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.
04:40 ETD Kalayaan
05:20 ETA Tikling
06:30 ETD Binangonan Port
07:30 ETA Brgy. Janosa
Free time (you can look for your local guide and purchase food to eat at the summit)
08:00 Start ascent
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).
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.
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 🙂
Major Jumpoff: Brgy. Janosa, Binangonan, Rizal
LLA: 430+ MASL
Hours to summit: approx. 2 hours for beginners
Specs: Minor climb
Trail class 1-2
Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna de bay