Tarak Ridge Day Hike in Bataan from Manila with Papaya River Side Trip

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NCR, Philippines
22 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
Minimum age:
15 years old


Set out on a thrilling outdoor adventure in Bataan with this major day hike to the Tarak Ridge and Papaya River, two of the province's top natural attractions. This Bataan mountain hiking experience is best suited for seasoned hikers as the climb to the ridge is generally considered a major climb. The Papaya River and Tarak Ride day hike already covers your transportation to and from the jump-off point in Bataan, the service of a guide, a personalized souvenir bag tag, and all of the necessary environment and registration fees. 

Your excursion starts in the evening to ensure that you reach the ridge when the sun is up, giving you a panoramic view of the stunning landscape. A driver will fetch you from your accommodation within Metro Manila or Cavite City (1 pickup point only). After settling in the vehicle, you will begin making your way to Mariveles town in Bataan, where the trail's jump-off point is located. When you arrive, your guide will give you time to have an early breakfast (own expense) before heading to the barangay hall to register. Once you've finished registration, your guide will brief you on what to expect on the trail and the safety rules.

When you're ready, you will begin heading up the trail. As you trek, you can also take a moment to admire the environment around you as the sun rises. Along the way, you will take a break at the Papaya River, a common rest area for hikers heading to Tarak Ridge. This waterway not only serves as a source of water for travelers, but it is a picturesque attraction in the trail as well, so feel free to snap a couple of photos.  

Afterward, it's time to continue the journey to Tarak Ridge's summit. As you get closer to the peak, the trail tends to get steeper and will lead you through thick forests, so make sure to wear shoes that won't slip easily. When you finally arrive at the ridge's summit, it's time to take another break as you enjoy the rewarding view from here. While resting here, you can also have an early lunch (own expense). The tour does not come with meals, however, so make sure to pack food if you plan on eating at the peak. 

When you're recharged and full, you will begin your descent back to the jump-off point. At the jump-off point, you can wash up, change clothes, and take another breather before heading back into the private vehicle. Once you're good to go, the driver will drop you off back at your accommodation within Metro Manila or Cavite City. This itinerary only serves as a general guide for the hike and can vary, depending on the weather conditions and other factors during your chosen schedule. 

Climb to the peak of Tarak Ridge in Bataan by booking this Mt. Tarak Ridge day hike complete with transfers from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Private Tarak Ridge and Papaya River Day Hike with Guide and Transfers
Registration Fees, Environmental Fees, and Tour Guide Fees
Personalized Event Bagtag Souvenir
Free Accommodation Pick-up and Drop Off: 1 Point of Origin in Cavite or NCR
Not Included: other activities, meals, tips and gratuities


Hiking & Trekking
Outdoor & Adventure Activities
Private Tours

What to bring

Valid ID
Electronic Copy of Confirmation Voucher
Mobile, Camera & Powerbank with Waterproof Case
Reusable Water Bottle
Personal Sanitation Kit (Alcohol, Tissue, Wet Wipes)
Trail foods (nuts, dried fruits, jellies, energy bars)
Personal medicine and first aid kit
Headlamp/Flashlight with extra batteries
Neck cover, arm sleeves, bonnet, gloves, jacket, and raincoat
Sun Protection (Cap, bandana/scarf, sunblock, shades, etc)
Extra clothes, toiletries and towel

Good to know

Tour Information: This private tour is available daily. We highly advise that hikers wear comfortable hiking shoes or sandals. If you don't have hiking shoes, running shoes will do but please avoid wearing slippers. Trekking pants and shorts, leggings, or jogging pants for the bottom garment. Avoid denim pants or skinny jeans as they might restrict your movement. Use a dry-fit shirt or rash guard and avoid wearing cotton shirts. Guests may opt to bring a cap, arm sleeves, or head buff to help protect from sunburn and a pair of gloves to be used in climbing up the rock formation: ordinary, gym, garden gloves will do- this is available at the jump-off point for 50php per pair.

Meet-up Information: Guide to the Philippines will send tour reminders at least (1) day before the tour date through your registered email address. Make sure to have the electronic copy of your confirmed tour voucher ready. On the day of the tour, your assigned Tour Guide will meet you within Cavite or NCR at least thirty (30) minutes prior to start of the tour. Strictly no latecomers or tour reservation might be forfeited. To arrange for a private hotel pick-up and drop-off, please email booking@guidetothephilippines.ph. Additional transportation fees apply.

Tour Proper: Please be reminded also to dress appropriately. Be mindful of your personal belongings during the tour.

Children Friendly: Yes! Prepare his or her medical certificate (fit to climb)

Pet Friendly: No. Please understand that the establishment does not allow pets inside.

Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: There may be a medium to extreme activity so we suggest to consult with your physician before proceeding with your booking and secure a medical certificate (Fit to climb)

Cancellation Policy: The operator may cancel the activity in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Schedule cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your original subject to approval. No shows are not entitled to reschedule and refund.

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