Tinipak River Trekking Adventure

You need not venture far in search of adventure.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
October 19, 2016

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you don't need to go far, since the provinces near Metro Manila hold special wonders that may just surprise you. One such underrated destination is the province of Rizal. This gem at the south of Metro Manila practically has everything for everyone, be it historical, cultural, and natural wonders. And if you're leaning towards the latter, you should definitely not miss the trekking adventure to Tinipak River in the town of Tanay.

A hub for adventurers
Barangay Daraitan in Tanay is visited by thrill-seeking backpackers who aim to conquer Mt. Daraitan. But if you're not physically and emotionally ready to climb a mountain yet, you can opt instead to go on a trek to Tinipak River. The rough trail you will trek on should be challenging enough for both new and seasoned trekkers.

There are a few local travel agencies that offer packaged tours to Daraitan that already include round trip transportation and guide fees. But if you prefer to venture there by yourself, creating a D-I-Y itinerary is easy.

Getting there
There are vans bound for Tanay at EDSA Star Mall in Mandaluyong. Fare is roughly PHP 70.00. Get off at Tanay Market and hire a tricycle to take you to Barangay Daraitan. The fare costs about PHP 500.00, which six passengers can share (if you bring more friends, then you'd be able to cut back more on transportation fees).

Once you arrive in Daraitan after a bumpy tricycle ride, there is a river that you must cross. You have two options: you can use the hanging bridge or ride a raft to get across, which only costs PHP 5.00 per person. Either way, there are tricycles waiting for you at the other side of the river, which will serve as your ride towards the barangay hall of Daraitan. Once there, you will need to register and pay the environmental fee. You can also hire a guide for your trek and rent headlamps.

The scenic trip
The trip takes an average of 30 minutes, but with all the Instagram-worthy sights, it will surely take you longer. Just a few minutes into your trek and you will be greeted by the sound of rushing water and the looming sight of amazing giant rock formations. Lush greeneries and thick forests surround both sides of the river. Halfway through the trek, you will see the camping grounds where trekkers can set up their tents and stay the night. Beyond that are steeper trails, with makeshift wooden bridges and ladders that you’ll cross until you reach the clearest part of the river. Trekkers are allowed to swim there, provided that the current is not too strong.

If you're not satisfied with just trekking, you can also go spelunking. There is a small cave at the other side of the river that you can reach after crossing a wooden bridge. The descent towards the cave is a bit steep so you'll have to be careful. Once inside, you'll discover gorgeous limestone formations and colonies of bats. But the real gem within is the natural spring pool filled with cold water where trekkers are invited to take a dip to freshen up after their exhausting trek.

While you're dreaming of jetting off towards exotic destinations, do not forget that there are also surprising adventures that are not too far away, just like the Tinipak River and Daraitan. You just have to know where to look.

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