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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. 😛

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 “You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.”

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Itinerary:

2:00AM – Departure from Pasay terminal going to Alas-Asin, Mariveles, Bataan.

5:00AM -After roughly 3-4 hours, arrival at Alas Asin. Register at Barangay.

6:00AM – Start trek.

February 28, 2015

As part of preparation, I read blogs about this mountain. I read it’s steep, assault, gradual assault, strong wind, but nevertheless, beautiful. This is classified as a Major climb and so major preparation I did. This is my first major climb this year. Definitely, not a bad one to start with.

Welcome to my Tarak adventures.

Welcome to my Tarak adventure.

Starting our trek in the morning, here's what I found! A cutie carabao.

Starting our trek in the morning, here’s what I found! A cutie carabao.

We stopped here to probably take pictures and rest.

We stopped here to probably take pictures and rest.

This is very Tarak.

This is where you register at Nanay’s house.

With my girl Leny here. This was the part where assault are almost 90 degrees.

With my girl Leny here. This was the part where assault is almost 90 degrees.

Ooops. The place is just so majestic, I can't help but pose.

Ooops. The place is just so majestic, I can’t help but pose.

The trail is covered with trees causing the trek to be a little easier because it is not a direct sunlight.

The trail is covered with trees causing the trek to be a little easier because there is not a direct sunlight.

There are rocks as well!

There are rocks as well! We’re almost there Papaya River.

Take 5 groupie going to Papaya river. (From left: Dojie, Mama Zeng, Leny, Me and Jeck.)

Take 5 selfish going to Papaya River.
(From left: Dojie, Mama Zeng, Leny, Me and Jeck.)

Touched down the Papaya River. This was where we pitched our tents.

After approximately 3 hours, we finally touched down the Papaya River. This was where we pitched our tents.

You can also use a filter if you want to use it as a trail water.

The mystical Papaya River. So calming and relaxing view. This can also be a water source for cooking and stuff.

WOW. Look at that. One of the many wonders of Tarak.

WOW. Look at that. One of the many wonders of Tarak.

Socials before dinner time.

Socials before dinner time.

The most rewarding thing after a tiring 2am-4am trek to the summit is to see the sun shining. I feel like I am closer to it.

The most rewarding thing after a tiring 2am-4am trek to the summit is to see the sun shining. I feel so happy. – Sunrise at Tarak Ridge.

I can't help it. :)

I can’t help it. This is beyond passion and horizon.

This is one of the famous rocks at the ridge.

This is one of the famous rocks at the ridge.

At the ridge where you can also camp. But this area has strong winds especially at night. You have to make sure your tent has pegs.

At the ridge where you can also camp. But this area experiences strong winds especially at night. You have to make sure your tent has pegs.

Famous dead tree at the summit.

Famous dead tree at the summit.

Beautiful flower at the trail.

Beautiful flower at the trail.

We were descending and I cannot help but take pictures of the beautiful Tarak. How pristine.

We were descending and I cannot help but take pictures of the beautiful Tarak. How pristine.

Isn't it amazing?

Isn’t it amazing?

Oh wow. One of the few things why this experience is worth remembering.

Oh wow. One of the few things why this experience is worth remembering.