Friday, March 4, 2016

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Travel Guide to Tarak Ridge 1130MASL

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Located at Barangay Alas-asin Mariveles Bataan where one of the best views of the historical Corrigedor Island is seen. Sits at an elevation of 1130 MASL, Tarak Ridge, which is one of the Peak of Mount Mariveles offers a scenic views and relaxing atmosphere that will make every hiker feel the primitive rhythm of nature.



Tarak Ridge major jump-off point is four to five hours drive away from the busy streets of Metro Manila, a sure escape and one of the best known hiking destination of Bataan.



Named after the trail discovery of Ayala Mountaineering Club Inc. (AMCI), this mountain has an exciting and quite challenging trail. A combination of local trail, roots and moos, loose rocks and a fairy short trail.



More than half of the trail we reach the only water source of this mountain, Papaya River on your side.




Streams of clear water that flows throughout Papaya River with its geographical location serves as a resting station of all hikers before resuming on trek that would take a one hour and a half assault trek to reach the ridge and another fifteen to twenty minutes to summit the peak where you can see it's landmark, the Millennium Tree. 

Many hikers do recommend completing Tarak Ridge hike over two days and one night span to get your body properly acclimatize. However, for some that only Sunday rather one day is their rest day at work will probably just doing it in a day.



How to get there?

Via Public Transpo:


1. From Cubao, you can ride a bus bound to Mariveles Bataan (Genesis and Five Star) then tell the driver to drop you off Alas-asin Barangay Hall.

Fare check and time schedule as of March 5, 2016.


2. From Barangay Hall, hire a tricycle going jump-off point or you may opt to walk almost one kilometers. 


Via Private Vehicle:



Option 1 Private Vehicle 

Take North Luzon Expressway heading north and take the San Fernando Exit.

Continue west via Jose Abad Santos Avenue (old natl highway) traversing Pampanga and Bataan. Continue straight passing the Welcome to Mariveles marker/arch. Expect Barangay Alas-asin along the highway. Alas-asin is about 10km before Mariveles Town Proper. Continue straight and expect the Tarak Ridge road sign on your right between the BDM Km7 to km5 markers. Turn right and continue straight for about 500m-1km. You have arrived at the jump off point. Walk about 1km to the registration area.

Option 2 Private Vehicle 

Take North Luzon Expressway heading north and take the Dau-SCTEX exit.

Continue heading west via SCTEX traversing Pampanga and Bataan. Take Dinalupihan Exit. At the intersection turn right.

Continue heading west passing the Welcome to Mariveles marker/arch. Expect Barangay Alas-asin along the highway. Alas-asin is about 10km before Mariveles Town Proper. Continue straight and expect the Tarak Ridge road sign on your right between the BDM Km7 to Km5 markers. Turn right and continue straight for about 500m-1km. You have arrived at the jump off point. Walk about 1km to the registration area.




I T I N E R A R Y

0000 ETD Manila
          • Heavy Breakfast in transit
0330 ETA Brgy Alas-asin Mariveles
          • Pre Climb Check
          • Briefing
0400 ETA Registration @ Aling Cording's
0415 Start Trek to Papaya River
0800 ETA Papaya River | Rest 
0830 Start Assault to Ridge
1000 ETA Tarak Ridge
1045 ETA Summit
           • Tarak Peak, Mt Mariveles
           • Photo Ops
           • Lunch
1200 Turn Around Time
1400 ETA Papaya River
           • Swim
           • Break
           • Photo Ops
1600 ETD to Jump Off Point
1830 ETA JOP
          • Wash Up
1930 ETD for Manila
2230 ETA Manila


PS. Considering weather and Trail conditions, this IT is subject to change but we will try our best to follow this so we can meet our target time.


What to Bring

Change Clothes, Extra Clothes including 
Extra socks
Jacket/Sweater/Windbreaker
3-4L water
Flashlight
Trail Snacks
Small Towel/Face Towel
Slippers/Sandals
Personal Meds/Wipes
Insect repellant
garbage bag

PS. Papaya River provides potable drinking water.

Estimated damages per head is 800php including: 

700 fuel/toll/parking/transpo
20 pesos wash up rate 
30 per head donation Aling Cording
50 pocket money


Random Pictures










Kudos to Mark Santana for organizing the event. And to the other hikers making my Tarak Ridge hike mellow and sweet, Dios Mabalos! Tagging Justelle, Nico, Ver Real and Angelo of www.AngeloTheExplorer.com

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