Mt. Sembrano

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The once haven of NPA insurgents is now a popular hiking destination. Mt. Sembrano is located in Pililia, Rizal at the Jalajala peninsula. It is a challenging dayhike and the trails may take you 3-4 hours to climb. Locals selling coconut juice are aplenty at the wide rough road with rocky path that signals the start of the trek. The trail is abundant of mango trees similar to an orchard and a campsite is located here. Hikers will enjoy the view of the Laguna Lake and within an hour an a half there will be a grassland. The North Peak is the first high point and many hikers prefer to camp in here then it will take you 30 minutes to reach the South Peak or the summit with the visible trail outline.

The view at the peak is scenic and best viewed at late afternoon. Although the challenge in the trail is the heat of the sun and the occasional grass overgrowth that may obstruct the view. The Laguna Lake, Sierra Madre, Talim Island, Banahaw Trilogy, Mt. Makiling and the distant Mt. Arayat view awaits the hikers at the top.


  • Roundtrip tarnsfers via private vehicle: Manila-Pililia,Rizal-Manila
  • Registration fees and other applicable entrance fees
  • Services of our Adventure Guides
  • Local guide fees



  • Porter fees (if needed by the participant)
  • Meals
  • Tips and donations
  • Day 1

  • 03:00 AM Meet up and Registration at McDonald's El Pueblo, Ortigas.

  • 03:30 AM Depart for Mt. Sembrano, Rizal.

  • 04:30 AM Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) Mt. Sembrano jump off point.

  • 07:00 AM ETA Jump off point. Final preparation and orientation.

  • 07:30 AM Start trek.

  • 09:30 AM ETA Manggahan. Continue ascent.

  • 12:00 PM ETA summit. Lunch, relax and enjoy the view.

  • 01:30 PM Start descent.

  • 03:00 PM Manggahan falls.

  • 05:30 PM ETA Jump off point. Tidy up.

  • 06:30 PM Depart for Manila.

  • 10:00 PM ETA Manila.

Trail Steepness Mild to steep
Trail Exposure Mostly covered. Summit area is exposed
Mobile Signal Weak
Transportation Private vehicle
Water Source None
Restroom/Toilet Present at the jump-off point
River/Water Crossing Only during the rainy season
Temperature Usually humid
Meals Not provided
Special Equipment/Gear None needed
Insects Some bugs and mosquitos
Wash area at the ju None
A change of clothes
A good pair of hiking shoes
Things for rain and run protection (e.g.Sunblock, shades, cap, raincoat)
Head Light
Water and other rehydration fluids (we recommend a minimum of 2litters/person)
Snack/ Trail Food
Packed lunch
Personal Medication
Toiletries (e.g tissue, towel)
Trekking pole
Extra plastic or dry bags for your dirty clothes
Deposit slip and your remaining balance

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