river: PhP 5.00 head

From there you have to ride a tricycle to go to the Baranggay for registration: PhP 12.00 per head

 

From Pureza:

Ride G-liner bus and get down to tikling:

From tikling ride a jeepney bound to Tanay: PhP 40.00 per head

From Tanay ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan: PhP 100.00 per head.

From Sabangan you have to ride a bangka to get across the river: PhP 5.00 head

From there you have to ride a tricycle to go to the Baranggay for registration: PhP 12.00 per head

Extra Services:

If you want to stay there overnight, you may contact our guide he would be more than willing to assist you. You may call him Kuya Allan, he’s a great guide who wants you to have the most fun on your adventure. Here’s his contact number 09555085260.

If you want to have a Swedish massage after your tiring hike you may also contact Felicity she gives whole body massage for only PhP300.00. Here is her contact number 09356303739.

Guys, I entrusted you their number hoping you won’t be sending them nonsense text messages. Please contact them 2-3 days prior your hike. Have a fun and safe trip!

DISCLAIMER: ALL PHOTOS ARE OWNED BY MY VERY GOOD FRIEND NINIA MARIE PANGANIBAN. 

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