Earlier this year, my friend KC invited me for her first hike. I decided to join her despite the short notice because I thought it was going to be an easy hike, but i was totally wrong! LOL! A few days before I celebrated my birthday, I conquered Mt. Hapunang Banoi located at Barangay Wawa, Rodriguez Rizal.
Along with Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi is one of the favorite hiking destinations in Rizal due to its proximity to the metro.
Since it was an ordinary day, we left Cubao around 4am and arrived at the jump off point before 5am. After we registered and paid the tourism fee, we met our tour guide and started our hike.After 15 minutes of walking non stop, I asked for a break because i was on the verge of fainting, which didn’t happen… thankfully I only threw up (gross I know)! LOL!
It was the second time that I hiked without enough sleep. After our little break, I felt relieved and was ready to get back on track.So guys, always make sure to get a good night’s rest before the actual climb to avoid ending up like me.
We reached peak 1 just in time for sunrise and I was so surprised with the sea of clouds. I thought only Mt. Pulag offers this kind of view. I stood there for a couple of minutes while I kept on saying ” OMG! It’s so beautiful! OMG”
As we were the only group there that morning we had a lot of time to take photos. Kuya Junnie (our tour guide/photographer) put my boldness to test doing those death-defying shots. It was a bit hard for me because I was afraid of heights plus you needed to have good balance or else say good-bye to the world. HAHA Just kidding!
I thought it was the hardest part of the trail but wait! there’s more! From peak 1,we had to step on thin and knife-edged rocks to go on.There was a part that we had to jump over a gap between two rocks.
Instead of going back to the jump of point, we traversed to wawa dam to cool down. It was indeed a good way to kick start my birthday celebration.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of the things that make you feel alive. Take that leap and make your adventures begin”