Tanay: Treasure Mountain, Cheat Code to Sea of Clouds
Ever wonder why hikers and mountain climbers do their thing regardless of strenuous trek? Of course, it’s the joy of accomplishing all the heights and obstacles while nature rewards them with a breathtaking view from above. All of their sweat and thirst are paid off, unfolding the overlooking beauty that others can’t.
As time passes, the hikers and climbers’ exclusivity to access the higher vantage point gradually becomes lesser as government and private sectors invest in tourism. All the road construction projects and leveling of trails negate the hard part of the trek, thus more people, elder or children, able or less able, are able to enjoy the “climb”. Convenience is indeed the name of the tourism game.
Sorry for the long intro since We’re still shocked when we got to Treasure Mountain, an educational campsite at Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal, we found out that it’s possible there to camp at the top of a mountain without the heavy lifting. Imagine, our vehicle can go as close to where we pitch our tents! Now that’s convenience! And the scenery? The clouds kissing the green mountain ranges definitely won’t disappoint you.
MORE THAN A SEA OF CLOUDS
We went to Treasure Mountain mainly because we want to try astrophotography. Since we’re totally noob in that kind of photography, the output is less than we expected. The moon is too bright, as well as we can’t find the Milky Way due to it’s behind the bright moon and clouds, plus some of the noise pollutions from Manila. So, we tried to focus on the eastern side and continue to practice star shooting.
All was quite well until midnight, the time that we expected the Milky Way to show more, was totally blocked by clouds with a bit of drizzle. Sad. But of course, we can’t complain about the place as it’s a weather thing, as well as our lack of experience. We know that Treasure Mountain has a lot of potential for astrophotography, especially with the rock formations there as foreground. Still, not bad for our first time, don’t you think? Drop us a comment below and let us know.
MORE TO DO
Aside from the astrophotography we did, the camping experience, and the usual sightseeing, we’ve seen a spider web hammock there just like in Masungi Georeserve that you may rent. There’s also a high ropes obstacle course, perfect for people with acrophobia (just joking). We didn’t see one in action, but the place also offers ATV riding. We missed the swimming pool, but that’s okay. Who needs to swim there when it’s freaking cold?
Going back to the convenience offered by campsites like Treasure Mountain, they might be making us lazy to do hiking. But of course, we shouldn’t neglect our senior citizens and PWDs in enjoying the experience that they can treasure too.
- Entrance Fee
- Night time (4 PM to 1 PM)
- Tent/Cottage Rental
- 2-pax Tent: P500 + P1,000 deposit fee
- 4-pax Tent: P800 + P1,000 deposit fee
- Sleeping Mat with Small Pillow and Blanket: P200
- Tent Pitching Fee: 300
- Small Cottage: P350
- Big Cottage: P550
- Kubo Rental: P3,500 (capacity of 6 guests)
- Lodging Room: P500 per head (minimum of 2, maximum of 4 guests)
- Spider’s Web: P150 per head
- High Ropes Obstacle Course: P250 per head
- ATV Rental: P1,200
- Public Transport
From Cubao, take a jeep going to Cogeo Gate 2. Here there is a terminal going to Sampaloc (the first trip is at 5am). Fare costs PhP50 and the trip takes more than an hour (30 kms). Tell the driver to drop you off at tricycle terminal of Treasure Mountain in Brgy. Cuyambay. From here take the tricycle going to the Treasure Mountain (PhP50 fare per person).
Take the Marcos Hi-way or Sumulong Hiway going to Masinag. From Masinag, take the road going to Cogeo and from here take the Marikina-Infanta Highway going to Sampaloc, Tanay. After more than 30 kilometers from Cogeo, you can see the Treasure Mountain sign at the left side of the road.
Note: The 2-km road from the highway to the resort is unpaved (lowered vehicle is not advisable to take the road), instead park your car at the terminal and take a tricycle.