Mt. Binacayan is one of the beginner-friendly hike in Montalban Rizal. Me and my sister was invited to join a trek organized by one of our friend to Mt. Binacayan. The mountain is one of the most hiked and a beginner-friendly mountain located in the province of Rizal. Mt. Binacayan can also be part of a trilogy along with Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoi.itinerary and guide
Elevation: 424+ MASL
Location: Montalban, Rizal
Jump Off Point: Brgy. Wawa Montalban
Features: Limestone karst. Scenic of the Sierra Madre Range and Wawa River
How to go to Mt. Binacayan?
Ride a UV Express in Cubao, beside Jolibee Farmers. Fare is Php 50. From there, ride a tricycle to Sitio Wawa and alight at the DENR Registration area. Fare is Php 60 good for up to 4pax. Register, secure guide and start the hike.
A quick history. The Mount Binacayan and Mount Pamintinan is a part of Philippines history and legend. One of the famous myth is about Bernardo Carpio a legend having a great strength, is trapped in between two great rocks in the mountain of Montalban (Now Rodriguez Rizal) separating it that resulted to the mountains of Binacayan and Pamitinan.
We started the trek early in the morning. The first part is a chill trek until we reached the trail that consists mainly of limestone. It rained the night before we trek so the rocks are slippery. Good thing we bought our gloves.
We were able to catch a glimpse of the sea of clouds going up. We continued to trek on this rocky assault. The climb is not that easy. This trail still made my knees ache. From this “Rockies”, we continued until we reach rough limestone formations. After 30 minutes we were able to reached the viewing point.
There are a lot of peaks where you can take pictures while waiting for the your turn to the summit.
Finally, the summit. It offers a panoramic view of Sierra Madre mountains. A hike-worthy climb indeed.
Mt. Binacayan Day Hike Itinerary:
0330 Meet up at Cubao Terminal
0430 Departure bound to Montalban
0500 Arrival in Eastwood, ride a tricycle to Wawa DENR
0515 Arrival in DENR,
0530 Registration at DENR & barangay
0600 Start trek
0700 Arrival at Peak 1
0720 Arrival in Peak 2
0800 Arrival at Main Peak
0930 Start descend
1010 Arrival at Camp, refreshment
1050 Arrival at DENR, sign out
1235 Departure bound to Manila
0115 Bound to Manila
RT Fare Van Cubao-Eastwood – Php 100.00
RT Fare Tricycle Eastwood-Sitio Wawa – Php 60.00 for 4 people
Registration Fee – Php 30.00
Guide Fee – Php 500 for a group of 5
This mountain is recommended for beginners. A chill hike that will be rewarded by an amazing view.
You might want to check my : Mt. Pamitinan Dayhike Itinerary and Guide