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Major jump-off: Ambasing Elementary School, Brgy. Ambasing, Sagada
Altitude: 1889 MASL (386 meter gain)
Days required / Hours to summit: Half day, 1.5 hours
specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1,3

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There is no other mountain, when in Tarak.

I just posted my blog few days ago about Tarak, First Time Ever.  Yes. I was just there last February. And I came back.

This is quite a different story. This was my revenge climb as I was not able to summit it the last time because of the strong wind. My body could not take anymore of the cold. This is Jose‘s mother mountain. We were supposed to be climbing Mt. Daguldol in San Juan, Batangas and camped in Laiya Beach but some things really happen. So changed of plans. I chose this mountain for Jose’s first climb because this is my personal favorite. And of course I was after finishing this mountain as well. It works for the both of us! Yay! This was also Josh‘s come back climb after Mt. Tibig in Lobo, Batangas last December. This was his first climb this year. What a good way to start.

Of all mountains, (I’m not the only one proud to say it) Tarak captivated the whole of my being. From the rainforest,tricky, steep, sloppy assault to summit trail, challenging terrain and the pristine river, It is simply amazing! If you can declare your love for mountain, this one’s mine. My declaration of love for Tarak!

So I’ll start with the break down of the expenses:

Tarak Expenses

The bus in Alas Asin going to Manila is up until 6 in the evening, or ’til 7pm if it’s Sunday. In the event that you’ll miss the bus at 6pm then you can go to Balanga Terminal. It’s 1hour 30 minutes away from Alas Asin. Bus Fare is P48.00. Please don’t ask the conductor of the buses as they tend to say P50 for backpackers and climbers. (REALLY!)

For Contacts, here are some of the numbers of the people who can help you:

Nanay Cording 9174723978
Cris(Guide) 9481206687
Darwin(Guide) 9483496829
Ate Beth (Guide) 9495869556

Please note that Guide fee varies: Overnight- P800. Day Hike- P800, addition will be up to you but it is mandatory to give more.

The adventure starts here:

 12:15am – Departure (Pasay)

03:07am – Arrival, Registration at BRGY Hall. In our case, we did not get our own guide. (Ahem, I guided this group)

3:20am – Start ascent

5:35am – Papaya River (Rest, Take pictures, Chicha)

6:25am – Assault to Summit

7:20am – rest/ take 10 minutes, picture taking

7:30am – Resume

8:30am – Ridge (Finally!)

  • Breakfast
  • Rest
  • Picture Taking
  • Summit (15 minutes)

10:25am – Start Descent

11:35am – Papaya River

14:00pm – Start Descent to Nanay Cording’s

16:00pm – Arrival at Nanay Cording’s

  • We had Buko Juice and chicha
  • Took a nap (For an hour! Holy Mackerel!)

In this case, since we are already tired and muscles are swollen, we took a tricycle that will bring us back to jump-off. It’s a 15 minute walk by the way. But when you’re tired, 15 minutes is the longest walk ever! Tricycle fee is P150.

This adventure was a real fun. I actually listed a lot of things we lack of and things I learned from them. Here:

  1. Famine/ Hunger– Yes. As hard as it seems, we experienced food scarcity. I already brought packed lunch and my friends had their own. Imagine continuous walking for 6 hours in the woods and you have nothing but a starved tummy? Ow-Em-Gi!
  2. Dehydration– I thought I am gonna past out because we lack water. Imagine walking a challenging terrain and assault of 90 degrees up to the summit and the only option is to push through because you are already there? Good thing, I saw a group of men and when I ask them if they can give me water, they did not hesitate for a second. Oh, talk about nice people! Bless their hearts.
  3. Sleep Deprivation– This does not apply to me but to my friends, yes. They were both from work and they were not able to sleep prior to this climb. I was able to sleep for 7 hours. But I was still sleepy and if going down isn’t mandatory, I would’ve stayed there sleeping for the rest of the day!

You see, this mountain is classified as a Major Climb. This is 1,130MASL that we’re talking about. Day hiking it is really epic especially for our friend who just did his very first climb. Poor Jose. Plus he didn’t know I am LOLing him here. ๐Ÿ˜›

Know more about this mountain here: Tarak Ridge by Pinoy Mountaineer

My packed lunch. Tinapa and Ham.

My packed lunch.
Tinapa and Ham.


I get too excited sometimes and I can't just rely on what they give as the ETA. My ever reliable Blackberry App never fails!

I get too excited sometimes and I can’t just rely on what they give as ETA. My ever reliable Blackberry App never fails!


So here we are at Nanay Cording's. Before I even realize it, we already walked 15minutes. Way to go.

So here we are at Nanay Cording’s. Before I even realize it, we already walked 15minutes. Way to go.


So we're here.

So we’re here.

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Papaya River. What a Pristine.


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Photoshoot while we’re resting.


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He did it best.


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My favorite stolen shot.


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Josh and Jose in action.


Our trail pictures.

Our trail pictures.


This one's pretty much my favorite. I love this picture of myself with nature.

This one’s pretty much my favorite. I love this picture of myself with nature.


At the ridge. 8:30 in the morning. It's a sunny day. We're sun-drained. I'm so thirsty.

At the ridge. 8:30 in the morning. It’s a sunny day. We’re sun-drained. I’m so thirsty.


Our breakfast at The Ridge.

Our breakfast at The Ridge.

 Psalm 18:36 โ€œYou provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.โ€

How can I die without seeing every inch of this world?

February 6, 2015 Batulao New Trail Anniversary with Footprints Outdoor Group

February 14, 2015 Lioness Back and Rhino Rock Formation with Powerpuff Girls

February 28, 2015 Tarak Ridge, Mariveles with Trippers Trekkers

March 6, 2015 Sagada Trilogy ( Mt. Ampacao, Mt. Balintaugan, Mt. Polis)

She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings. (C) Ariana

This will be updated next week. See you in Daguldol and Laiya beach on Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mt. Daguldol Itinerary and Expenses.

Let’s do this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mt. Karabawan

Mt. Batulao Traverse Dayhike (Old Trail – New Trail – Toong Trail).

My promise land. #Bagan

Life as a Tumbleweed

There was something cinematic about the clunking of hooves against pavement as the horse drew our cart across Old Bagan. Dawn was coming, and across the indigo sky the sun slowly stretched its rays in streaks of pink and orange. We were still laughing hysterically at the turn of events right after we got off the night bus from Yangon. The moment we exited, a horde of drivers closed in on us, offering their rides. In the rush of things and our grogginess and accents we havenโ€™t yet mastered, we ended up on a rickety carriage pulled by a horse plodding at what seemed like 5kph through the barely-lit streets of the old city.

It may have taken a while to get to our hotel, but sitting in the horse cart, in the dimness and the silence, gave me a thorough soak of the size and the texture of theโ€ฆ

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On the road. I took this photo as I was headed to Pagbilao, Quezon. Leaving the City proper of Mauban, I was taken aback by this beautiful small community.

My father was a soldier. And I grew up in a camp.
I’m more like a country girl.
I’m happy being accompanied by goats and farm animals.
And I talk to carabaos like they understand me.
The smell of cows and their shit in the morning.
The wind that blows fresh air.
That’s the ideal life for me.
Back then we dont really need a lot of money to survive everyday.
I remember my life, waking up to those things.
Climbing up a hill, staring at those beautiful creatures and just breathing in and out.
If you know the value of those things around you. Life and living need not to be so hard.

We choose to live simply and find joy in natures’ simple pleasure.

Living need not to be so hard. Happiness need not to be forsaken. Contentment need not to be chosen.

It should be felt in our hearts because we chose to live the ideal life.

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Missing everything we have is inevitable. I was like waking from a sleep. You kissed me goodnight one evening, then I woke up the next morning to see how sounded you were asleep. I told myself..

My life began. โค

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