Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Mt. Romelo, Siniloan, Laguna
“My heart falls for you like waterfalls in nature, like water, it is nice; it is a love so pure.”
Check out our Mt. Romelo Adventures Travel Vlog
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Macatad, Upland Siniloan
Elevation: 300 MASL
Days required / hours to summit: 1 day, 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail Class 1
Features: Waterfalls, rain forest
After our Mt. Daraitan Adventure (see our travel video here) last March this year, the next mountain that we hiked was Mt. Romelo, this was our latest hiking adventure.
Mt. Romelo is situated in Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. It was an easy chill hiking experience with amazing waterfalls side trip. This mountain was very accessible from Manila. For more or less than three hours via Rizal-Infanta-Famy Road, you will definitely enjoy this relaxing, scenic, and peaceful view of Mt. Romelo. Adventure seekers like us would definitely love this.
The Lucky 13
We were group of thirteen hikers when this Mt. Romelo Adventure finally happened. We were The Lucky 13. I’m going to name everyone, say present when you read your names. HAHA! Just kidding — Jelo, Chem, Yhan, Ivan, Shiela, Erick, Ycha, Chen, Angel, RJ, Almhar, and of course, Are & Madj. Without you guys, this adventure won’t be fun and more enjoyable. Thanks to all of you. Hope to see more of you on our next hiking adventures.
Group Picture Snapshots
The Lucky 13 at the Summit of Mt. Romelo
The Lucky 13 doing OPPA POSE at the Buruwisan Falls
The Lucky 13 at the Lanzones Falls
Getting there was hassle-free and very convenient for us. As the organizer of this climb, I’ve rented a van that’s good for 16-18 persons. We were only group of 13 so we have vacant seats enabling us to have a comfortable seats. We all agreed that the pick-up point was from LRT Buendia to Siniloan, Laguna and vice versa. Our recommended van driver and van Rental information have been placed at the bottom part of this blog post. Kindly check it out.
When we arrived the jump-off site of Mt. Romelo, it was starting to drizzle. This means that the trails were surely wet and slippery. We need to pay attention to each step we take and slow down, or just simply, we need to be more extra careful when hiking.
At the Brgy. Hall, we registered our names, paid the registration fee, and chose our tour guides. Group of 13 was required to have two tour guides as per the officers in the Brgy. Hall. Kuya Mac 2x and Kuya Rey were our guides for this adventure. We were all ready and prepared for this hike. Yeahh! So we started our adventure with a short prayer lead by Erick.
Trekking Snapshots to Mt. Romelo Summit
BRIDGE AT THE barangay HALL
Look at the dog – Standing Strong and Looking Fierce!
Jump-off Site at Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna
We are ready!
The Muddy Trail
Looking Slightly Tired huh!~ LOL!
Not everyone is meant to stay in your life forever. Sometimes they are only there long enough to teach you the lesson that you needed to learn. — Quote para sa naiwang suwelas. LOL!
Mt. Romelo Summit
We didn’t expect that trekking the summit of Mt. Romelo was an easy trail and a rewarding one enabling us to reach it for only one hour. This could be the shortest trail to the summit that we’ve ever hiked. Mt. Romelo summit was just a small flat grassland with a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. They were right, there’s not too much to do at the summit. Heard it from other hikers who have been here, read it from some of the blog sites and even from our tour guides.
Mt. Romelo was also popular for having majestic waterfalls. There were 21 waterfalls lies in this mountain and at least nine waterfalls, which have been frequently visited by many hikers. Read lakwatsero blog for detailed description of each waterfall. After staying for a few minutes at the summit, we headed directly to camp site, which was approximately 10-15 minutes trek before we get to our first falls, Buruwisan Falls.
Trekking Snapshots from Summit to Buruwisan Falls
Rainy Season Alert: Months from June to October, the trails will be slippery and notoriously muddy, rainy season also means bigger chance of limatik (blood leeches)! Please be more extra careful.
Mt. Romelo Camp Site
Stopover near the Mt. Romelo Summit
Trail going down to Buruwisan Falls: Dito, kailangan mo pagkatiwalaan ang mga ugat, sila lang mga pwede mong makapitan.
Sino nagsabing tao lang ang pwedeng mag-hike? Dito sa Mt. Romelo, sobrang daming kabayo kaming nakitang may dalang mabibigat na gamit na umaakyat at pababa ng bundok. Isa na ito sa kanila. *Poor Horse*
Buruwisan Falls is just located below the campsite. This is the most famous, biggest and tallest waterfall in Mt Romelo. It is approximately 180 ft tall and characterized with large catch-basin.
Buruwisan Falls Snapshots
We also took our lunch and rest for an hour. Few minutes later, we headed directly to Lanzones Falls.
Our packed lunch for this adventure: Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Baboy & Leche Flan. We shared all of these to the group. Kaya lahat kami busog! Burpp!
Lanzones Falls is just few meters away from Buruwisan Falls. It’s beautiful in its own unique way. This falls was the second and the last falls that we visited. So, we enjoyed the cold water and every single minute that we had. The water was cold and refreshing.
Lanzones Falls Snapshots
Thank you Chen, Ycha, Angel, Erick, Ivan, Shiela, Jelo, Chem, Yhan, Almhar, & RJ! Till our next hiking adventures!
Thank you Mt. Romelo
Though, we planned to have Four Falls Adventure but our time won’t fit with the other two falls. We were still fortunate and blessed to experience this adventure in Mt. Romelo. We didn’t have any regrets because that was another reason to come back.
The small flat grassland summit of Mt. Romelo, the cold water of Lanzones and Buruwisan Falls, the muddy and slippery paths, the unforgettable bonding experience with our friends and hiking buddies, the animals we’ve encountered along the trail, the unexpected embarrassing slips (LOL!), etc. — All of these are worth to keep.
Thank you Mt. Romelo for giving us memorable and rewarding hiking adventures! Till we meet again!
Mt. Romelo Dayhike Itinerary
0600 : General Assembly | LRT Buendia Mcdonalds (Near JAC Liner)
0630 : ETD to Siniloan, Laguna via Rizal-Infanta-Famy Road; Quick Breakfast (VAN)
0930 : ETA at Jump-off (Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna)
0945 : Brgy. Hall, Secure guides and registrations; Warm-up & pray;
1000 : Start Trek
1100 : ETA Mt. Romelo Summit
1230 : ETA at Camp Site
1300 : Lunch & Rest | Buruwisan Falls
1430 : ETD Buruwisan Falls to Lanzones Falls
1445 : ETA Lanzones Falls
1530 : Back to Jump-off
1800 : ETA at Jump-off; Wash up
1900 : ETD to Mister Jumong’s Grill and Restobar
2030 : ETD to LRT Buendia Mcdonalds (Near JAC Liner)
2300 : ETA LRT Buendia Mcdonalds
Things to Bring
Flashlight / Headlight
Extra clothes / Undergarments
Bath Towel / Face Towel
Hat / cap
Sun block / Arm sleeves
1.5L Water, depending on your personal consumption
Trail food (Jellies, Chocolates, Nuts)
Shades, Toiletries, First aid kit/personal medicine
Camera / Powerbank
Mt. Romelo Expenses
Van Rental (Day Hike: 16-18 seaters): Php5500.00 (group of 13)
Driver’s Meal Allowance: Php300.00 (group of 13)
Penalty Fee for Overtime: Php200.00 (group of 13)
Parking Fee: Php100.00 (Van Rental’s Expense)
Mt. Romelo Registration Fee: Php50.00 / person
Tour Guide Fee: Php600.00 (1:10); Php1200.00 (group of 13)
Garbage Bag: Php10.00 / group
Wash Up Fee: Php20.00 / person
Food & Personal Hygiene: Own Account
Spring Water: Free
Group Dinner at Mister Jumong’s Grill and Restobar: Php250.00 (group of 2)
Estimated Total Mt. Romelo Expenses: Php750.00
Important Contact Information
Kuya Rey Octavio & Kuya Mac-Mac (Mt. Romelo Tour Guides):
+63928-275-3536 / +63946-339-5447
Kuya Noel (Van Driver): +63932-371-8271
Wang Mo Koya (Van Rental): +63926-970-2947