I’m not the type of adventurous girl who’s into hiking, trekking, and all those stuff. I prefer to walk to the busy streets of different cities or bask myself in a beach rather than climb a mountain. However, I also want to experience what it’s like to be on the top of the mountain; I want to see the sea of clouds, feel the cold wind up there, and just be amazed at the huge view there.
Then, Treasure Mountain came to life. When I knew that we don’t need to hike to go there, I instantly added it to my bucket list. Treasure Mountain is for us who wants to see the sea of clouds without spending much and of course, no hiking.
Ron and I planned an out of town trip for our second anniversary, but when my family knew about it, they insist that they will go with us, too. So our supposed-to-be anniversary trip is now a family trip. And for someone like me who wants to have something special to do on their anniversary date, I asked Ron to push through our Treasure Mountain trip. Luckily, our funds allowed us.
How to get there
Treasure Mountain is very accessible by vehicles; you can go there via Marcos Highway route or Tanay route. You can refer to their location map here:
Ron and I planned for an overnight tour so we can witness the sunrise the next day morning because there's no way we can do a day tour and arrive there before the sunrise. From Masinag, we rode a jeep going to Cogeo Gate 2, which is a 15-minute ride only. From Cogeo Gate 2, we rode another jeep going to Sampaloc Tanay and dropped off in Maysawa Circuit. From there, we rode a tricycle going to the Treasure Mountain.
We arrived there at 4:00 pm, checked in, rented a tent and sleeping mat, and settled to our nice spot with the sunset view in front of us. Since we have no other plans that afternoon, we just roamed around the place and took loads of pictures.
We didn't bring packed meals with us so we just had our dinner on their store, they have menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the other hand, we brought snacks with us for our late night kwentuhan and breakfast the next day. (There are no corkage fees for the food, but there's 50Php fee for every bottle.)
Aside from pitching a tent and roaming around, you can also pitch a hammock, rent a lodge or kubo, bonfire, and socialize and meet new people. We went there on a weekend and the place was jam-packed with other group of campers. Since there's no corkage fee, you can bring whatever food you want; set up your cooking area or whatever.
One of their best places to chill. This is where we sat while eating balot & penoy while we're waiting for our dinner. We ordered their Sinigang which costs P245. A bit pricey, but good enough for 2-3 person.
After dinner, we bought more snacks and drinks to get through us the entire night and then we went back to our tent.
The next morning
We woke up around 5:30 am despite having not enough sleep because of the rain and strong wind the entire night. By the time we went out of our tent, almost all of the campers are already up and are all waiting for the sunrise. The day tour goers are already there, too, and the place was just so populated.
Slowly, the sun started rising and the sky was clearing up the clouds. We were not able to see the sea of clouds, though there are few clouds scattered around. It was so beautiful. It's our first time to experience camping on a mountain and witnessing such beautiful sunrise plus the cold weather was a beautiful memory to remember to.
Right after that, just like an introduction speech was finished, everyone started moving and taking photos here and then.
After taking photos to different spots there, we went back to our tent to have our breakfast. We brought pandesal, corned beef, sausage, and a bottle of water with us. We also bought coffee and cup noodles from their store.
We went back to sleep after we had our breakfast, woke up, took more pictures, and then packed up to leave. It was such a nice and relaxing experience for us, we were able to witness true beauty of nature without the hassle of hiking. We were able to lounge and sleep, just like what we usually do, in a comfy and cozy tent. We wouldn't spend our anniversary in any other way than this. 🙂
Treasure Mountain Rates
- Day Tour – 4 AM to 3 PM
- Overnight – 4 PM to 1 PM (next day)
- Day Tour – Php 150 per head
- Overnight – Php 200 per head
- Pitching Fee of your own tent – Php 300
- Tent Rental Fees
- For 2 pax – Php 500 per tent
- For 4 pax – Php 800 per tent
- Sleeping Mat
- Single mat – Php 200
- Double mat – Php 400
- Walk-ins are allowed for day tour, reservation is required for overnight stays
- There's a deposit of Php 1,000 for renting a tent. Refundable upon checking out
- You can bring your own food and drinks, but there's a corkage fee of 50Php every bottle
- There are restrooms, but the water supply is very limited
- Bring your own trash bags and clean up your own mess, PLEASE
- Bring your jacket because it can be so cold and windy during evening and early in the morning
- Bring headlights or flashlights
- For overnight stayers, make sure your tent are still working good. The wind during evening is stronger
- Jeep from Masinag to Cogeo Gate 2 – Php 10
- Jeep from Cogeo Gate 2 to Maysawa Circuit – Php 50
- Tricycle from Maysawa Circuit to Treasure Mountain – Php 50
- Entrance fee overnight stay – Php 200
- Tent rental fee for 2 pax – Php 500 + Php 1,000 deposit
- Sleeping mat for double rental fee – Php 400
- Dinner meal for 2 – Php 305