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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mt. Batolusong and Kay-Ibon Falls

Mt. Batolusong and Kay-Ibon Falls in Tanay Rizal
ride and roll

 Mt. Batolusong is situated in Brgy. San Andres Tanay Rizal, with an estimated elevation of up to 670 meters above sea level.  There is another jump-off area in Sitio Kayibon near the falls that you can visit as a sidetrip. I'm quite familiar with this place because Tanay is the neighboring town of Antipolo. I climbed Mt. Irid and Mt. Tukduan Banoi way back in 2011 and this mountain is in the same area. There is a significant improvement when it comes to the road as well.


Bulalo and Liempo

0530 Assembly at Cogeo
0630 ETD Sitio Batangasan
Breakfast at Mang Vics
0730 Stop-Over Mang Vics Bualohan (Heavy Breakfast)
0830 Resume Ride
0900 ETA Brgy. San Andres
0915 Register/Arrange Guide/ Secure motorcycle
0930 Start Trek
1000 First Water Source
1030 Peak 1 / Siesta
1130 Summit
1230 Start Descent to Kayibon Falls
1330 ETA Kayibon Falls / late lunch
1500 wash-up / head back to jump-off
1630 ETD Brgy San Andres / Meryenda
1700 ETD Cogeo
1800 ETA Cogeo

Road Trip

In preparation for a Major Climb this coming Holy week, we chose Mt. Batolusong as our training ground as it is the nearest mountain within Antipolo, and it's quite cheaper. We also missed our roadtrips, so we decided to take our motorcycle going there, making this adventure more exciting and thrilling.

We had a stop over at Mang Vic's Bulalohan and took heavy breakfast in order to us to be prepared for a quck hike.

Organized Guide Schedule
Rice Field
River Crossing

Mapatag Plateau

Around 9AM, we reached Brgy. San Andres. We proceeded to their Brgy. Hall and noticed the well organized Guide schedule. Our Guide for that day is Kuya Emiliano. We bought some snacks before commence our trek. The first part of the trail is walk in the park - passing some rice paddies then woodland. There was a short delay due to the wrong trail we pursued after the first water source.

Summit Ridge
Selfie with Mt. Batolusong as the Background
Fly High
Explore High
Eldie almost aborted this climb due to emptiness "feeling incomplete kuno" - he suffered mild hypertension due to over fatigue and lack of sleep. There's no cellular signal through out the trail. Driven by our passion for adventure and eagerness to complete this training, we decided to continue after a short rest. Upon reaching the summit, we were all captivated by the beauty of the surroundings - the beauty of Sierra Madre mountain range at its finest. One can see also Talim Island, including  Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Irid as the highest point of Rizal.
Group Picture with Kuya Emiliano
Descend to Kayibon Falls
Mapatag Plateau view from the summit
Water Source around the locals house
After enjoying the cool breeze and being able to pose for a few shots, we then headed our way to nearby falls as our sidetrip. We literally descended through out the trail to reach the Kayibon Falls. We dropped by to the last water source around the locals houses and took our lunch at a nearby Nipa Hut. After a short rest, we proceeded to Kayibon Falls. Our excitement heightened when we saw the falls. We were lucky enough to enjoy the falls as we're the only visitors that time. The falls was a bit shallow due to the summer season, It was a very refreshing moment, a natural reward after the long hours of hike.
Late Lunch at Nipa Hut

Kay-Ibon Falls
Enjoying the Falls

the Explorers
By 3PM, we hit again the trail going back to jump-off. After an hour and a half of trekking, we reached Brgy. Hall. We then took a quick "meryenda". Afterwards, we decided to wash-up in our Home and have dinner together.

I would like to thank Eldie and Ronfel for joining this quick training climb of my sweet explorer "Joana". We we're lucky to have a friends who will go out on an adventure and discovery no matter what. Until our next adventure brothers!
Ot Rocks - Outdoor Trippers!
Ride again
Home sweet home (Post Climb celebration)
Group Picture
Mt. Batolusong and Kay-Ibon Falls Video <------

Budget Breakdown:

25 - Cubao -Cogeo
40 - Cogeo - Sampaloc
50 - Habal habal to San Andres
20 - Reg. Fee
500 - Guide Fee 5:1 (700 if overnight)
100 - packed lunch / Snacks
50 - Habal Habal to Sitio Batangsan
40 - Sitio batagasan - Cogeo
25 Cogeo - Cubao


  1. pano po pumunta sa san andres tanay from mang vic's bulalohan? may landmark po ba? private transpo po sana dadalin.aak yat din sana sa mt batolusong bukas

    salamat po

    1. Sir Monchie from Mang Vic's Bulalohan approximately 15km pa po ang way to San Andres. If you're familiar sa Mt. Irid same route po sila, mas malayo nga lang po ang Mt. Irid. Private transpo is possible because the road is more established na po.

  2. sir/maam . hindi naman po ba natuyot ang KY IBON Falls? . and sa Hal habal ride po ? 100/pax pa rin po ba ang fee? thanks

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    2. Hindi naman po tuyo ang Kay-ibon falls, makakapag lublob ka parin kahit papaano.. Mas konti nga lang talaga ang water nya due of dry season. Then regarding sa habal habal nasa 50 pesos po last visit namin. Nag improve na kasi ang road.

      Hope nakatulong po ako sa iyo :)

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  4. Hi Sir, Is it advisable and safe if we could go up there after lunch,like 1PM from San Andres to the peak of Mt. Batolusong? We're planning an overnight camping at mapatag plateau, that is why.

  5. required po ba tlga ung guide sir ? tska pwede po ba ung guide ndi na mg oovernight smen ihhatid lng kme sa camp site ?