TRIP GUIDE: Mt. Daraitan Day Hike and Tinipak River

Grassy trail at Mt. Daraitan

Summit a mountain, trek down and take a plunge on a river, brave a cave and take another dip on its underground spring simultaneously within a course of a day. A remote village in Tanay, Rizal gives off this rush of adrenaline.


Local mountaineers frequent Daraitan as it was home to some known and innominate mountains of the great Sierra Madre mountain range. Mt. Daraitan, though named after this village in Rizal, sits between the political borders of Tanay, Rizal and Gen. Nakar, Quezon. At 739 meters above sea level (MASL), it features a verdant tropical forest and unique limestone formation at the summit which serves as a vantage point of the meandering Daraitan River.

Traversing the mountain descends to a river that prides itself as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV. Tinipak River stands out for its white marble rock formation towering at the river bank and bits of large rocks scattered on its narrow streams as if a mythical giant creature shattered a humongous boulder and formed the marvelous Tinipak Rocks. Tinipak River and Daraitan River seen from the summit are different rivers flowing through the same tributary.

Tinipak rocks

Within Tinipak Rocks vicinity lies Tinipak Cave, also known as Mamara Cave since it lies beneath Mt. Mamara, a mountain parallel to Mt. Daraitan. Exploring its interiors requires about five minutes of challenging trek along a rocky trail to reach the cave's chest-deep underground freshwater spring.

How to Get to Daraitan

Barangay Daraitan is a far-flung eco-tourism village in Tanay, Rizal. It was bound by Quezon and Laguna provinces and will take about 3.5 hours without traffic to reach the village center.
  • From EDSA Shaw terminals, take a jeep/shuttle bound for Tanay town proper. Fare: PHP 60-70; Travel time: 2 hours (without traffic)
  • Take a tricycle accredited by tourism office bound for Barangay Daraitan. We chartered a tricycle at the terminal in front of McDonald's Tanay. Fare: PHP 100 each; Travel time: 1.5 hours


  • Hike Mt. Daraitan traversing to Tinipak River
  • Spend overnight at Mt. Daraitan and witness sea of clouds in the morning
  • Trek straight to Tinipak River without hiking Mt. Daraitan
  • Camp at Tinipak Campsite
  • Hike Mt. Mamara
  • Spelunking at Tinipak/Mamara Cave

Inside Tinipak Cave


  • Fee for crossing a wooden bridge - PHP 30 per vehicle
  • Environment fee - PHP 20
  • Tour guide - PHP 500 (Day hike); PHP 1,250 (Overnight)
  • Photo shoot (Non-commercial) - PHP 500 (Debut, Pre-nup, Hobbyists with models and equipment)
  • Fee at Tinipak River (Gen. Nakar, Quezon) - PHP 25
  • Maintenance fee of a makeshift bridge in Tinipak - PHP 5

Essential Tips and Trip Notes

  • Prepare for one and a half hours of bumpy, shaky and dusty tricycle ride from Tanay town to Daraitan.
  • Sign up, get a tour guide and pay the necessary fees at Daraitan barangay hall.
  • Every 10 tourists requires a tourguide. They do not allow hikers to go on their own. "Legit" tour guides wear ID and uniform.
  • Summiting Mt. Daraitan usually takes 2-4 hours depending on hiker's pacing. Check for technical characteristics of Mt. Daraitan.
  • Bring packed lunch or light meals when going on a day hike.
  • Several sari-sari stores line up the jump-off point selling snacks, bottled waters and energy drinks, and some protective hiking accessories such as arm gloves/sleeves.
  • Local vendors sell refreshments and snacks along the trail, so worry not if you forgot to bring drinking water.
  • Mobile signal is sporadic and weak whenever it exists.
  • Expect a jam-packed Mt. Daraitan summit and camp sites, a crowded Tinipak River, about hour(s) of falling in line for the cave, a crowded cave pool and a limited time inside Tinipak Cave during weekends. It's always better to visit on weekdays.
  • Reaching the spring inside the cave requires trekking along slippery, uneven and sharp-edged rocks. It would be better to wear closed trekking footwear and bring a bright flashlight.
  • Tricycles in Daraitan travels between 4AM to 11PM only.

View of Daraitan River and Sierra Madre from summit

Itinerary: Mt. Daraitan day hike and Tinipak River

  • 6:00 AM : ETA Tanay town proper, take tricycle for Daraitan
  • 7:30 AM : ETA Daraitan barangay hall, get tour guide and settle necessary fees
  • 8:00 AM : Start hike
  • 11:00 AM : ETA summit, enjoy the view, take photos, eat lunch
  • 12:00 PM : Start descent
  • 2:30 PM : ETA Tinipak Rocks, explore Mamara Cave
  • 3:30 PM : Take a plunge at Tinipak River, Have picnic
  • 4:30 PM : Trek back to Daraitan village center
  • 5:30 PM : ETA Daraitan barangay hall, head back to Tanay town proper
  • 7:00 PM : ETA Tanay town proper, head back to Manila

Mt. Daraitan Experience: Destined for Daraitan : Tinipak River and Mt. Daraitan Experience
Daraitan Travel Guide: Quick Guide: Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River — Tanay, Rizal


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