Last June 24th, my work friends and I trekked Mt. Paliparan. We’ve been planning for it for nearly a month, and to be honest, excited though I was, the thought of trekking again after over a year of no rigorous physical activity frightened me. Nonetheless, it was an incomparable and unforgettable experience which I am grateful to have been a part of.

To be even more honest, this was the first mountain I reached the peak of. My previous hikes and treks were all side-trips to waterfalls and though there was a waterfall at the end of this particular trail, still I deem it different and much more exhilarating than the previous mountains I climbed.

Mt Paliparan is around 562 MASL which to some is not too impressive but to me was an experience I will never forget. We arrived quite late at Bgy. Cuyambay in Tanay, Rizal, and began the trek at around 9 AM instead of the previously planned 7 AM. It was a minor climb with a 4 out 9 difficulty level, the climb to the summit is estimated to be around 2.5-3 hours, and an hour and a half to two hours more going down. We reached the summit at around 2pm, and I, specifically (cause I was the slowest in the group lol), got down 1.5 hours later. Half an hour behind the other half of our group.

We rested and had lunch at a small village, and Kim and I took an hour nap before we decided to hike to the falls. I was about to give up honestly, my feet and legs hurt so bad I was so surprised I could still walk. I guess that’s what you get for being such a lazy ass for over a year; it was like a paying debt in the most crucial way. Okay, so that was an exaggeration but you get what I mean. I’ll talk more about being fit in the video with my good friend Lennard A.K.A Curtland/Barbie/Barabas haha.

We reached the falls nearly half an hour later, and it was so worth it. This particular trip made me realize so much about my body and my love for nature, and that I will always be a water person over a mountain person. I used to swim a lot when I was younger, I was what my grandfather calls his little island girl because I love being in water so much, it doesn’t matter if it’s a pool, a falls, a river, or an ocean though my heart will always belong to the sea because of him.

We left the falls at around 5:30pm, and Desiree and I took an alternate and quicker route to the end of the trail. It took us only 20-30 minutes to reach the end on an 8/10 trail, while the rest of our friends took the general trail which was a really scary 10/10 climb up. They literally had to climb up a wall with no harness, only their feet, a rope, and every muscle in their body. I didn’t have it on video, but I’ve included a separate video from Kim’s channel for you to see.

Here’s the 10/10 trail that I was talking about. Video starts at 3 minutes:

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