Braving Mt. Balagbag

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” (Greg Child)

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.

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.)

Summary of Expenses: 

Boni to Tungko (RT)

Php 136

Tungko to Licao Licao (RT)


Registration Fee
(10 at Brgy Hall and 30 near the summit)


Total Expenses

Php. 230


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4 thoughts on “Braving Mt. Balagbag

  1. Jeff says:

    yun totoo sir? broken hearted kaba kaya ka umakyat mag isa? haha ako kasi oo.. I was broken hearted when I decided to climb that mountain alone last year lang din. I was so emotionally unstable that time and nkalimutan ko n may bagyo nga plang parating.. so I ended up alone sa summit and its almost zero visibility sa itaas.. buti na lang may kasama akong bata who offered to accompany me and did not leave me the entire night though di ako nkatulog kasi sa lakas ng ulan. ayun so ang ending narealize para akong tanga and I descend smiling.
    haha it is indeed an unforgettable exp. fav mountain ko mt. balagbag and nakatatlong akyat na din ako sa kanya. 😀

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  2. Eldon says:

    Add Grotto( Our Lady Of Faith) to the Itinerary going to Mt. balagbag. Just few meters away from Licao-Licao terminal. Could be a great side trip for all climbers.

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