Witnessing a sea of clouds must be in every traveler’s bucket list. You won’t have to go as far as Mt. Pulag just to see this beautiful scenery. Treasure Mountain in Tanay, Rizal got it for you.
Just an hour away from Metro Manila, Treasure Mountain lets you watch blanket of clouds hug mountains as the sun rises. What makes it better? Aside from being near to the metropolitan, it is also easily accessible for vehicles and even commuters!
You may drop by at dawn and watch the sunrise with your friends, or spend a night with your SO mesmerized by the stars and clouds.
Aside from that, Treasure mountain is one of the favorite hiking destinations perfect for beginners. So if you’re planning to kickstart your hiking career, this place could be a start.
Travel to Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain is a good place to bond with your family or barkadas. Since there are roads leading to the mountaintop, it’s better to take a private vehicle. Beware of the slippery road though, since there are unpaved roads, especially near the mountain.
From Metro Manila, you can easily navigate the road through Waze, just enter Treasure Mountain Educational Camp and you’re good to go.
For commuters, there are two options for travel: Via Cogeo and via Tanay.
If you’re from Quezon City or other nearby areas, you may take a van or jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 or Padilla (P25). At Gate 2, you may ride a jeepney to Sampaloc, Tanay via Marcos Highway for (P45) and Get-off at Sitio Maysawa (Maysawa Circuit). From there, you may hike to Treasure Mountain for 30-45 minutes or ride a tricycle (P50/pax).
If you’re from Pasig or Mandaluyong area, you may take a jeepney going to Tanay Public Market from the terminal near Starmall Shaw (P47). From the Public Market, you should ride another jeepney to Sampaloc (P28), ride a jeep going to Cogeo (P23) and get off at Sitio Maysawa (Maysawa Circuit).
You can also hire a tricycle from Sampaloc to Treasure Mountain directly for P500 for four persons.
Make sure to leave early since they welcome visitors as early as 4 am. Be early to secure a great spot for viewing.
At Treasure Mountain
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The entrance fee for Day Tour is P150 per head from 4 am to 3 pm, while the fee for Overnight is P200 per head from 4 pm to 1 pm the next day. Walk-ins are allowed for day tours and reservations are made for overnight stays.
You may rent a sleeping mat (P200/mat) or a cottage (P300/cottage). Tents are also for rent for P500 (good for two), with a pitching fee of P300 per tent. Overnight lodging is also available (P500/pax; minimum of two, maximum of five) and huts (P3,500/kubo; maximum of six).
Meals are also available but you have to make a request days before your visit.
Here’s a sample budget breakdown:
Jeepney ride (Cubao-Cogeo Gate 2)=P25
Jeepney ride (Gate 2-Maysawa)=P45
Tricycle to Treasure Mountain* =P50
Day Tour Entrance Fee=P150
Cottage Rental*=P150 (for two)
Tricycle (back to jump off point)=P50
Jeepney ride (Maysawa-Gate 2)=P45
Jeepney ride (Gate 2-Cubao)=P25
Take Insta-worthy photos at the peak, and appreciate the overlooking view.
Who are you taking in this beautiful mountain? Tag them in the comments below!