Extreme Adventure in Mt. Paliparan with Tungtong Falls Sidetrip
|Mt. Paliparan Summit|
Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay Rizal
How to get to Mt. Paliparan, Brgy Cuyambay Tanay Rizal
There are tons of options to get to Barangay Cuyambay. Via Private transportation, head over Ten Cents to Heaven as your landmark (Waze, Google Maps will surely pin you to the right location), and you will find the Welcome Arc to Barangay Cuyambay. Via Commute, you can either ride Cogeo bound jeepneys in Cubao, or the via Tanay in Shaw Blvd. Here is the guide to Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay Rizal:
Via Cogeo Route:
- Along Aurora boulevard, you can ride jeepney going to Cogeo Gate II.
- From there, either ride a jeepney going to Barangay Cuyambay (Sampaloc bound jeepneys) or ride tricycle. Expect 350-500 per tricycle.
- Note: I haven't tried this route going to Cuyambay, this route was our exit which was more convenient since it less transportation switches unlike the Tanay - Sampaloc Route.
Via Tanay-Sampaloc Route:
- In Star Mall in Shaw boulevard, you can ride Tanay bound vans/jeepneys.
- From there, you can ride another Sampaloc bound jeepneys. as early as 6AM there are Sampaloc bound jeep
- Then at Sampaloc drop off, ask for Cogeo bound jeepneys. Ask the driver to drop you off Barangay Cuyambay.
- Note: Tricycle drivers will flock on you to get their services around 500 per tricycle at Tanay Market and at Sampaloc. If you have the money and don't have the time, go for it, but it you accounted the travel time in your Itinerary, you can spend less in transportation cost. As for me, spend cheap on transportation. It will get you there with added bonus. Top Loading
Here is our Itinerary:
- 3:30 - 4:00 - Star Mall Shaw Boulevard. Ride van bound for Tanay
- 4:00 - 6:00 - Tanay Public Market and Terminal. Ride jeepney bound for sampaloc
- 6:00 - 6:30 - Sampaloc, Tanay Rizal. Ride Jeepney bound for Cogeo
- 6:30 - 7:00 - Barangay Cuyambay Welcome arc. Ride Habal Habal
- 7:00 - 7:30 - Barangay Cuyambay Multipurpose Hall
- 7:30 - 9:00 - Tonghayan Rock Formation
- 9:00 - 9:30 - Taguan Cave
- 9:30 - 10:00 - Viewpoint
- 10:00 - 11:00 - Mt. Paliparan Rock Formation Summit
- 11:00 - 12:00 - Lunch break
- 12:00 - 1:00 - Tuoy Dumagat Community
- 1:00 - 1:30 - Rest
- 1:30 - 2:00 - First level of Tungtong Falls
- 2:00 - 2:30 - Swim and enjoy the falls
- 2:30 - 3:30 - Tungtong Falls Second Level
- 3:30 - 4:00 - Rock climb Tungtong Falls from second level to the third.
- 4:00 - 4:30 - Trek back to Brgy Cuyambay Multipuporse hall for bathing etc.
- 5:00 - 7:00 - Ride habal habal to the welcome arc and ride jeepney bound for Cogeo
Budget per pax:
- 70 pesos Van fare to Tanay
- 28 pesos Jeepney fare to Sampaloc from Tanay
- 21 pesos Jeepney fare to Barangay Cuyambay Welcome Arc
- 25 pesos Habal Habal fare to Barangay Multipurpose hall
- 30 pesos Environmental fee
- 500 pesos per 5 pax guide fee
- 25 pesos Habal habal fare to Welcome Arc
- 50 pesos Jeepney fare to Cogeo
- 24 pesos Jeepney fare to Cubao
About Mt. Paliparan
Opened for hiking activities just last year April (2016), Mt. Paliparan offers karst rock formations with matching view of the Laguna De bay. Locally named Paliparan by the Dumagat tribe residing at Touy village because of its history of their people flying kites on this mountain.
Now, let me breakdown to you what you will experience in hiking Mt. Paliparan with sidetrip at Tungtong Falls.
|Rice fields at Barangay Cuyambay|
|First Major Assault to Tonghayan Rock Formation|
|Tonghayan Rock Formation Scenic Spot|
Rock scrambling all the way
|Rock scrambling at the View Point|
|Taguan Cave Mt. Paliparan|
|View Point Rock Formation|
|View Point Rock Formation|
Overlooking Laguna De bay
|View Point Rock Formations Viewed from below|
Is that all?
I thought to myself, this maybe the last rock scrambling part of the hike. I was wrong. the 30 mins assault to Mt. Paliparan summit was a challenge. It was knee-breaking and air-gasping trek. I might have sun burned all over if I was not using an umbrella. The tall grass did not provide enough cover but it did cause some cuts.
Going to the summit, one must endure climbing a 10-15 feet wall. A rope is present to help you raise yourself and step on the jagged rocks. The guides were very helpful and very mobile around the wall to help the climbers cautiously pulling themselves up.
|Grasslands on the way to Mt. Paliparan Summit|
|Entrance to the Rock scrambling for the Summit|
|Climb it and Summit is upon us!|
I survived Mt. Paliparan and its Rock Formations!
You got to pat yourself at the back. This trail is 4 out of 9! Truly a fit if you manage to traverse all the rock formations. Aside from the view, you will appreciate the cool breeze. But take extra care, it might turn gusty any second and might throw you off balance.
On our way down to Touy, a dumagat tribe village, we had ample time to energise ourselves. They offer freshly picked buko, some soda and water.
|Mt. Paliparan Summit with the Pink Flag|
|Mt. Paliparan, Tanay Rizal|
What came next was unexpected
|Going down to Touy Dumagat Village. Look at the Top left side|
|River trekking. OTW to Tungtong Falls|
|First level of Tungtong Falls|
|Pool above the First Level of Tungtong Falls|
|People on top of the Second Level of Tungtong Falls|
See the next photo where I took this (Zoomed)
|Yep, I was here when I zoomed the people on top of the falls.|
|Rock Scrambling at the Second Level of Tungtong Falls|
|Imagine if its rainy season. Scary|
|May lubid para kumapit. Mukhang madali pero wait for it.|
|May nakaabang pang isang mas matindi sa taas|
|Look the left side. Yes Aakyatin mo yan|
|At the top of the Second Level of Tungtong Falls|
|Third Level of Tungtong Falls|
I'll leave you with some useful information that can make you ready for your hike at Mt. Paliparan with Tungtong Falls sidetrip.
- Bring lots of water. 3L at least. The trail composes of shady forests and open spaces, which will be very hot. Rehydrate every now and then.
- If you emptied your water supply, there is a store at Touy village. Don't demand ice at the dumagat people as this is a scarce resource for them. Know where you are, you are not at the convenience of the city. The dumagat people might grant your request but know that this will be hard for them to acquire. They are very kind and generous people. Wag abuso. Nakakapang init lang ng ulo yung mga entitled people out there.
- Bring gloves for better grip of the ropes and the rocks when climbing View Point, Summit and Tungtong falls.
- Bring extra clothes if you plan to swim
- Pack light. This will add weight when you climb the rock formations.
- Sunblock and Umbrella.
- You can ask the guides about cooking food for lunch. They will offer them and it will be ready when you arrive at Touy village. I forgot to ask the price. Edit this upon confirming it with Mt. Paliparan official facebook count
- There is two routes going back to Multipurpose Hall jump off, one is the Tungtong Falls route, one is taking the rough roads. The later is the safest and for those who were deemed unable to tackle the challenging Tungtong Falls route.
- If you have fear of heights, this is not a good start to venture in conquering your fear as the trail will add on top of your dilemma.
- Be sure to always have first aid kits. Make sure one of your team mates bring one. There are many ways you can get hurt on the trail. Prioritize this second to water and food.
- Safe guard your arms and legs from the not yet well-established trail. Equip yourself with arm guards and compression pants for your legs. Any will do to provide protection not just from the sun but from the plants.
- You can contact Mt. Paliparan Official Facebook Account here: @MtPaliparanPh. The admins here were very helpful and would answer your questions.
|See Alabang Area?|
|Left - Mt. Paliparan Summit|
Right - View Point
|Grasslands mesh with Forest|