This article is written to help you decide whether or not to climb Tagapo.
- The trail is easy. You can reach the summit in an hour or two.
- If you wanna see the entirety of Laguna Lake, and enjoy the view of Makati and Ortigas skylines, then the summit of Mt. Tagapo is one of the places to be.
- Sceneries are okay. Verdant and magnificent.
- Climbing Mt. Tagapo is an adventurous penny-pinching activity
Junction to Binangonan Port – P28 *2
Binangonan Port Boat to Brgy Janosa – P30 *2
Climb Reg Fee – P20
Binangonan Port to Cainta – P25*2
Php186 <- Total Projected Expenses (way and back) - double the amount and you can go to the moon.
- You can get the service of a guide for Php300.00
Not so Good Points
- Public transportation to the jump off can be a hassle.
- The summit is so small, and not a good base for camping as it has an open pit. It is believed that some people dug the place to find the rumored Yamashita treasure.
If you are a mountaineer and you haven’t climbed Tagapo yet, then you must find time now. If you are about to try climbing yet, then you can start with this mountain. And if you are a mountaineer who climbed various mountains already, then you can include Mt. Tagapo to your “mountains-I-will-climb-whenever-I-want-to” list.
Specifics (from Pinoy Mountaineer site)
Major jump-off: Brgy. Janosa (Talim Island) Binangonan, Rizal
LLA 14.32° N 121.23° E, 438 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
… The sunset at Laguna Lake is breathtaking by the way. In case you wanna see it yourself. :)
|my friend Bugs, who celebrated his birthday at Tagapo (photo credits: Samantha Sergio)|