Mt. Pamitinan: A Beginner’s Guide

Discover your inner strength and reach the height of this rocky mountain.

By Rheinalee Casupanan
June 14, 2017

Your travel guide on Mt. Pamitinan

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Photo by nineskatonic via Flickr

Unlike other mountains, Mt. Pamitinan offers a challenging yet refreshing trail for first-time hikers. Its peak is 426+ meters above sea level (MASL), and it takes roughly an hour and a half to three hours until you reach the summit. With a difficulty level of 3/9, this mountain in Rodriguez, Rizal, allows you to discover and unleash your inner strength with its steep trails and pointed rock formations. The climb is manageable but will surely require complete concentration and care.

How to get there

Photo by Yam Consuelo

Mt. Pamitinan is not too far from Metro Manila. In fact, it only takes about an hour and a half to get there. The easiest way is to ride a van headed for Eastwood in Montalban from Sta. Lucia Mall in Cainta or Cubao. Trips are available 24/7 so you won’t have trouble catching rides. Alight at Eastwood Subdivision in front of a Ministop branch. There are tricycles there that can take you to Sitio Wawa where the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office is.

But if you are planning to bring a private vehicle with you, head to Rodriguez via Marikina and San Mateo. You’ll then find directions to Sitio Wawa along the way. Pass by a winding road and after a few minutes, the DENR registration area will be on your right side. An entrance fee is charged for private cars and the rates will depend on the kind of vehicle you have. Parking slots are available in front of the tourism office.

The hike

Photo by Yam Consuelo

The jumping-off point is at Sitio Niño, where you will have to cross a hanging bridge over Wawa River.

Photo by Yam Consuelo

Steep and inclined steps await you at the initial part of the trail. Near the end, there will be a stream that you have to cross, marking the start of the muddy trail that follows. Expect to have rocks and boulders along the way before you reach the first resting camp. Make sure that you have taken enough rest because you will have to take the assault next, where the trail will only get steeper with every ascent.

Photo by Yam Consuelo

If the first part is already challenging, the second part will be even harder. The terrain is a bit dangerous as the trail changes into steeped slopes with sharp and rough rocks.

Resting camps

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There are about three resting camps throughout the trail where you can catch your breath before yet another challenging trek. Seasoned hikers usually just rest for five minutes before heading out again. No pressure or anything, though, if you’re a beginner. Take your time as the guides are nice and they will prioritize your safety more important than anything else.

The summit

Photo by Khaila Montoya

Mt. Pamintinan has two summits, and it’s in the first where hikers usually take their “buwis-buhay” shots. Not surprisingly, the assault to the second summit is the most difficult as you would need to rappel your way up between two limestone boulders.

The three-hour trek and rock climbing will absolutely be worth it because of the marvelous 360-view at the summit. If you face the north, you’ll see Mt. Hapunang Banoi, a mountain that used to be a home for eagles, and also a distant Mt. Arayat, Pampanga’s steep stratovolcano. There is also the sight of the vast Sierra Madre Mountains to the northeast stretching to the south and the more immediate scenery of Wawa River and Mt. Binacayan to the west. If you start hiking early in the morning, you might even catch a sea of clouds just as the sun starts to rise.

After all the trekking and rock scrambling, nothing could be more fulfilling than reaching the mountain peak.

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Mt. Pamitinan Hike Tips

Photo by Christeff Padilla

  • Contact a guide prior to your day hike. Having a guide is required for the climb, and there are only about seven to eight guides in rotation. Better reserve your slot especially if you’re planning to go hike on a weekend. See contact details below.

  • Wear hand gloves and thick-soled shoes. The trail to Mt. Pamitinan summit has sharp limestone rocks so keep your skin off the jagged edges of the rocks by wearing thick gloves and soles. It is strongly recommended to have protective gears for your hands and feet as these rocks also get hot especially on sunny days.

  • Bring enough food and water for a three-hour hike. There is no source of food and water on the mountain during your hike. For beginners, trekking to the summit may be challenging because of the sweltering heat of the sun and the sharp karst you will have to endure.

  • Avoid hiking on a holiday if possible. There will be a lot of people hiking during holidays so there will be long queues, especially at areas where you can have photo ops.

  • Enjoy the side trips. Make the most out of your trip by exploring the Pamitinan and Binacayan Caves. You can also take a dip at Wawa Dam after your hike.

  • If you want more challenge, go for a twin day hike. Believed to be Bernardo Carpio’s twin mountain boulders, Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan can both visited in a day. Just make sure you have slept and eaten enough so you have the energy and stamina for the full-day trek.

  • Tour guides

    Kuya Ronnie (Guide) - 09072395042
    Kuya Emman (Guide) - 09493956589
    Kuya Ogie (Guide) - 09473868778
    Kuya Richard (Guide) - 09983266559
    Kuya Joni (Barangay Wawa Official) - 09295497211

    Hotels and resorts near Mt. Pamitinan

    If you need a place to stay when you go hiking at Mt. Pamitinan, check out the cheap rates on hotels and resorts in the Rizal province below!
    • Go to list of Rizal resorts and hotels