Talim Island’s Mt. Tagapo for P350 or less

The first time I’ve seen photos of Mt. Tagapo’s summit, the first thing that came up in my mind was the Teletubbies show, it reminds me of the green hilly land from the show.  I even convinced some of my friends to join me in this adventure by telling them that the show was shot there, and yes! they joined probably of that reason or simply because it really looks good in photos. We’ve known this place through a friend who lives a few steps from the jump off point (right at Brgy. Buhangin in Talim Island). We were a group of 10 people, enough to cut the budget short as we have to divide the Guide fee and food among ourselves. We have decided to have this day hike on a Saturday morning right after our shift since we all work on Midshift, we were expecting a rainy day but luckily it was a good and sunny day, thank God.

The boat/ferry leaves every hour so you may want to catch the first trip which is usually around 6am or 6:30am for you get to Brgy. Janosa the earliest. This will be your advantage to get to the Summit ahead of other hikers. Brgy. Janosa is next to our friend’s home in Brgy. Buhangin. It is preferable to drop off at Brgy. Janosa because you will find most of the Guides there and registration will also be held there. Also, please remember that the boat/ferry drop by from one Brgy. to another for a limited time, so make sure to take note of Brgy. Janosa and don’t fall asleep during the trip in order for you not get to the wrong Brgy. You can always ask the driver and other passengers, I’m sure they’ll tell you when to get off.

If you haven’t heard of Talim Island, it is the largest lake island in Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines. The hilly island is within the boundaries of the Province of Rizal. The western side of it is part of the municipality of Binangonan, while the eastern section is part of Cardona, Rizal. Mt. Tagapo is also known as  Mt. Susong dalaga probably because of its shape.

Here’s the ideal itinerary for you to get started.

ITINERARY

04:40 ETD Kalayaan
05:20 ETA Tikling
06:30 ETD Binangonan Port
07:30 ETA Brgy. Janosa
07:40 Registration
Free time (you can look for your local guide and purchase food to eat at the summit)
08:00 Start ascent
09:40 Summit
Free time (photo-op and breakfast) there’s a bahay kubo right before the summit where you can stay and eat your food. It would cover you up from the scorching heat of the sun.
11:30 Start descent
12:50 Back at the Brgy. hall (You can have your Lunch)
13:30 ETD Brgy. Janosa
14:30 ETA Binangonan Port
15:50 ETD Tikling
17:00 ETA Ayala/Kalayaan
**The travel time will still depend on the traffic, in our case it was a Saturday, so there was a heavy traffic (Binangonan – Tikling – Kalayaan).

EXPENSES

FX (Kalayaan to Tikling) – P40.00
Jeepney (Tikling to Binangonan Port) – P23.00
Boat/Ferry (Binangonan Port to Brgy. Janosa) – P25.00 (the price may vary from P25 or P30 for some reason we don’t know)
Registration Fee – P20.00
Local Guide – P300 + Tip
Food (Breakfast and Lunch) – P100.00
Boat/Ferry (Brgy. Janosa to Binangonan Port P30.00 (the price may vary from P25 or P30 for some reason we don’t know)
Jeepney (to Tikling) – P25.00
FX (to Kalayaan) – P40.00 / (to Ayala) – P45.00

Total Individual expense: P303.00 + (Guide fee and tip divided by how many people in the group)

What should you bring? We’ve listed the top 10 must here. Let me also add, if you have any medications, bring your medicines with you, first aid kit and waterproof bags/pouches to cover up your money, gadgets and other important things in case it rains.

The ferry/boat to Talim Island

 

While on the ferry, you’ll see fishermen’s boats passing by

 

Group photo on the trail, 30mins from the jump off point

 

Green, green grass. 5mins to Summit

 

This is Manny, he sells water and softdrinks just beneath the summit. He carries it with him from the Jump off point (Brgy.). Salute.

 

View of Laguna de bay from the summit.

Here are the other photos taken right on the summit.

Additional information before I end this blog, if you want to see the green grassland. You may want to avoid the dates during Holy week as the locals usually burn the grassland so that the tourists could set up their tent. Also, it gets very crowded during these dates so try other dates.

There you go, hope this post made you want to check out Mt. Tagapo yourself and when you do, don’t forget to say hi to Tinky-winky, Laa-laa, Dipsy, Po and Sun baby when you bumped with each other 🙂

Mt. Tagapo
Major Jumpoff: Brgy. Janosa, Binangonan, Rizal
LLA: 430+ MASL
Hours to summit: approx. 2 hours for beginners
Specs: Minor climb
Difficulty 2/9
Trail class 1-2
Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna de bay

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