Tinipak Rock Formation: A Stunning Beauty
by Danny Tariman
It was a long weekend. My family planned to have another outdoor adventure to discover the wonders of Rizal Province.
We were excited to trek the Mt Daraitan (728 meters above sea level) and on the same day, go down the river to an awesome limestone formation – the “Tinipak Rock” – in the Sierra Madre mountain range between Tanay, Rizal and Nakar, Quezon.
Our first route was Mt Daraitan. [I have a separate blog on this.] It seems easy as viewed from the starting point at Daraitan River but was actually a difficult 60-70 degrees ascend. It took us a challenging 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the summit.
The strenuous hike to the top was worth the it; the view from the summit was awesome and stunning!
After the reaching the summit of Mt Daraitan, the plan was to go to the Tinipak Rock formation. So after a hearty meal at the top, we started trekking down the mountain.
Our guide led us to the another route – not the one we used going up the mountain. I thought it was an easier one. But, alas! It was as difficult, if not more, as the trail going up. The descent was as steep as we had going up.
But this time, the trail was more “exciting”. We had passed through 2 big boulders where we had to slowly and carefully insert ourselves between the rocks. We passed rock formations where we had to duck our heads to pass through low ‘pass-through’ holes.
Add to these were the trails where we had to cross a make-shift ladder as the rock was too steep. There were also paths with loose soil where we would have tripped, if not for the small trees lining the paths that we hold on to. Wow, really challenging!
After about an hour hike, we can hear the sound of a gushing river. It was a refreshing noise to hear, but out guide says our destination is still far, about 2 hours away!
Anyway, we continued to trek down the mountain. This time, we had more ‘rest stops’ than going up. All of us were tried and the heaviness of our legs are taking its toll on our strength. But we need to move!
We finally reached the river valley after about 2 ½ hours hike. We dropped by a small hut selling some food stuff. I thought we need to replenish our energy. We ate a couple of bananas and took some drinks, and proceeded to the final stretch of our hike.
As we were approaching the limestone formations, the view of the wide, gushing river was just amazing. With the lush green mountains as a backdrop, wow, the view was so refreshing! I’d like to quickly take a dip! But no, we haven’t reached the destination yet.
And yes, after 3 hours of trekking downhill from Mt Daraitan, we finally reached the stunning cream-colored rocks, the limestone formations as bed and walls of a deep running river – the Tinipak Rock formation. Wow! This is really a stunning view: emerald-colored river, flowing on cream-colored rocks, and lush forest mountains as backdrop! Really a feast for the eyes.
We took a dip and short swim in the very cold river. After a day’s hike, it was really refreshing experience just soaking our bodies in the flowing river. It soothed my tired, aching legs, and yes, it revived my spirit! Ready again to hike the final stretch back to the village.
It was already late in the afternoon, and so we moved on. We trekked back to the village, passing through the river bank. And while hiking, I can’t resist to take the stunning views of the river – from whatever side you take the view! I had to take photos. Really beautiful.
We finally hit the road again after just about 30 minutes of hike.
Wow, really a wonderful experience! Another wonderful time well spent with the family!
Thank You, Lord, for the graces and protection.