Mt. Balagbag Traverse to Maranat Falls

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With its proximity to Manila, Mt. Balagbag is quite popular to hikers and bikers who wants to take break during weekends after a whole week of stress. The trail is very wide and with the elevation of 770+ MASL, its perfect for a chill climb.


How to Get There:
From Cubao take a bus going to Tungko
From Tungko, Jeep terminal going to Licao Licao is just a 5-minute walk
Then upon arrival at Licao Licao, there will be tricycles that will bring you to Bry. Hall

IMPORTANT:
If you plan to visit Maranat Falls, you need to secure a permit first at DENR Bulacan. It's totally FREE so don't fret out! :) Kindly email/contact them here for more details:

DENR PENRO BULACAN denr_bulacan@yahoo.com 044-7947090 044-6620434 Look for PENRO Celia Esteban or DENR CENRO TABANG 044-7940152 044-6903187 Look for CENRO Roger Encarnacion

No Barangay Official, local resident or local guide is authorized by the DENR to give climbing permit for Maranat Falls or Mt. Maranat because they do not fall under their jurisdiction.



Guides are not required unless you opt to visit Maranat Falls. Guide fee for traverse to Maranat falls is Php500. Trekking to Balagbag summit alone takes 1-2 hours, while traversing to Maranat Falls would take you another 1-2 hours. 


The ever beautiful Sierra Madre Range

Traversing to Maranat Falls
Big ass rocks at Maranat falls!

Here's a fact: Part of Metro Manila's water comes from here that's why the DENR and MWSS are regulating the number of visitors/hikers to  maintain the cleanliness of the place. So guys, dapat practice the Leave No Trace Principle always! :)

The water is safe for drinking and very refreshing! :)

Sampu lang! Be sure to buy guys, support na din sa mga taga-don.

Sample Itinerary:

0600 Take a bus going to Tungko
0800 Take a jeep going to Licao Licao
0830 Take a tricycle going to Brgy. Hall/Jump off Point, Register and start trek
1030 Arrival at Summit, Eat lunch
1100 Traverse to Maranat Falls
1230 Maranat Falls, Rest and Swimming
1300 Head back to Jump off
1530 Arrival at Jump off point, Tidy up
1600 Depart at Sitio Balagbag

Expenses:

Cubao to Tungko Php55
Tungko to Licao Licao Php27
Tricycle to Jump off Php30
Registration Fee Php10
Second Registration Fee Php20
Guide Fee P500/2 = P250
Halo Halo Php50(nilibre ko si ate guide :P)
Lugaw for Breakfast Php20
Kape for lyf :P Php10
Tricycle back to Licao Licao Php30
Back to Tungko Php27
Mang Inasal for the Gutom na taong Bundok Php123
Bus to Shaw Php55

Total:  Php677

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