LAIBAN TRILOGY: Go Someplace New and Charming!

LAIBAN TRILOGY: Journey past Phrases!

Tanay, Rizal, Philippines – Mountain mountain climbing provides loads of perks. To call some, we get to see breath-taking sights, inhale some contemporary air, and witness the fantastic thing about nature proper to its core. Nonetheless, selecting a mountain to climb could possibly be as rigorous as planning for the subsequent OOTD for some folks (and sure, even me!). There are such a lot of mainstream types that we may attempt to experiment with throughout a specific day however the likelihood of assembly somebody sporting precisely the identical outfit as yours could be very attainable. Ouch! This logic may be true in selecting the subsequent vacation spot. With in the present day’s know-how, a complete listing of recommendations and instructions on easy methods to go to a specific place is available on the internet. Sadly, the benefit of entry to info can also be one of many explanation why discovering a sea-of-crowds is extra possible than discovering a sea-of-clouds. Resolution, anybody? Nicely, a method is to be extra adventurous!

strong bicep shot by Drew Arales
robust bicep shot by Drew Arales

A extremely beneficial vacation spot is the “Laiban Trilogy” in Tanay, Rizal. The path is comprised of Mt. Lubo, Mt. Ngusong-Kabayo, and Mt. Tangwa. Right here, we virtually get the perfect of each worlds. First, we’ll get to benefit from the view of a sea of clouds with out the jam-packed crowds, which leads us to the second level; extra time and extra angles for selfies and groufies!

arrival at Brgy. Laiban
arrival at Brgy. Laiban

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From our meetup location in Cubao, we traveled to Cogeo in Rizal the place a so-called monster jeep is ready for us. Monster jeeps, not like the odd jeeps that we journey on well-paved roads, are supposed to face up to the uninviting path to Barangay Laiban which features a collection of gushing streams and muddy roads that we are going to move alongside the best way. A registration within the Brgy Corridor of Laiban is required earlier than beginning any hike.

Goodmorning Sunshine!
Goodmorning Sunshine!

At round 6 am, the solar has already risen however we’re nonetheless capable of lay eyes on its glory whereas we’re on the path. As if the view shouldn’t be refreshing sufficient, the daylight made the inexperienced mountains further picturesque which made us pause for some time.


The trail to the peaks of Laiban has principally minor inclines flanked by tall cogon grass. The temperature is an ideal mixture of the light sunshine and early morning breeze.

Cogon grass trail shot by Alben Balinon
Cogon grass path shot by Alben Balinon
Feeling good
Feeling good

It felt so good to be disconnected from all of the noise of town for a second and be capable to reconnect with nature.

nearby mountains view
close by mountains view

The sight of the close by mountains similar to Mt. Sapari, Binutasan and Batolusong are a number of the bonuses of this hidden treasure. Your coronary heart will certainly be charmed and contented by the huge view of rolling hills and inexperienced mountains on the facet.

Bamboo trail
Bamboo path

Collection of bamboo timber additionally make up the path. This a part of the path turns into moist and slippery as soon as it rained so hikers needs to be cautious. Our group managed to move by way of this space with none main issues, simply few minor slips making us a little bit soiled with mud.

Ngusong Kabayo Cavern
Ngusong Kabayo Cavern

There’s a limestone cavern that encompasses across the summit of Mt Ngusong Kabayo. One has to move between slim rock holes and formations to have the ability to proceed. GPS (Gapang Para Secure) and UPS (Upo Para Secure) with some head assist is helpful in conditions like this.

Ngusong Kabayo Cavern Trail
Ngusong Kabayo Cavern Path

It was certainly an countless strolling and some water breaks, regardless of that, each a part of the path flaunts the aesthetic topography of Laiban.


After an hour of a reasonably steep slope, we didn’t simply notice that we’re already on the primary peak. We simply acknowledged it due to the Purple flag and signage.

Mt. Lubo
Mt. Lubo

Mt. Lubo shouldn’t be the everyday peak that has a cliff or different ‘buwis buhay’ spots to take Instagram photographs. Nonetheless, Mt. Lubo is the proper spot to seize the ocean of clouds of Laiban at the moment.

Mt. Ngusong Kabayo
Mt. Ngusong Kabayo

The succeeding peak on our listing is the Mt. Ngusong Kabayo, standing at 625 MASL. It’s translated as “horse snout” and named due to the form of the distinct limestone formation on its summit. We had been amazed simply how the stones actually resemble a horse snout.

Tangwa Peak
Tangwa Peak

Lower than 30 minutes away is the ultimate peak, which is the M. Tangwa at 602 MASL. I notably loved wandering round right here as a result of it has a 360-degree beautiful view. Mountains actually have the facility to awe and encourage adventurer like no different panorama can do.


From the summit of Mt. Tangwa, we handed by the attractive surroundings of neighboring mountain right down to the attractive waterfalls of Laiban, which may be both a facet journey or a vacation spot by itself. It’s really a part of the traverse path right down to the bounce off.

Tagpuan Falls
Tagpuan Falls

In keeping with our information, there are few leeches (referred to as limatik domestically) within the space since it’s surrounded by shallow our bodies of water and it probably proliferated as a result of it’s wet season at the moment. One in all our members was bitten though he didn’t see any leeches. Fortunately, the chunk didn’t damage in any respect.

Waiting for something or someone?
Ready for one thing or somebody?

The primary cease is the very best of the 4 waterfalls, it’s referred to as the Tagpuan Falls. Because the title suggests, the surroundings provides a fragile dramatic vibe. It felt like I used to be in a scene of a film ready for my lover to reach whereas listening to the sound of the water flowing down. Certainly, that is fairly a covert magnificence, an ideal escape from stress.

Rappelling down to Mahangin Falls
Rappelling right down to Mahangin Falls

Not so lengthy after we handed by the primary falls, we wanted to rappel right down to Mahangin Falls. It’s not like different waterfalls which have a basin-like pool; Mahangin Falls has cascading chilly water going to different falls and to the river. It’s place for a really refreshing sit and water therapeutic massage.

Enjoying the waters
Having fun with the waters

Want I say extra? Simply indulge your self within the second. What’s the purpose of discovering a spot as stunning as this if we is not going to benefit from the waters, proper?

Panat-in Falls
Panat-in Falls

The third one is the Panat-in Falls, considerably alike in Kawasan or Kaparkan falls. This has a deep catch basin permitting adventurers to leap from the highest of the falls. There may be additionally a large space of each shallow and deep spots excellent for swimming.

Enjoying the refreshing water
Having fun with the refreshing water.

Upon arrival, our lunch (sinigang, adobo and rice) had been already ready by our organizers along with the locals. After consuming our means by way of, we now have loved a fast dip into the water, took some photographs and rested for some time earlier than we continued our journey.

Group shot in Kalaparan falls
Group shot in Kalaparan falls

What a hike! An thrilling, enriching, and exhausting expertise, all on the identical time. The fun of being in a brand new place away from town to flee the stress and monotony of my each day routine was glad. Frankly, I wasn’t anticipating an excessive amount of of the place at first, I used to be pleased to only be with nature once more. Ultimately, it actually exceeded my expectation and turned out to be one in all my favourite climbs.

Tips on how to get there and Advised LAIBAN Itinerary (Common Pacing)

0200H Meeting at Cubao
0230H ETD Tanay by way of Patok jeep to Cogeo
zero315H ETA Extraction level -COGEO TO Bgy. Sampaloc, Sitio Mayagay 1, Tanay (by way of monster jeep)
0330H ETD Bgy. Sampaloc, Sitio Mayagay 1, Tanay
0400H ETA Brgy. Laiban Corridor (jump-off)
0500H Begin Hike
0700H ETA Mt. Lubo
0745H ETA Mt. Ngusong Kabayo, picture ops
0850H ETA Tangwa Peak, picture ops
0950H Begin descent
1110H ETA Laiban Waterfalls 1
1130H ETA Waterfalls 2
1220H ETA Waterfalls three, Boodle Battle Lunchtime
1400H ETA Waterfalls four
1430H ETA Leap off, tidy up
1530H ETD Sitio Mayagay 1
1615H ETA Extraction Level (jeep journey)
1630H ETD Manila
1930H ETA Manila

Mountaineering Notes

  • If you’re in a big group, higher rent your personal transport service in your comfort.
  • Put on correct apparel from head to toe. Chances are you’ll deliver hat/cap, arm sleeves, and sunblock for defense. For footwear, please observe that the path consists of loads of water actions so it’s higher to put on pair of mountain climbing sandals or footwear.
  • Convey not less than 1.5 liters of water, you’ll absolutely want this throughout the lengthy stroll.
  • Convey path meals similar to Jellies, sweets, nuts and so on. This are important sources of vitality, offering extra gasoline to the physique to proceed the climb.
  • Carry some first help equipment/private drugs as accidents can occur anytime.
  • Convey further garments, toiletries and more money for different private use.
  • Always remember your digital camera behind!
  • And most particularly, Take nothing however photos. Go away nothing however footprints. Kill nothing however time. Get pleasure from!

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