How to Get There
1. By Private Transport: Upon reaching Bigte, Norzagaray, take the road heading to the Ipo Dam. Jumpoff point is near the Pinagrealan Cave. Upon reaching the vicinity, you could ask the locals where you can park your vehicle.
2. By Public Transport: From EDSA, ride a bus to SM Fairview. To shorten your travel time to SM Fairview, you may ride the MRT to Cubao Station then take the bus to SM Fairview. Upon reaching Sm Fairview, take the jeepney (31 php) going to Bigte, Norzagaray then, ask the driver to drop you at the Bigte Private Market. At the market area, there are tricycles (10 php) ready to take you to the jump-off point.
What to Bring
Usual day hiking stuff: trail food, trail water, extra clothing, personal meds, packed lunch, money (at least 300php); also bring gloves to protect your hands while rock scrambling
0730 Meet up at SM Fairview
0830 ETA Bigte, Norzagaray, Bulacan Private Market
0850 ETA Jump-off point
0900 Start climb to Lioness Back
0930 ETA Lioness Back
1000 Descend Lioness Back, Climb to Rhino Rock (Extreme Way*)
1045 ETA Rhino Rock
1100 Descend from Rhino Rock
1140 Jump off point
*There are two routes to reach the peak of the Rhino Back: the easy route and the extreme route.
1. Is it required to hire a tour guide? Do I/we need one? It is not required. However, no matter how many mountains you have summited, I highly suggest you to hire a guide, especially if it’s your first time to do rock scrambling. These rockies do not require much of your mountain climbing skills, but it does need your rock scrambling skills and… courage to face the sharp rocks. The guides will assist you in all way they can, from telling you where you can step to taking your photos.
2. How much should I give our tour guide? There is no fixed fee so you can give any from none (if you’re that heartless because these guides are working to support themselves AND their family) to as much as you want. Don’t hesitate to give them as much as you are willing to give them ’cause a little act of charity can go a long way.
3. Which is harder? The Lioness Back or Rhino Rock? I took the extreme trail of the Rhino Rock so based on my experience, the Rhino Rock is harder to conquer. Also, the Rhino Rock features very sharp edges.
4. Is the Lioness Back worth the time, money and sweat that I’m going to spend? It is! Read about my Lioness Back and Rhino Rock experience to see more photos and read more about them.
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