These two mountains – Ayaas and Sipit Ulang are just one of the few hiking destinations for nature lovers, adventurers, beginner and intermediate hikers and “hugot” aficionados.
Its proximity to the metro makes it a good candidate for a twin day hike and its very established trail makes it very popular for both intermediate and new hikers.
Classification by Pinoy Mountaineer (Mt. Ayaaas):
Trail Class: 1-3
Classification by Pinoy Mountaineer (Mt. Sipit Ulang):
Trail Class: 1-4
Budget : <1,400 Php per head (Group of two)
4:30am Meetup Farmers, Cubao (beside Jollibee)
4:45am ETD UV Terminal to Eastwood, Rizal (Alight at Total Gas Station)
5:20am ETA Eastwood, Rizal, (Ride Tricycle to Brgy Mascap)
Just across the street where you alight , you will see a queue of tricycle waiting for passengers tell the driver you are going to Brgy. Mascap.
Tricycle fare is 150 pesos (one way).
5:45am Arrival at Brgy. Mascap Brgy. Hall (Register)
5:56am Start Hike to Mt. Ayaas
Trail to Mt Ayaas is mostly “leg works”. You’ll rarely use your arms and hands except for holding on to some woody vines or small trees for balance.
Along the way to Mt. Ayaas summit, you will pass by series of banana plantations. Other crops are also planted along the way.
7:35am Mt. Ayaas Summit
If there’s one thing I like best about Mt. Ayaas, it’s got to be the Summit and the trail near the summit.
Wide portion of the mountain is blanketed with tall grass and when you arrive at the summit, scenic view awaits. there are very few trees at the summit so you can see the rest of the neighboring mountains like Mt. Hapunang Banoi and Mt. Pamitinan.
The metro is also visible from the top with all the towering buildings which really looks so tiny when viewed from afar. One thing I don’t like in the view is the haze of the metro – this gray blanket of smog covering the city. So I suggest you focus on the “greener” side where mountain ranges extends like chains of interconnected summits as far as the eye could see.
8:00am Start descent
8:55am Arrive at Brgy. Proper (have some rest and snacks at Sari Sari Store)
9:05am Start trek to Mt. Sipit Ulang
9:10am Jump off Mt. Sipit Ulang
9:30am Traverse “Super Trail” limestones ( take some pictures along the way)
10:10am Rest, buy snacks from Aleng nag titinda (Yup, May Tindahan, mahal though. Pero tandaan walang mahal sa taong uhaw. )
10:21am Arrival at summit, Buy snacks (Again!), Queue starts
Chill under the tree near the summit
Picture taking at the summit
Picture taking at the “summit of the summit”
There’s quite a lot of hikers already when we arrived in the summit. Well not much. Problem here is every group is allotted at least 15 minutes for picture taking. Imagine this, We are 6th in line so 15 minutes x 6 do the math. That’s how long we waited just to have climb the summit.
Good thing there’s a lot of shade in the waiting area. Not just shade. Some good samartan built a long wooden bamboo chair in a tree nearby. So chill you must. Habang nag hihintay..
When viewed from afar, the summit looks like a crab’s pincer thus the name “Spit Ulang”.
Take extra care if you want to try climbing the “sipit” there’s very few foothold and the rock is realy sharp. So careful.
11:45am Start descent
12:05pm Back to jump off
Pay guide fee ( 500 pesos for each Mountain)
12:55pm Brgy Mascap departure via Tricycle
1:25pm UV to Cubao
2:40pm Arrive at Cubao
FX from to Farmers to Eastwood and vice versa: 100
Guide fee: 1000
Tricycle from Eastwood to Brgy. Mascap and vice versa:300
Environmental Fee : 50
Total: 1450 per person
Doing a solo twin day hike here is quite expensive because minimum rate is 500 pesos per mountain so as much as possible hike by group so you will spend less.
Jomalig Island is a paradise located at the eastern most side of Quezon province. It’s been only a few years since the island rose to fame. Flocks of tourists, both local and foreign, take the challenge of going in to this far flung Island of Quezon every year.
Sand types of Jomalig
To reach Jomalig, you have to brave huge waves and at least six hours of boat ride so you really have to pack with you a great amount of patience. This should not be a show stopper though because there’s always a reason why treasures are hard to find. And in fact, it is not just the destination that makes your travel more fun. It is also the commute that makes your trip extra memorable.
Jomalig island reminds me of Siquijor. You can explore the whole island within one day – pick a route left or right via habal-habal. You will not worry aabout getting lost.
When you hear Jomalig island, you’ll probably think of Banana Beach, a strip of long beach with a big I *insert heart here* JOMALIG spelled-out. Most tourists never really tried exploring the whole island since they leave after staying a night or two in Banana Beach.
Seeing only this portion of the island is like reading only the prologue or the front cover of a book.
We have beaches of all kinds and colors! From white to gold, from fine to rocky-Jomalig has it all.
There is an outpost in the elevated portion of this area where there is someone usually manning the place. Going down, there is a hidden beach and a cluster of big boulders which when you go on top can offer you a really nice view of the majestic place. Be careful when climbing these rocks though – because they are “slippery when wet”. Don’t forget to go down the beach. Sand on the shore is really amazing. Your weight makes your feet sink in the softness of the sand.
You can snorkel here. Watch out for small sharks – or so our guide said.
There is only one boat per day unless there is an occasion when many people come and go to Patnanungan. Plan your travel wisely so you’ll catch this boat.
Must try #7 Chill : I happened to stay at the beach front at 9 am. It was a peaceful morning. You can feel the stillness of the island. Everything in this island is slow. The golden sand extends far from where I stood in the shore. The crashing waves of blue and white was a really nice contrast to the warm color of the sand. Silence of the island was occasionally broken by singing of birds, the rhythmic hammering of workers from a far and the creaking of the hinges of wells.Photos below were not enhanced. No need for editing.
Credits to my co-island explorer Kristine who took some of the photos included above.
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