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Mounts Cayabu and Maynoba: Your adventure twin hike

Mountain climbing is now becoming a fad in the Philippine travel scene. As more Pinoys and foreigners alike develop this love for the mountains, it is but deserving that we document them one by one. For this entry, Mounts Cayabu and Maynoba (alternate spelling: “Maynuba”), also known as the “Maynoba Circuit” is one of the popular peaks in Tanay, Rizal. These mountains have been reached by thousands since March 22, 2016, when it first opened to the public.

See also: Mount Pigingan Travel Guide

Mount Cayabu and Mount Maynoba Travel Guide (Pinterest) | Turista Boy

Being a subsidiary mountain of Maynoba, Cayabu is the first peak in this twin day hike. Standing 580 meters above sea level, Cayabu’s peak is quite rocky and the vegetation is somewhat thick. After an hour or so, you will now reach Maynoba’s peak at 662 meters above sea level (728 masl in some websites). Others contend that this mountain has one of the highest “success rates” in terms of the sea of clouds sightings.

Mount Cayabu Summit | Mount Cayabu Maynoba Turista Boy

The grassy, rocky, (and sometimes muddy) trails of the whole twin day hike are definitely worth it. At the latter part of the hike, you can have a side trip to the so-called “8 wonder falls.” Though on our trip, we only managed to go to 2 of them (Natatagong Paraiso and Lantay na Bato Falls). The rest of the falls are Katmon Falls, Gugulong na Bato Falls, Guintoan Falls, Manganiso Falls, and Pantay Falls.

Getting there

Mounts Cayabu and Maynoba can be reached in an hour or two from Manila. What we did was to hire a van for our group so it would be less hassle and the comfort of traveling will be ensured. I also suggest you guys to rent a car or van (or bring your own car if you have one) so you can come to the registration area earlier to see the sunrise and sea of clouds. But if you really are adventurous, go and take the public transport going to Barangay Cayabu (details of the trip found on the itinerary below!)

Tourist Information | Mount Cayabu Maynoba Turista Boy

Mounts Cayabu and Maynoba are best climbed, personally, during the months of March and April as the weather is not too hot and not too cold just in time for the summer season. Though when we went there on the month of January, a strong rain poured the day before our climb making the trails slippery and muddy.

Mount Maynoba Summit | Turista Boy

Mount Maynoba Summit

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As the mountains are part of Tanay Tourism, before climbing, seek a permit to climb the mountains first in order for you (and your group) to gain access to the site. You can contact Sir Romar L. Anito at +63 929 765 8457 or Sir Ronald Africano at +63 908 433 0444. You can also ask them some tips when summiting these mountains.

 

Suggested itineraries and possible expenses:

DAYHIKE (PUBLIC TRANSPORT)

0300 H ETD Starmall Shaw or Cubao for Antipolo (Cogeo Gate 2) P35-70 (FX / UV Express)

P24 (Jeepney)

0400 H Take a jeep from Antipolo to Batangasan Junction (first trip at 5 a.m.) P50 (Jeepney bound for Sampaloc)
0500 H ETA Junction. Take tricycle to Barangay Cayabu P150 (for 3 pax; P50 per pax)
0530 H ETA Maynoba trailhead, Barangay Cayabu. Register and secure guides P20 (Registration fee, regular)

P40 (Registration fee, traverse)

P500 (Guide fee, for 5 pax)

P1250 (Overnight fee, guide fee included; optional)

P40 (Environmental fee)

P300 (Porter fee, min. of 15 kg; optional)

0600 H Start trekking
0700 / 0730 H ETA Mount Cayabu
0830 / 0900 H ETA Mount Maynoba viewpoint
0930 H Continue with the hike
1030 H Pass through the eight waterfalls (optional)
1130 H Continue trek to the trailhead
1230 H ETA Barangay Cayabu trailhead. Lunch / Freshen up
1430 H ETD for Manila P150 (Tricycle for 3 pax; P 50 per pax)

P50 (Jeepney bound from Sampaloc)

P24 (Jeepney to Starmall Shaw or Cubao)

1700 H ETA Manila

 

DAYHIKE (PRIVATE TRANSPORT)

0130 H ETD Manila for Barangay Cayabu via Marcos Highway – Barangay Cuyambay (transportation fee depends)
0330 H ETA Barangay Cayabu trailhead. Register and secure guides P20 (Registration fee, regular)

P40 (Registration fee, traverse)

P500 (Guide fee, for 5 pax)

P1250 (Overnight fee, guide fee included; optional)

P40 (Environmental fee)

P300 (Porter fee, min. of 15 kg; optional)

0400 H Start trekking
0500 / 0530 H ETA Mount Cayabu
0600 / 0630 H ETA Mount Maynoba viewpoint (for sunrise)
0700 H Continue with the hike
0800 H Pass through the eight waterfalls (optional)
0900 H Continue trek to the trailhead
1030 H ETA Barangay Cayabu trailhead. Freshen up
1130 H ETD for Manila (transportation fee depends)
1300 H ETA Manila / Lunch

 

OVERNIGHT (PUBLIC TRANSPORT)

Day 1
1100 H ETD Starmall Shaw or Cubao for Antipolo (Cogeo Gate 2) P35-70 (FX / UV Express)

P24 (Jeepney)

1230 H Take a jeep from Antipolo to Batangasan junction (first trip at 5 a.m.) P50 (Jeepney bound for Sampaloc)
1200 H ETA junction. Take tricycle to Barangay Cayabu P150 (for 3 pax; P50 per pax)
1430 H ETA Maynoba trailhead, Barangay Cayabu. Register and secure guides P20 (Registration fee, regular)

P40 (Registration fee, traverse)

P500 (Guide fee, for 5 pax)

P1250 (Overnight fee, guide fee included; optional)

P40 (Environmental fee)

P300 (Porter fee, min. of 15 kg; optional)

1500 H Start trekking
1600 / 1630 H ETA Mount Cayabu
1730  / 1800 H ETA Mount Maynoba viewpoint. Set up camp
1900 H Dinner / Socials
 
Day 2
0530 H Wakeup call / Sunrise Shoot
0630 H Breakfast / Break camp
0730 H Resume trek
0830 H Pass through the eight waterfalls (optional)
1030 H Continue trek to the trailhead
1200 H Back at Barangay Cayabu trailhead. Lunch / Freshen up.
1400 H ETD for Manila P150 (Tricycle for 3 pax; P50 per pax)

P50 (Jeepney bound from Sampaloc)

P24 (Jeepney to Starmall Shaw or Cubao)

1630 H ETA Manila

 

OVERNIGHT (PRIVATE TRANSPORT)

Day 1
1100 H ETD Manila for Barangay Cayabu via Marcos Highway – Barangay Cuyambay (transportation fee depends)
1230 H ETA Barangay Cayabu trailhead. Register and secure guides P20 (Registration fee, regular)

P40 (Registration fee, traverse)

P500 (Guide fee, for 5 pax)

P1250 (Overnight fee, guide fee included; optional)

P40 (Environmental fee)

P300 (Porter fee, min. of 15 kg; optional)

1300 H Start trekking
1400 / 1430 H ETA Mount Cayabu
1530 / 1600 H ETA Mount Maynoba viewpoint. Set up camp
1800 H Dinner / Socials
Day 2
0530 H Wakeup call / Sunrise Shoot
0630 H Breakfast / Break camp
0730 H Resume trek
0830 H Pass through the eight waterfalls (optional)
1030 H Continue trek to the trailhead
1200 H Back at Barangay Cayabu trailhead. Lunch / Freshen up.
1400 H ETD for Manila (transportation fee depends)
1630 H ETA Manila

*all prices and times indicated can change over time.

 

Notes:

1) As per Pinoy Mountaineer, Mounts Cayabu and Maynoba has a difficulty of 3/9 and is considered a minor hike. The trails to the summits can be steep but straightforward. To catch the sea of clouds in Mount Maynoba, leave Manila at around 0200 or 0300 H.

2) The trails of both mountains are very varied. Rocky and thick vegetation at lower reaches and grassy on higher reaches. Rivers and falls can be seen in the latter part of the hike.

3) Located at the “foot” of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, you can see Mounts Tukduan Banoi and Irid in the north side and the borders of Infanta and Gen. Nakar, Quezon on the east side.

4) (Other) Contact numbers: +63 912 757 0867 (Kuya Rene, jeep rental), +63 917 847 2722 (Kuya Rommel, van rental).

5) Campsites are available between the Cayabu and Maynoba peaks. Water sources can be seen in the wonder falls area. Cellphone signal is present at higher points but absent on most of the hike. There are also fixed ropes and rails (especially on the rocky parts of the hike) on the trail.

6) The ranger station at Barangay Cayabu has a number of sari-sari stores, souvenir shops, and restrooms where you can freshen up after the hike. There is also a generous space for parking your vehicles.

 

Other pictures:

View from Mount Maynoba summit | Turista Boy

View from Mount Maynoba summit

Summiting Mount Maynoba | Turista Boy

Summiting Mount Maynoba

A campsite in Mount Maynoba summit | Turista Boy

A campsite in Mount Maynoba’s summit

Mount Maynoba Summit! | Turista Boy

Mount Maynoba’s Summit!

Partners in Climb! | Mount Maynoba Turista Boy

Partners in Climb!

Natatagong Paraiso Falls (photo by Michael Soriano) | Mount Cayabu Maynoba Turista Boy

Natatagong Paraiso Falls (photo by Michael Soriano)

Lantay na Bato Falls (photo by Mela Billones) | Mount Cayabu Maynoba Turista Boy

Lantay na Bato Falls (photo by Mela Billones)

Sari-sari stores, souvenir shops, and comfort rooms at Mount Cayabu - Maynoba Jump Off Point | Turista Boy

Sari-sari stores, souvenir shops, and comfort rooms at Mount Cayabu – Maynoba Jump Off Point

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