Tarak Ridge has been popular to climbers as “Tarak Ridge – Mahabang Lakaran”. I never fully understood why Tarak is being labeled as such until last month. Well, it took us around more than 8 hours to reach the summit and another 6 hours to go back; it was really a long trek… a very long trek.
But I tell you, everything was… WORTH IT.
Yes, it’s all worth it.
Last summer, we had planned of a weekly or monthly getaway but due to busy schedule, we ended up with one last hurrah for summer. The climb was carefully thought of (we opted for a climb w/ a sidetrip) since we want everyone to enjoy especially my little brother who was about to enter college.
May 29 – We had our assembly in Makati at exactly 2am and went straight ahead to Bataan Transit Terminal in Cubao. The plan was to take the 3AM trip to Mariveles Bataan so we can reach the drop-off point at around 6 am. Well, that was the PLAN; unfortunately, it did not happen. When we got in the terminal, there were no available buses and we had to wait in the line for almost 4 hours. To make the story short, we left Cubao at around 6:30AM.
Tell the conductor to drop you at Brgy. Alas-asin in Mariveles. Travel time would be around 3 to 4 hours long. Fare is Php272.00.
The journey to Papaya River…
The trail seems never-ending – it’s a combination of flat surface, assault, “buwis-buhay” trails, descents, etc. Yes, it is literally a series of ups and downs.
Seeing an open area made us feel so alive again. Haha!
Based on the blogs that we have read, the trail to Papaya River would take approximately 2 hours only. But since we had a lot of kodak moments, siesta, unload/short breaks, it took us four hours to reach Papaya River.
Anyways, there are 2 campsites in Tarak:
1. At Papaya River
2. At the Grassland of Tarak Ridge
Originally, our plan was to camp at the grassland so we can witness the sunset and have some stargazing at night. Since it was already 5PM when we reached Papaya River, it would be impossible for us to watch the sunset. Trek from Papaya River to the Grassland normally takes more than 2 hours. Since, we are all non-pro, it might take us another 4 hours so we just decided to camp at Papaya River instead.
Time to cook for dinner. 🙂
It was our first time to bring a medium-sized stove in our climb. Why? Simply because we want to cook Pork Sinigang.
Thank you very much for this guide! This will definitely help us when we will plan to climb Tarak Ridge in the near future. 🙂