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Conquer the Laiban Trilogy: Your Ultimate Guide to Tanay's Hidden Hiking Gem

Are you ready for an exhilarating adventure in the heart of nature? Look no further than the Laiban Trilogy trail in Tanay, Rizal. This challenging yet rewarding hike will take you through lush forests, over three unique peaks, and past cascading waterfalls. Get ready to discover hidden gems and experience the raw beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains.

What to Expect on the Laiban Trilogy Trail

  • Duration: The entire hike typically takes around 8-10 hours, depending on your pace and breaks.

  • Distance: The trail covers approximately 12 kilometers.

  • Difficulty:  Moderate to challenging. Be prepared for steep ascents and descents, especially on Mt. Ngusong Kabayo.

  • Cost: If you book with a tour operator, expect to pay around ₱750 per group which covers guide fees.

  • Best time to hike: The ideal time to hike is during the dry season (November to April) to avoid slippery trails and unpredictable weather.

  • Things to watch out for: Leeches are common in the area, so wear long sleeves and pants and bring leech socks or salt to deter them. Be sure to stay hydrated and pack enough food and water for the entire hike.

How to get to Barangay Laiban from Metro Manila

It's a 57.4-kilometer drive that should take about 2 hours and 11 minutes. Here are the directions: Directions.

Here are some additional tips for getting to Barangay Laiban:

  • If you're taking public transportation, you can take a bus from Cubao or Pasay to Tanay. From Tanay, you can take a jeepney or tricycle to Barangay Laiban.

  • If you're driving, be sure to follow the posted speed limits and be aware of the winding roads.

  • There is limited parking available in Barangay Laiban, so it's best to arrive early if you're planning to go on a hike.

The Laiban Trilogy: A Peak-by-Peak Guide

  1. Mt. Lubo: The first peak you'll encounter is Mt. Lubo, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail is relatively easy at the beginning, gradually becoming steeper as you ascend.

  1. Mt. Ngusong Kabayo: This peak is known for its unique rock formation that resembles a horse's snout, hence the name "Ngusong Kabayo." The trail to this peak is the most challenging, with steep slopes and rocky terrain.

  2. Mt. Tangwa: The final peak of the trilogy is Mt. Tangwa, which provides a 360-degree view of the Sierra Madre mountain range. The trail here is less steep than the previous peak but still requires some effort.

The Enchanting Laiban Falls

After conquering the three peaks, reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the multi-tiered Laiban Falls. These stunning waterfalls are the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after the challenging hike.

Important Reminders:

  • Secure a guide: It's highly recommended to hire a local guide who is familiar with the trail.

  • Leave no trace:  Practice responsible tourism by packing out all trash and respecting the environment.

  • Stay hydrated: Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you energized throughout the hike.

  • Wear appropriate gear: Wear sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing, and a hat for sun protection.

  • Check the weather: Before you go, check the weather forecast and avoid hiking during rainy or stormy conditions.

Check out our Barangay Laiban Trilogy video below!

Embark on this unforgettable adventure and experience the raw beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains. The Laiban Trilogy trail awaits those who seek a challenge and a chance to connect with nature. Are you ready to conquer it?


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