Nagpatong Rock in Tanay, Rizal: An easy yet worthwhile trek

Nagpatong Rock in Tanay, Rizal
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Nagpatong Rock is one of the most interesting landscapes that can be found in Tanay, Rizal. It’s composed of two separate limestone cliffs standing across each other. Each cliff seems to be made of blocks stacked on top of each other, hence its name “nagpatong”.

It’s not clear how it was formed, but there’s a prevailing theory that, like most places in the Philippines, it was once underwater.

Nagpatong Rock is good for beginner climbers. It usually takes 1 hour or so to trek to the large tower.

On the day of our trek, the trail was muddy as it had been raining a few days ago. We had to step on grass on the side of the established trail so our shoes wouldn’t sink. We stopped to catch our breath every half an hour.

Trail to Nagpatong Rock
Trail to Nagpatong Rock.

Trail to Nagpatong Rock

The trail is relatively easy, as there isn’t much assault or long ascends involved. The challenge is climbing up to the top of the large tower. It reminded me of my previous climb to Pico de Loro. At first, we had to climb up a steep ladder and then hold onto a rope while making sure that we had proper footing on the natural footholds carved in the rock.

Nagpatong Rock signage
Reaching the signage before the climb to the rock summit.
Ladder to Nagpatong rock summit
Climbing up the steep ladder. (Photo by Kapampangan Traveller)

The tower’s summit offers a nice mountain view.

Hali iin Nagpatong Rock summit Hali iin Nagpatong Rock summit

Once everyone in our group had climbed up with us, the guides took to the smaller tower so they could take pictures of us. For solo pictures, the rest of us had to hide behind the boulders so we wouldn’t be seen. In regular climbs, each guest is given enough time to get pictures (solo and in groups) to make the climb there worthwhile.

Summit of Nagpatong Rock Formation in Tanay, Rizal
Nagpatong Rock Formation.

Solo shot in Nagpatong Rock summit

The descent is much more challenging than going up, since the guides needed to assist us carefully.

Nagpatong Rock summit

Once we were on the regular trail, I was able to wash off the mud in my sandals from one of the water streams in the mountains. I even saw a carabao pulling a makeshift cart used by a father and son. It was an interesting sight.

Carabao ride in Tanay
Carabao ride.

Overall, from the jump-off point it took us about 3 hours to reach the tower’s summit (due to the muddy trail) and then another 1 hour to head back. I enjoyed trekking again, as it has been ages since my last trek.

Travel Guide to Nagpatong Rock Formation (Tanay, Rizal)

How to get here

  • From Cubao, ride a jeep to Cogeo Gate 2 (P24 per person, 30 minutes). From there, ride another jeep to Cuyambay (P45, 1 hour). Then take a tricycle to barangay hall (P25 per person, 10 min). Register your name and secure a guide.
  • From the barangay hall, take a tricycle or habal-habal to the jump-off point (P40 per person, 15 min).

Trekking info

  • If you wish to see the sunrise in Nagpatong Rock, depart Manila by 1:30AM.
  • From the jump-off point, it takes about 1 hour to reach the tower’s summit. During rainy season, expect the trek to take longer.
  • From Nagpatong Rock, you can also proceed to Mount Masungki. It takes an additional 1.5 hours to reach its summit.

Tips

  • Wear appropriate clothing. Also make sure you’re wearing durable sandals or shoes.
  • Bring at least 1 liter of water.
  • To avoid queues, it’s best to visit Nagpatong Rock on weekdays.
  • Refresh yourself with a swim after your trek! One option is Tungtong Falls, which is a 1-hour trek away from the barangay hall. You can also drive to Daranak Falls so you can wash up and refresh yourselves.

Rates

  • Registration fee: P100 per person
  • Guide fee: P500/5 people for Nagpatong, P750/5 people for Nagpatong-Masungki

Make sure to give a tip to your guide if you’re satisfied with their assistance!

Budget

Estimated budget per person is P500 (for a group of 5), excluding food.

Contact

For inquiries, you can contact the tourism office of Tanay:

Tanay Tourism Assistance Desk: 0998-5788199 / 0998 9881590

 

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