Finally! After a year of hiatus, I was able to go hiking. Thanks to my friends in food blogging community. What started as spontaneous invite, we’re able to gather peeps who’re interested. Until we came up to the decision to hike, Mt. Mapalad in San Andres, Tanay Rizal. There’s some hiccups along the way but we’re all decided to finish what we started.
Mt. Mapalad is a 700MASL mountain in Tanay, Rizal. Rizal is known for its mountain ranges which is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. The trail is approximately 8 KM roundtrip from jump off to summit, which can be completed around 4-6hrs depending on your group’s pace. Unlike other Rizal mountains, there’s only a minimal part where there are limestone. Instead, what you can expect from the trail is a gradual ascend of boulder rocks and compact soil. The trail reminds me of Mt. Batulao, but with minimal loose soil. Thanks to scattered rainshowers, the soil remains intact. There’s also part where you’ll cross some rivers, but due to summer season, some areas are dry. Including the Kanabuan Falls which is dry on summer. There are established food stalls along the way and in the summit where you can buy food and water.
The summit, features a man-made structure with the shape of a palm, or “Palad” in Filipino. The structure will provide you a better view of the sea of clouds horizon. Typical to other mountains of Rizal, given the perfect weather condition, you can expect a magnificent sea of clouds. Trail wise, Mt. Mapalad is perfect for beginners because it is established with minimal use of hands. It is recommended to start the trek around 3am so that you can experience the Rizal Sunrise.
To get there,
Ride a jeep going Cogeo Gate 2 Jeep from Cubao – P26
Transfer to Tricycle from Gate 2 to Batangasan – P170 per person
Another Tricycle from Batangasan to San Andres P120/tricycle
Note: Transportation option are all tricycle since we arrived around 3am of which there’s no jeepney available yet. You may also bring your car, within the jumpoff vicinity, there are houses where you can park private vehicles, just ask the locals for the rates.
For the tour guide and other registration stuff.
Tour Guide Fee – P500
Overnight rate for Tour Guide – P1250
Registration Fee – P100/pax
Note: If interested, you may request for our Tour Guide: Engelie Cloza. For her privacy, I won’t post her cellphone number, but if interested feel free to reach out to me so I can give the contact number. I can guarantee a total customer experience you want. Btw, maximum of 5pax per tour guide so be sure plan ahead.
Expect a rewarding horizon overlooking the vast sea of clouds. Among the best in the country I can say.
Thank you Glenn, Bryan, Christian and Emi for the fun filled adventure. I can’t wait to get in touch with you for the next escapade!❤
Of course thank to Mam Engelie for allowing us to safely experience the Mt. Mapalad. We really appreciate your gesture of inviting us over to your house for lunch. We enjoyed it allot. Hopefully you are as well! If I’ll go back, I’ll definitely request for you directly. 🙌 Till we meet again. 😍