The mountains are not so appealing to me before but after my 2nd climb, I could say that I am now beginning to like them. And since my feet were itching for a new adventure, I decided to accept an invitation from my sister to join them in trekking Mt. Hapunang Banoi.
Located in Rodriguez, Rizal, just almost an hour travel away from Manila, Mt. Hapunang Banoi is one of the three mountains frequented by hikers in the province of Rizal. Classified as a minor climb with a 4/9 difficulty by Pinoy Mountaineer, Mt.Hapunang Banoi, with an altitude of 517 masl, is often included in a twin hike by most hikers along with Mt.Pamintinan and sometimes in a trilogy including Mt.Binacayan.
We started our trek at around 7am from the jump off and reached the summit at around 9:30am after some occassional stops to rest and for some picture taking.
With a trail class of 1-4 with limestone scrambling (by Pinoy Mointaineer), wearing gloves is really a great help to protect your hands since almost during the entire trek you will be depending on rocks for support as you ascend.
We tried our best to reach the summit which was just a few steps away from us, but we were a bit scared already. The trail was a bit hard for us to take and our hands were a bit painful already since the rocks were quite pointed, so we decided to just have a group picture few meters away from the summit.
We started our descent shortly after our picture taking near the summit. We would have wanted to have some picture taking on the 2nd peak, but since the queue was quite long, we decided to continue our descent and look for some other nice spot for picture taking.
We took our lunch back at the junction and continued with our descent 30 minutes after. We were back at the jump off at around 12:30PM, took some rest, freshened up and headed home.
From Cubao take a UV Express bound for Rodriguez for a fare of php50. Alight at eastwood/montalban as the locals call the place. Take a tricycle for a php60/trip to Wawa Rizal (jump off).
You can ride a tricycle to get you back to Puregold San Rafael or ride a jeepney for php8. From puregold you can hail a uv express bound for Cubao or jeepney whichever you prefer.
Registration – php50/head
Guide Fee – php 500/mountain