230 pesos Hiking Guide to Mt. Balagbag 2017

Location: Licao-licao, Rodriguez, Rizal
Elevation: 777+ MASL
Difficulty: 3/9
Guide: Not Required

It was a one fine saturday morning when I decided to visit Mt. Balagbag located at Licao-licao, Rodriguez Rizal. At first, I was hesitant because that was my first time to hike a mountain alone but my adventurous spirit told me that I can do it even if it is just me. So I packed my things in a hurry and just like a one click of the remote control to change the channel of the TV, I was there standing at the jeepney terminal bound to Licao-licao where my climb to the summit of Mt. Balagbag will soon start.

The Journey

This mountain is a good climb for a beginner. The trail is very wide and is easy to follow, you’ll never worry in getting lost. Though it still requires a deal of stamina especially during rainy season. For less than two hours, I was able to reach the summit welcoming me with this amazing view.


Related post:
Hiking Guide for Beginners: Mt. Maculot (Rockies) 2017

The Summit

When I was enjoying the view up in the summit, the clouds gathered and boom! Heavy rain fell. In less than an hour of “tampisaw sa ulan” experience, the rain stopped and it made me speechless to witness the magnificient view from the top. The green golden grass field, the sun, the clouds, the trees, everything!

Mt Balagbag is not only great at daytime but rather equally beautiful at night because it gives you a magnificient view of what a city lights is.  Just make sure to bring a jacket or something that will keep yourself warm when you plan to camp up there. 👌👌👌

Surely, this won’t be my last climb here. All is well that ends well. Cheers to more adventures! 🌏👣☺👌🙋👦

It’s more fun in the Philippines!

Thanks to Daniel and Regina, new found pals for the coffee, the ride and meaningful lifelessons. 👦👦👦

How to get there?

  • From Edsa, ride a bus going to Tungko. Just look for buses that have the signage “Tungko.”Tell the conductor to drop you off at Jollibee Tungko or BDO which is just few meters away from Jollibee. At the back of BDO is the jeepney terminal bound to Licao-licao.


  1. Leave no trace policy as always. Respect the mountain!
  2. Bring packed lunch or dinner/Trail food
  3. 2 liters of water
  4. You can also bring some kiddie food for the children along your way up to the summit.
  5. Always bring extra clothes, umbrella and extra money.
  6. Personal meds
  7. A guide is not required since the trail is easy. You can also ask the locals if you’re in the right way up to the summit. Traversing to Mt. Maranat is “allowed” by the locals but as per the advisory from DENR, Mt. Maranat will be temporarily closed for rehabilitation.
  8. Tricycle going to Brgy Hall (optional)
    • Solo= Php. 60 (for me I opted not to ride a trike going to Brgy hall. I started my trek pagkababa ng jeep and I discovered that it will only take you at least 30minutes to reach the brgy hall where you will register and pay a fee of 10pesos and I recommend that you start from here.)

      Trip Schedule

Summary of Expenses: 

Boni to Tungko (RT) Php 136
Tungko to Licao Licao (RT) 54
Registration Fee
(10 at Brgy Hall and 30 near the summit)
Total Expenses Php. 230

Related post:
Hiking Guide for Beginners: Mt. Maculot (Rockies) 2017

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. theredblacksmith says:

    Great article dude. Cause of this, I plan to go solo too. I’d just like to ask where in Edsa you rode a bus? Is it in Cubao? Another is, what time did you leave Edsa? I just like to have an estimate of the time travel. Thanks

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    1. Jay & Gelo says:

      we did overnight there po kaya hapon na kami umalis 🙂 we used Jayros bus dati hehe

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      1. Anonymous says:

        Ok. Thanks 🙂

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      2. theredblacksmith says:

        Ok. Thanks 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    2. Hi. Pwedeng sumama this Sunday na? (Sep 24). 🙂

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      1. theredblacksmith says:

        Sama ako sa inyo or sama ka sa akin? Newbie here. Pero libre naman ako Sunday. 🙂

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  2. Hi pal.., is it safe enough for solo female backpacker? the budget is pretty much friendly than use a tour agent. they charges super expensive for single trekker

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      Hi there! yes it’s safe. are going for day hike or overnight?


      1. just for a day, except I found other trekker who wants to join overnight. is it good for a day? any advices?

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        1. Jay & Mark says:

          yeah its really good for day hike. we went there and had an overnight stay. ‘Twas raining that time but still we had nice time. Tho lots of construction going on so it has probably changed since we were there 🙂


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