Situated in Siniloan, Laguna with a height of 300 MASL, Mt. Romelo is one of the popular mountains in Laguna for hikers, especially beginners for it is known as a waterfalls sanctuary. It is said that there are already 13 explored falls, great place for adventure seekers.
There are 7 most popular waterfalls within Mt. Romelo namely Batya-Batya, Buruwisan, Lanzonez, Sampaloc, Binaytuan, Diwata and Sapang Labo. After reaching the summit, hikers would opt to chase these waterfalls to make the most out of their adventure and take some dip to freshen up.
And of course, my friends and I wouldn’t let ourselves get left behind in witnessing the gems of our own province. So we went there last May 1, 2016, Sunday.
From Balibago, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, we just rented a van going to and from Siniloan. We left at Balibago at around 2:00 am and by 4:00 am, we have already arrived at the jump off point. One of my friend’s colleague, Sir Mark, is a frequent hiker of Mt. Romelo and because of that, the Barangay officials know him well and allowed us to trek without a guide. Sir Mark, together with Ms. Rhei, became our instant guide. Meaning, nakatipid kami. 😀
After we registered and paid the fee, we just had a quick breakfast and start ascending right after. It was still dark when we climbed the mountain. Always bring flashlight and/or headlight for this kind of instances. Be prepared, they said. 🙂 It was my first time to climb his early so I’m scared that there are wild animals that may attack us. Alam nyo na, those kind of scenes in a suspense movie. #praning According to Sir Mark, there are no wild animals in Mt. Romelo, so technically it’s safe to climb even it is still dark. Thumbs up!
With its height, we thought it will be an easy climb but, we’re totally wrong. Hindi pa naman kami nag-ready para dito kasi nga mababa naman. Haha The trail going to the summit was a really steep slope and slippery. May madulas na part dahil sa buhangin. We’re thankful enough na mababa lang sya, with a trail like that. woosh!
We climbed for more or less than an hour until we reached the summit.
Seeing a sunrise is already a breath-taking view for a hiker and seeing lots of greens is more than enough. ♥ It’s so satisfying!
We stayed there for a while, caught our breath, had a great laugh and took some remembrance photo, 30mins I guess. Then we proceeded in chasing waterfalls.
Mt. Romelo is full of trees so expect a well shaded terrain.
There are parts where you’ll be exposed to the sun, of course, but not so much like that on Mt. Batulao. The good thing here is that as you go on the trail, there are lots of mini-store where you can sit and rest for a while.
You can also try the swing. Yay!
We first went to the campsite and we rented a Kubo (Nipa Hut) where we left our stuff. It is advisable to leave your things at the campsite before going to the waterfalls (though you still have to bring your valuables with you so better if you have a drybag).
Summer made the falls and rivers a bit dry so if you’ll go here during summer, don’t expect it to be as beautiful as that of what you see in the internet. Expectation vs. Reality it is!
We first went to Batya Batya Falls.
The trails going to different falls are rocky. Like you’ll hop from one rock to another.
There is also one major slope where you have to climb and hold on the roots, it’s just a short one though so don’t yah worry. 🙂
Expect river crossing as well, definitely, and expect to get wet as you’ll pass through the river with a water almost as high as your waist.
And because I’m wearing pants (why did I do that. ugh), I tried to pass through the rocks so as not to get wet but, I gave up. psssh Imagine how high the water could get in this area if it’s not summer.
After 20-30 mins of walking, we arrived at Batya Batya Falls. Yey! As I said, it was dry so just look on the photos.
We just did a quick dip here and left after a few minutes and on to the next, Buruwisan Falls.
The above photo is one of the dangerous spot going to Buruwisan. There was one incident that someone died here after he fell off the cliff (that’s on top of Buruwisan Falls) because of the slippery wet rocks. So please, please, be extra careful here.
The trail going to Buruwisan was really steep which may intimidate beginners or first-time hikers, but they can do it. 🙂
One of our friends got some minor injuries because she tripped many times that there was an instance that her body was accidentally hit to a rock after she slipped, but she’s okay. Just be careful and wear proper foot wear (trekking sandals is advisable for trails with river crossing or falls chasing like this, IMO).
As you can see, gapatak nalang yung tubig! LOL But still, it’s beautiful.
The good thing about this is that we were able to enjoy going beneath the waterfalls and feel the water rushing through our body. If the water is in full force, you will not be able to get near it unless you really know how to swim. We stayed longer here compared to Batya-Batya because of this. 🙂
Then we go to our last stop, the Lanzonez Falls.
It’s just a few minutes away though. We can definitely say that this is where we really enjoyed the water. Because the depth is just enough for us to dip, play around and go near the waterfalls.
Though you have to be careful because rocks under water can be sharp.
See through the photos how much we enjoyed the last falls we chased for this adventure.
If my memory serves me right, we finished in the middle of that afternoon.
So that’s it! We definitely enjoyed this trip and we’re already looking forward to our revenge hike here to continue our exploration and see the full beauty of the falls. Sometime next year, before the summer hopefully. 🙂
PHP 5,000 – Van Rental 10 pax (Balibago – Siniloan – Balibago)
PHP 50 per person – Registration Fee
PHP 300 – PHP 500 – Guide Fee
PHP 50 – 100 – Nipa Hut Rental (sorry, can’t remember the exact price)
PHP 200 – 300 – Food
1:00 a.m. – Assembly at Ministop Balibago
2:00 a.m. – ETD to Siniloan, Laguna
5:00 a.m. – ETA at Jump Off (Register/Secure Guide)
5:30 a.m. – Start Trek
7:00 a.m. – Summit
9:00 a.m. – ETA at Campsite/Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Batya Batya Falls
11:30 a.m. – Buruwisan Falls
12:30 p.m. – Lanzones Falls/Back to Campsite/Lunch
–Optional trek to Sapang Labo (depends on your time)
3:00 p.m. – Start descend
5:30 p.m. – ETA at Jump Off / Tidy Up
6:30 p.m. – ETD to Balibago
9:30 p.m. – ETA at Balibago
Come visit our province to experience the majestic gems it holds. I hope this post gave you the thrill of trying this mountain as well, and give some love by liking, sharing and/or commenting. Ciao! 🙂