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Mt. Balagbag - Travel Guide (Budget + Itinerary and Kineso)

Mount Balabag is one of the famous hiking destination near in Manila. It is strategically located in Rodriguez Rizal. Quite near isn't? So there will be no execuses for the team not to take a look and visit this mountain.

This may sound cliche but If you're planning to start your hiking career, this is the best mountain for you. It is an actual fact that this mountain is perfect for a beginner because of its specs, a minor climb with difficulty of 3 over 9. But hey, remember this, It maybe easy for us but may be hard for you (vice versa). All I wanted to say is, never underestimate a mountain. Always have a preparation before the climb proper.



Farmers Cubao
11:00am to 1:00pm
Bus from Cubao to Tungko
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Jeep from tungko to Licao-licao
2:00pm to 2:20pm
Tricycle from Licao-licao to Brgy. Registration
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Trek to Summit
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Setting up tents and prepare for sunset watching Best time for photo ops (Golden hour)
Dinner and Socials


Wake up call
5:30am to 7:00am
Sunrise watching and breakfast - Best time for photo ops (Golden hour)
7:00am to 9:00am
Descend to Brgy. for logging out
9:00am to 9:20am
Tricycle from Brgy. to Licao-licao
9:20am to 10:00am
Wash up (Comfort rooms are available)
10:00am to 11:00am
Jeep from Licao-licao to tungko
11:00am to 1:00pm
Bus from tungko to Cubao

Our camping site. 

Extra clothes
(Weather Appropriate)
Plenty of water (2-3L)
Packed dinner and Breakfast
Flash light or Head lamp
Trail Foods
(Nuts, Chocolate and Jellyace)
Cellphones or Camera
Slippers or Sandals
Garbage Bag
(Practice Leave no Trace Principle)
Sun and Rain Protection
Camping tents and Sleeping Bag (If not available, there are tent rentals in the registration area)
First Aid Kit (per group)

My foldable and reusable water bottle. 

Commuting Guide and Expenses:
From Cubao, Take a bus bound to Tungko
Fare: Php 55
From Tungko, Ride a jeep going to Licao-licao
Fare: Php 29

From Licao licao, You may take a tricycle from to Registration site
Php 5 for the environmental fee. /
Fare: Php 30/head (Atleast 3pax)

Registration Fee
1st Reg fee: Php 10 - 2nd Reg Fee: Php 80 (Overnight)

Shower Fee
Php 30
Tent Rental
Php 300 (Good for 3 pax)

Click the picture for my for my short story & life lesson. 


  1. San po banda yung campsite nyo parang tago HAHAHA baka naman po pwede makahingi ng tips kung saan.Gusto ko po sana magpunta kasama ang tropa ganda ng campsite nyo.

  2. Mt. Balagbag is part of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan. This is a disputed area and we suggest to include san jose del monte in the location of this mountain because this is one of our tourist destination along with Kaytitinga falls. We have different maps certified by DENR-LMB that this said place is belong to our city. Please don't put some name of municipality or province if you have no idea on this place. A friendly advice. Thank you.

    Hannah Bailey
    Ketterman Rowland & Westlund Attorneys


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