Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal (Climb Guide)

Mt. Binicayan - Carugo Falls

Mt. Binicayan is one of the known climbing sites in Rizal with Mt. Pamitinan as its twin mountain. In between the two is Wawa river where the Wawa Dam was built years before. It is located in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal.

Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal

It’s been 3 months since my last climb and I feel the mountains are calling me. So, it’s time to call the squad and go on an adventure again!

GOING THERE

From Cubao, we took a van going to Eastwood in Rodriguez. Then, from there we rode a tricycle going to Wawa Dam. The trike dropped us at the front of the Registration Area. We waited until the registration office opens at 4:30 A.M.

Just inside the waiting area, there are comfort rooms and stores for everyone to use.

People starting to flood the area. We fell in line, registered and secured a guide. Registration fee is 50 pesos. The minimum payment for the guide is 500 pesos.

THE ASCENT

We planned on having a twin hike, both Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binicayan. Our guide, Kuya Romeo, recommended us to climb Mt. Binicayan first to reach the Sea of Clouds. I didn’t expect that there will be a view like that here.

Before we climb, we registered again, this time at the barangay hall and donated proceeds. We donated 20 pesos but any amount will do.

We started 5 in the morning.The sun has not yet shone, we wore our headlights and took caution on every step as the trail was also wet and muddy.

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal

Just a few minutes, the sun rose and we began to see the trail clearly, but it also became harder to climb, limestones became our foothold.

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BINICAYAN’S SEA OF CLOUDS

After 2 hours, we’ve reached the first peak. I was very surprised. I didn’t expect it to be very sea-of-cloudy. It was the best sea of clouds I’ve ever seen. The clouds covered everything below. We stood in awe watching the beauty in front of us.

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal

Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal
Sea of Clouds

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, RizalMt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal

We don’t want to leave that area, but it’s time to move on according to Kuya Romeo. The path to the 2nd peak was very challenging, sharp limestones of different sizes are everywhere and they will now be our only way going to the summit. We didn’t stay there because it proved hard to balance ourselves, so we proceeded to the summit.

Finally, we’ve passed through that challenging path. Just behind the trees on the third peak, lies a cliff which has a view overlooking Wawa River and the Sierra Madre. It is what I was missing, a view from above, seeing all God’s creations.

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, RizalMt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal
Photo owned by Cherlyn Gonzales
Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal
Team Binicayan. Photo owned by Cherlyn Gonzales.
Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal
Mt. Binicayan Panoramic View

THE DESCENT

The descent was very challenging. Unlike other trails, where the trail is dirt and flat, here, every step you make is on a limestone which is uneven and sharp. It’s either we balance our feet on every step or crawl down.There were many stops because of the long line going down. Our legs and feet became sore, instead of climbing Mt. Pamitinan, we decided to just go to Wawa Dam and Carugo Falls.

WAWA DAM

After we ate lunch in a carinderia near the registration area, Kuya Romeo guided us first to Wawa Dam.

Wawa Dam was built during the American Colonial Era as a water source for Metro Manila until Angat Dam’s creation and thus, it is now abandoned.

A concrete pathway was constructed beside the river for easy access leading to the dam’s abandoned building. Beautiful rock formations can be seen in the river and the current is very strong. Along the way, we saw a bridge leading to Pamitinan Cave which at that time was closed for public viewing.

Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal
Wawa River
Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal
Wawa Dam. Photo owned by Cherlyn Gonzales
Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal
Photo owned by Cherlyn Gonzales.
Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal
Photo owned by Cherlyn Gonzales.

After taking pictures at the dam, we continued our trek alongside the river going to Carugo Falls.  We still want to take a dip into its cold waters, even though we were very tired.

CARUGO FALLS

Carugo Falls is in Sitio Carugo located behind Mt. Pamitinan. In order to get there, we need to ride a small boat for 10 pesos each to cross Wawa River.

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal
Wawa river crossing

Upon landing, we trekked again for just a few meters. If ever you’re planning to stay overnight, a campsite is located near the falls. Finally, we reached the falls. There are cottages available for rent, but we didn’t get one since we will just stay for 2 hours. At last, our tired feet and legs will be relaxed after a day of stepping, walking and balancing. The water was very cold, we tried to sit at the middle of the falls and felt the flow of water soak our body. It was refreshing, all our day’s tiredness were gone.

Mt. Binicayan & Carugo Falls - Rodriguez, Rizal
Carugo Falls
Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal
Photo owned by Cherlyn Gonzales.
Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal
Carugo Falls

Even if we didn’t conquer Mt. Pamitinan as planned, it was fulfilling. We just didn’t climb a mountain, but we also saw and crossed a river and took a dip at a waterfall. We experienced all God’s creation in one trip. Another mountain has been conquered. What Mountain Next?

Mt. Binicayan and Carugo Falls- Rodriguez, Rizal

Also check out my climb guide to Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Balagbag, Mt. Maynoba, Mt. Daraitan and Atburan Rockies

ITINERARY

TIME
ACTIVITY
3:00 AM
Meetup at Jollibee – Cubao
3:30 AM
Took van going to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal
4:00 AM
Arrived at Brgy. Wawa
4:30 AM
Register at the registration office
5:00 AM
Start climb
7:00 AM
Peak 1
7:30 AM
Peak 2
8:00 AM
Peak 3/Summit
8:30 AM
Start descent
10:00 AM
Back to Jump-off point; Lunch at nearby carinderia
11:00 AM
Start trek going to Wawa dam and Carugo Falls
12:00 PM
Swim at Carugo Falls
2:00 PM
Return to Barangay Hall; Wash Up
3:00 PM
Back to Cubao

 

EXPENSES

Van from Cubao to Eastwood, Montalban
50 Pesos
Trike from Eastwood to Brgy. Wawa
15 Pesos
Registration Fee
50 Pesos
Donation in Barangay
5 Pesos
Lunch
50 Pesos
Guide Fee and tip (Mt. Binicayan, Wawa Dam & Carugo Falls)
800 Pesos/4 Persons  = 200 Pesos
Wash-up Fee
25 Pesos
Boat Transfer
10 Pesos
Trike from Brgy. Wawa to Eastwood, Montalban
15 Pesos
Van from Eastwood, Montalban to Cubao
50 Pesos

 Total Expenses = 470.00 Pesos per person

 

 

REMINDERS/GUIDES/TIPS

How to get there:

  • Take a van from Cubao going to Eastwood, Montalban. (Fare = P50, Travel time = 30 Minutes to 1 Hour)
  • Ride trike from Eastwood, Montalban going to Barangay Wawa. (Fare = P15, Travel time = 30 Minutes)

 

Fees:

  • Registration Fee = P50
  • Guide Fee = P500
  • Wash up Fee = P25

 

Reminders:

  • Guide – Romeo Vanancio: 0909-822-6488
  • Wear gloves to ease holding on to the limestones
  • There’s no water source in Mt. Binicayan
  • Don’t throw your trash anywhere, it’s very disappointing seeing lots of them near the river.

 

CLIMB DATE: OCTOBER 2016

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