Major Hike at Tarak Ridge (1,130+) | Bataan

February 17, 2017

After all you put me through,
You think I’d despise you,
But in the end I wanna thank you,
‘Cause you’ve made me that much stronger

Fighter – Christina Aguilera
I felt badass.

If I were to describe Tarak Ridge Hike with a song, it will be one of Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter” because it made me more resilient, tougher and all the adjectives synonymous to strong.

Hikers, mountaineers, climber or whatever-you-call-a-person-who-loves-reaching-the-summits, I know you’ve been through the phase when you hated yourselves wondering why you even joined that hike. Those thoughts came out along with misery as we struggle to reach the peak, that’s why, one must be physically, mentally and emotionally fit.

My first major hike!
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And if you’re planning to hike Tarak Ridge in Mariveles, Bataan, exercise, run for 15-30 minutes, do 50 squats then 50 lunges every day, a week before your climb, and I’m sure the hike will just be a piece of cake. Going back to my real goal in writing this blog post which is to entice you of how breath-taking Tarak is.

Sir Kieven of Gunita Outdoors

I conquered Tarak Ridge last January 7, to start my first week 2017 filled with (sweat and muscle pains) adventures! I joined a group hike organized by Kieven Oboza of Gunita Outdoors, his tours are affordable and kudos to this guy for being attentive and supportive to his companions.


  • Private Van Transfers (MNL-Bataan-MNL)
  • Registration Fees
  • Donation to Nanay Cording

Total of Php 704 each for the 13 participants that joined the hike.

The Hike

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

Credits: Pinoy Mountaineer

Not even halfway to Tarak Ridge
More than Take 5 at Papaya River
Way to more assaults.
Satisfyingly taking their lunch.

Tarak’s terrain are rocky.
Ma’am Lynne, a marathoner, hiked Tarak Ridge for warm up.

What to Wear:

  • Dri-Fit Shirts or Long Sleeves
  • Leggings / Jogging pants / Compression Pants
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Trekking Shoes or Sandals
You’ll just wonder if those are really the path.

What to Bring:
  • 2-3L Water
  • Poncho
  • Trail Food
  • Packed Lunch
  • Sunscreen
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You’ll never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have. – Bob Marley

0000 – Assembly time
0030 – ETD to Alas Asin Barangay hall
0330 – ETA Alas Asin Barangay hall
0430 – ETA to Aling Cording’s hut to register
0500 – Start trek
0645 – Arrival at Papaya River
0700 – Start ascend to the Ridge
0845 – ETA Tarak Ridge
0945 – Start descend
1145 – ETA Papaya River
1330 – ETA Jump off, Shower and clean up
1530 – ETD Jump off
1630 – Back at barangay hall and log-out
1700 – Dinner
1800 – ETD to Manila
2100 – ETA to Manila

Too exhausted to go back to civilization.
Trees looked like broccoli.

We conquered Tarak Ridge after 12 hours.
How to get there (DIY)
  • From Cubao, take a bus going to Mariveles, Bataan and get-off at Brgy. Alas-asin.  (3 hours – P280+)
  • Or you may take Genesis or Bataan Express bus line going to Balanga, Bataan then take another bus to Brgy. Alas-asin. (P 120 + P 40)


Registration Fee: P 40
Tour Guides: P 500-700

Read: How to save a Travel Fund?

Nanay Cording – 09174723978

It was too windy at the summits that’s why I didn’t have the chance to bring my tarp out.

Though Tarak made me wanna cry, it also made me way stronger that I used to be.

Till my next hike!