Mt. Pamitinan, located in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal. It is one of the favorite mountains to hike for beginners.
Major jumpoff: 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 / 1.5-3 hours (P); 2-3 hours (B)
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (P); 3/9 (B) / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
How to go to Mt. Pamitinan?
Ride a van from Cubao to Eastwood Montalban (Php 50.00 one way)
Take a tricycle from Eastwood Montalban to Wawa Dam (Php 20.00 one way)
Arrive at Sitio Nino, Barangay Wawa
The mountain is just 426 meters above sea level and it requires at least 2 hours to reach the summit. Other hikers can do a twin hike, either they choose Mt. Pamitinan + Mt. Binacayan or Mt. Pamitinan + Mt. Hapunang Banoi. Or take the Pentalogy like the pros below. 🙂
We arrived in Barangay Wawa at around 6:00 in the morning. Upon arriving, we registered at the DENR office and hired a guide. The jump-off point is at Sitio Niño, where we crossed a hanging bridge over the Wawa River.
The first part of the trail offers a steep, inclined, and forested trail. It is easy and does not require technical or advanced skill in climbing but it requires great stamina.
After an hour, we arrived at the junction/rest camp. This is where hikers can choose a route going to Mt. Pamitinan on the right or Mt. Hapunang Banoi on the left. Here also you can see a few locals that sell food and refreshment.
For our team, we went to the trail going to Mt. Pamitinan.
From here, the second part of the trail begins. A little harder than the first part and requires everyone to be more cautious. The rocks are pointy. From a steeped trail it became a rocky, point rock/limestone trail. We became more careful and cautious in this part as the climb became dangerous. Good thing we bring gloves that can protect our hands. It’s a legit rock climbing experience.
The mountain has 2 summits. This part of the summit offers a magnificent view of Mt. Bincayan and the Wawa River. This first summit is where you can see pictures online doing these “buwis-buhay” shots. Please be very careful if you decided to take that kind of photo to avoid unnecessary accidents. Always listen to your guide.
From here is the assault going to the second summit. There will be a need to rappel your way up between two limestone boulders.
This is the eastern part of the summit where we saw the mountains of Sierra Madre.
0300 Take van from Cubao to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal
0430 Take trike or jeep to Brgy. Wawa
0530 Arrival at Brgy. Wawa. Register
0600 Start trekking up Mt. Pamitinan
0700 ETA Hapunang Banoy junction
0830 ETA summit
1000 Start descent
1200 Back at Brgy. Wawa.
1230 Wash up
1330 ETD in Manila
Trekking is challenging but the marvelous view at the summit is worth it. 🙂
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