When my aunt invited me to visit her husband’s hometown in Talim Island last weekend, I googled for things to do and Mt. Tagapo appeared first on the feed. Mountaineers give it a difficulty score of 2/10, and since I survived Mt. Pulag (my guide gave it a 6/10 difficulty rating) last March, I figured Mt. Tagapo would be a walk in the park.
Also known as Susong Dalaga (maiden’s breast), Mt. Tagapo’s jump off point is in Baranggay Janosa, Talim Island, off the coast of Binangonan, Rizal. The peak of Mt. Tagapo stands at 438 MASL (mountaineering speak for “meters above sea level”) and it takes about 2 hours to reach the peak, and 1.5 to 2 hours to descend.
Because I had a place to stay in Talim Island, I decided not to camp overnight at Mt. Tagapo and just go for the morning hike. Prepping my hiking gear was easy because it doesn’t get too cold on top, and I knew I could leave my overnight stuff at my aunt’s place.