Mt. Pamitinan – Just another weekend well spent at this beginner-friendly mountain in the province of Rizal. To give you visualization about Mt.Tapusi or popularly known as Mt. Pamitinan, it’s a karst mountain or basically a landscape that made up of limestone that formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks including dolomite.
It’s was so fulfilling when you reach the summit of Mt. Pamitinan but on my point of view, there’s no other special about this mountain aside from Gat Andres Bonifacio’s hideout during Spanish era; the Pamitinan cave which is currently closed for now since it was a historical and a protected landmark. Nevertheless, Mt. Pamitinan is enjoyable for both experienced and beginner climbers.
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA (Pamitinan): 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours (P); 2-3 hours (B)
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (P); 3/9 (B) / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
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The mists and a cold morning air welcomed us upon arriving at Sitio Wawa. We arrived early around 5:45 AM. We immediately headed to the registration area to pay a fee and to acquire tour guide. We started to walk at exactly 6:00 AM. We crossed the 80 meters hanging bridge that connects two Baryo over Wawa river.
Kuya Jay Are is our tour guide for the day. He’s so nice and he helped us carry some of our belongings going up to Mt. Pamitinan. Aside from being gentle, he also takes the responsibility to capture every moment through our cameras during the hike. He’s a good photographer by the way. We spent 15 minutes on the hanging bridge just for taking pictures. Honestly, photo ops took a lot of time rather than the hiking haha. So our official journey begins after we crossed the hanging bridge. It was around 6:15 AM when we started to trek.
We have expected it already that the trail would be easy but also challenging as in Mt. Binacayan. The first part of the trail is uphill already requiring physical and mental collaboration and a great effort. It would take roughly 1.5 – 3 hours before you reach the summit.
Unlike in Mt. Binacayan, the trail and the route going up to the summit of Mt. Pamitinan is pretty straightforward that’s why it’s also listed as one of the recommended mountains especially for beginners. Most part of the trail is forested and surrounded by bamboo. There is also huge Balete tree that you could pass through along your journey. One thing that I noticed is there are no water sources around or maybe it’s already summer that’s why rivulet are dry.
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We arrived at the second station around 6:50 AM where the charcoal wall is located. To those who are into rock climbing, you can level up your Mt. Pamitinan adventure through the charcoal wall. It’s basically a big rock where you can climb and rappel.
Small buko juice store is waiting for tired hikers in the second station. After some 10 minutes rest, we walked until we reach the junction at exactly 7:25 AM. The junction is a rest area where you could also find Sari-sari store and souvenir shop. It’s also a resting camp that divides the trail into two. The left side leads to Hapunang Banoi while the right side is going to Mt. Pamitinan.
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THE LATTER PART
The rocky part of the trail and sharp edges limestone add more difficulties and challenges as we continue to trek. Sharp edges limestone could give you scratches so better to bring gloves.
The real adventure has begun. We arrived at the first peak at 7:45 AM. There are a group of hikers there doing some death-defying pose for photo ops. So we waited for the other groups to finish their photo shoot. We continued to trek and we reach the second peak at exactly 9:00 AM, A 30-45 minutes assault to the summit took us almost an hour because of the photo ops. hahaha
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There’s a long queue of hikers at the second peak and each group was waiting for their turn for a group photo at the big rock and to do the mandatory hanging on the cliff pose. So, while waiting for our turn, we ate our packed foods and snacks.
From the second peak, you can see the other peaks of the neighboring mountain not only the Mt.Binacayan, Mt. Ayaas, and Hapunang Banoi but also a vast swath of the Sierra Madre and the Mt. Arayat in a distant. The greenery of the surroundings plus the view of Wawa river from the top makes our hike totally worth it.
It was already 10:30 AM but we haven’t got the opportunity for the photo ops. 10:45 AM when we finally reach the frontline. hahaha So after almost 2 hours! sa wakas! it’s our turn!.
Punta na sa kanya kanyang spot. So since I have 50mm prime lens attached to my DSLR, kuya Jay Are need to take photos a few meters away from us. He goes to a further place to find a right spot so he can capture us perfectly. Kuya Jay Are didn’t disappoint us with his photography skill. Sabi nya pa pag di namin nagustuhan pwede naming balikan hahah.
Thanks to God that I have already overcome my fear of heights after the several hikes. I really admire my brave girlfriend Aj because of her courage to hike and her courage to do death-defying pose every time we reach the summit. It is not common to every woman to do an unextraordinary thing.
Exactly 11:15 AM when we start to descent and 12:00NN when we reach the registration area.
For us, Mt. Pamitinan trail is far more easy than the trail going up to Mt. Binacayan. In Mt. Pamitinan, as I said, it’s really straightforward unlike in Mt. Binacayan that you have to take the circuitous route before you reach the summit and it also has more sharp limestone than Mt Pamitinan.
So I hope you like the story of our journey going to Mt. Pamitinan. It was totally another memorable experience that we have to keep. More climb to come!
HOW TO GET THERE
- Ride a UV express van from Cubao(in front of Jollibee farmers) bound to Montalban(Rodriguez)-Eastwood.( Travel time is about 1 hour)
- Tell the driver to drop you off at Eastwood.
- From Eastwood, ride a tricycle going to DENR.(15-20 minutes travel time).
SUMMARY OF EXPENSES
- UV VAN to Montalban or Rodriguez – PHP 100.00
- Tricycle from Ministop(Eastwood) to DENR – PHP 40.00 each / PHP 60.00 per 3
- Registration fee – PHP 30.00
- Guide fee – PHP 600 good for 6 persons (PHP 100 each)
- Tricycle from DENR to Ministop(Eastwood) – PHP 40.00 each
- Lunch PHP 100
- FX to Cubao – PHP 50.00
4:00 AM Wake up | Preparation | Travel to Farmers Cubao.
5:00 AM Travel from Cubao to Montalban, Rizal
6:00 AM ETA at Luvers Montalban
6:15 AM ETA DEAN Office – Brgy Wawa for registration
6:30 AM Start hike at Mt. Pamitinan
7:15 AM ETA Hapunan Banoy and Mt. Pamitinan Junction
7:30 AM Assault to Summit
8:15 AM ETA first peak (PHOTO OPS)
9:00 AM ETA second peak(Photo ops)
9:15 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Start Descent
11:30 AM back to Jump-off
12:00 NN Lunch
1:00 PM Wawa Dam, cleaning(PHOTO OPS)
2:00 PM Pack up. Logout. Head home
THINGS TO BRING
- Bring a lot of water
- Energy drink (Gatorade)
- Hand Gloves
- Packed lunch(Optional). You can buy foods at carinderia nearby
- Garbage Bag( Leave no trace)
- Extra clothes
- Cameras(Actioncam, Phone, DSLR, etc)
- Pack light and bring enough water. 💧
- Bring gloves or any hand protection gears.
- DENR Office in Sitio Wawa doesn’t open until 4:30 AM.
- Bring snacks/food (Chocolates, jelly, nuts, and etc)
- There are shower rooms and toilets at the jump-off point
- Hiking shoes is much better than wearing sandals.
- There are sari-sari store and carideria at the jump-off point where you could have a breakfast or lunch.
- Wawa dam is just 5-10 minutes away from the DENR office.
- Best time to visit is 4:00 AM so you can witness the sea of clouds before the sunrise.
- Better to bring your own trash bag to dispose your waste properly.
Name: Jay Are Damas
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