Sunday, November 1, 2015

MOUNT PAMITINAN

Location: Barangay Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines

Jumpoff Point: 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 / 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 / Trail class 1-4
Features: Narrow rocky trails with sharp edges, limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre mountain ranges

Braving the heights at Peak 3


From the DENR Office and heading to the barangay hall for registration, the next step is to head towards the jump-off point where it starts from the hanging bridge cutting through some houses of the local residents. The trail then on this part after the hanging bridge are concrete steps and at the some points are muddy when it is rainy season.

Scaling the narrow ridge of Peak 2


Compared to Mount Binacayan, its close neighbor mountain, Pamitinan has forested areas until you reach the junction. The trail going to this direction is all ascending. From the jump-off to this point is less than an hour approximately 40 minutes. Bamboo and wooden benches are inviting as you reach the junction with two store where you can buy drinks of few kinds and other variety of snacks and refreshments. Beyond the junction is the start of narrow and rocky trail but slowly as you continue to climb, majestic scenery of vast low lying plains and neighboring mountains of Binacayan, Ayaas and a few other mountains unfolds.

Peak 1: The easiest peak to climb


As to the budget, it has the same budget with that of Mount Binacayan as follows:

SN Particulars Amount
1. Round Trip Van Fare from Farmer’s Cubao to Louver’s Montalban and vice versa
100.00
2. Round Trip Tricycle fare from Louver’s to DENR Registration Site
40.00
3. Share in guide for a maximum of 8 for a fee of P500
62.50
4. DENR Registration Fee
2.00
5. Donation to Barangay (Optional)
10.00
6. Lunch in one of the Carenderias in the jump-off point
60.00
7. Breakfast at Jollibees (Cubao Farmer’s) while waiting for the departure
95.00
8. Budget for Trail food and Bottled Water
110.00
TOTAL
479.50


SUGGESTED CLIMBING ITINERARY

05:00 Take van from Farmer’s Cubao (Cubao MRT Station) via Eastwood to Rodriguez, Rizal
06:30 ETA Louver’s, Montalban, take tricycle or jeepney to Brgy. Wawa
06:50 Arrival at DENR Office for Registration and in Barangay Hall at Barangay Wawa
07:30 Start trek
09:00 Peak 1
09:30 Peak 2
10:00 Peak 3
11:30 Start descent
12:30 Back at DENR Office Barangay Wawa and take lunch in nearby carenderias
01:30 Side trips at Pamitinan Cave and Wawa Dam
05:30 ETD DENR Office
07:00 Arrival at Farmer’s Cubao

It is to be noted that the distance of Peak 1 to Peak 2 is not more than 10 minutes to trek but normally trekkers spend more time for the picture taking considering that Peak 1's massive rock flatform is too narrow to accommodate a big group. Usually, in solo picture taking, it can only accommodate one person. While in Peak 2, it takes time to scale it since only one person can scale through a rope. It is more difficult to scale this peak. Peak 3, on the other hand, is just at the back of Peak 2 but it requires guts and courage to go there.

HOW TO GO THERE

If you are in a bigger group, you can arrange your van one day before on its Farmer’s Cubao Van Terminal where they will charge you for P70 one way from Farmer’s Cubao straight to DENR Office of Barangay Wawa where there is no need to take a tricycle or jeepney

You can also have an option to get the contact number of the van drivers so that they pick your group from DENR Office back straight to Farmer’s Cubao.

It is advisable that you have to book in advance for the guides because, these mountains in rodriguez like: Mounts Binacayan, Pamitinan, Ayaas and a couple others are now becoming the favorite mountains to climb more particularly during weekends and holidays.

GUIDES' CONTACT NUMBERS

Jerry Zata- 09101978417
JericDamas– 09108674990

5 comments:

  1. how much yung rate ng guide kapag dayhike sir ng pamitinan at binacayan kc noong time nmin wala pa guide kami mahanap noon. maraming salamat kc dadaanan ko lahat ng magkakalapit na peak sa montalban. yung cave ng pamitinan challenging din kaso pangit maraming tubo nakakabit kc source ng tubig ng ilang bahay sa wawa :(

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  2. Hi Renante. Basta P500 ang daily rate nila kahit pa twin-mountain day hike which is good for a maximum of 8 persons lang. No need to have spelunking inside the cave. Delikado rin baka bumaha di na makakalabas. Maganda naman ang facade ng pamitinan cave. Puede na iyon.

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  3. Nag kaka ubusan bh ng tour guide dun sir

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    1. Hindi naman kasi marami ang waiting doon na guide.

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  4. By the way, there is a new policy now in this area that for every mountain to scale, the rate is P500. So, if the climbers decide to have 3-mountain peak day hike, each mountain will have separate P500 guide fee for the guide. Thus, in this case, it will total to P1,500 and it will also be governed with a ratio of one guide to 5 climbers for P500 per mountain.

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