TARAK RIDGE Mariveles, Bataan
Jump off point: Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles
LLA: 14°30.357′N, 120°30′E, 1,006 MASL (ridge); 1,130 MASL (peak)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days, 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3
This year we took the challenge of conquering Mt. Mariveles popularly, know as Tarak Ridge. It is known for it’s steep cliffs and it’s rocky terrain. The ridge name “Tarak”, is from “Tabak” (hunting knife) and “Tarik” (steep).
How to get to tarak ridge?
Ride a bus bound to Mariveles. For us, we rode Genesis Bus but you can also ride Bataan Transit. Get off at Brgy. Alas Asin. Go to the Barangay Hall to register and hire a tour guide.
I am already expecting the trek to be a tough one knowing myself. So I did what I had to do before the trek – sleep early, take enough rest, prepare my body, exercise. Yes, I did that. 🙂 So I’m kinda excited that day.
We started our trek at around 6AM. That time the first part of the trek is still manageable.
Everyone was enjoying and chatting. We passed by the house of Nanay Cording, where we registered and took this group picture. According to our tour guide, there are different trails going to the summit. But our group decided to took the normal trail most hikers are following.
After almost two hours of trekking, we reached the Papaya River. Funny part is that, I can’t see any papaya trees within the area. I’m not sure why it was called papaya river. We saw some of the hikers taking their breakfast here. Some of them are even drinking the water from the river.
The challenge starts from this river going to the ridge. It was a gradual 90 degree assault that required us to pull ourselves up using the roots and branches of the trees along the trail. I wasn’t able to get pictures because I was so focus on surviving. 🙂 It was an hour of pulling myself up. I felt like my knees were giving up on me.
After enduring that long hour assault, we finally reached the ridge/campsite. We saw some hikers resting. This is where we took our lunch. Also, what is noticeable when you get there was the strong gusty wind.
The ridge offers an amazing view of Bataan and its neighboring islands like Corregidor, Manila Bay and, faintly, Cavite.
I thought the hardship was over. We were already enjoying the view, resting, thankful that we were able to go to the famous ridge. But NO! I was wrong! There’s more! Look at the summit at our back. That’s where we are heading next. I thought the ridge was already the summit.
Some hikers don’t usually go to the summit because the view at the ridge is already breathtaking. And here comes us, using all our might to reach the summit. It was another 30 minutes rocky assault to endure. But all the pain felt during the trek was rewarded by this beautiful view at the summit.
TARAK RIDGE SUMMIT
Enjoying the summit before we decend.
This is not my first major hike. But this is definitely one of the challenging trek I’d ever had so far. I know in myself that this is another achievement to me. To be able to finish and not giving up.
I learned that when your tired, rest. But don’t give up. 🙂
0200 – Assembly time at Cubao station
0230 – ETD Genesis Transit Cubao terminal
0430 – ETA Alas Asin Barangay Hall. Register
0500 – ETA to Aling Cording’s hut. Register and give donation.
0600 – Start trek
0730 – Arrival at Papaya River.
0900 – Start ascend to the Ridge
1030 – ETA Tarak Ridge.
1130 – ETA Summit
1300 – Start descend
1400 – ETA Papaya River
1520 – Back at jump off. Wash up.
1700 – ETD Jump off
1730 – Back at waiting shed. Ride bus going to Pasay/Cubao
2030 – ETA Manila
Bus Fare Cubao to Mariveles – Php 272.00
Bus Fare Mariveles to Cubao -Php 272.00
Registration Fee – Php 40.00
Fee at Wash Up Area- Php 20.00
Tour guide (Group of 10) – Php 1000.00
This is a beautiful mountain to hike. But it’s worth the climb.
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