Holiday deserves a quick hike – quick hike means within the city side of Metro Manila – so coming from Pantingan – Tarak Traverse day hike we really need a walk in the park hike. Balagbag comes to mind since its just within the border of northern QC and this mountain offers stunning sunset and grassland.
We need a break from almost weekly tough climb, break is something not about being at home but taking easier hike or just chilling at the beach. It was actually our first time in Balagbag and since it’s just near the Metro we never took time to research, just copied Itinerary from the net and proceed with our hike.
The trail is straightforward, you just need to follow the rough road up to summit. It would take you about 2 – 3 hours up and an hour down. Once you get off from a jeepney – that is the terminal called Licao – Licao , another 1 -2 km walk to jump off – Sitio Balagabag. You may opt to take trike for 30 pesos up to registration area but we opted to walk since all we knew it’s just walk in the park. I think this is famous for riders since we pass by some along the way. AT the registration area we paid P10.00 and another P30.00 once you reach the junction at about 600masl already and that is 30 minutes away from the summit. There are number of stores along the way so you may want to consider not bringing too much water or food.
As you going up you will have the view of the Business districts in the Metro and Sierra Madre Mountain Range which is so great. There are also some parts of the mountains being transformed to subdivisions – same as those being seen in Haponang Banoi.
I Love – Balagbag due to its proximity to Manila, the wide grassland and the stunning sunset. I hope can spend night someday with Love.
Here’s the actual itinerary:
12:30PM Call Time Robinsons Pioneer
01:00PM Depart Mandaluyong via Bus to SM Fairview – Tungko P67.00
02:30PM Arrival – Tungko – Get off at BDO. Few meters away from SM San Jose.
02:35PM Depart Tungko via Jeep to Licao – Licao – terminal at the back of BDO P27.00
03:35PM Arrival Licao-Licao. Guide not required.
03:40PM Start Trek
04:20PM Arrival Registration Area
05:00PM Arrival Junction – Register again
05:30PM Arrival Campsite – Summit
06:30PM Start Descend
07:30PM Arrival Sitio Balagbag Brgy Hall – take trike to Licao Licao Terminal
08:00PM Arrival Licao-Licao Terminal – take jeep to Tungko
09:00PM Arrival Tungko – Take bus to MOA
10:30PM Arrival Boni
Jeep from Tungko to Licao – Licao and vv has schedule so make sure to be aware of your time. The last trip coming from Tungko to Licao is 8:00PM and from Licao-Licao to Tungko is 7:00PM but if there are passengers then some jeepney are taking passengers to Tungko..Tunko is part of San Jose Del Monte.
Total Expense per pax P300.00
Some hikers are spending overnight for star gazing and traverse to Maranat.