Aerial view of green trees at mount daraitan
Aerial view of mount daraitan

Conquer Mount Daraitan: Thrilling Journey to Tinipak River


Discover the beauty of Mount Daraitan, nestled near the boundary of Tanay, Rizal, and Gen. Nakar, Quezon. With an elevation of 739 meters above sea level, Mount Daraitan offers a captivating adventure for outdoor enthusiasts.

Once a logging area, Mount Daraitan has transformed into a thriving eco-tourism site, attracting visitors with its stunning natural landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.

One of the highlights of a visit to Mount Daraitan is the enchanting Tinipak River, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and picturesque limestone formations. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this natural wonder as you explore its pristine surroundings and enjoy various outdoor activities such as swimming, trekking, and rock climbing.

Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply looking to commune with nature, Mount Daraitan and the Tinipak River promise an unforgettable experience amidst the beauty of the great outdoors.

Beginning the trek

After searching for a day hike in Facebook groups, I decided to try Mount Daraitan. I thought it was an easy trek, but I never expected there would be lots of steep ascents.

Hiking from the jump-off point at Barangay Daraitan to the summit will take you around three to four hours. A local guide is mandatory for a maximum of five people.

A man wearing a black shirt is sitting on the rock at the summit of Mount Daraitan
Nathaniel at the summit of Mount Daraitan

The trail was well-maintained. Usually, seventy percent of the hike has steep terrain. Giant rocks, marbles, and limestone were visible in this mountain. Be extra cautious when there is rain; the area is quite muddy and slippery.

5 people posing on the rock at the summit of Mount Daraitan
Group pictorial at the summit of Mount Daraitan
Mount Daraitan Summit

Conquering Mount Daraitan

At the summit, you will see the Sierra Madre mountain ranges. There is also a camping area at the summit, but limited space only. Taking photographs for the group at the summit is quite hard due to lots of hikers, especially during weekends. Our guide will line up for the photoshoot, and we will wait until our turn.

Signboard of Tinipak Camping Ground
Tinipak Camping Ground
Tinipak River running through a rocky limestone area
Tinipak River

Exploring Tinipak River

If you don’t want to go back to your starting jump-off, you can descend to the Tinipak River. The river features white marble rocks and pristine water. Cottages and camping areas are available here. Activities you can do here include underground caving, swimming in the river, cliff jumping, and rappelling.

A group of people standing on rocks
Group pictorial at Tinipak River

Helpful Tips for Your Mount Daraitan Adventure:

  1. Plan Wisely:
    • Avoid hiking on weekends to steer clear of crowds.
    • Pack light to ease your trekking experience.
  2. Stay Hydrated:
    • Bring sufficient water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the journey.
    • Enjoy refreshing coconut juice available at the resting area in Mount Daraitan.
  3. Safety Precautions:
    • Equip yourself with headlamps if you plan to explore caves.
    • Use gloves to protect your hands during various activities.
  4. Essential Supplies:
    • Don’t forget to bring along your first-aid kit for any unexpected situations.
  5. Amenities at the Jump-off Area:
    • Take advantage of washroom and shower facilities, as well as variety stores and a small food stall available at the jump-off area for your convenience.

You can try these activities here or search for hiking events at Facebook groups, like what we did in our Mount Pulag hike, or go with a DIY hike. Check also with the Tanay Tourism Office for more information.

A group of people walking on a path in a forest
Going home to the starting trail


As we conclude our journey through the rugged terrain of Mount Daraitan and the tranquil waters of Tinipak River, we are reminded of the immense beauty and wonder that nature has to offer. From the thrill of conquering new heights to the serenity of a peaceful river, each moment spent in these natural wonders is a treasure to be cherished.

So whether you’re an avid adventurer seeking adrenaline-pumping challenges or a nature enthusiast craving moments of tranquility, Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River offer something for everyone. Share your reflections and experiences in the comments below, and let’s continue to connect over our shared love for the great outdoors. Together, let’s inspire others to embark on their own adventures and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Nathaniel Amoyen is co-founder of Joanathx. Full-time ex-pat worker at day and writer at night.

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4 Responses

  1. How many places full of wonder to explore on the other side of the world, at least for me who live in Italy. I’m putting together a lot of blog posts like this to create an itinerary!

  2. Wow, what a beautiful park!!! It’s definitely beyond the hiking capabilities of my family right now but maybe in another 5-10 years!

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