Extreme Adventure in Mt. Paliparan with Tungtong Falls Sidetrip

Mt. Paliparan and Tungtong Falls
Mt. Paliparan
I had the rough time blogging this day hike at Mt. Paliparan located in Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay Rizal. Rough doesn't even come close to it. It was extreme adrenaline-filled day hike. It's hard to blog when you can't really focus on thinking what to write about, because your hands are swollen, your joints are aching and you only have ample energy to get up. A day after our hike, its too much to come up with a solid blog about it. But I gotta to try, this #BiyahengRizal adventure is one for the books!
Mt. Paliparan Summit Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay Rizal
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.

Mt. Paliparan Summit
Mt. Paliparan Summit
What to Expect

Now, let me breakdown to you what you will experience in hiking Mt. Paliparan with sidetrip at Tungtong Falls. 

Slow Ascent
Rice fields at Barangay Cuyambay
Rice fields at Barangay Cuyambay
First part of the trail is going thru the rice fields. you gradually ascend the mountain on its sides because the summit of Mt. Paliparan is facing the Laguna De Bay area. You start off at the opposite side of the summit hence, you need to traverse the mountain around. This first part of the hike will surely put your stamina to test. Up and down trekking is plenty profound. Until you reach Tonghayan Rock Formation, you will need to survive one assault. 
First Major Assault to Tonghayan Rock Formation
First Major Assault to Tonghayan Rock Formation
Tonghayan Rock Formation Scenic Spot Mt. Paliparan
Tonghayan Rock Formation Scenic Spot

Rock scrambling all the way
Rock scrambling at the View Point Mt.Paliparan
Rock scrambling at the View Point
Vertical Assault
Heading to Taguan Cave, you will need to go down again then hike your way to Taguan Cave. There you can enjoy the cool breeze inside it. Para kang naka Aircon set to 18. From there, expect to do the same again going to View point. Here comes the fun part of getting to View Point. You need to rock climb it. Yes! 90 degrees rock climbing. 

Taguan Cave Mt. Paliparan
Taguan Cave
Taguan Cave Mt. Paliparan
Taguan Cave Mt. Paliparan
View point, as the name implies, you give you the vantage point of Laguna De bay and the surrounding place like the Pililia Wind Farm. You can also see there the Summit of Mt. Paliparan. This area somewhat gave me the Taraw Cliff Experience. It has the same jagged karst stones with a matching view.  
View Point Rock Formation
View Point Rock Formation Overlooking Laguna De bay
View Point Rock Formation
Overlooking Laguna De bay
View Point Rock Formations Viewed from below
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. 
Grasslands on the way to Mt. Paliparan Summit
Grasslands on the way to Mt. Paliparan Summit
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.
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. 
Mt. Paliparan Summit with the Pink Flag
Mt. Paliparan Summit with the Pink Flag


Mt. Paliparan, Tanay Rizal
Brgy Cuyambay
What came next was unexpected
Going down to Touy Dumagat Village. Look at the Top left side
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. 
Touy Dumagat Village
BJ anyone?
They also offer cooking lunch for the hikers. The guides will offer you this deal in Barangay multipurpose hall when you first meet them. With that, we went our merry way to the next destination Tungtong Falls. 
River trekking. OTW to Tungtong Falls
River trekking. OTW to Tungtong Falls
We had a 30 minutes river trekking to get to the first level of Tungtong falls. You can take time and swim here since the guide will not recommend swimming at the second and 3rd levels of the falls. 
First level of Tungtong Falls
First level of Tungtong Falls
If you are an adrenaline junkie like me, you will surely love cliff jumping at the first level of Tungtong falls. Dipping at the pool above the first level of the falls really made a difference. It made our muscle strains relax and calmed us from the hike we just been thru. We were discussing how difficult the trail was. So we turned on the relax-mode, believing that we have enough surprise rock climbing and assault that day. 
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Pool above the First Level of Tungtong Falls
Pool above the First Level of Tungtong Falls
Here comes Tungtong falls in all her glory. Yes, from a far, we saw some people on top of the 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.
We asked ourselves, how did they get there? Of course, you climb the damn falls! I was excited yet very cautious to take on the predicament in front of me. It was more technical that of climbing up the summit of Mt. Paliparan. YES NOTE THAT: This was far more challenging. Beware this is not for the faint-hearted. It was an acrophobia's nightmare. 
Rock Scrambling at the Second Level of Tungtong 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
You can see the bottom of the falls when you get up the second level of Tungtong falls. It was magnificent yet very dangerous. One slip, and you might end up with serious injuries. During times when the water is strong, specially during rainy season, guides do not offer this route since the water will flow to the path for rock climbing.
Look the left side. Yes Aakyatin mo yan

At the top of the Second Level of Tungtong Falls
At the top of the Second Level of Tungtong Falls
Around the corner on top of the second level, you can see the third level of the falls. Of course you need to climb it again to get to the exit of the circuit. Note though, there is one final assault to get to the road going back to the multipurpose hall. 
Third 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
Congratulations, that's it. You have completed the Mt. Paliparan x Tungtong Falls tandem. You may now proclaim yourselves Daredevils, overcoming death defying assault and rock scrambling. Cheers to the next hike where it doesn't involve surprises. haha for the mean time #SelfPreservation. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for your information on Mt. Paliparan and Tungtong Falls. It is informative and encouraging.....I plan to visit this mountain this February 2018. Kudos to you and your intrepid team.


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